Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Fish Factor: International currency variations affect seafood markets
Between 60 and 70 percent of Alaska’s seafood is exported to customers around the globe, and the strength of foreign currencies against the US dollar plays a big role in annual sales. Tracking by the Juneau-based McDowell Group for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute shows mid-year ups and downs for Alaska’s biggest seafood buyers. On the downside: The Japanese yen has taken a 20 percent drop versus the dollar ...
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May is ALS awareness month
To the Editor: Why May? Google Kevin Packman of Miami, Fla., and discover his crusade for his father, Bruce. ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's disease in the U.S. In other parts of the world, it is known as motor neuron diseases (MND), of which ALS is the most common. If only the upper motor neurons (from the brain) are damaged, it is called primary lateral sclerosis (PLS). If onl...
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Garden Gate: Preparing for summer’s garden
Long days are here, thank goodness, and it won’t be long before warmer days follow, beckoning us outdoors. Getting your garden in order early will help make the summer a little less hectic. Clear raised beds, containers and landscapes I know, I know. Cleaning up winter’s poor housekeeping skills feels like scooping poop at the end of the parade. Still, it’s important to get outside, even to do a general tidy up to...
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Study: Borough pay rates on target
A new study by Fox Lawson & Associates has found Kodiak borough employees’ pay is on target with market averages — except among the borough’s highest-paid positions. During the borough assembly’s Thursday night work session, Lori Messer of Fox Lawson presented the results of a $40,000 study begun in August. The study’s goal: Answer whether the borough’s 47 full-time employees are underpaid, overpaid or paid correc...
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Track and field: Kodiak boys win eighth Region III title
Eight was Kodiak’s lucky number at the Region III Track and Field Championships.  The Bears boys won eight events that paved the path to their eighth consecutive region title Saturday at Nikiski High School.  Kodiak tallied 168 points to top runner-up Colony by 45 points. The 400-meter run was the only event that did not yield points for the Bears.  “It never gets old. We are thrilled,” Kodiak coach Marcus Dunbar ...
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Peninsula earthquake rattles Kodiak
A mild earthquake Saturday night on the Alaska Peninsula rattled dishes in Kodiak, but that was the extent of the magnitude 4.4 tremblor here. According to the US Geological Survey, the shaker was centered 60 miles beneath Fourpeaked Mountain on the peninsula, or about 70 miles northwest of Kodiak city. The earthquake was felt across the Kodiak archipelago and in Homer and Seldovia, but no damage was reported. In ...
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Boskofsky wins two Region II track titles
Port Lions made a statement at its first Region II Track and Field Championships Saturday at Su Valley High School.  The Kings’ two girls — Raissa Boskofsky and Emma Nelson — tied Kenny Lake for fourth out of 11 teams. The duo accounted for 40 points and only came eight points shy of placing in the top three.  Boskofsky romped to victory in both the 300 hurdles and the high jump.  She won the high jump with a mark...
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City council OKs revision of public records code
Over the objections of those who said it limits public access, the Kodiak City Council approved an ordinance altering the section of city code covering public record preservation. The ordinance, which passed by a 4-2 margin, changes the definitions of "public records" and "city records" to exclude what the ordinance refers to as "reference documents" and "transitory documents." The city clerk's office, which propo...
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State offices move to old Fish and Game building
Correction: The Kodiak Job Center will be providing services in its current location at 305 Center Street on Friday, May 24. Clients can access services in the new location at 211 Mission Road beginning 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28. The job center is closed on Monday for the Memorial Day Holiday. Some of Alaska’s state agencies will become Kodiak neighbors as they move into the old Fish and Game building on Mission R...
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Hannah running with confidence
Quick, name the four members of Kodiak’s 3,200-meter relay team who won a state title last season.  The first three are Cole Christiansen, Levi Fried and Jordan Fogle. Those are the easy ones; the fourth is a head scratcher.  Think really hard. Give up?  It’s Clayton Hannah.  Don’t be ashamed; Hannah is a tough one to remember. While Kodiak was winning last year’s Region III Championship meet, Hannah was at the st...
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