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Max, the Kodiak police dog, retires
Max celebrated his retirement from the Kodiak Police Department with a rare treat — a brick of meatloaf and doggie ice cream. The 11-year-old Belgian Malinois slobbered up both of them like he had never had them before. “I kept him on a pretty rigid diet,” his handler, Sgt. Michael Barnett, said. Kodiak’s police dog the last seven and a half years was sent out in style with a retirement ceremony Monday afternoon a...
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Mice used in migration research
A lab at Cornell University in New York, which is researching human migration by studying the DNA in common house mice, is asking Kodiak residents for help. Camille Mangiaratti, a Cornell student studying ecology, evolutionary biology and English, is gathering mice DNA from several cities in Alaska. Along with Kodiak, she is trying to get mice from Anchorage, Juneau, Homer, Valdez, Cordova and Fairbanks. “We’re tr...
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Alutiiq becomes official Alaska language
Alutiiq and 19 other Alaska Native languages joined English as official state languages Thursday when Gov. Sean Parnell signed House Bill 216 at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage. Along with Alutiiq, HB 216 added the Inupiaq, Siberian Yupik, Central Alaska Yup’ik, Unangax, Dena’ina, Deg Xinag, Holikachuk, Koyukon, Upper Kuskokwim, Gwich’in, Tanana, Upper Tanana, Tanacross, Hän, Ahtna, Eyak, ...
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Kodiak prepares for emergencies
The Bayside Fire Department and the Red Cross hosted an emergency preparedness fair on Saturday. About 200 people attended the four-hour event and learned how to use a fire extinguisher, how to build an emergency kit and evacuation routes in case of a tsunami. Fire prevention was a big theme of the day. Bayside’s Fire prevention officer Jim Pickett pointed out fire hazards that many people may not realize. Pickett...
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Pro-marijuana legalization police chief to speak in Kodiak
A Missouri police chief has expressed his support for legalization of recreational marijuana use in Alaska, saying many law enforcement officers have started to realize that the country’s current drug policies aren’t really working. Chief Larry Kirk, a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, spoke to the Kodiak Daily Mirror a few days before delivering his views at the local rotary clubs and radio stations ...
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Kodiak’s relatively unknown fishery provides extra income for divers. (VIDEO)
Kodiak has a fishery that many people may not know about: Parastichopus Californicus, commonly referred to as the red sea cucumber. It kind of looks like a cucumber, except the wrong color. It’s red and while it looks prickly, its spines are actually soft and not dangerous. In fact, the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Kodiak Laboratory has two types of cucumbers in both its aquarium and touch tank. About 20 dive...
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Council certifies election results, approves new Horizon contracts
The Kodiak City Council approved the municipal election results at Thursday’s meetings. City clerk Debra Marlar administered the oath of office to Randall Bishop, who was re-elected to a second three-year term. He has been on the council since October 2011. Incumbent Terry Haines was also re-elected to a three-year term. He has served two non-consecutive terms on the council. Haines took the oath of office on Wedn...
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School district begins work on strategic plan
Community members, parents and others gathered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to start work on a strategic plan for the Kodiak Island Borough School District. “Every time we do this each year, my hope is to just give people a voice, actually help set a direction, and then work with the (school) board to move forward in our direction,” said KIBSD superintendent Stewart McDonald. “I’m hoping that we capture some b...
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Historical society holds 60th annual meeting
The Kodiak Historical Society chose new board members and received an update from Baranov Museum executive director Tiffany Brunson at Thursday’s annual meeting. Three seats on the nine-member board were up for re-election. President Michael Bach and Marie Acemah left the board, while Victoria Woodward decided to stand for re-election. Woodward, Katie Baxter and Deborah Carver were chosen as new board members. The...
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COMMSTA stays haunted, no matter how you spell it
Haunted COMMSTA spells terror no more. Well, for an hour, at least. A mere mention of Haunted COMMSTA used to trigger images of terror among those who’ve paid a visit. Parents became fidgety. This year, parents can relax knowing that Haunted COMMSTA will have a child-friendly hour for the first time. Haunted COMMSTA, a two-day event at the basement of Communication Station Kodiak, kicks off Halloween activities in...
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