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GUEST OPINION: Military dollars for Alaska
Alaska is facing tough economic times. Budgets are being squeezed, workers are being laid off, and families are making due with less. But it’s important to understand that we’ve been here before, and we’ve come out stronger because of it. It’s also important to remember that just like in past recoveries, the federal government has a significant role to play in Alaska. Working together again, Alaska’s congressional...
Apr 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak track sweeps West Valley
With a little help from Mother Nature, Kodiak’s track and field team washed away West Valley. The rain and wind pounding Joe Floyd Track and Field Saturday morning depleted West Valley’s squad and made it easier for the Bears to record a 41-32 victory in the boys meet and a 60-13 triumph in the girls meet. “If there was a reward for toughing out the weather, we would win it today over West Valley,” Kodiak coach Ma...
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Alaska Science Forum: Carpeting the Denali Fault with earthquake sensors
NEAR MILLER CREEK — Crouching amid scratchy spruce branches and surrounded by feet of snow, Amir Allam jabs half-frozen soil with the spikey base of a white cylinder. The seismologist twists the 6-pound seismometer to orient it northward. Then he clicks a cable to a magnetic connection on top. "Starting operation," says a tinny voice that sounds like a woman from London. The words come from a thick tablet attached...
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Congress puts end to Chirikof cattle planning
Exactly one year ago, representatives of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge visited Kodiak to talk about what to do about a herd of more than 2,000 feral cattle on Chirikof Island. But now efforts to remove the cattle as an invasive species in obedience to a previous federal order have stopped, according to a Monday release from AMNWR. The 2016 Federal Budget Act that funds the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser...
Apr 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Logging vote postponed
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will discuss again a contract for salvaging burned trees in Chiniak at an upcoming work session and vote at the next regular meeting on May 5. The assembly postponed the vote Thursday after 15 people from Chiniak either called in or appeared in person and spoke during public comment time asking the borough to slow down or halt logging. The residents said issues they brought up we...
Apr 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak soccer scores marquee win
In less than two seasons, the Kodiak boys’ soccer team has morphed into a contender in the Northern Lights Conference’s South Division. And on Saturday, the Bears picked up the program’s first marquee victory. Omar Beltran headed in the game-winning goal, on a free kick from Jose Cortez, in the 65th minute as Kodiak knocked off Homer, last season’s seventh-place team at state, 3-2 at Joe Floyd Track and Field. The...
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Public Safety Blotter: April 26
April 8 At 9:10 a.m., a man requested police assistance as his wife had been drinking. It was verbal only, and the parties separated. At 11:21 a.m., a person reported a suspicious vehicle with two occupants on Ismailov Street. It was gone when police arrived. At 2:20 p.m., a woman turned herself in for a warrant. At 2:34 p.m., a man reported a fuel tank was stolen from his skiff in St. Herman Harbor. Patrolling of...
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OUTDOOR KODIAK: Whither gulls go, there go the Dollies
We got the surprise of the season last week. As we were launching our boat for king salmon, I kept seeing swirls of fish tight against the shoreline. While waiting for the bilge to drain accumulated rainwater, I took a little walk. To my utter and complete astonishment, the swirls were Dolly Varden! Big, fat Dolly Varden actively slurping something small from right beneath the surface. I try most years to get a ju...
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Kodiak Island Births: April 26
Jacy Marie Biol Francisco was born at 9 a.m. on April 15, 2016, to Mary Jean Francisco. She weighed 8 pounds, 2.6 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. Her parents are originally from the Philippines and now live in Kodiak. The baby’s mother works at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, and the baby’s father works at International Seafoods Alaska. Also welcoming him to the family are Joel Jr., Janine and Nathan J...
Apr 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Launch complex, MDA back together again?
Alaska Aerospace Corp. hopes a proposed contract will breathe new life into the state-owned venture and renew the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska’s role in national defense. On Friday, the Missile Defense Agency released a notice of intent for a sole source contract with AAC, the operator of the launch complex at Narrow Cape, for testing the region’s ballistic missile defense systems. According to the notice, “Th...
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