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Preschool event to replace stolen funds
When a parent of a student at St. Paul Lutheran Preschool found out that money meant for a playground update at the school was taken during an after hours break-in last week, she knew she needed to help. Soon, the community followed suit. Rachel Betts, whose daughter attends the school, has planned a silent auction fundraiser to replace the funds needed for the project before ground breaks on the renovation.  “I k...
May 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shelter marks 25 years serving families in crisis
The Brother Francis shelter hosted an open house Saturday in celebration of its 25th anniversary and the completion of a building addition and renovations. Volunteers gave tours of the facility, walking through sleeping quarters, offices, a kitchen and the “serenity room,” used for overflow sleeping quarters and Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. According to a report put together for the event...
May 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Arrests made in school break-ins
Two people were arrested Friday morning in connection to recent break-ins at area schools, according to an Alaska State Trooper report. AST and Alaska Wildlife Troopers arrested Desiree Heglin and Richard Knagin, both 25-year-old Kodiak residents, after responding to complaints of two suspicious subjects “yelling at each other” while building a fire on a trail near Beaver Lake Drive. According to the report, troop...
May 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Land sale moves closer
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly took the first step toward a potential land sale this fall, approving a resolution to get 13 parcels scattered around town ready for sale. Over the next few months, staff will go through the process of reviews, rezones, comprehensive plan changes, surveys and platting. The assembly also amended and postponed an ordinance to remove the requirement for engineering of some residenti...
May 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hollow remains: Chiniak fire leaves few stands of healthy trees
On a walk through the Kodiak Island Borough’s parcel of land in Chiniak, you can see thousands of burned dead trees, as well as brush and foliage starting to come back after the August 2015 Twin Creeks Fire. With A-1 Timber Consultants’ Kent Cross, I hiked about two and a half miles on the land Wednesday. The borough hired a consultant out of Washington to assess the timber, and the resulting report said most of t...
May 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Break-ins target schools
A rash of break-ins at local schools has been reported this week, and while no suspects have been named, Alaska State Troopers and the Kodiak Police Department are pursuing leads. The break-ins took place at East Elementary and North Star Elementary, Camp Mueller Youth Center and St. Paul Lutheran Preschool. The St. Paul Lutheran Church next to the preschool was also targeted. Tablet computers were among the items...
May 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Downtown pathway planning
A second public open house on planning and design of a pedestrian pathway takes place Monday evening at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. The pathway project’s objective is to examine ways to improve pedestrian walkways from Center Street downtown to the Near Island Bridge. Monday’s meeting will showcase a variety of maps for potential pathways, including some that will zoom in on specific areas for greater det...
May 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Troopers shoot young bear just outside city
Alaska Wildlife Troopers shot and killed a young, male bear Wednesday afternoon after a week of sightings in town, including near an elementary school. Sgt. Shane Nicholson of AWT shot the bear at approximately 2 p.m. near a fence separating two properties on Spruce Cape Road, less than a half mile from East Elementary School, where kindergarten and first-graders were due to dismiss for the day. AWT and the Alaska...
May 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Providence preps for third health survey
This weekend, Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center begins its third Community Health Needs Assessment. The 34-question survey, conducted every three years, asks questions about health insurance coverage, recent visits to medical professionals, community health concerns and questions that assess personal health such as questions about smoking, exercise, alcohol use and chronic diseases. The survey is anonymous b...
May 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Week in Words: Tempestuous times in middle of school
I’m going to do a little shameless self-promotion in this week’s column and talk about Kodiak Middle School. I know, I know. Most of us, including me, don’t really want to think about our middle school or junior high years. Of all the times in my life I would like to revisit, my middle school years rank dead last. It was an important time. But this “middle” phase is not only an important time in a young person’s d...
May 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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