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When a ferry becomes an aircraft carrier
The ferry Tustumena is an aircraft carrier. On Wednesday afternoon, James Jackson and Jay Wattum wheeled one of the most unusual vehicles to ever travel aboard a state ferry across City Pier 1 and onto the Tustumena’s cargo lift. Jackson’s four-seat Aeronica Sedan, an airplane built in 1948, is bound for a maintenance shop in Talkeetna. “They do it pretty cheap up there,” Jackson said of having the plane resurface...
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KEA will spend $200,000 to research renewable energy projects
Six wind turbines spin on Pillar Mountain. Three hydroelectric turbines rumble at Terror Lake. It isn't enough. On Thursday, the Kodiak Electric Association board of directors voted unanimously to spend $200,000 to research additional renewable energy projects for Kodiak. Throughout the KEA grid, electrical use fell by 1 percent in 2013, mirroring nationwide trends. According to the Energy Information Administrati...
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Firefighters evacuate clinic after doctors smell fumes
Kodiak Island Medical Associates (KIMA) shut down for four hours Wednesday as firefighters looked for the source of an odd smell. The Kodiak Fire Department received a call from KIMA employees just before 8 a.m. reporting a strong odor. “We had an odor in our clinic yesterday that was determined to be a volatile organic compound, and we called the fire department to find out where it came from,” KIMA director Dr. ...
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Charge filed for gun in auditorium
A Kodiak woman is facing a misdemeanor charge for taking a gun into the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium in November. It’s been two months since the incident occurred, but the case was held up due to case law research, police chief Ronda Wallace said. According to court documents, Suzan Hailey, 45, is facing one count of fourth-degree weapons misconduct for allegedly bringing a gun into a school on Nov. 19. Hailey is t...
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City council diverts some surplus to long-term savings
Kodiak has socked away almost a million dollars for a rainier day. On Thursday night, the Kodiak City Council approved a budget amendment that diverts $921,584 from the city's general fund to its enhancement fund. The transfer, required by city code, represents half of the city's general fund surplus at the end of the 2013 fiscal year, which concluded June 30. The enhancement fund was created in 1997 with a balanc...
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School district will use robots to enhance virtual learning
Soon, Kodiak teachers will be able to roll into classrooms on two wheels. The Kodiak Island Borough School District has purchased 12 telepresence robots to expand the district’s virtual learning program. Instead of being tied to a webcam attached to a computer, teachers can use the robots to move around a classroom and communicate through an attached iPad. “What's amazing is how fast people move past it being a ro...
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Borough population drops below 14,000
A year after the Kodiak borough’s population topped 14,000, migration has pushed the number of Kodiak residents below that significant mark. According to figures released Friday by the Alaska Department of Labor, the population of the Kodiak Island Borough is now 13,824. That’s 291 people fewer than it was a year ago, due to people moving away from the archipelago. “One year won’t make a trend, of course,” said st...
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Canadian groups try to stop engineered salmon
Canadian environmental groups are suing to stop the production of genetically modified salmon eggs on Prince Edward Island off Canada’s east coast. The eggs, produced by AquaBounty Inc., are the first step toward production of a genetically modified salmon intended for sale in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved the sale or consumption of the modified salmon, but last month Env...
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AT&T increases bandwidth
AT&T has increased its cellphone bandwidth in Kodiak. In an email to the Daily Mirror, AT&T spokesman Andy Colley said the company has upgraded the capacity of its towers. “Capacity refers to the amount of network traffic — both voice and data — at any given time. Meaning we’ve increased the amount of voice and data traffic that our network can manage in Kodiak by 50 percent,” Colley wrote. Modern cellphones conve...
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Trident Basin darkens city’s bright financial picture
Regular deficits at Kodiak’s city-owned shipyard have long drawn the ire of the Kodiak City Council, but now the council appears to have a new fiscal target. On Tuesday night, auditor Michelle Drew said the city is doing well financially and its enterprise funds are mostly breaking even. The two exceptions are the shipyard and the city-owned floatplane facility, Trident Basin. “The charges for service-type revenue...
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