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Kodiak Relay for Life seeks new teams
KODIAK — Angela McFarland is named after an aunt she never met. Her aunt died of cancer. For that reason, McFarland has stepped up to chair Kodiak’s Relay for Life event, replacing former chair Mandy Clark. “I think everybody has been affected (by cancer), but I will never meet the woman I was named after because of it,” McFarland said. “That is kind of my driving force. “It is something that is very important to ...
Jul 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Summer on the Island
An Andrew Airways floatplane lands at Trident Basin Thursday evening. It reached 68 degrees Thursday in Kodiak, marking the fourth consecutive day of 60-degree weather for the city. (Derek Clarkston photo)
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Famed Russian sailing ship will return to Kodiak
KODIAK — The Russians call her a ship. Guinness World Records calls her the fastest tall ship under sail. Kodiak deputy harbormaster Lon White calls her “one of the most exciting ships that’s ever visited Kodiak.” The Pallada, a 354-foot Russian training ship, is returning to Kodiak for a visit this month almost 20 years after its first appearance here in the early 1990s. Based in Vladivostok and named after a Gre...
Jul 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Museum recounts past year’s triumphs
KODIAK — A collection of Alutiiq artifacts did not burn up in a house fire, as previously supposed, but has been safely stowed in the basement of a high school in Finland. That was among the good news reported Tuesday in the Koniag Building during the annual meeting of the Alutiiq Museum’s governing foundation. The meeting was a chance to look back at the accomplishments of the Alutiiq Museum during the past year,...
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Northwest Passage-bound sailboat makes stop in Kodiak
KODIAK — It takes someone who has walked to the North Pole in winter to think the weather is part of Kodiak’s charm. “You can have four seasons in one day,” said explorer Mike Horn, skipper of the Pangea. Visitors to St. Herman Harbor could hardly help noticing the 105-foot ketch-rigged sailboat, which arrived July 5 for a brief port call before a transit of the Northwest Passage. “The boat is built to go anywhere...
Jul 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two NOAA ships at sea on Alaska missions
KODIAK — Pier 2 is noticeably emptier on Kodiak’s waterfront with the departure of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel Fairweather, which left the city Thursday for a mission to map the floor of Kotzebue Sound. The Ketchikan-based ship’s mission means both of NOAA’s Alaska-based ships are at sea on summer missions. The Oscar Dyson, homeported in Kodiak, is at sea near the Alaska Pen...
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Alutiiq Museum hosts annual meeting tonight
FAIRBANKS — The Alutiiq Museum hosts its annual progress meeting tonight as executive director Sven Haakanson shares a report on his efforts to track down Alutiiq artifacts around the world. The meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the Koniag Building, 194 Alimaq Drive, will include food and door prizes, Alutiiq Museum director Katie St. John said. “It’s mostly just a review of different aspects ...
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What’s behind the wall? Russian history
Excavation work for a new retaining wall for the Baranov Museum Saturday unearthed a part of Kodiak history when an on-site archaeologist recognized deliberately stacked rocks and old wood planks in the exposed earth. She then began documenting what is most likely a structure from the era of Russian colonization. The find was not completely unexpected. For the 200th anniversary of the museum building, known in Kod...
Jul 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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3 appointed to earthquake commission
Gov. Sean Parnell appointed three Kodiak residents to the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission last week. The commission’s goal is to reduce the state’s vulnerability to earthquakes. The 11-member commission recommends policies to the governor and the Legislature. Two of the three Kodiak residents are reappointments. Both geologist Gary Carver and civil engineer Laura Kelly have already served on the commissio...
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KNWR launches junior ranger program
While her relatives attended a dull, grown-up meeting at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) Visitor Center, 11-year-old Alisandra Lake made the most of her time, becoming the first KNWR junior ranger. “I did the whole packet and then the scavenger hunt in one day,” Lake said. The booklet she worked through, developed recently by KNWR education specialist Shelly Lawson, leads children 9-12 years old through...
Jul 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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