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Choir director leads last concert
As the final note of “Over the Rainbow” rang out Tuesday evening, it marked not only the end of the Choir Jazz Show, but also the end of an era for the Kodiak middle and high school choir programs. The concert was director Laura Blackwood’s last in Kodiak before she moves off-island to pursue a new opportunity at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. Blackwood began “pop show” concerts like Tuesday’s after she came t...
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Time to volunteer is before emergency
During last fall’s Twin Creeks Fire, many Kodiakans showed up to volunteer at the American Red Cross emergency shelter set up for evacuees from Chiniak. But most of them hadn’t gone through a background check required by the Red Cross, so Kathrynn Hollis-Buchanan, the Red Cross lead disaster responder, had to keep them out in the hallway and away from the shelter itself. In an emergency the Red Cross needs registe...
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Healthy Kodiak: Everyday noises often lead to hearing loss
Every new patient who comes to see me in the clinic is asked to fill out a health questionnaire about various symptoms they may be experiencing. A high percentage of patients here in Kodiak have answered in the affirmative that they hear ringing in their ears. Due to this high prevalence, I thought it would be useful to further explore this symptom and its causes, and possible ways to prevent it or improve the con...
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Salty, crunchy, spicy, tangy …
More than two dozen processors joined at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center last week to learn all about processing roe or fish eggs. Participants got hands-on with pollock, cod and salmon roe, learning how to work with and prepare the roe and then mix it with ingredients like mayonnaise, soy sauce, vinegar and spices to create different products. Working with roe is different from working with other sea...
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Citizen science meets 1912 ash
Kodiak residents are being urged to become “citizen scientists,” collecting ash from the Novarupta-Katmai eruption in resuspension events and submitting samples to the U.S. Geological Survey for evaluation by geologists. In a presentation at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center on Saturday, USGS geologist Kristi Wallace said samples collected from citizens are necessary for understanding resuspensi...
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Reporter's Notebook: Weather Challenge
I hate running. A friend recently told me that running is a great way to be alone with your thoughts. I guess I can agree, if those thoughts are about my aching knees or how great it’s going to be when I finally stop running. When I heard about the Challenge the Rock 5-kilometer obstacle course, I thought, “This would be so much fun, if only there would be no running.” Imagine my excitement when I read, in bold le...
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Annual community cleanup on Saturday
This weekend, the roadsides will be bursting with yellow, and not just from dandelions. It’s the annual community cleanup day held by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce. Rain or shine, volunteers arrive at Kodiak High School to grab trash bags and fill them with garbage from where it gathered along the roads over the winter. “It helps get the community cleaned up and put on a new face for the summer and for our touris...
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Study: Fishing accounts for 38 percent of local jobs
A 69-page draft study released last week aims “to measure the role of the seafood industry in the KIB’s economy.” Prepared for the Kodiak Island Borough and the city of Kodiak, the document by the McDowell Group of Anchorage and Juneau uses data from 2014. “Few regions in Alaska are more dependent on the seafood industry than the KIB, yet the industry’s impact specifically on the local economy had not been assesse...
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Letter to the editor: Residents can make timber deal with KIB
To the editor: Some people think it would be a good idea to harvest the trees killed by the Chiniak fire. Others, namely the people who live out at Chiniak, do not want it logged. In some ways, I can see their point. There is a plethora of wood out behind their houses that would keep then in firewood for the next millennium with a little quiet midnight logging, plus a few trees to log to saw into good lumber plank...
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City advances building to keep compost dry
By JOANN SNODERLY Mirror Writer The Kodiak City Council approved the first reading of a change order that will pave the way for upgrades at the city’s compost facility. A new building “would be used for drying the wood amendments to keep the men out of the weather,” city manager Amiée Kniaziowski said. “The building really does need to keep the wood amendments dry,” she said. “Then, the chance of reusing (the wood...
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