President's Message

Chamber Members,

Hopefully March lives up to its reputation – in like a lion and out like a lamb. Everyone in Kodiak is certainly ready for warmer temperatures, more sunlight and fewer storms. March is an exciting month for Kodiak: Tax Free Day (March 7 th ), Business After Hours (March 9 th ), Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17 th , and ComFish - March 26 th through March 28 th .

ComFish 2020 – “Sea What Matters” – kicks off on Wednesday, March 25 th with a Fish Taco Feed at the Brewery followed by a first time ever fishing gear fashion show at the High School auditorium. Over the course of the next three days, ComFish Alaska, the longest and largest Alaskan trade show, brings together every aspect of commercial fishing, from equipment, technology, and gear exhibitors to government agencies and non-profits. The public forums discuss relevant fishery topics and bring together policy makers, both federal and state, with community stakeholders. The event is open to the public but the chamber asks those in the fishing industry to register for full access to bonus materials, chances to win prizes, and to receive the most up to date information about the trade show and forums. Check out the ComFish website to view the trade show vendor list, schedule of activities and forums and to register. 

Business After Hours will be hosted by The Islander Bookshop located at 1315 Mill Bay Road (next to KVOK radio station) on March 9 th at 5:00 PM. The shop houses a book store, small café, and hosts workshops. Come welcome new business owner Melissa Haffeman to Kodiak’s business community.

We would also like to welcome new chamber members Ryan Air, Jeffries Web Design LLC, and Kodiak Print Masters.

Shop the Rock on March 7 th (tax free day). This is a great opportunity to save money and support local merchants. Note that many business owners will have additional savings besides the city of Kodiak’s tax free day.

Happy Saint Paddy’s Day – Shop Local!
Julie Bonney 
Our Sponsors
Chamber Celebrates Kodiak Coast Guard

The Kodiak Community honored the U.S. Coast Guard at the annual “We Applaud You” dinner on the evening of February 7 th . Nearly 200 guests made up of Coast Guard personnel and supporters were treated to a fantastic evening of food, stories and fun.

The evening started off with the presentation of colors from the Kodiak Civil Air Patrol, followed by the St. Johns Choir. Special guest speaker Jennifer Parnell dazzled the audience with her remarks recounting her injury from this past summer.

Special thanks to our event sponsors KANA, Matson and BP and thank you to the local business who provided donations for the evening!
ComFish Alaska is Coming! is now live! You can now register to attend and be entered to win special prizes for preregistering! Be sure to check the list of exhibitors that will be attending and stay up to date on the schedule of events as they become available! Get all the information you'll need to make the week of ComFish great!

"Sea What Matters" ComFish Alaska 2020
March 26th-28th
March 9 th from 5-7:00 PM
The Islander Bookshop
1315 Mill Bay Road

The Islander Bookshop will be hosting an evening for you to come to browse the more than 3,000 hand-selected books recommended by your neighbors, friends and Kodiak community members! They will have a wonderful cheese platter and some desserts from the shop.

And as always, we'll have plenty of fun door prizes donated by both The Islander Bookshop and the Chamber of Commerce. Plus we'll also have the ever popular Split-the-Pot, so bring your cash!

This is a   FREE  event open to  EVERYONE !
Kodiak Electric Association - Board Seats
Three Seats are Up for Election with the Kodiak Electric Association, Inc. Board of Directors.

Deadline for filing petitions is March 11, 2020.
Tax Free Saturday is coming up, March 7, 2020. If you are a business and have a special be sure to add it to the Facebook page here . If you have any questions, reach out to Jena Lowmaster ( )
Alutiiq angyaq inducted into Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame
Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository
215 Mission Road, Suite 101
Kodiak, AK 99615
Phone: 844-425-8844
DATE: February 20, 2020
CONTACT: April Counceller
PHOTO: Angyaq frame model by Teacon Simeonoff, Alutiiq Museum collections.

Before there were pick-up trucks, there was the Alutiiq/Sugpiaq angyaq (open boats). Crafted explicitly for heavy seas, and mass transportation, and made from local materials, these historic skin-covered boats were used in Sugpiaq society for harvesting and traveling. Angyaq were owned by families.

The Alaska State Committee on Research honors the creativity, traditional ecological knowledge, and craftsmanship of the Alutiiq/Sugpiaq angyaq and inducts these large open boats into the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame class of 2020.

“It was import to us that this ingenious watercraft to be recognized and remembered,” said Dr. April Laktonen Counceller, Executive Director for the Alutiiq Museum. “The boat, and growing knowledge of its manufacture, are symbolic of our community’s journey. Just as angyat carried many people, the
journey to relearn angyaq construction has been a community experience, with many people involved.”

