Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Wells guilty of murdering two at Coast Guard
A jury’s guilty verdict in the double homicide of Jim Wells in Kodiak was deemed a “long road to justice,” in which the murderer’s guilt ultimately convicted him, a probable life sentence awaits, and a community begins the process of closure. A federal jury of 12 in Anchorage took six hours to convict James Michael Wells, 62, on six counts of killing two of his co-workers James Hopkins and Richard Belisle at the C...
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Assembly Considers New Waste Collections Center
Recycling and reuse topped the Borough Assembly’s agenda on Thursday with planning for a possible centralized waste management facility hitting a “critical juncture.” Nick Szabo, head of the Borough’s Solid Waste Advisory Board, requested the Assembly’s input in developing plans to build a centralized recycling, reuse, and solid waste disposal facility. “We’ve been meeting for several months to develop the design ...
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Skate fans grind council
A long roster of citizens appeared at the Kodiak City Council’s regular meeting Thursday to speak on behalf of the skate park in Baranof Park. Sporting goods store owner and skating advocate Jeremiah Gardener led the charge, describing backers’ frustrated attempts to get approval for donated labor to make improvements. The city turned down the offer due to liability concerns, and a current plan calls for $130,000 ...
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Reuters veteran takes over newsroom
The Kodiak Daily Mirror has a new editor with the appointment of Peter J. Mladineo to head the local paper’s newsroom. Mladineo’s academic background includes an undergraduate history degree from Rutgers University and a Masters in Business Administration from Rider University. His journalism experience began with a weekly newspaper in his native New Jersey. He lived in Vilnius, Lithuania, and wrote for the Baltic...
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Crabs in, rides out at CrabFest
Without the Ferris wheel and other big rides, Kodiak’s 2014 Crab Festival will look different from previous years’ events, but visitors can count on getting a plate of steamed crab legs on the midway. “Pickled Willys will be doing the crab,” said Summer Wood, community relations director for the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the festival set for May 22-27 In recent years the crab concession was run a...
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Year’s first cruise ship cancelled
The year's first scheduled cruise ship visit to Kodiak, which was due in this morning, has been canceled. According to the harbormaster's office, Holland America contacted the office early Thursday to say the 781-foot Volendam would not make the planned stop at Pier 2. That means the probable first cruise ship of the season will be the Silversea Cruise's Silver Shadow, due at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13, according t...
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Kodiak quiet before verdict
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The man accused in a double homicide at a Coast Guard communications station in Alaska is the only possible killer in a circumstantial case, federal prosecutors said Thursday, countering defense arguments that the government failed to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a case built on speculation. After closing arguments in federal court in Anchorage, jurors were handed the case to b...
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Analysis: Coast Guard base expansion could mean Kodiak boon
The creation of a Military Facility Zone as part of an enticement to draw more Coast Guard assets to Kodiak could significantly help the island’s economy while bringing a potentially large array of new Coast Guard assets to town. A quid pro quo-like discussion between the upper echelons of the U.S. Coast Guard and officials from Kodiak Island Borough could result in significant numbers of ships and related assets ...
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OHNC buys Great Northern Engineering
The Old Harbor Native Corporation said on Wednesday it purchased an 80 percent stake in engineering consulting firm Greater Northern Engineering, a move expanding the companies’ portfolio of operating companies away from government contracting. “They have a lot of synergies in areas that we are already operating such as telecommunications, oil and gas, and government contracting,” Carl Marrs, OHNC’s CEO was quoted...
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Superintendent faces emotional group in Q&A session
Kodiak Island School District superintendent Stewart McDonald faced a civil but emotional group of more than 50 parents and teachers, Tuesday in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium choral pod. The question and answer session brought out repeated talk of low morale among district employees and frustration about communication with the school board and administration. McDonald appeared receptive to complaints, countering...
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