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Visiting writer presents talk on the history of Russian whaling in Alaska
In the early 1800s, Alaska’s Russian settlers failed at whaling. Dr. Ryan Jones, a Russian historian and author will explain how and why during his free public lecture at the Baranov Museum at 7 p.m. tonight. Jones is an assistant professor of history at Idaho State University. He has written many articles about Russian history, and his book “Empire of Extinction: Sea Cows and Scientists in the Russian North Pacif...
Aug 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pilgrims return to St. Herman chapel on Spruce Island
SPRUCE ISLAND — Pilgrims from across the world traveled here Wednesday to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the canonization of St. Herman of Alaska. The annual pilgrimage drew around 100 people who arrived by boat to visit the holy site where Orthodox Christianity celebrates its roots in America. Bells rang as the Orthodox ministers arrived and made their way up the path to the St. Herman’s Chapel, followed by th...
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Ferry system unveils draft 2013 summer schedule
Old Harbor isn’t listed on next summer’s tentative ferry schedule, but residents of that small town shouldn’t worry. Jeremy Woodrow, spokesman for the Alaska Marine Highway System, said the schedule released Wednesday omits Old Harbor simply because highway administrators wanted to give the rest of the state more time to comment. “The long story short is we’re still working with the community of Old Harbor on how ...
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As drought clobbers the Lower 48, Alaska stays cool
DAILY MIRROR STAFF On Wednesday, the National Climactic Data Center reported July was the hottest month ever recorded in the Lower 48. Closer to home, things are quite a bit different. According to the Alaska Climate Research Center, which released its final figures late Tuesday, temperatures statewide were 2.1 degrees below normal in July. In the Lower 48, temperatures were 3.3 degrees above normal. According to ...
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Large budget for new high school brings out artists
Artists appear to like big budgets. That’s the obvious conclusion after 260 artists from across Kodiak, Alaska and the United States put their names in consideration to submit art for the new Kodiak High School. Under the state’s “percent for art” program, state-funded building projects must reserve 1 percent of their budget for art to decorate the building. The huge price tag of the Kodiak High School expansion a...
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When tsunami debris arrives, a big question: Where does Kodiak put it?
As Alaska prepares for a flood of marine debris from last year’s Japanese tsunami, thousands of words have been written and hours of meetings have been held to answer the question of who will pick up that trash. Far less time has been spent to answer a simpler question: When this garbage is picked up, where will it go? “This is potentially a much bigger issue,” said Kodiak borough engineering and facilities direct...
Aug 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Report: City sales tax burden falls on just 40 percent of sales
Holes in the Kodiak sales tax code mean about 60 percent of business within city limits goes untaxed, the Kodiak City Council learned Tuesday night. A presentation by city finance director Mary Munk revealed that more than 20 sales tax exemptions shielded almost $248 million in Kodiak business receipts in 2011. According to Munk’s figures, Kodiak businesses reported sales of almost $416 million in 2011. Sales taxe...
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Kodiak man pleads guilty in mailed heroin case
A 35-year-old Kodiak man has pleaded guilty to fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance after he picked up a package from the U.S. Postal Service that contained approximately 25 grams of heroin. Jacob Hilsinger pled guilty on July 31 to a class C felony as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Under the deal, he faces 156 days in jail, a $2,500 fine and five years probation. An additional four yea...
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Road survey measures Emerald Isle traffic
Black hoses strategically placed across Kodiak roads have been drawing the attention of drivers, but worriers need not be alarmed. The hoses are part of a data collection survey by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to see how much daily vehicle traffic different sections of the road gets. They were set up last week by DOT employees from Anchorage and will be removed later this week. “We...
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Fire at Hawaiian wind farm raises concerns for similar Kodiak project
A fire at a wind farm in Kahuku, Hawaii has raised some concerns for the Kodiak Electric Association. The fire occurred last week at an energy storage facility that used a battery storage system from Xtreme Power — the same company that is providing key components of KEA’s new Pillar Mountain battery system. The fire damaged the entire Kahuku facility. KEA CEO Darron Scott heard about the fire, but said KEA still ...
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