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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 | 47 47 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...
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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 | 44 44 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 | 38 38 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...
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Near Island options
The final public open house on the Near Island Development Plan before presentation to the Kodiak City Council took place Tuesday, but interested parties can still submit comments and questions. The event showcased three conceptual plans with shaded areas representing the range of land uses: conservation districts, seaplane base and support services, general commercial, tourism-related commercial, institutional, w...
May 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mosquito season gets started
Mosquitoes, the bane of Alaskans’ existence, are already making their presence known in Kodiak. Anecdotal reports in Kodiak indicate there are more mosquitoes this year than normal, but there are no surveys or official stats to back that up. “The rule of thumb is that a cool, wet spring usually leads to a worse mosquito season, and a dry, warm spring leads to a lower mosquito season, so it kind of depends on what ...
May 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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HEALTHY KODIAK: Youth at more risk than adults from pot
This week I was able to spend extra time with my family and enjoy the beauty of Kodiak. My husband, sons and I love living in Kodiak and we are excited to raise our kids in this community. This week I have been thinking about how to make this amazing community better for our children. I think that one of the most important things we can do for our community’s future is to prevent our kids from using marijuana. Reg...
May 18, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Town sightings likely just one bear
The numerous bear sightings around town lately are likely all of just one juvenile bear, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Nate Svoboda. “I think probably it’s one individual that’s been around town, maybe two,” Svoboda said. “But I have a tendency to believe that’s it’s just been one getting into mischief.” People have spotted a bear in the Deadman’s Curve area, on Cannery Way, at Fort Abe...
May 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Refuge, Audubon mark migration
A survivor of the Exxon Valdez oil spill visited the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Saturday. Hal the bald eagle, who injured his shoulder while cleanup crews tried to rescue him from an oily shore during the 1989 crisis, was one of two birds brought in by Dave Dorsey of the Bird Treatment and Learning Center on International Migratory Bird Day for a presentation sponsored by the KNWR Visitor Cente...
May 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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