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Fish Factor: Clean method revolutionizes use of chitin
Turning crab shells into everyday products is becoming a reality for the Tidal Vision team of eco-entrepreneurs from Juneau. The products are derived from chitin in the crab shells, the second-most abundant biopolymer on the planet after cellulose. Chitin is found in fungi, plankton and the exoskeletons of insects and crustaceans and adds up to about 100 billion tons every year. The miracle substance can be spun i...
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Garden Gate: Maggots make the most of early season
This summer has been weird on many accounts: salmonberries ripe enough in June to make pies and foxglove stalks already stretched out in full bloom. And a couple days ago, while hiking in Abercrombie, I saw fireweed blossoms about to pop.  Things on the garden front seem speeded up, too. My broccoli plants for example, produced full-sized heads sooner than expected. And since my other seedlings weren’t going to be...
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Downtown farmers markets continues to grow
Six months after the Kodiak Strong Planning Day in December, a new farmers market downtown is up and growing. The idea started as an initiative to revive downtown Kodiak. “The thought behind having one in town is that we do have the Saturday market at the fairgrounds, but some people don’t want to drive out there, so having one in town is a bit more convenient,” said Julie Beehler, the market planner. “It also all...
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Harbor rate hike postponed, other fees go up
The Kodiak City Council voted to postpone increases in harbor use rates and fees, but moved forward on other rate hikes for several city services at Thursday’s regular meeting. Council member John Whiddon moved to postpone the vote on a resolution that would have implemented a 6 percent across-the-board increase on harbor rates and fees starting July 1. Whiddon said more time was needed for council to discuss alte...
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Morin takes on top youths from across the nation
This past season, Kodiak’s Josh Morin proved to be one of the best youth bowlers in the state. Now, the Kodiak teenager is taking on America. Next week, Morin takes flight for a bowling tour, competing at a pair of prestigious youth tournaments. The first stop: Teen Masters July 2-8 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The tournament is labeled as “American’s premier high school championship event.” “This is a great oppor...
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In the Courts: June 24
Joshua Allan Goss pleaded guilty to driving without a valid operator license. He was sentenced to jail five days and fined $500. Merlita Q. Esmerelda pleaded guilty to driving without a valid operator license. She was fined $100. Laurie Lee Pikus pleaded guilty to reckless driving. She was sentenced to 45 days jail with 45 days suspended and fined $1,000. Her license is revoked 30 days. David Allen Pestrikoff plea...
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Achievers: June 24
Adriane L. Horn graduated with Honors from Wenatchee Valley College on June 10, earning a 3.99 GPA. She will be attending Montana Tech University in Butte, Montana, in the fall. Anna Anderson, senior, daughter of Mark and Andria Anderson was named to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the spring 2016 semester at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota. The dean’s list honors students who achieve an outstan...
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TEEING OFF: A pup reunion
Gizmo had a surprise family reunion this past week. While walking the pups through the Safeway parking lot, a person in a car flagged us down. I thought the nice lady wanted a pawgraph from the prognosticating pooch. I was wrong. She and another lady sprang out of the car. Trotting alongside them was a black and white Japanese chin, Snoopy. Gizmo’s tail went wild, which was odd because the pup’s tail hardly ever p...
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TAPESTRY: Stefan Quinth is unofficial goodwill ambassador
Much like the hundreds of films that bear his Camera Q logo, Swedish documentary film maker Stefan Quinth’s friendships with Kodiak Islanders come about with no organized agenda; no contrived script; no calculated outcome. Big film projects and long-lasting friendships are often the offshoot of other endeavors. A series of films on the Snake people of Sri Lanka resulted in an unanticipated movie about a former Mar...
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AC/DC is an Australian rock band formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Malcolm and Angus got the idea for the band’s name after their sister Margaret saw “AC/DC” on a sewing machine. AC/DC means “alternating current/direct current electricity. I find their music to be out of this world. The guitar and drums are really awesome. They have had a lot of different band members. During that time, they thou...
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