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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 | 47 47 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 | 50 50 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 ...
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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 | 45 45 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 | 47 47 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 | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Big trophy year for bears
The spring bear hunting season just ended, and it was a record year for trophy specimens. There are still harvested bears out in the field that haven’t yet been brought in to be sealed, but currently, the number stands at 111 harvested. Of those, 22 were large enough to qualify as a Boone and Crockett record, which requires a skull size of at least 28 inches, measured as width times height. “This has been a banner...
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Denton “Denny” P. Andrews
Denton “Denny” P. Andrews, 74, passed away April 29, 2016, at his home in Clarkston, Washington. He was born March 15, 1942, in Boise, Idaho, to Denver and Oleta Clark Andrews. He came to Kodiak with his mother and sister Lois on Alaska Steam in 1947. His parents came to Kodiak to help construct the Naval station. He attended school in Kodiak and graduated from Kodiak High School in 1960. Denny loved Alaska and he...
May 16, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 184 184 recommendations | email to a friend
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Borough vetting land for fall sale
Two years after its last land sale, the Kodiak Island Borough is considering selling several parcels of land, and the assembly is set to choose which ones at its Thursday meeting. The resolution to recommend “the disposal of certain borough lands as surplus to the public’s need and authorizing staff action to make the recommended parcels ready to be sold at a future land sale” identifies two parcels of 0.11 acres ...
May 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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