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Local students win duck stamp contest
Several local children placed in the Alaska competition of the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Lucas White took first place in the K-3 grade group, and Malina Fagan took first in the 4-6 group. Sakura Witherow and Joshua Leiva both took second in the K-3 group. Journey Wunch took first place in the conservation message category in the 4-6 group with “Healthy Habitat = Healthy People.” Ten Kodiak students took ...
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Bill Walker returns to Kodiak, talking energy and local hire
One of the Kodiak Electric Association’s biggest fans might be Bill Walker, independent candidate for governor. Walker boasts Kodiak Island Borough’s reliance on renewables for power generation around the state and its ability to use those efficiencies to lower energy costs. “I brag about Kodiak around the state because you’re down to two percent diesel because of your hydro and your wind generation… So you have d...
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Workshop teaches old and new mariners about safety
Commercial fishers learned boat safety during an Alaska Marine Safety Education Association workshop on Wednesday and Thursday. The participants learned about cold water survival skills, maydays, EPIRBS, flares, man overboard recovery, immersion suits and PFDs, emergency drills, firefighting, life rafts, abandoning ship, helicopter rescue and conducting emergency drills on their own boats. Half of the group taking...
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City closing in on Horizon Lines contract at Pier 3
The city moved a step closer to sealing a new cargo-handling contract with Horizon Lines, timed for the new dock and crane in the rebuilding project at Pier 3. “We’re moving ahead and planning to have a meeting with Horizon in early June to hopefully finalize some points and get those resolved,” said Lon White, the city’s harbormaster. Horizon Lines is expected to provide a new electric cargo crane to the city as ...
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Sullivan, Lt Gov. candidate, speaks on fiscal prudence, teacher reform
Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan does not spend much time lambasting other politicians in his quest to win the nomination for lieutenant governor of Alaska. Instead, he boosts education reform and fiscal prudence as a vision for the state. His plans call for a master teacher in every classroom and a more frugal Alaska with a Standard & Poors AAA bond rating like Anchorage. “The only city in Alaska ever to get a AAA,” ...
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Wildlife authorities investigating possible shot bear
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported an incident in which a person shot a bear that had gotten into the dumpsters near Woody Way. The Alaska Wildlife Troopers are investigating the probable bear shooting and trying to find the alleged shooter. “Right now the Alaska Wildlife Troopers are looking into it and trying to look for the individual who supposedly shot the bear,” said Nathan Svoboda, wildlife bio...
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Treadwell eyes quotas, Russians
For Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, trips to Kodiak help show up his opponents for a U.S. Senate seat, Democrat or Republican. “I committed to be in Kodiak when I was here the last time for the fisheries debate,” Treadwell told the Mirror on the sidelines of the Crab Festival survival suit race Saturday. Treadwell is running against fellow Republicans Dan Sullivan and Joe Miller for a chance to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen...
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Relief expected soon from smoke, pollen
Familiar moist weather is set to chase away the warm and sunny days of record-breaking May. The good news is that pollen and residual smoke from the Funny River fire could get washed away by the moister air mass descending on the region. Kodiakans and other Alaskans have been complaining about huge pollen counts, sore throats and coughing. “The tree pollen is making quite a mess all over the harbor,” Kodiak harbor...
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AMSEA offers additional workshop
High demand for a marine safety training has led the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association to schedule an extra workshop in Kodiak. The May 29-30 class reached maximum enrollment, so a second class has been scheduled for 8 a.m.-8 p.m. May 30 and 8:30 a.m.-noon May 31. The training will cover cold water survival skills, life rafts, emergency drills, EPIRBS, helicopter rescue, man overboard recovery and firefig...
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From fishing to hamster balls
Matt Shadle left a career in fishing, found ranching in the Lower 48, and returned to Kodiak last week to sell his trawler and float hamster balls instead at the Crab Festival. “I’ve sold my boat and I’m turning into a rancher. I’ve been a fisherman for 30 years. I’m no longer going to be a fisherman anymore,” Shadle told the Mirror. Quotas, observers and overweening regulations pushed him out of fishing. But his ...
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