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Lions Club, Kodiak Chamber organize bounty program for invasive hawkweed
KODIAK — There’s a bounty on the head of Kodiak’s perennial invasive weed, the orange hawkweed. For years the Kodiak Lions Club has funded a bounty bag program to combat litter in the community. For every bag of trash collected, $3 can be earned for a local nonprofit organization. In a new program this year, for every bag of orange hawkweed collected, the Lions are donating $5 to a local nonprofit or student group...
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Bear-seeking tourists cause trouble in Bell’s Flats
KODIAK — Bears are causing a nuisance in Bell’s Flats, but it’s not their fault — it’s the tourists’. A number of Bell’s Flats residents have called the Mirror to complain about tourists causing traffic hazards on the Chiniak Highway as they leap from their vehicles in search of a perfect photo. “It’s getting kind of out of hand out here, and people are really putting themselves in danger,” said resident Gesa Gust...
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Annual ‘egg take’ is hatchery’s first step toward new fish for Kodiak
Collecting salmon eggs is a little like playing a video game. There’s some great visuals, a bit of blood, a handful of repetitive tasks and, of course, respawning. On Friday, 13 volunteers and Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association employees spent the morning at Afognak Lake, collecting eggs for Pillar Creek Hatchery’s next season of chinook salmon. Pillar Creek manager Al Seale said the hatchery has been using v...
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Portion of Birch Avenue closed today
The City of Kodiak will close a portion of Birch Avenue today as crews work on utility lines. Birch Avenue connects Lower Mill Bay Road to Thorsheim Street, and the portion of the road between Thorsheim and Hemlock Street will be closed to car traffic between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., city officials reported. Access to Birch via the east end of Pine Crest Loop also will be restricted. Drivers are advised to detour around...
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Priest attempts to resolve centuries-old mystery
KODIAK — Was an Orthodox priest, a contemporary of St. Herman who converted many souls as he traveled across the interior of Southwest Alaska, killed by a Native princess he rejected after she seduced him, as told in the first Alaska history books? Or, instead, does the truth reside somewhere in the oral traditions of Native Elders, passed down for 200 years, who tell a very different end for the priest? The first...
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New salmon processing technique developed in Kodiak research center
A new salmon processing technique developed at Kodiak’s Fishery Industrial Technology Center could mean a way to get more Alaska salmon to consumers Outside. Developed by seafood technology specialist Chuck Crapo and a visiting scientist from Vietnam, the process is a new way of freeze-drying salmon so the fish still retains its texture and color. In addition, the process takes only nine hours, far shorter than tr...
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Eco-tour sailing company nears end of first year in Kodiak
KODIAK — An old truism states that when there are too many fishermen and not enough fish in the sea, a smart man will take up farming. That’s the approach Tom Kelly and his wife Laura have taken with their new business, Blue Planet Eco-Charters, which offers Kodiak visitors a chance to get on the water, even if they don’t want to fish. While charter boat operators usually are happy to take non-fishing customers ar...
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Facing increased demand, Kodiak public library rations Internet connections
The Kodiak public library has seen an astounding increase in Internet usage since it began offering wireless Internet in addition to desktop access for patrons earlier this year. Library director Joe D’Elia reported to the members of the Kodiak Public Library Association Tuesday that more than 3,000 people have accessed the wireless network since the program began in March, and use has been high all summer. “The w...
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New pulltab parlor opens in Kodiak mall
Riptide Pulltabs, a nonsmoking, no-alcohol parlor, held its grand opening Friday in the downtown Kodiak mall. It is scheduled to operate from 1-9 p.m. every day. For more information, call Riptide at 486-3103.
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Crowd travels on annual trip to pray at St. Herman’s chapel
KODIAK — Dozens of pilgrims celebrated the 41st anniversary of the canonization of St. Herman of Alaska by journeying to Spruce Island to visit the holy site where the Orthodox Christianity celebrates its first roots on the American continent. The annual pilgrimage draws many locals, but also Orthodox from across the United States and from abroad. Those traveling to Spruce Island Monday came by water in everything...
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