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Kodiak COVID count bumps up

The Kodiak Emergency Operations Center reported 24 new known COVID cases during its Tuesday update. The update brings the total active case count to 112, up from Monday’s total of 98. According to the report, half of the 24 new cases reported from Friday, Saturday and Monday were caused by...
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An audio postcard from the Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair

Dakota Evans stands to the side of the rodeo pen with a cowgirl’s swagger; she leans on the fence with cigarette loosely in hand, eyes hidden behind blue-tinted sunglasses. The twenty three year old’s horse stands next to her, similarly indifferent to the spectacle. “My mom has always done it...
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Kodiak tennis swings through the Valley

The boys’ doubles team of Dan Abad and Anthony Olazabal provided Kodiak tennis with two victories on a recent trip to the Mainland that featured dates with Colony, Palmer and Wasilla. Abad and Olazabal defeated Wasilla’s Hudson Mobley and Owen Hoyt and Palmer’s Noah Wilkins and Derek Hallman. Those were...
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Council considers allowing food trucks on city land

Moises Martinez, who co-owns the food truck Maria’s Place with his wife Maria Portillo, has wanted to move downtown for a year. Ten years ago he tried to get a permit from the city, but he was denied. Now, his wish might come true. The City Council is moving forward...
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Kodiak library hosting graphic novel event

The Kodiak Public Library has added an item to its collection: the Teen Indigenous Activism Box. This box, which was created in collaboration with KANA, is meant to teach teenagers about activism in indigenous communities across North America, according to the library’s Youth Specialist Ani Thomas. The library will kick-off...
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Hockey to become a sanctioned sport at Kodiak High

A new sport is set to join the varsity lineup at Kodiak High School. In a room of supporters decked in blue sweatshirts with an oversized ‘K’ on the front, the Kodiak Island Borough School District board of education, at a Monday work session, gave its seal of approval for hockey to become a sanctioned sport for the 2021-2022 school year.
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School district expresses concerns over staffing levels

Kodiak Island Borough School District has been making some headway with its staffing shortage, but it still has openings in many areas, according to a report that Assistant Superintendent Geoff Smith presented to the Board of Education earlier this week. Four teachers are currently in the hiring process as they...
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Voter turnout in Kodiak is low, but not unusual

Early voting starts today in Kodiak, and although voters have until the Oct. 5 election day to cast their ballot, there is a good chance that many residents won’t. For the past 15 years, voter turnout on the island has remained around 20% or lower, with few exceptions. Islandwide, 20.3%...
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Deer season requires adjustments for hunters, hikers

Deer season is underway on the island of Kodiak, and with it comes the need for adjustments and a heightened sense of awareness both for hunters and others who are sharing the outdoors to hike or camp. On both the road system and other areas, there are no weapons restrictions...
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City of Kodiak trying to lower its staff turnover

On average, the City of Kodiak loses one out of five employees every year, according to Deputy City Manager Josie Banke. All things considered, she says that’s not a terrible number. But the city wants to see if there’s anything it can do to lower that number even more. Given...
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Anderson honored by Alaska Power Association

One of Kodiak Electric Asso- ciation’s board members was bestowed one of Alaska’s high- est energy honors by the Alas- ka Power Association during its annual meeting and awards banquet last month. The Mason LaZelle Achievement Award was given to Stosh Anderson, KEA’s secretary/treasurer, for “outstanding contributions to electrification efforts...

COVID Update Reader 09/15/2021

Today (Wednesday) the Kodiak Emergency Operations Center reported nineteen (19) new cases of COVID 19 for the Kodiak Island Borough. Eight (8) cases are close contacts of previously reported cases, eight (8) cases are classified as community spread, two (2) are of unknown transmission, and one (1) is travel related.
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KIBSD making changes to meet unique needs of military students

Under a new state program, the Kodiak Island Borough School District is eying a special designation that honors schools supporting military families, according to Superintendent Larry LeDoux. The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development launched the Purple Star School designation “to recognize military-friendly schools that show a major commitment...
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Heartbeat Alaska: Kodiak Hat

Heartbeat Alaska: Kodiak Hat aired February 11, 2005. The episode begins with a brief history of the Alutiiq people of Kodiak Island, Alaska. This is followed by a look at the traditional regalia worn by Alutiiq women explained by Wanda Price. April Latonken Councellor explains the Alutiiq language programs and initiatives found at the Alutiiq Museum. The episode concludes with Sven Haakanson, Jr. sharing the meaning of the return of a spruce wood hat to the museum and Russian Orthodox Starring.
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Fields paces Kodiak boys to fifth at Palmer

In the first big test of the season, Micah Fields paced the Kodiak boys’ cross country team to a fifth-place showing Saturday at the George Plumley Invitational at Palmer High School. The senior Fields finished fifth with a 5-kilometer time of 17 minutes, 05.98 seconds. Kodiak finished fifth in the...

Fostering decentralized culture through acquisitions

When a company changes owners, it doesn’t always mean an end to “business as normal.” For example, when Denver-based Kodiak Building Partners acquires a company, they don’t fully absorb it, change the business name, or remove its leaders. Instead, Kodiak helps improve back-office operations, offers enhanced employee benefits, and encourages company leaders to run their successful local business the way they have done so for years – or generations. Joining Kodiak also comes with other benefits including having access to other industry leaders for advice and/or collaboration.

COVID Update Reader 09/14/2021

Today (Tuesday) the Kodiak Emergency Operations Center reported twenty-four (24) new cases of COVID 19 for the Kodiak Island Borough. Eleven (11) cases are close contacts of previously reported cases, twelve (12) cases are classified as community spread, and one (1) is travel related. One hundred twelve (112) cases are...