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Homeport after 150 years
The Alutiiq Museum celebrates the grand opening of its new Qayat exhibit on Alutiiq maritime traditions Friday during the First Friday Art Walk. A rare Alutiiq kayak from the 1860s that is covered and tied traditionally is the focal point of the exhibit, with a variety of complementary artifacts to highlight how the kayak was made, and how it would have been used and maintained. A colorful hunting visor sits along...
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Unusual death rate not seen in local otters
In late summer and fall of 2015, the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward broke records for the number of calls about stranded sea otters, mostly from the Katchemak Bay area, but the deaths and strandings didn’t extend to Kodiak. “A lot of it is probably due to the fact that they have a good population out and about on beaches to see them there,” said Derek Woodie, ACS mammal curator “They could be in other areas of th...
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McDonald among finalists for education commissioner
JUNEAU (AP) — Interim state education commissioner Susan McCauley is among the finalists for the commissioner’s post. The other finalists, announced by the state board of education Wednesday, are Michael Johnson, Stewart McDonald and Robert Boyle. Johnson is superintendent of the Copper River School District. McDonald is superintendent of the Kodiak Island Borough School District. Boyle is superintendent of the Ke...
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WEEK IN WORDS: ‘Re’ adds meaning to signs and presents
The borough manager controversy now behind us leaves our community down one assembly member. This opens an opportunity for a lucky Kodiakan as the assembly will appoint someone to the vacant seat. Yes. I said lucky. Perhaps even privileged. Resignations aren’t unusual. Heck, we’ve seen several presidential candidates’ resignations from campaigning, most recently, the theocrat Ted Cruz. “Resign,” from the late 14th...
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Choir director leads last concert
As the final note of “Over the Rainbow” rang out Tuesday evening, it marked not only the end of the Choir Jazz Show, but also the end of an era for the Kodiak middle and high school choir programs. The concert was director Laura Blackwood’s last in Kodiak before she moves off-island to pursue a new opportunity at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. Blackwood began “pop show” concerts like Tuesday’s after she came t...
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Time to volunteer is before emergency
During last fall’s Twin Creeks Fire, many Kodiakans showed up to volunteer at the American Red Cross emergency shelter set up for evacuees from Chiniak. But most of them hadn’t gone through a background check required by the Red Cross, so Kathrynn Hollis-Buchanan, the Red Cross lead disaster responder, had to keep them out in the hallway and away from the shelter itself. In an emergency the Red Cross needs registe...
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Healthy Kodiak: Everyday noises often lead to hearing loss
Every new patient who comes to see me in the clinic is asked to fill out a health questionnaire about various symptoms they may be experiencing. A high percentage of patients here in Kodiak have answered in the affirmative that they hear ringing in their ears. Due to this high prevalence, I thought it would be useful to further explore this symptom and its causes, and possible ways to prevent it or improve the con...
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Salty, crunchy, spicy, tangy …
More than two dozen processors joined at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center last week to learn all about processing roe or fish eggs. Participants got hands-on with pollock, cod and salmon roe, learning how to work with and prepare the roe and then mix it with ingredients like mayonnaise, soy sauce, vinegar and spices to create different products. Working with roe is different from working with other sea...
May 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Citizen science meets 1912 ash
Kodiak residents are being urged to become “citizen scientists,” collecting ash from the Novarupta-Katmai eruption in resuspension events and submitting samples to the U.S. Geological Survey for evaluation by geologists. In a presentation at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center on Saturday, USGS geologist Kristi Wallace said samples collected from citizens are necessary for understanding resuspensi...
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Reporter's Notebook: Weather Challenge
I hate running. A friend recently told me that running is a great way to be alone with your thoughts. I guess I can agree, if those thoughts are about my aching knees or how great it’s going to be when I finally stop running. When I heard about the Challenge the Rock 5-kilometer obstacle course, I thought, “This would be so much fun, if only there would be no running.” Imagine my excitement when I read, in bold le...
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