Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Kennicott aids fishing vessel in distress
The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Kennicott made an unscheduled stop Sunday afternoon, but it was for a good cause. On a trip from Dutch Harbor to Kodiak, the Kennicott came to the aid of the fishing vessel Erica Renee, which had radioed for help after it began taking on water. “When the Kennicott showed up, it was listing heavily,” ferry service spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said. According to Petty Officer 3rd C...
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NMFS rolls out rules to protect Tanner crab near Kodiak
The National Marine Fisheries Service has released a proposal to restrict trawling near Kodiak Island to protect Tanner crab populations. Amendment 89 to the Gulf groundfish management plan would prohibit non-pollock trawling in an area of Marmot Bay and would require flatfish fishermen to modify their trawl gear in the Central Gulf. “The use of modified nonpelagic trawl gear in these fisheries would reduce the un...
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Property taxes remain unchanged for most
Taxes will remain flat for most Kodiak Island Borough property owners in the coming year. Last week, the borough assembly held final discussions on its FY14 budget, and borough finance director Karl Short told members of the assembly that most homeowners’ millage rates will remain unchanged as the new fiscal year begins in July. “I’d like to reemphasize that it doesn’t increase the mill rate,” Short said. The sole...
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Chicken guru visits Kodiak
At “Chicken University,” the passing grade is a big, fat goose egg. Or hen’s egg, if you prefer. On Saturday afternoon, about 20 Kodiak residents came to Fisherman’s Hall to listen to University of Alaska Fairbanks extension agent Steve Brown explain the do’s and don’ts of raising chickens in Alaska. “It’s just exploded in popularity,” Brown said after the educational session, known as Chicken University. “If we d...
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New senior housing complex rising on Near Island
Seniors are one step closer to having another housing option in Kodiak. The Kodiak Island Housing Authority broke ground on a new 32-unit senior housing complex in April, and work entered full swing this month. The 36,000 square-foot, three-story building is going up on Near Island next to the Koniag building. Scheduled to be complete in fall 2014, it will be home to seniors 55 years and older. KIHA project direct...
May 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assemblyman aims to extinguish smoking borough-wide
Borough assemblyman Aaron Griffin is used to heat. After all, he's a fireman. He'll face a new kind of heat as he pushes a proposal to ban public indoor smoking across the Kodiak Island Borough. "I know it would be a very hot item," he said. "I may take some heat ... but quite honestly, I think it's the right thing to do." Griffin is drafting an ordinance that would put a smoking ban on the borough ballot in Octob...
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Senator visits Kodiak, tours rural communities
For the past three days, Sen. Lisa Murkowski has covered Kodiak from Ouzinkie to Old Harbor and Port Lions, fulfilling what she said is a long-held desire to see Kodiak’s rural communities. “To understand by seeing is such a big thing,” she said Wednesday afternoon at a meet-and-greet at the Kodiak Island Brewing Co. Alaska’s senior senator has been to Kodiak city “more times than I can count,” she said, but has n...
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Woman accused of hitting man in the head with beer bottle
A Kodiak woman is facing an assault charge for allegedly hitting a man in the head with a beer bottle. Audrey Markoski, 28, was arraigned in Kodiak district court on Monday on one count of third-degree assault, a class C felony. According to court documents, Markoski was at the Village Bar around 3:30 a.m. Sunday when the alleged incident occurred. When police arrived on scene, the man was sitting on a stool at th...
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KPD faces mass retirement
In his first two months after being hired by the Kodiak Police Department in 1990, Lt. Kyle Valerio was a TV star. The young officer was featured on an episode of “Cops” for arresting a few local inebriates at a Kodiak bar. “It was a classic Kodiak moment,” he said. Valerio is one of three longtime Kodiak Police Department officials retiring this month. Valerio, Det. William Pyles and Sgt. Daniel Olson have all wo...
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Bird fears overblown in Kodiak
From California to Cape Cod, spinning blades are swiping across the sky, generating cheap and clean electricity. According to a new study, however, America’s wind turbines have a hidden toll — an estimated 888,000 bat and 573,000 bird deaths per year. Those figures are alarming, but according to local birders, Kodiak isn’t contributing to the toll. In the four years since the first wind turbine began spinning on P...
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