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Proposed state budget cuts $1.3 billion
Alaska’s state budget will be cut by $1.3 billion, but the state will still spend $1.1 billion in savings under a proposal unveiled by Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday. The $12.4 billion budget proposed by Parnell must still be vetted and approved by the Alaska Legislature, but Parnell’s proposal is a sign the state is taking its fiscal health seriously. Declining oil production and oil tax cuts passed by the Legisla...
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Midnight park measure passes with tiebreaking vote
Breaking an unusual tie vote, Mayor Pat Branson voted to impose closed hours on Kodiak's city parks for the first time. Branson's vote came as the Kodiak City Council split 3-3 on an amendment that would keep city parks open until midnight during the summer. While the council unanimously agreed with the need for closed hours, council members were divided on what those hours should be. City staff suggested winter h...
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Around Kodiak: Dec. 13
KANA bazaar Kodiak Area Native Association’s last-chance Christmas bazaar is 4-6 p.m. today in the main KANA building, 3449 Rezanof Drive. For more information, contact Mary Marsh or Vallory Alter at 486-9842. Earthquake book signing The Baranov Museum hosts a book presentation and signing for “9.2: Kodiak and the world’s second-largest earthquake” at 7 p.m. today in the museum. Have your copy signed by Kodiak Dai...
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Be careful when criticizing others
To the Editor: After reading the Kodiak Daily Mirror this month, I am concerned with letters addressing our magistrate, chief of police and former borough mayor. I have come to realize the importance of disclosing the sources of who is being bashed or criticized. That includes the family members or friends of the author, or who they are defending. I was able to analyze some myself, only because I grew up in Kodiak...
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KHS wrestling heads to Alaska Dual Championships
After not competing the past two weekends, Kodiak wrestling will be back in action today at the Alaska 4A Dual Championships in Anchorage. The top 16 large school teams will battle for supremacy in the two-day event at South Anchorage High School. Kodiak begins with East Anchorage at 3 p.m. In a season full of individual tournaments, Bears coach Pat Costello welcomes an event that showcases the team. “It is always...
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Postal Service stays busy during holiday season
The US Postal Service has officially entered its busy season. With Christmas less than two weeks away, employees at Kodiak’s post office are working to stay on top of the letters, gifts and packages. With so much extra work, postal workers are reminding people to plan ahead when shipping presents. The Kodiak post office doesn’t hire any extra staff during the holidays. Instead, carriers are working approximately 1...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Hunter
Pisurta - Hunter Taugna suk pisurta. - This person is a hunter. The Alutiiq word pisurta translates literally as “one who hunts.” Hunting has always been essential to life on Kodiak, a way to procure not only food but many of the raw materials of daily living: animal skins for clothing and boat coverings, gut for waterproof rain gear and containers, bone and antler for tools, and whiskers, claws, teeth, and hair f...
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Alaska First! It’s Time.
When Congress called Alaska unfit to join the Union, Alaskans banded together to fight for statehood. Not as Republicans, not as Democrats but as Alaskans. We united again as Alaskans to rebuild after the 1964 earthquake and the 1967 Fairbanks flood. Alaska is again in a crisis that warrants checking our party initials at the door and uniting to correct the ill-fated course we are on. This crisis is not as tangibl...
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Technology is a benefit, but shouldn't replace teaching
To the Editor: I recently visited Kodiak Elementary School to observe how students use technology. I agree with the school board’s initiative to enable all students to have access to digital devices in the classroom. However, I do not see any logic in blaming technology for the lack of students’ knowledge. We want to blame digital devices for the failure in the education system when a great part is due to human fa...
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Herman Squartsoff: His heart was full, his freezers deep
With news of Herman Squartsoff’s death last week, Facebook friends posted a barrage of pictures and notes of sad farewell. In many of the pictures, Herman was on the water, joyful and content. The water gave him purpose. He harvested its fish, ducks and seals. He was not content to enjoy the sea’s bounty and beauty by himself. He loved to share what he believed had been given to him by God. At Christmas, we ponder...
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