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Garden Gate: A grabbag of questions
Garden columnist Marion Owen answers your questions each Monday in the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Ask your questions at mygarden@alaska.net. Q: Can shredded computer paper be used as mulch in the garden or be added to the compost pile? A: The good news is that many studies have tested the safety and usefulness of shredded paper in the garden. The not-so-good news is that they came up with different answers. Newsprint ge...
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Fish Factor: New observer program finds many fish tossed overboard
Keeping tabs on how many and what kinds of fish are coming over the rails is a key tool in Alaska’s highly successful fishery management programs. For nearly four decades, that has been the job of fishery observers who track everything that is hauled aboard trawlers, crabbers and most other fishing vessels 50 feet and larger. Starting this year and for the first time ever, observers were placed aboard smaller boat...
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Charities begin gearing up for holidays
As Christmas approaches, Kodiak’s charities are preparing as much as the most earnest holiday shoppers. The Salvation Army, Kodiak Bible Chapel and other groups are collecting supplies to brighten Christmases around Kodiak and the world. This week, the Salvation Army will open signups for its Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance program. Anyone interested in signing up for the program can visit the Salvation Army...
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Visiting lecturer talks Poe to Kodiak audience
Edgar Allen Poe never traveled west of the Appalachian Mountains, but for nine months, he’s a figure close to Kodiak. “You get your power from dark, dammed Terror Lake: Poe is your homeboy,” Louisiana State University professor J. Gerald Kennedy said to laughter and applause Friday night at Kodiak College. Kennedy, one of the nation’s experts on Poe, visited Kodiak as part of The Big Read, a National Endowment for...
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Teacher Spotlight: Helping students earn certifications for life after high school
Bill McGuire’s auto shop class at Kodiak High School is a popular one. McGuire is teaching four auto shop classes and two small engines classes this year, and he has close to 100 students in just the auto shop classes alone. McGuire has a background in teaching and working in the oil field. He spent last year working on the North Slope, and prior to that he taught in Montana for four years in the industrial arts, ...
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Education: College and career guide helps students at KHS figure out future
About half of the students at Kodiak High School aren’t sure what they want to do after graduation. That’s where Kodiak High School college and career guide Bryan Rivera steps in. “It’s 50-50,” he said. “I often see a split with students. Either they come to me and need help with the process and that’s where we start working or there are students who come to me who don’t know what to do after high school. With the...
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Education: Students learn math in quilting class
Students are stitching math and art concepts together in a new quilting class offered at Kodiak High School. Alexis Jackson proposed the class to the high school administrators, and received the go-ahead to create and teach the quilting class. “I love building things, and this is just building things with a different material,” Jackson said. “I love art and math. It takes all of that and combines into one class.” ...
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Hughes, Lindquist lead Kodiak into state swimming championships
The Bartlett High School swimming pool has been good to Kodiak. Kodiak’s girls have celebrated a pair of state championships and several individual titles in the past two years at the Anchorage pool. They won’t get that chance this season; Kodiak will still win its share of titles, but not at Bartlett. This year’s state swimming and diving championships have moved to the state capital and begin this morning at 10 ...
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James Vokacek
James Vokacek James Mill “Bulldog” Vokacek, 65, passed peacefully on Oct. 16, 2013 in Wasilla. Jimmy was born in Kodiak on Sept. 22, 1948 where he spent his early years. The family moved to Anchorage just after statehood in 1960. He was a graduate of East High’s class of 1967. He served 2 years in the Army National Guard. Jimmy worked as a heavy equipment operator in Anchorage before moving with his young family t...
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KHS volleyball clinches state tournament berth
It wasn’t Kodiak’s best performance of the season, but it was good enough to punch a ticket to the state volleyball tournament. Pushed to the limits by upset-minded Colony, top-seeded Kodiak hung on for a 25-16, 25-27, 25-18, 25-21 victory in a Northern Lights Conference Championship semifinal match Thursday evening in Soldotna. Kodiak had to come from behind in two sets to remain undefeated at 11-0 in conference ...
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