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Philippine envoy’s visit to Alaska aimed at advancing trade, cultural ties
Philippine Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. will visit Anchorage next week to further strengthen Alaska’s long and productive ties with the Philippines, officials said Wednesday. During his Nov. 1-2 visit, Cuisia will meet with Sen. Mark Begich and with members of the Filipino-American community, one of the largest minority groups in Alaska. Cuisia and Begich will both attend the annual Filipino Maharlika Banquet, th...
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Kodiak students make all-state band, choir and orchestra
Just more than a dozen Kodiak music students made all-state band, choir or orchestra this year. Students from all around Alaska audition for all-state by submitting recordings of themselves singing or playing challenging pieces of music and demonstrations of musical techniques. “The string requirements are ridiculously hard,” said Walter Muelling, the director of orchestras at the Kodiak Island Borough School Dist...
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A “ghost” of activities for Halloween
Haunted houses, trick-or-treating and scariness galore are happening this weekend in a variety of events for everyone. The events kick off tonight with Haunted Haley, the annual spookiness aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley. It’s from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with a kid-friendly hour from 6 to 7. It is open to the public, but attendees must bring identification and drivers must have auto insurance in order to get ...
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Public-safety groups warn about bear safety on Halloween
Organizations associated with public safety and bears have issued a list of guidelines to have a bear-safe Halloween. The Kodiak Interagency Bear Safety Group’s guidelines are intended to keep kids and bears from scaring each other on dark evenings this weekend. The group’s guidelines: • Encourage participation in organized Halloween activities. • Trick-or-treat early and finish activities by 8 p.m. • Parents shou...
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Max, the Kodiak police dog, retires
Max celebrated his retirement from the Kodiak Police Department with a rare treat — a brick of meatloaf and doggie ice cream. The 11-year-old Belgian Malinois slobbered up both of them like he had never had them before. “I kept him on a pretty rigid diet,” his handler, Sgt. Michael Barnett, said. Kodiak’s police dog the last seven and a half years was sent out in style with a retirement ceremony Monday afternoon a...
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Mice used in migration research
A lab at Cornell University in New York, which is researching human migration by studying the DNA in common house mice, is asking Kodiak residents for help. Camille Mangiaratti, a Cornell student studying ecology, evolutionary biology and English, is gathering mice DNA from several cities in Alaska. Along with Kodiak, she is trying to get mice from Anchorage, Juneau, Homer, Valdez, Cordova and Fairbanks. “We’re tr...
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Alutiiq becomes official Alaska language
Alutiiq and 19 other Alaska Native languages joined English as official state languages Thursday when Gov. Sean Parnell signed House Bill 216 at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage. Along with Alutiiq, HB 216 added the Inupiaq, Siberian Yupik, Central Alaska Yup’ik, Unangax, Dena’ina, Deg Xinag, Holikachuk, Koyukon, Upper Kuskokwim, Gwich’in, Tanana, Upper Tanana, Tanacross, Hän, Ahtna, Eyak, ...
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Kodiak prepares for emergencies
The Bayside Fire Department and the Red Cross hosted an emergency preparedness fair on Saturday. About 200 people attended the four-hour event and learned how to use a fire extinguisher, how to build an emergency kit and evacuation routes in case of a tsunami. Fire prevention was a big theme of the day. Bayside’s Fire prevention officer Jim Pickett pointed out fire hazards that many people may not realize. Pickett...
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Pro-marijuana legalization police chief to speak in Kodiak
A Missouri police chief has expressed his support for legalization of recreational marijuana use in Alaska, saying many law enforcement officers have started to realize that the country’s current drug policies aren’t really working. Chief Larry Kirk, a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, spoke to the Kodiak Daily Mirror a few days before delivering his views at the local rotary clubs and radio stations ...
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Kodiak’s relatively unknown fishery provides extra income for divers. (VIDEO)
Kodiak has a fishery that many people may not know about: Parastichopus Californicus, commonly referred to as the red sea cucumber. It kind of looks like a cucumber, except the wrong color. It’s red and while it looks prickly, its spines are actually soft and not dangerous. In fact, the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Kodiak Laboratory has two types of cucumbers in both its aquarium and touch tank. About 20 dive...
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