Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Judge rejects 5 witnesses in Coast Guard murder trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A federal judge on Monday rejected five witnesses in the Coast Guard double homicide case on Kodiak Island, ruling that defense attorneys had not established that their testimony was relevant. One witness appeared in handcuffs after authorities say he tried to carry a handgun past the security checkpoint at the Anchorage federal building. All five spoke outside the presence of the jury about Jason...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard rescues 3 after wave knocks Copacabana
The Coast Guard said on Monday it was completing a mission to medevac three injured seamen off of a cargo ship some 300 miles south of Kodiak after being pummeled by a large wave in high seas. Three men on the Liberian-flagged cargo vessel Copacabana were out on deck at the time of the impact, receiving multiple injuries to their legs and arms, while one man also had facial injuries. “At the time when the event wa...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Borough parks and rec board gets smaller
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly brought the parks and recreation committee to full compliment by lowering the number of seats on the perennially undermanned advisory body. Ordinance No. FY2014-18 passed during the assembly’s regular meeting Thursday changes parks and rec from nine members to seven members, making it easier to achieve a quorum. The ordinance also allows the committee to deal directly with the as...
Apr 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Walker ready to challenge Gov. Parnell as an independent
After his 2010 Republican Party primary challenge of Gov. Sean Parnell failed, attorney and former Valdez Mayor Bill Walker decided to bypass that stage in 2014 and run as an independent for the state’s top job. “It’s a better fit for me,” Walker said while in Kodiak Friday. “I can fix Alaska much better if I’m not attached to one party or another.” Walker criticized the incumbent for failing to meet with Presiden...
Apr 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mallot seeking to become fist Democratic governor in more than a decade
If his run for Alaska’s top office succeeds, Byron Mallott would be the state’s first Democratic governor since 2002. In Kodiak through Saturday to attend ComFish Alaska and several campaign events, Mallott said his long record in state politics government and business makes him a good choice to bring different sides together. “I believe my experience will allow me to reach out, understand and work with Alaskans o...
Apr 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq week in Akhiok sees mending nets, baking clams and trash-canning
Linda Amodo, mayor of Akhiok, remembers the taboo of identifying too closely with Aleut culture in her younger days in the village. “Back when we were growing up, because of all the alcoholism, we were not proud to be identified as natives, because we thought native Aleuts were just a bunch of drunk people. But in reality that is not part of the culture. That was introduced,” Amodo said. Now, some two decades late...
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KHS music concert series begins tonight
Old Harbor seventh grader Josiah Overbeek first tried playing the French horn during a visit to Kodiak about two years ago, when his family came for the birth of his little sister. This week, thanks to another addition to the family, he has the chance to play in a band with his Kodiak Middle School colleagues and meet his teacher in person. “I’m blown away by what he’s accomplished, given our learning situation,” ...
Apr 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Suspect's interview played in murder trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Coast Guard civilian charged with killing two co-workers at a Kodiak communications station told an FBI agent he was late getting to work the day of the deaths because he returned home to change a soft tire, but he had no explanation for why the trip of a few miles should have taken more than 34 minutes. James Wells, 62, is charged in federal court with two counts of first-degree murder in the...
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Car expert testifies in Coast Guard double homicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Jurors in the trial of a man charged with gunning down two co-workers at a Coast Guard communications station on Kodiak Island repeatedly viewed blurry security-camera footage Tuesday showing a blue car passing the murder scene, then heading in the opposite direction five minutes later. Prosecutors contend the video shows James Wells, 62, in his a sport utility vehicle usually driven by his wife, ...
Apr 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assembly objects proposed amendment to KHS renovation project
A proposed amendment to the contract with Wilson Engineers of Juneau for management of the high school renovation project met pushback from some Kodiak Island Borough Assembly members during the assembly’s Tuesday work session. Under the proposed changes, project manager Bruce Water, a Wilson employee, would get a higher housing allowance and increased hourly pay. Assembly members Chris Lynch and Carol Austerman o...
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