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Old 06-06-2014, 10:08 PM
 
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There was an interesting article today on Kodiak. Apparently one of the long time grocery stores is closing for good. Cited it was profitable anymore and the economy was going down. (not my words and I have no knowledge of the place or opinion)

[url=http://www.adn.com/2014/06/03/3500144/kodiaks-struggling-downtown-loses.html#storylink=misearch]Kodiak's struggling downtown loses iconic grocery store | State News | ADN.com[/url]
I saw that article too.http://rb.revolvermaps.com/w/3/s/a/0...jw0k1kvcev.png
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:04 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies everyone!

Starlite, renting is a good idea, and an option we are kicking around...with a baby I'm just so tired of rentals. :P

Anyone currently living on Kodiak want to chime in?

I just read an article in the Kodiak newspaper about an "epidemic" of drug use that is a bit off-putting. I mean, I know they are everywhere, but Kodiak didn't seem like a place there would be such huge problems...
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:00 PM
 
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Hello Alaskans!
We are considering a move to Kodiak, for DH's job. I've read all the other Kodiak posts but they don't cover my questions...

One thing- AK is more expensive to live in and Kodiak has high home prices, is about 100,000.00 enough to buy a home and live in Kodiak and fly to lower 48 once a year? It's just us and our baby.
Kodiak is freaking great for a certain type of person (myself included) but it is the most expensive place to live in Alaska.

Flying to the lower 48 from anywhere in AK is a pain in the butt and very expensive.
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:02 PM
 
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I'm not from Alaska, never been there, and at 59 yrs old, I seriously doubt I'll ever make it to Alaska.
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why give advice on how to handle Alaska then? Jeez!
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:07 AM
 
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Kodiak is freaking great for a certain type of person (myself included) but it is the most expensive place to live in Alaska.

Flying to the lower 48 from anywhere in AK is a pain in the butt and very expensive.

I appreciate the effort, but that is not very helpful information, really.

Anyway, we decided not to go this year, to wait until baby is a year old and can handle travel better. Luckily I got in touch with an old friend who used to live in Kodiak and she answered my questions.

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Old 08-14-2014, 07:22 PM
 
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Can you post some of the information you got about Kodiak?
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:57 AM
 
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Can you post some of the information you got about Kodiak?

Sure, though much of it is kind of personal so I won't post that. The person I contacted was a CG wife, with kids. Keep in mind these are texts...

"I think living in town will be to your benefit - the base is a bit more isolated, so that would probably be a nicer situation.

"I love the ferry - I call it the poor mans cruise ship. You can bring a cooler, your own food. They do have a restaurant on board - beautiful views, the forestry dept has talks on board usually, you see whales, mountains, etc."

"The Coast Guard moves our stuff for us, so no help there. Considering my husband is enlisted...We did have the commissary to shop at, but it's tiny and we always supplemented with Safeway because they have a much larger selection, and way better produce. We had fun joining the quilt guild, and the churches are very friendly as well. There's a small movie theater."

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The only way to get off the island is to fly or ferry, but the cross-gulf ferry only runs in the summer, in the winter the weather's too bad. It's very cold there - even on sunny summer days it can be chilly in the shade. You'll have to take vitamin D in the winter, because you won't get enough via the sun. Some people get Seasonal Affective Disorder, but since you've lived in the north before, you're better equipped. It's gorgeous there, since you are outdoorsy, you'll enjoy it very much. The school system's good. It's the only place I've ever lived where people liked to have medical problems, just so their insurance would fly them to Anchorage and they could shop around seeing a specialist."


Hope this helps.
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Old 08-31-2014, 09:34 AM
 
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Hi.

I lived in Alaska for 10 years, spending 2 in Kodiak. (84-85)

It is where I would go back to if I could afford it.

Kodiak will give you the Alaska experience only a resident knows, the fishing and hunting is terrific.
Exploration on the main island and the surrounding ones, Woody Is. Near Is. Long Is. etc, is awesome.

Be carefull if you are from the lower 48, the land, the weather, and the animals, will kill you, you do not get a second chance.
Treat the country with respect, and you will experience something that cannot be explained.

Good luck.
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