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Kodiak High to work with NASA on earthquake predictions
A global initiative led by NASA to develop ways to better predict earthquakes will soon get legs in Kodiak. And some of its data crunchers will be Kodiak High School students. “We will have some NASA interns coming here this fall,” Kodiak Island Borough School District Stewart McDonald told the Mirror. “They’re going to be installing the earthquake sensors that talk to the satellites. They will be installed right ...
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Kodiak junior all-stars loaded with experience
Coach Dave Smith isn’t concerned about carrying only 10 players on the Kodiak Junior Little League All-Star team. He feels what the team lacks in numbers it makes up for with experience. The team of 13-and 14-year-olds has seven returning starters from last year’s squad that went 5-4 and bowed out of the District I Finals tournament in the quarterfinals. “That helps,” Smith said. Kodiak started District I pool pla...
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Kodiak cost of living data: expensive haircuts, cheap movies
Kodiak has one of the highest costs of living compared with other locales in the U.S., — especially when it comes to haircuts and rentals. Alaska’s cost of living bumped up over in the last year while Kodiak is still ranks as one the most expensive cities in the U.S. to live. According to a report from the Alaska Department of Labor and Economic Development, Alaska was the fourth costliest state in the country, be...
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Alaskan youth nominated as heroes
This summer, Alaskan youth are being nominated as heroes for making a difference in their community. It’s for the Summer of Heroes program by Boys and Girls Clubs-Alaska and Alaska Communications. The program recognizes five youths between ages 6 and 18 and one child of an Alaska Communications employee who have made a difference in their community. This can be through volunteering or fundraising work for a cause,...
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Borough seeks funding for Womens Bay emergency shelter
The borough began accepting public comments related to funding an emergency shelter in Womens Bay. A notice from the Kodiak Island Borough said that the project would have no significant impact on the environment and intending to request funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The borough requested and will be receiving $475,000 for the shelter from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...
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Oil taxes and corruption: Why vote YES to repeal SB21?
One compelling factor is the despicable politics of how SB21 came to be. Two employees of ConocoPhillips (Senator Meyer and Senator Micciche) voted to pass SB21, giving their employer huge tax breaks. That’s clearly a conflict of interest, folks: It’s a symptom of corruption. Legislators said, “Hey, we followed the rules.” That’s a big, big problem. Had those ConocoPhillips employees not voted, SB21 would have fai...
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Public Safety Blotter: July 10
June 24 • At 12:44 a.m., police cited a man for driving with studded tires on Shelikof Street. • Around 1:16 a.m., police conducted two bar checks downtown. • At 3:25 a.m., a bear raided a trashcan in the 2000 block of Mill Bay Road and then fled into the woods. • At 11:15 a.m., police warned a driver on Larch Street for having a brake light out and not stopping completely at a stop sign. • At 12:23 p.m., officers...
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Local photographer uses unique frames
Local photographer Dake Schmidt wanted new frames for his work. He found them in old windows and portholes. That task, he reports, has been complicated by a scarcity of frame materials. “I’ll never make a piece exactly like them again because you don’t have the same frame or the same looking portholes. They’re all originals,” Schmidt told the Mirror. Schmidt is Harborside Fly By’s featured artist for July. This is...
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Stage and Screen: 'Jersey Boys:' Mediocre film – great music
I’m a Jersey Boy – I was born and grew up in the epicenter of the Garden State. I thought that I knew a great deal about the many characters who came from this hotbed of pop culture and crime. Don’t get me wrong – New Jersey is not the mother lode of organized crime. In spite of the image created by the Sopranos, New Jersey is not teeming with “made men,” wiseguys, hit men and daily whacks. Perhaps it has more tha...
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Majors fall to 1-1
A day after registering its first District I win in three years, the Kodiak Major All-Stars fell flat against Knik. Kodiak mustered only one hit as it fell 13-0 to Knik in a District I pool play baseball game Tuesday evening in Anchorage. Kodiak’s 11-and 12-year-old all-stars dropped to 1-1 in pool play and stand in third-place in the five-team pool. The top four teams advance to the double-elimination District I ...
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