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Visitor numbers up for summer of ’16
This year Kodiak’s cruising tourists increased by one-third from 2015 numbers. According to Discover Kodiak executive director Chastity McCarthy, 21,386 cruise ship passengers visited Kodiak in 2016, compared to 14,076 in 2015. McCarthy attributes the increase to larger cruise ships than normal visiting Kodiak. Fourteen ships visited Kodiak this summer, one less than planned, due to a cancelation. Numbers of non-c...
Sep 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Right to unionize: Fact check Part 1
Teamsters Local 959 and the city of Kodiak have run advertisements on Proposition 1, a collective bargaining initiative on the city ballot. In a series of articles this week, the Daily Mirror will clarify or correct statements made in those advertisements. The Kodiak community has been inundated with arguments for and against city Prop. 1. If passed, the ballot measure would give city employees the right to unioni...
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SPAR returns to Kodiak
The SPAR is home at last. The Coast Guard Cutter SPARR returned to Kodiak Sunday following 42 days patrolling the Arctic region and Bering Sea, according to a Coast Guard press release. The patrol was part of Operation Arctic Shield 2016, and crewmembers “assisted with scientific research, participated in community relations visits in remote Alaska native villages, conducted maritime law enforcement, completed mai...
Sep 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Forum to spread opioid abuse awareness
A community drug forum on heroin and opioid addiction in Kodiak will be held Wednesday in an effort to raise awareness of a growing problem in the community, in Alaska and in the United States as a whole. The forum panel will include law enforcement professionals from the Kodiak Police Department and the Alaska State Troopers and local medical professionals and substance abuse counselors, according to Merissa Koll...
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School board candidates talk superintendent
School board candidates outlined what they would look for in a new superintendent Thursday at a candidate forum sponsored by the Kodiak Community Education Alliance Kodiak District Parent Teacher Student Association. Current superintendent Stewart McDonald announced in June that he would be leaving his position with the Kodiak Island Borough School District when his contract expires in summer 2017. Candidate Kelly...
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Assembly approves letter asking for a landing requirement
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved sending a letter asking for the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council to include community protections in potential Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch management. Assembly member Rebecca Skinner, who sits on the borough and city of Kodiak’s Fisheries Work Group, said at a Thursday special meeting of the assembly that the letter is intended to be a joint one with the city ...
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Council accepts security grant
The city of Kodiak will receive funding from the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs’ Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for upgrades to the Emergency Operations Center. An after-action report completed following the Chiniak wildfire found the EOC is lacking equipment necessary to allow successful transfers of information to and from field operations, according to city manager A...
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Panel project would grace mall wall
The Kodiak man responsible for bringing vintage salmon label trash cans to Kodiak is now seeking approval for his next vision for beautifying the downtown area — interpretive panels highlighting the history of Kodiak Island canneries. Bruce Schactler and local historian Anjuli Grantham have been working on research and design for three 5-by-10 foot panels for possible display on the outside wall of the downtown Sa...
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Assembly candidates on budget, land use, tourism
Voters have a choice this fall with three candidates running for two available Kodiak Island Borough Assembly seats. The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce will present a local candidates forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, also broadcast on KMXT at 100.1 FM. The election is on Oct. 4 with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Scott Smiley A retired university professor and former Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center director, Scott ...
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City firearm rule passes first reading
The Kodiak City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to ban the discharge of firearms “and other dangerous weapons” within city limits, including Near Island and portions of Pillar Mountain, at their regular meeting Thursday. The proposed ordinance’s definition of “dangerous weapons” includes bows and BB, pellet and paintball guns. The ordinance states the “definition specifically does not include ch...
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