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  • Kodiak FilAm celebrated Christmas with loud music, and even a few rounds of musical chairs over the weekend. Kodiak’s population is just about half Filipino and hundreds of people came to celebrate the upcoming holiday. The event was held in the armory, across from Main Elementary and was filled with celebrators. (Brian Venua/KMXT) Mark-Anthony Vizcocho …
  • Kodiak had a few events to celebrate Halloween but the centerpiece event was the downtown trick or treating held by the Chamber of Commerce. Hundreds of costumed children wandered downtown in the rain and wind to fill their buckets and bags for the holiday. Some of the kids wore rain and winter coats for the …
  • The Islander Bookshop is one of a handful of local businesses that announced it’s moving into the mall. It’s relocating from a small storefront about a mile north of downtown. “It just blows my mind that in 2023, an indie bookstore, not in the lower 48 but on this island, pretty far out there, can …
  • An atkuk is a type of traditional Alutiiq clothing. “The snow falling parka is what these are sometimes known as and when someone is dancing, wearing it, you see the ermine tails just sort of sway and it really does look like snow falling,” said Amanda Landcaster, the curator of collections at the Alutiiq Museum. …
  • This week on the Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: Alaska Public media’s Kavitha George reports on Yukon youth without salmon, and CoastAlaska’s Angela Denning on selecting hatchery chinook salmon to preserve wild stocks. Kenzie Englishoe stands by an idle fish wheel once used by her community in Gwichyaa Zhee on Aug. 31, 2023. (Matt …
  • The gathering was hosted by the Kodiak Community Foundation and the Kodiak Arts Council. It’s the group’s second Downtown Block Party. Laura Arboleda is the board chair of the foundation. She said participation just about tripled this year. “Last year we had about ten local nonprofits sign up and maybe six or seven showed up,” …
  • Fishing, camping, kayaking, and a year of all expenses paid living; that’s off a poster from the Karluk Tribal Council that went viral last week. They’re looking to pay two families with four children each to move to the village in an effort to get state funding and re-establish a school. Within a week, between …
  • This week marks the 125th anniversary of the Philippines’ Declaration of Independence. That was when the island nation officially began a revolution from its colonizers. Festivities take place across the country each year, and this year, celebrations even took place here in Kodiak. St. Mary’s Parish, Kodiak’s Catholic church, dedicated a Mass to the archipelago’s …
  • If you’ve been to ComFish, you might recognize ALMA, or the Association of Latin Women in Alaska, as the host of fish taco night, right before the conference starts. The group accepts donations for the free tacos, but now they’re ready to put those donations to use and are making an effort to reignite participation …
  • Earlier this month (Feb 14), the Alutiiq Museum announced Chris Wooley as its volunteer of the year for his research about children who were taken from the Kodiak Archipelago and sent to boarding schools in the Lower 48. The Alutiiq Museum’s Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes folks who spend time working on projects with …