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For a cheap movie, Kodiak is among nation’s best.
As summer movie season arrives, it’s time for the perennial complaints that it costs too much to see a movie. A new survey, however, shows Kodiak has nothing to complain about. Kodiak had the sixth-cheapest movie theater prices among more than 300 cities surveyed by the Council for Community and Economic Research. The results, which covered the first three quarters of 2012, were published Monday on the on the cons...
Jun 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Munro sends off skipper into retirement
Capt. Mark Cawthorn, commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Munro, retired Tuesday after 27 years of service with the Coast Guard. He was relieved of his duties as commanding officer by Capt. Jeff Thomas during a change of command ceremony at the Golden Anchor. Thomas arrived from Coast Guard Headquarters where he served as assistant director for the Office of Emerging Policy. Cawthorn commanded the 378...
Jun 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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June highs break records for heat
Texans would laugh. Californians would ignore it. In Phoenix, they’d probably throw on a sweater. But who cares what everyone else thinks? By Kodiak standards, this June has been a scorcher. On Tuesday afternoon, the thermometer hit 73 degrees at Kodiak State Airport, breaking the old record high of 72 degrees, set in 1989. The high even approached the higher, unofficial record high set in 1926 at 78 degrees. Tues...
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School year to end earlier for teachers in 2014
The Kodiak Island Borough school district voted unanimously Monday night to approve a school calendar that ends classes before Memorial Day weekend. The number of school days will remain the same in the 2013-2014 school year, but school will be in session the Friday before Spring Break. Students will end classes May 22, and teachers’ final day will be May 23. The change was supported by a survey of teachers, who p...
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Getting to know: Capt. Thomas
Capt. Jeff Thomas has spent 35 years traveling the world with the Coast Guard, and now he will do so as commanding officer of the Coast Guard cutter Munro. This is Thomas’ second tour in Alaska and first in Kodiak. During his last Alaska tour, from 1992 to 1994, he served as a deck watch officer on the Coast Guard cutter Sedge, homeported in Homer. “I’m humbled and honored to have the pleasure of serving as comman...
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Former Kodiak-based Coast Guard cutter is on the auction block
A Coast Guard cutter that once sailed the ocean off Kodiak is now on the auction block. The 230-foot icebreaking cutter Storis has been listed on the federal government’s auction site with an opening bid of $60,000. Former Coast Guardsmen who sailed aboard the Storis have long planned to turn the ship into a museum in Juneau. Joe Geldhof, secretary for the museum organization told KMXT-FM that the auction was a di...
Jun 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garbage rates likely to rise
Kodiak residents likely will see their garbage rates rise next month as the Kodiak Island Borough adjusts to life after the expansion of its new landfill. On Thursday night, the borough assembly is scheduled to vote on a fee increase that adds $20 per ton to the cost of dumping garbage at the borough landfill. The new fee is expected to pass the assembly without significant opposition. “It’s just a simple math pro...
Jun 18, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Karluk sockeye bag limit increased
Fishermen have new opportunities to catch sockeye after the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and US Fish and Wildlife Service declared looser limits on fishing in and near two major Kodiak rivers. On Friday, ADF&G raised the bag limit for sockeye salmon in the Karluk River drainage to 10 fish per day. By Sunday, more than 167,000 sockeye had been counted past the Karluk River weir, and fisheries managers said in...
Jun 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak woman writes digital book
A former Kodiak teacher has made her debut in the writing world by publishing a digital book about family travel. Balika Haakanson released her book “Traveling With Children: Cultural Adventures in our World: Tips and Tricks for an incredible family trip” on June 1. The book outlines how and why parents should travel with kids, provides tips for making traveling with kids easy and educational, and also includes pe...
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Published study shows nets have impact on birds
A new study published in the June edition of the journal Biological Conservation identifies gillnets as the primary killers of at least 400,000 seabirds every year. The study “The incidental catch of seabirds in gillnet fisheries: A global review” explains that there have been reports of 81 species of birds killed by gillnets, which are commonly used by fishermen on commercial and local levels around the world and...
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