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Ancient Alutiiq rock art found on Afognak
On a recent trip to Afognak Island, Alutiiq Museum archaeologist Patrick Saltonstall identified a rare cluster of rock art, a set of petroglyphs previously unknown to the Alutiiq community, according to a Monday release from the museum. Pecked into the surface of a rock formation on the southern shore of Afognak, he found a series of about a dozen carefully formed circular pits, about the size of a tablespoon, som...
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City cuts back 12.6 percent for 2017 budget
The Kodiak City Council held a rare Saturday work session to review the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2017, which predicts a drop in expenses compared to the 2016 budget. In citywide expenses, excluding capital projects, the preliminary budget seeks $35.2 million, down 12.6 percent from this year. The preliminary budget shows a reduction in legal expenses, from $200,000 in the current fiscal year to $100,000....
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Deaths by drowning decrease
The average rate of drowning deaths in Alaskans decreased between 2000 and 2012, “nonetheless, drowning remained one of the top five causes of unintentional injury death in Alaska for persons aged 1-74 years in 2014 and was the leading cause of unintentional injury death among children aged 0-9 years,” according to a state of Alaska epidemiology bulletin. The Gulf Coast region, which includes Kodiak, is one of the...
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Rider severely injured when motorcycle, truck collide
A Kodiak man received severe injuries resulting in a medical flight to Anchorage Friday, according to an Alaska State Trooper report. Craig White, 31, was reportedly driving 40 to 60 mph on Spruce Cape Road, which has a 25 mph speed limit, on his 2016 KTMmotorcycle when he hit a truck turning onto Spruce Cape Road off Jackson Lane. “White lost control of his motorcycle and both he and the motorcycle slid under the...
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SEA STORIES: The once-great Kodiak shrimp fishery
Almost forgotten now, 30 years after it ended, a mighty shrimp fishery once thrived around Kodiak and down the Alaska Peninsula. From a modest harvest of 31,000 pounds in 1958, to a peak of 122 million pounds in 1973, to the last deliveries in 1986, the fishery followed the classic bell curve of a boom and bust resource. But unlike some other once-healthy fisheries, most observers believe the shrimp fishery died, ...
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KHS sweeps design contest
Kodiak High School students swept the top three positions at the 51st Alaska Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ 2016 Frank Maier High School Design Competition. Senior Josh Morin claimed first prize, with junior Timothy Bohac taking second and sophomore Sandra Dorado coming in third. Senior Leslie Ann Gali and junior Brittany Armada took two of the competition’s four honorable mention prizes. “(KHS h...
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Assembly postpones engineering exemption again
For the second time, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly postponed an ordinance to remove engineering requirements for one- and two-family homes. The assembly originally postponed the ordinance in February to give the Joint Building Code Review Committee time to take a look at potential changes. “It went to the committee on review of building codes, and they basically came back and they recommended no changes, not ...
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11 named to local pot board
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved the mayoral appointments of 11 members to a new marijuana task force at Thursday’s meeting. Mayor Jerrol Friend appointed Dan Rohrer and Dennis Symmons to assembly member seats, Laura Arboleda and Randy Bishop to Kodiak City Council member seats, Jonathan Strong to the medical professional seat, Detective Michael Sortor to a law enforcement seat, Janeise Stevens to a ret...
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Eponymous bear inspires SUV
Czech automaker Škoda announced its latest offering on Friday, a seven-seat SUV called the “Kodiaq,” meant to invoke the power of the Kodiak brown bear. Sharp-eyed locals might have wondered about a few appearances of the alternate spelling last month, as a 10-member crew from the Czech Republic filmed a few scenes for a promotional video connected with the SUV’s rollout. Signs at Pier 3 and on the Chiniak Highway...
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KoC holds diploma distribution day
Today, Kodiak will celebrate its newest graduates. In all, there were 64 graduates of various programs at Kodiak College this academic year. This includes students who have earned undergraduate degrees, completed the General Educational Development test, completed the certified nursing assistant program, or completed the medical assistant workforce development program. The ceremony will also have “guest graduates”...
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