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Complex relaunch: Repairs near complete, AAC preps for micro-sat, Army
A Saturday ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the near-completion of the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska following a rocket explosion at the Narrow Cape facility two years ago. In August 2014, a test launch of a hypersonic weapon was terminated by a self-destruct mechanism after a faulty thermal cover interfered with the vehicle’s steering assembly. The explosion that resulted caused extensive damage to the launch fa...
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Assembly member files for mayor
A current Kodiak Island Borough Assembly member filed to run for borough mayor. Dan Rohrer filed his application to run for mayor. Rohrer has previously served as deputy presiding officer, a position the assembly chooses. Rohrer’s assembly term ends in 2017. Dennis Symmons filed for one of two seats on the Service Area No. 1 Board, a seat he currently holds. There are still numerous vacancies for the assembly and ...
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3 file for 2 places on assembly
Daily Mirror Staff Kodiakans will see several contested races in the October election for Kodiak Island Borough seats. Along with incumbent Scott Smiley, both Monique Lewis and Matthew Van Daele have filed to run for two available three-year terms on the assembly. Lewis applied for an assembly vacancy in June, and she narrowly missed being appointed to the seat in a tie-breaker vote. Van Daele currently sits on th...
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Chiniak replant vote up in the air
The decision on purchasing trees to plant on burned and logged borough-owned land drew more discussion Thursday in advance of the decision on a contract for tree saplings at the next meeting. At the work session, several assembly members suggested the contract be coupled with one for the planting. “I would presume that whoever we hire to put the trees in the ground, that part of their contract would include … that...
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Wallace: Video could victimize innocents
Kodiak Police Chief Ronda Wallace cited privacy concerns and equipment functionality as reasons for her decision to terminate use of police body cameras, Thursday in an address to the Kodiak City Council. Wallace spoke during the city manager comments portion of the council regular meeting. She began by listing the pros of police body cameras. When Kodiak police officers began wearing the cameras in February 2015,...
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Assembly incumbent files to run again
A recently-appointed Kodiak Island Borough Assembly member has filed to run again for his seat. Scott Smiley, appointed to fill a vacancy in early June, filed Thursday to run for one of the two three-year assembly member terms up for grabs in the Oct. 4 election, according to the borough clerk’s office. The deadline to file is Monday, and Smiley is the only candidate to file so far for the assembly. No one has yet...
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Assembly rejects lighting district plan
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly unanimously failed an ordinance to place the creation of a street lighting district for Otmeloi Way on the fall ballot. Assembly members cited concerns over a lack of communication and clarity with residents. Two residents of the area spoke at the Thursday night special meeting. One said he hadn’t seen design plans and the other said he had unanswered questions about future costs...
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Tunes warm up August night
The Kodiak Lions’ annual music festival comes back, Saturday at the Kodiak Island Fairgrounds, for its 21st year. With bands including Good Lieutenants, Joey Houck Band, White Twang and Ellamy Tiller, and Bev Cole, the Warm August Nights lineup will stretch until shortly after midnight. “We’ve had more people raise their hand to want to sing then we actually had time scheduled for,” said Lions member Jerimiah Myer...
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School break-ins suspect arrested in Ninilchik
A Kodiak man who had been released from jail to a drug treatment facility was arrested last week in Ninilchik after failing to appear in court. Richard Knagin, 26, had been staying at the Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge Alaska Campus, a Wasilla facility offering alcohol and drug addiction recovery services, prior to his failure to appear, according to court documents. Those documents indicate the court ...
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MOUNTAIN VIEWS: Father, daughter take different view of games
This week’s column almost didn’t get written in the midst of Olympic mania. Enthusiasm for Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps and the U.S. women’s gymnastics team is going strong in our house. When the Olympics started last week, I let the kids know they could watch as much Olympics as they like. I’m going to ride this wave of Olympic television coverage in these final weeks of summer. Fully surrendering to this large ...
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