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Teams clean up Shuyak beaches

Teams clean up Shuyak beaches

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KODIAK — Sunshine, hot summer temperatures, blue skies, calm water-these are not usually terms to describe our Kodiak Archipel! Yet, the ten days I spent on tour with the Island C to clean up beaches on Shuyak Island, I was consistently surprised with these attributes, even though the weather forecast kept suggesting otherwise. The weather was not the only surprise on this trip; it was a group of high school students who really warmed my heart with their actions.

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  • UPDATED: Hundreds evacuated after Fairbanks hotel fire

    UPDATED: Hundreds evacuated after Fairbanks hotel fire

    Princess found overnight off-site accommodations for the displaced guests and is working on admitting guests back into the undamaged portions of the hotel.

  • Sting  operation results in large drug bust

    Sting operation results in large drug bust

    Two men have been charged with multiple drug distribution felonies after they were the subject of a multi-agency sting operation. Court documents state that Joseph Ramos, 24, and Alexander Ancheta, 62, were both arrested following an investigation that involved undercover officers purchasing methamphetamine from the pair, as well as a number of others yet to be charged, at a house on Thorsheim Street.

  • Margaret (Gray) Hall turns 100

    Margaret (Gray) Hall turns 100

    More than 100 people joined Margaret Hall and her family at the Afognak Center on Near Island to celebrate her 100th birthday Saturday.

  • Port William lodge owners hit with nearly $8M oil clean-up bill

    Port William lodge owners hit with nearly $8M oil clean-up bill

    KODIAK — The two owners and a former operator of a hunting lodge in Port William on Shuyak Island have been ordered to pay nearly $8 million to the federal government to reimburse the costs of cleaning up an oil spill that took place in February, 2018. 

  • Samuels joins KDM news team

    Samuels joins KDM news team

    KODIAK — The Kodiak Daily Mirror welcomed Iris Samuels to its news team Thursday.

  • Three-year-old saved after truck rolls into Buskin

    Three-year-old saved after truck rolls into Buskin

    A local man and his three-year-old son narrowly avoided tragedy Thursday, when the man’s truck rolled backwards into the Buskin River with the child still inside it. According to Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Daniel Blizzard, the man’s dog was also in the car –– but both the dog and the child were rescued from the truck before it was completely submerged in the river. The truck was later towed out of the river and absorbent boom was briefly deployed to clean up what Blizzard described as “very minimal oil spillage.”

  • City Council votes to hike fees

    City Council votes to hike fees

    KODIAK — The City of Kodiak will increase a number of its fees, charges and tariffs, following a unanimous vote by the Kodiak City Council to adopt a resolution on the action at a regular meeting Thursday. 

  • Food bank’s future in limbo: Baptist Mission negotiating transfer to Salvation Army

    Food bank’s future in limbo: Baptist Mission negotiating transfer to Salvation Army

    KODIAK — The Kodiak Baptist Mission is expecting to close its food bank in the coming months, while the Salvation Army is hoping to open an expanded food bank to take its place. 

  • Kodiak’s first pot store opens

    Kodiak’s first pot store opens

    Kodiak’s first ever retail cannabis store opened its doors Saturday, following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. High Rise, a store located at 104 Center Avenue (just behind Tony’s Bar), is owned and operated by Jack Schactler and saw over 400 customers on its opening day.

  • Junk vehicle removal program deadline extended

    Junk vehicle removal program deadline extended

    KODIAK — Kodiak Island Borough’s annual junk vehicle removal program has been extended until further notice.

Fine tuning for king salmon

Fine tuning for king salmon

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I confess that I’m fascinated with king salmon, and it’s not just their potential for large size. They’re different than other salmon in many …

So, who is mother nature?

So, who is mother nature?

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KODIAK — I stood on the lawn near the compost bins and faced a group of summer school students. They were on a field trip from Main Elementary…

Axel Gray Javier

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It’s a boy! John Rex Javier and Manilyn Alcaide welcomed baby Axel Gray Javier on June 7, 2019, at 3:36pm. Baby was 6 pounds, 15.8 ounces and …

Keeping tabs on Alaska fisheries

Keeping tabs on Alaska fisheries

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KODIAK — Salmon dominates the summer fishing headlines, but it’s among many other fisheries going on throughout the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea.

Monitoring a mystery bird in Yakutat

Monitoring a mystery bird in Yakutat

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YAKUTAT — On sandy barrier islands between mountains and the sea, two different birds that look alike lay their eggs side-by-side. Biologists …

Thoughts for Father’s Day

Thoughts for Father’s Day

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KODIAK — Mark 10:42-45 (NIV): “Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it ov…

There’s no ‘I’ at the table

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KODIAK — To help figure just what in the world we are going to do with the Permanent Fund Dividend this year, and perhaps for years to come, t…

Sea Stories: Fear and the will to live when a ship goes down at sea

Sea Stories: Fear and the will to live when a ship goes down at sea

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When the 110-foot freight vessel Exito sank in the Bering Sea in 2016, two men lost their lives. A number of factors were at play that night i…

Tis the season for Searun Dolly Varden

Tis the season for Searun Dolly Varden

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I always look forward to red salmon season. But not only for the salmon!

Watering tips for hot summer days

Watering tips for hot summer days

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True or false? Watering your garden on a sunny day will burn plants.

Fishermen still waiting for 2016 relief funds

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Alaska fishermen are still awaiting disaster relief funds for the 2016 pink salmon run failure, which was the worst in 40 years.         

The sound of silence in Russell Fjord

The sound of silence in Russell Fjord

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RUSSELL FJORD — Standing on this smooth gravel shoreline, 15 miles northeast of the town of Yakutat, you can tell something big happened. A fo…

So much failing to get work done

So much failing to get work done

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The special session of the Alaska legislature drags on: no operating budget, no capital budget, pink slips being handed out. If a budget isn’t…

Birth: June 5, 2019

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It’s a Girl! Makayla J. Henson arrived February 19, 2019, at 6:49 p.m. to Cliff Henson and Rachael Wilson. She weighed six pounds, 14 ounces a…

Senior center switching things up for summer

Senior center switching things up for summer

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KODIAK — Summer is here, and we have some changes with activities at the center and some new ones for you to enjoy as well. 

Births: June 4, 2019

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It’s a girl! Justin Thran and Ashley Horner-Raffaele welcomed baby Lilliana Leslie Thran on May 27th, 2019, at 2:12 AM. Baby weighed 8 pounds …

The red salmon have arrived

The red salmon have arrived

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KODIAK — It’s that time of year!

What would you tell a beginner gardener?

What would you tell a beginner gardener?

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KODIAK — Michael Jordan knows a thing or two about winning and losing. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career,” he says. “I’ve lost a…

Mariculture making waves in Alaska

Mariculture making waves in Alaska

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KODIAK — More Alaskans are turning to seaweed farming as the state’s fledgling mariculture industry expands to more regions. Shellfish growers…