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Oct 09 2014
College Roundtable to Discuss Vessel Courses
Thursday, 09 October 2014

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           Kodiak College is looking to add some new fishing-related courses to its curriculum, and is seeking public input on the matter.
           There will be a roundtable discussion on potential vessel repair and maintenance courses that the college would like to offer, and the community is invited to share what they would like to see offered in those classes and what they’d like to learn. The discussion is scheduled for Friday in room 106 of the Benny Benson Building at the college. Starting at 9:30 a.m., all interested shore-based parties and service providers are invited to attend, followed by a discussion with boat owners and crew members at 1 p.m.
            The discussions are expected to last an hour and are an opportunity to provide input for making the classes a reality in Kodiak.
            For more information, folks can contact the college’s maritime workforce development coordinator, LA Holmes.

Oct 09 2014
Local Brings Alutiiq Traditions to Modern Day Healing
Thursday, 09 October 2014

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           It’s no secret that Kodiak’s animals and plants have long provided sustenance for those who call the island home. However, one local plant enthusiast has looked beyond the dinner table in terms of what local plants can provide. In recent years, Gayla Pedersen has used her knowledge of traditional Native uses for plants to create her own line of natural products.
           “It started a couple of years ago with some encouragement from a couple good friends. And I have this desire to pick and collect herbs and I had jars and jars of them all over my house and a friend of mine said why don’t you make some stuff out of them and sell it.”    
             She started with some recipes that she collected over the years and turned her collection of herbs into lotions, tinctures, chapsticks, salves and teas. Her goal is to keep it as pure as possible, and she uses organic oils, butters and primarily uses glass packaging and cold processing methods.
             Pedersen said every year she develops a favorite ingredient, and this year one of the local plants she focused on was pineapple weed.
              “And it’s been a long term relationship trying to develop and get to know this plant and I’ve had some really amazing successes with it. Including things like making a remedy for nightmares, with incredible success. It’s amazing.”

Oct 08 2014
Fields Joins Kodiak School Board; Oliver Returned
Wednesday, 08 October 2014

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    In the Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education election, incumbent Katie Oliver retained her seat with 1,133 votes. Duncan Fields received 1,096 votes to take the other seat up for grabs.
    That seat belonged to Jeff Stewart, who had been appointed to the school board earlier this year. He brought in 474 votes.
    Both terms will be for three years.

Oct 08 2014
Service Area Elections Leave Some Seats Vacant
Wednesday, 08 October 2014

Jay Barrett/KMXT
    In the Service Area elections, Scott Arndt was elected to three year terms on both the Fire Protection Number 1 and Service Area Number 1 boards. Richard Carstens was elected to the same fire district, and Mike Sirofchuck was elected to the service area board. One seat remains vacant on Service Area Number 1.
    The Womens Bay Service Area board saw Dave Heuman and John Isadore relected. They will be joined by George Lee.

    The Bayview and Monashka Bay Road service area boards had no declared candidates for the two seats available on each. There were eight write-in votes in the Bay View election and 20 in the Monashka Bay vote. The names of those written in were not immediately available.

Oct 08 2014
Housing Funds Slated for Some Alaska Villages
Wednesday, 08 October 2014


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           Roughly 15 Alaska Native Villages will receive more than $7 million in funding for housing improvements and community development.
           The money comes from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s Indian Community Development Block Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to help Indian and Alaska Native communities create safe, healthy environments and viable economic opportunities. All total, more than $59 million was awarded to 96 tribal communities throughout the nation.
            Here in Alaska, more than a dozen Native villages and communities will receive funds, including the Pribilof Islands Aleut Community of Saint Paul Island. The $600,000 grant will go toward building 12 single-family, low-to-moderate income homes.
             The Native Village of Akutan will receive $170,680 to help rehabilitate the only existing low-rent facility in the community and the Native Village of Atka will use $600,000 to build two homes through the Aleutian Housing Authority.

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