Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Despite debate, assembly approves more money for schools
Clarification : The school funding measure was addressed in two votes Thursday evening. An amendment to increase the appropriation from $10.25 million to $10.65 million passed by a 4-3 vote, Austerman opposed. The main motion, to fund schools at $10.65 million, passed 5-2, Austerman in favor. The Kodiak Island Borough assembly approved a $10.65 million appropriation to the Kodiak school district on Thursday night,...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Whale blubber
Kiimaq: Whale blubber Akgua’aq kiimartullriakut.: We ate whale blubber yesterday. Blubber, the thick layer of fat that lies between a whale’s skin and its muscles, has important biological functions. Like all mammals, whales must maintain a warm body temperature. While swimming in icy waters, blubber keeps them warm by reducing the outward flow of heat; the colder the water, the thicker the layer of fat needs to b...
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Tapestry: Norwegians gather for early celebration of Syttende Mai
The other day a fellow Norwegian had the urge to share his obligatory “Sven and Ole” joke. It had something to do with the guys burying their friend, Thorvald, at sea with a shovel. Lest those outside our circle form their opinion about Norskies through the “square head” jokes, I must say that Norwegians are proud of their history and culture, which gave the world the melodies of Edvard Grieg, the plays of Henrik ...
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Around Kodiak: May 17
The Kodiak Middle School Drama Club presents “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at 7 p.m. tonight and 3 p.m. Saturday in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium drama pod. The performances are free, but seating is limited. The Kodiak Maritime Museum hosts a Thelma C cleanup and barbecue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Thelma C work shed at Kodiak College. Volunteers are wanted to prepare the Thelma C for storage ah...
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Public Safety Blotter: May 17
Monday, May 13 • At 12:48 a.m., an officer was on foot patrol on Marine Way. • At 12:50 a.m., a man was arrested for an open container. • At 5:25 a.m., an officer was on foot patrol on Chichenof Street. • At 6:42 a.m., a man received a citation for having his windows tinted too dark. • At 6:48 a.m., a woman received a citation for no brake lights. • At 8:49 a.m., a man received a citation for speeding. • At 10:22 ...
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Put the oil tax cut on next fall's ballot
This week, petitioners with thin blue-covered books have fanned out across the city of Kodiak, gathering signatures. They’ve been joined by others in Alaska with a simple goal: overturn Senate Bill 21, which cuts oil production and transportation taxes. Gov. Sean Parnell, who has promoted the bill for the past two years, has said the tax cut is necessary to keep Alaska competitive on global markets. The flow of oi...
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Special Olympics torch run Saturday
The Alaska Law Enforcement Pledge Drive and Torch Run is Saturday. The 5K run/walk begins at the downtown Well’s Fargo at 10 a.m. All proceeds from the run go to Kodiak’s Special Olympics program. The run ends at Kodiak High School, where lunch will be provided. KIRA drive The Kodiak Island Racing Association is hosting a membership drive Saturday at the raceway from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Contact the Daily Mirror sport...
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Borough assembly to decide school funding tonight
The Kodiak Island Borough assembly will consider approving $400,000 in extra money for Kodiak schools tonight. The money represents the difference between $10.65 million, the amount the school district has asked for, and $10.25 million, the amount the borough contributed last year. The $10.65 million is the maximum allowable contribution under state law, and school district officials have said that without the add...
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Kodiak petitioners try to roll back oil tax cut
In a gala ceremony on Tuesday in Anchorage, Gov. Sean Parnell will put his signature on Senate Bill 21, cutting Alaska’s oil taxes. In Kodiak, Jake Jacobson and Mike Sirofchuk are hoping that a few signatures taken in much less prominent places will erase Parnell’s approval. The pair are among a handful of local volunteers collecting signatures for a campaign to overturn the oil tax cut. If the campaign can garner...
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Prep softball: Kodiak bids farewell to Pyle
Kodiak’s Leila Pyle is more than a softball player. She is a Girl Scout, an artist and a valedictorian of the class of 2013. “She is just involved in so many things and is a very well-rounded, mature, independent young lady,” Kodiak softball coach Sam Catt said. Pyle’s commitments beyond softball are forcing her to end her playing career early. She will put on Kodiak’s blue and gold uniform for the final time this...
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