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Online summer ferry reservations now available
Summer ferry reservations are now available online under a new booking system, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced Thursday. The Alaska Marine Highway System summer schedule was released last week, and for the first few days, people seeking to book tickets had to call to make reservations. The new online system can only be used for the summer schedule. People booking travel thro...
Jan 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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KIBSD upgrades perqs to lure substitutes
As children race around the perimeter of Baranof ice skating rink, Levi Black looks on, glancing from the students, to a stopwatch in his hand and back again. Students laugh as they attempt to stop on the ice after he calls “red light.” Black is a substitute teacher for the Kodiak Island Borough School District, and he is filled in for a Kodiak Middle School physical education teacher on Wednesday. “I enjoy teachi...
Jan 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Retro label trash cans on the way downtown
Colorful labeled trash cans will soon be popping up downtown. At a meeting of the Downtown Revitalization Committee, city manager Aimée Kniaziowski said new trashcans covered in large salmon-can labels had just arrived. The city ordered 28 of them, with some of them purchased by local businesses. At the meeting, the committee welcomed two new subcommittee members, Jonathan Strong and Kathy Drabek, and planned for ...
Jan 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Week in Words: Doesn’t seem Oscar doing his job
Even with the return of four American prisoners in Iran, President Obama’s State of the Union address, the commencement of a new legislative session, and even (gulp) Sarah Palin back in the news as she throws her support behind Trump, I gotta say: It sure seemed like a slow news week. The biggest news flare-up was about the Academy Awards. The nominations were announced a few days ago, and right away, critics jump...
Jan 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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City gets report on police encounter
The independent investigation into the Kodiak Police Department’s handling of a controversial 2015 incident is finished, according to a letter from the city’s law firm to the Daily Mirror. Greg Russell filed a 200 page report with the city on Tuesday, attorney Katherine Davies of Birch Horton Bittner and Cherot wrote in the letter. The city hired Russell, a law enforcement training consultant and former Kotzebue p...
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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PHAB backs crane, ice for small boats
The Ports and Harbors Advisory Board wants the city of Kodiak to take a look at installing a publicly available crane and ice production facility. PHAB board member Marty Owen gave a report on options, saying such facilities would benefit the community, especially small boat owners. He said the ultimate goal would be a drive-down float with a crane, but more practical options in the nearer future include a smaller...
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Marshals: Suspect not armed
The arresting agency has reported more details about the apprehension of a Kodiak man charged with assault in the third degree, kidnapping and misconduct involving a weapon. The U.S. Marshals Alaska Fugitive Task Force and a Kodiak trooper arrested Mark Benton, 49, at a location on Parkside Drive at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday evening, according to a trooper report. Benton had no weapons in his possession at the...
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Biologist: Local murres OK despite die-off
A Kodiak bird biologist spoke Friday about all the dead murres washing up on Alaska shores but also observed that Kodiak birds could be doing OK. Robin Corcoran, a bird biologist with the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, said signs point to starvation as the cause of death for thousands of common murres found washed up on beaches around the state. Of the 85 birds examined, almost half came from Kodiak. Most had no...
Jan 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Update: Benton apprehended
Mark Benton was apprehended Saturday by the U.S. Marshals Alaska Fugitive Task Force without incident. The arrest, confirmed by Alaska State Troopers public information officer Megan Peters on Monday morning, was the result of a joint investigation by Alaska State Troopers and the AFTF. The AFTF was dispatched to Kodiak to aid in locating Benton, Peters said. Benton was wanted by troopers since a Jan. 8 incident, ...
Jan 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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City OKs lease for boat display
The Kodiak Maritime Museum now has a lease for property on the spit near Oscar’s Dock, and the Kodiak City Council moved forward an ordinance aimed at panhandling downtown. At its Thursday meeting, the council approved a 20-year lease with two possible extensions for the spot where the museum plans to install a 50-year-old restored fishing vessel. The museum will pay $10 per year for use of the property. The counc...
Jan 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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