While it's unknown when angyat were first invented, archaeological finds from the Alutiiq village of Karluk suggest these boats are at least 400 years old. The construction of angyat was suppressed during the Russian conquest of Kodiak. Fur traders confiscated and destroyed angyat as a way to make it
difficult for Sugpiaq communities to gather, flee subjugation, and/or retaliate. Consequently, knowledge of these boats and their construction faded from living memory.

“I marvel at the angyaq design,” said Dr. Sven Haakanson Jr., a Sugpiaq artist and scholar. “The Indigenous people were engineers ahead of their time. It got me thinking about what else are we are missing from the Sugpiaq community that we can use today to help us sustain our world.”

Now, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq people are reawakening the art of angyaq building. craftsmen have taken inspiration from their ancestors, examined boat parts recovered from archaeological sites and only 15 models found in museum collections, and are recreating angyat. These boats are constructed following
traditional methods of transforming driftwood, sinew, and hide into large, nimble watercraft by using contemporary materials.

Originally one angyaq had benches for up to 20 paddlers and were between 30 to 40 feet long. An angyaq frame is made from local driftwood with specific wood selected for the different parts. In the past craftsmen split the wood with stone tools, splitting adzes and whale bone wedges. Each element of an angyaq was then shaped with finer carving tools using planing adzes, chisels, and knives made from shells, beaver, marmot and porcupine incisors. The pieces are lashed together and traditionally finished with sea lion skins that had been dehaired, sewn together with waterproof stitches, and oiled.

“There are a lot of lessons we are relearning as we go,” said Dr. Haakanson. “It’s a bit of a challenge to reverse engineer design from a model, but we figured it out. Now we are sharing this knowledge with others so we don’t have to reinvent the wheel again.”

Perhaps the most ingenious feature of the Alutiiq/Sugpiaq angyaq’s design is its bulbous bow, a feature that decreases the amount of force needed to propel the boat forward. The large disk-like projection on the lower part of the bow rests just below the waterline. It adds buoyancy, increases stability, and reduces drag by changing the flow of water around the boat.

This design was adopted by Alutiiq/Sugpiaq craftsmen centuries ago to ensure stability in Kodiak’s notoriously rough waters. During World War I, U.S. Naval architects adopted a similar shape to the angyaq’s bulbous bow, which is now considered the standard in ship design around the world.

Dr. Haakanson is leading much of the work to revive the art of building angyat. With help from students and volunteers, he constructed two angyat that were successfully launched in the ocean in 2016. Other craftsmen like Teacon Simeonoff and Andrew Abyo, are learning the art by making models.

The Alutiiq Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the history and culture of the Alutiiq, an Alaska Native tribal people. Representatives of Kodiak Alutiiq organizations govern the museum with funding from charitable contributions, memberships, grants, contracts, and
February BAH - Residential Mortgage
The Chamber would like to thank, Residential Mortgage for hosting February's Business After Hours. Over $1,000 of prizes were given away to the nearly 50 attendees and the Chamber raised $90 in Split-The-Pot funds! Money raised from Split-The-Pot goes toward the $1,000 Scholarship given to a student in Kodiak. It was a fun evening of networking, and delicious food from Chef Joel and Martine of Mill Bay Catering.

Be sure to join us this month at The Islander Bookshop!
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Mix Business with Personal for Work/Life Balance

Many CEOs and executives aspire but struggle to achieve work/life balance, leading to stress and guilt. Ari Rastegar joins us to share how hiring friends and family is the ultimate solution to finding this balance.

Ari Rastegar  is known for his specialized expertise in real estate and his contrarian investment strategies. He is considered a leader of the next generation of real estate managers. He founded his first real estate investment firm in 2006 while still in law school. He’s been recognized for his specialties in recession-resilient strategies and commercial real estate investments. Ari is a longtime support of charitable organizations like Save The Children and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Board of Directors
President  Julie Bonney
Past President Lindsay Knight                                
Vice President Patrick Cummings                 
Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Sanford
Board Members               
Tyler Kornelis · Alex Turner · Ginny Shank · Diane Million · Daniel Eubanks · Tyler Wallace
City of Kodiak Representative Mike Tvenge
Kodiak Island Borough Representative Michael Powers
USCG Base Representative Capt. Jeffery Good
USCG Air Station Representative Capt. Bryan Dailey
KEA Representative Darron Scott
Discover Kodiak Representative Aimee Williams
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Phone: (907) 486-5557
Executive Director: Sarah Phillips
Community Relations: Jena Lowmaster