Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Report: Local schools endure recent staffing cuts
A new legislative report shows the Kodiak Island Borough School District has lost 13 percent of its staff since 2011, with the largest reduction occurring in teaching staff. The report, released by Legislative Research Services on Sept. 23, studied the school districts in Kodiak, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau for fiscal years 2011-2013 and preliminary estimates for fiscal year 2014. Statewide, the school distric...
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Woman works to promote awareness in Alaska for rare disease
Monday was International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day, and a Kodiak woman who suffers from the “suicide disease” has started a campaign to raise awareness in Alaska. Kodiak resident Katie Anderson, 32, was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia in 2009 and started a campaign called Trigeminal Neuralgia Alaska to raise awareness in the state. Trigeminal neuralgia is a rare chronic pain disease that affects the n...
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Leisnoi land swap collapses
A proposed land swap between Leisnoi Inc. and the Kodiak Island Borough is dead. Borough manager Bud Cassidy announced the death of the deal after Leisnoi’s board of directors declined to pursue the proposal. Leisnoi, the Native corporation for Woody Island, has partnered with A-1 Timber Inc. to harvest timber from Leisnoi land near Chiniak. The borough owns 800 acres of timberland adjacent to Leisnoi property, an...
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Public Safety Blotter: Oct. 8
Thursday, Oct. 3 • At 4:55 a.m., a caller reported an intoxicated man fell asleep, and refused to leave. The man left when an officer asked him to. • At 7:48 a.m., a caller reported a vehicle ran a stop sign on Mill Bay Road. Patrol was advised. • At 10:04 a.m., an officer impounded a loose dog on Hillside Drive. • At 1:08 p.m., a caller reported a dog on Hillside Drive was outside all of the time without proper s...
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Outdoor Kodiak: Last chance for silvers
Silver season is over. Or is it? Perhaps you will want to rethink your views after reading the following: October is a terrific time for silver salmon. Sure, there are a lot of dark fish developing their spawning colors after weeks in freshwater. But fresh, silvery bright fish are still coming into their home rivers. Best yet, you’ll have almost no other anglers on the water to contend with. Waters crowded even a ...
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Sales Tax Article Misleading
To the Editor: Community members were concerned that raising the City sales taxes would “discourage commerce, resulting in less tax revenue as residents and businesses move outside city limits”. While KDM states “that hasn’t happened,” that assertion contradicts with the statistics provided. In the first quarter of 2013, the city’s taxable receipts declined. In the second quarter they went up, but as the article s...
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Parnell tries to open shut down refuges
Gov. Sean Parnell has appealed to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell in an attempt to reopen Alaska wildlife refuges including the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. On Friday, Parnell released a statement saying that he spoke with Jewell by phone. “Whether it’s for hunting, fishing, or subsistence, Alaskans’ access opportunities cannot lawfully be curtailed due to a federal government shutdown,” Parnell said in...
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Thomet wins back-to-back 4A state titles
Levi Thomet capped a perfect cross country season by beating everybody at the 4A State Cross Country Championships, including the bicyclists leading the runners around the 5-kilometer course.  The Kodiak High School junior passed the bicyclists going up a hill and never looked back, paving his own way to a second consecutive state title in a superb 15 minutes, 10.8 seconds Saturday at the Bartlett Trails in Anchor...
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Joseph Gabriel Samaniego
Joseph Gabriel Samaniego, 69, passed away surrounded by his devoted wife Julia and loving family on Sept. 29, 2013. He will be dearly missed by all and leaves many behind him in this world to one day join him in peace and eternal love. Joseph was a longtime Kodiak resident who worked as a diesel mechanic for many years. He is survived by his beautiful and admirable wife Julia, five daughters: Carina and husband Ch...
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Sega honored in win
Wearing her son’s away jersey, Ivoga Sega was shocked to see her son Leo approach her just minutes before kickoff of Kodiak’s regular-season finale against Skyview. Leo surprised his mom with a pink helmet signed by the entire team and then he took her hand and escorted her to midfield as an honorary captain for the midfield coin flip. A year ago, Ivoga was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery to remove t...
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