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Fish, bears and western Kodiak
The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge and researchers at the University of Washington have tracked bears over the past few years to figure out if they follow the “resource wave” of salmon runs. Bill Leacock, a bear biologist with the refuge, gave a presentation during a Brown Bag Lunch talk at the refuge visitor center on Thursday. First, the researchers used a solar-powered video and time-lapse camera system to cou...
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Conquest of the Robots
Members of the Kodiak High School robotics class may be rookies in competition, but that didn’t stop them from advancing to the state tournament in Eagle River this weekend. The two Kodiak robotics teams traveled to Fairbanks to compete against 19 teams in the regional FIRST Tech Challenge in February. One team was a part of a winning alliance of two teams. The other took home the Control Award. Both advanced to t...
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Coast Guard celebrates part-time heros’ 75 years
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. The Coast Guard Reserve and Auxiliary Act passed in 1941, establishing the Reserve and changing the name of the Auxiliary, which was formerly known as the Coast Guard Reserve. “Since the inception of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, they’ve served in every major conflict or crisis that our nation has faced,” said Petty Officer First Class Kell...
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Six seniors suit up for final home basketball game
Billy Alcaide and Ryan Bezona have played their share of basketball together. The Kodiak High School seniors both made their varsity debuts as sophomores, and this weekend will play in front of the home crowd one last time when the Bears host Palmer in a pair of Northern Lights Conference games. “The crowd was so alive this year. I just want to give them a good show,” said Alcaide, one of six seniors on Kodiak’s b...
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KDM EDITORIAL: Facts don’t have an agenda
This week saw misalignment between Kodiak’s borough and city governments exposed over the question of renewing fishery analyst Heather McCarty’s contract. The contract, a joint venture of the city and borough, expired Feb. 6. It contained provisions for one-year extensions. On Feb. 4, the assembly decided to cut the renewal offer down to 6 months, after member Mel Stephens argued McCarty had fallen short in her ex...
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You can’t win the pot from the pros
To the editor: Does it seem odd the estimated cost of the LNG pipe dream is about $55 billion — more than the total permanent fund? Yep, with this one foul sweep we could lose the whole kitty. How can we be comfortable with temporary, amateur state officials dealing in huge projects with the armies of full-time, bonus-oriented professionals employed by Big Oil? The state personnel won’t even be around to holler at...
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Public Safety Blotter: Feb. 19
Feb. 14 At 4:28 a.m., police warned a speeding driver in the East Rezanof Drive and Woody Way Loop area. At 4:45 a.m., police arrested a woman in the 1000 block of East Rezanof Drive on suspicion of driving under the influence. At 10:30 a.m., someone requested assistance removing a man who refused to leave the 2900 block of Mill Bay Road. They left when police asked. At 10:52 a.m., police received a report of an a...
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Tapestry: Two mayors named Johnson
Other than their surnames and municipal positions, mayors Jimmy Johnson and Wally Johnson seemed to have little in common. Two distinct individuals, living on different parts of Kodiak Island, the men departed this life within the last year. They were alike in that they both took their mayoral duties seriously and gained the respect of their people. Long after their deaths, they are fondly remembered. Jimmy Johnso...
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In the Courts: Feb. 19
Loniel Viloria pleaded guilty to misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree. Viloria was sentenced to 110 days in jail.
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Achievers: Feb. 19
The Alutiiq Museum named Anna Donaldson its 2015 Volunteer of the year. Anna is an illustrator from Oregon. She moved to Kodiak in July of 2015,with her husband Jake Donaldson, a member of the Coast Guard, and their yellow Labrador retriever Luna. Although Anna is new to our community, she is already involved.As a volunteer, Anna works mainly with collections, cleaning and labeling artifacts and caring for archive...
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