First Graders Raise Funds Through Reading
Friday, May 29 2015
Mrs Scott's First Grade Class/ Courtesy of Mrs Scott
The first graders of Eagle’s View Elementary School recently completed participation in Heifer International’s Read to Feed Program. The goal is to improve students’ reading abilities by encouraging them to read and to make a difference in the lives of others by gifting livestock to families in need. After viewing a slideshow on Heifer International’s website that illustrated how reading can help other kids and other families, the students agreed to be part of the program. Teacher Mrs. Jon Scott expressed that with the days getting longer, she knows it's great to play outside but she doesn't want them to forget about reading. She said, "A fun way for them to keep on reading would be to help others." (read more here)
Membership Meeting Coming Soon
Tuesday, May 19 2015
A good turnout at the 2014 meeting.
Please join us for our annual membership meeting on Wednesday, May 27th, from 7 - 9 PM. The event will include an open house, refreshments, and a behind-the-scenes look at Flash! Unalaska. This is a great opportunity to see new Channel 8 equipment in action and learn more about local radio and television. On the ballot this year are several by-laws changes and three seats on the UCB Board of Directors. Current members should have already received official invitations along with an absentee ballot. This is a membership event, and memberships are available at the door.
In Memoriam: Gisli Arni Kristjansson
Monday, May 18 2015
Gisli Arni Kristjansson, 49, Kodiak, Alaska, passed away, May 9, 2015. He was born on Sept. 12, 1966, in Vestmannajar, Iceland. He lived there until he was 17 years old when he had the opportunity to come to America and work on his dad’s fishing boat in Washington.
Gisli was an excellent swimmer and he proved that in 2006 when the 32-foot cod fishing vessel Calico Dog capsized while rounding Priest Rock. He was treading water and thought, “I’m not gonna die” and in a last effort he swam to the Calico Dog, which was drifting away. He held on for 12 hours in 38 degree water. He was later rescued by the Alaska State Trooper vessel Stimson.
He was good at everything including survival. His skiff once overturned in blizzard conditions. His father, Kristjan, recalls that he could see a bonfire from his boat and he could see the guys walking around the fire. They were stranded. Kristjan made an attempt to rescue them in his boat, only to run it aground. He was lucky enough to get free. A group of cannery workers from Akutan eventually rescued them after they were there for almost 20 hours.
Gisli worked on many boats — Northern Aurora, Unimak Enterprise, Lady Gudny, Ocean Hope II, and Irene H, just to name a few. He held many positions throughout the years — deckhand, deck boss, engineer, skipper and many others. He will be rembered for being a nice guy and generous to a fault. He enjoyed motorcycles, fishing, friends, cooking and especially DVDs. He loved hanging out and watching movies. He was loved and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his father, Kristjan Laxfoss Havardarson; step-mother, Teresa Laxfoss of Unalaska, Alaska; step-father, Vidar Sigurbjornsson of Iceland; brothers, Gunnar Laxfoss of Seattle, Washington, and Gunnar B. Laxfoss, of Bellingham, Washington; half-brother, Einar Vidarson of Iceland; step-brother, Brad Caple of Unalaska, Alaska; sisters, Sigurbjord Boel Laxfoss of Bellingham and Gudny K. Laxfoss of North Dakota; and daughter, Silvia Gislidottir of Keflavik, Iceland
Burial will be held in private by family. Gisli will be taken to Kelavik, Iceland.
Memorial contributions and any photos or stories are welcome and should be mailed to PO Box 1050, Unalaska, AK 99685.