KODIAK - The state of Alaska has picked the guiding hand behind its new Tustumena-class ferry. Naval engineering firm Glosten and Associates of Seattle will guide the state as it plans a new oceangoing ferry to replace the 49-year-old ferry Tustumena.
KODIAK (AP) - Changes are brewing in Kodiak's downtown. As soon as next month, longtime landmark store Cy's Sporting Goods could be replaced by the booming Kodiak Island Brewing Company. "There's been steady, steady growth over the years in demand both on the retail side and on the wholesale side," said Ben Millstein, owner of the brewing company now on Shelikof Street. "There's parking issues, too, and kind of access issues and efficiency issues within the space. It just seemed like staying there might not be an option."
KODIAK (AP) - Alaska's oldest licensed winery isn't old enough to drink, but it's just the right age to serve. Alaskan Wilderness Wines, based on Shearwater Way in Kodiak, is turning 13 this year and proprietors Steve and Lisa Thomsen couldn't be happier. "Wine, it gets better with age," Steve said. Homemade fruit wine has a long tradition in Alaska and the state has had a licensing regulation for commercial wineries since at least 1993, but when the Thomsens began producing wine in 1999, they were the first in Alaska.
KODIAK (AP) - At one end of the city of Kodiak is a gala display - more than 10,000 lights synchronized with broadcast music by an automated computer program. At the other end is another accomplishment of winter wonder, a 30-foot Christmas tree molded from recycled materials, standing tall in white light above Mission Beach. Meet the wizards of winter. Working separately, Dave Hilty and Andy Crawley have created two of the biggest displays on Kodiak Island this holiday season. Crawley, whose display is on Otmeloi Way, started late.
KODIAK (AP) - In May 2011, New York Times writer Ted O'Callahan traveled to Kodiak Island in search of an environmentally friendly way to see bears. What he found was Kodiak Treks on Uyak Bay. Harry Dodge founded the lodge in 1995 and married Brigid in 1997. Today, the two run the lodge to provide a low-impact bear-watching experience.
KODIAK (AP) - In 1965, Ronald Sears came to Alaska for the first time. Serving as a messman onboard a barge escort, he plowed the choppy ocean between Washington state and Whittier six times - seasick each time. The experience was enough to make him swear off sailing for a while. More than a decade later, he arrived on Kodiak Island as his own boss, owner of freight company Southern Alaska Forwarding. During the 31 years between Sears' 1979 arrival and today, Southern Alaska grew into one of the largest shipping companies on Kodiak Island.
Kenai resident Reford James Brooks Jr. died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004, at his home in Kenai. He...said. Mr. Brooks was preceded in death by his father, Reford James Brooks Sr. and sister, Alice Ann Brooks. He is survived by his daughter...
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