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North slope ravens force researcher to go incognito
Some biologists hang from ropes to study birds. Many rise painfully early in the morning. Stacia Backensto disguised herself as a man. At the time, Backensto worked in the oilfields on Alaska’s North Slope. Her study subject was ravens, and she took to wearing a moustache because they seemed to recognize her as she roamed the industrial landscape. “All of the adults I’ve tagged remember me,” Backensto, now a biolo...
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Food for thought
Dear Editor, With the institution of credit, long ago, when people decided they really didn’t want to wait for their own home, car, airplane or whatever; they originated the loan business as a way of providing money so they did not have to wait. All they would need to do is pay the person who has money a user fee (interest) as well as return the money by a given date according to the contract. If they did this the...
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Officials talk compost facility
Last week, the Kodiak city manager, a representative from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and representatives from design company CH2M Hill spoke about the city’s new compost facility project, which is about to undergo the permitting process. The compost facility would turn sludge from the city’s wastewater treatment plant into Class A compost material, which would likely be offered for sale. ...
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Council votes down NDAA resolution, approves deputy city manager
The council last Thursday voted down a resolution to support repealing the National Defense Authorization Act, which some say infringes on liberties and is un-constitutional. Before the vote, council members commented on it. Council member Terry Haines said, “This is just us putting our hands up for the citizens of Kodiak and saying to our federal government that we understand our need for safety, we understand ou...
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Bartlett, Soldotna top prep rankings
Bartlett and Soldotna grabbed the top spots in this week’s Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network’s football poll. Bartlett, playing on its new artificial turf field for the first time, defeated Chugiak, 31-20, to steal the top large-school spot away from South Anchorage. South dropped to No. 3 after losing to a team from Texas last week. Soldotna remained the top team in the medium-small school poll after crushing Th...
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Fossil Beach still off limits following rocket explosion
Fossil Beach, a popular recreation area at Pasagshak Bay, is still off limits in the aftermath of the Aug. 25 rocket explosion at the Kodiak Launch Complex, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. A road closure remains in effect while Department of Defense and Alaska Aerospace Corp. personnel investigate the accident that left several structures at the complex damaged. The clos...
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Pigskin Pick'em contest
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Fire destroys DOT building
Fire destroyed a highway maintenance shed near Chiniak and damaged some equipment Saturday morning. The Kalsin Bay Maintenance Station of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities stood near where the pavement ends on the Chiniak Highway, past the turnoff to Pasagshak. The building was outside any local fire department’s district. Dale Rice, fire chief at Womens Bay Volunteer Fire Department, t...
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Ostrander sets new mark at Fort Abercrombie
The morning before every cross country meet, Kenai’s Allie Ostrander eats a bowl of Wheaties. For extra flavor, she adds a banana. “Probably any old cereal would do, but I like the box. It says ‘breakfast of champions’ — it puts me in the race zone,” she said. Ostrander must have had an extra bowl of Wheaties Friday morning, because she was locked in as she zoomed through Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park at ...
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Outdoor Kodiak: Mooching madness
I’ve been hearing lots of trollers moan about the difficulty in locating and catching silvers this fall. I have to admit that I’m not seeing many jumpers in the bays or offshore, but does that really mean there aren’t many silvers around? When we’ve trolled for silvers in the usual ways and places using spoons or hoochies at around 3.5 mph near the surface, we haven’t had much luck. But I found an important clue l...
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