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Mice used in migration research
A lab at Cornell University in New York, which is researching human migration by studying the DNA in common house mice, is asking Kodiak residents for help. Camille Mangiaratti, a Cornell student studying ecology, evolutionary biology and English, is gathering mice DNA from several cities in Alaska. Along with Kodiak, she is trying to get mice from Anchorage, Juneau, Homer, Valdez, Cordova and Fairbanks. “We’re tr...
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Alutiiq becomes official Alaska language
Alutiiq and 19 other Alaska Native languages joined English as official state languages Thursday when Gov. Sean Parnell signed House Bill 216 at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage. Along with Alutiiq, HB 216 added the Inupiaq, Siberian Yupik, Central Alaska Yup’ik, Unangax, Dena’ina, Deg Xinag, Holikachuk, Koyukon, Upper Kuskokwim, Gwich’in, Tanana, Upper Tanana, Tanacross, Hän, Ahtna, Eyak, ...
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Public Safety Blotter: Oct. 29
October 15 • At 12:49 a.m., a caller reported a bear in the 1200 block of Purtov Street. It was gone when police arrived. • Around 1:59 a.m., police conducted two bar checks downtown. • At 5 a.m., police advised a driver on Mission Road to fix a front headlight. • At 7:18 a.m., police warned a speeding driver on East Rezanof Drive. • At 7:24 a.m., police warned a speeding driver on Rezanof Drive. • At 7:36 a.m., p...
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Alaska Science Forum: A cool idea for locking up carbon dioxide
Jim Beget spends much of his time digging for clues from long ago, like when a volcanic island might have collapsed into the sea, sending giant waves to distant shores. He will soon engage in debate on a contemporary question: before carbon dioxide makes the world unlivable, what can we do about it? In December, the UAF geologist/volcanologist will tack a poster in a San Francisco meeting hall amid the crashing su...
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Stutes gained knowledge from local government service
Seeing a McCune for State House political sign yesterday started me thinking: Why would someone from Kodiak want a resident of Cordova to represent District 32 in the Alaska State House when a Kodiak resident as highly qualified and hardworking as Louise Stutes is also on the ballot? Maybe the answer is simply party politics: Jerry McCune is a Democrat while Louise Stutes is a Republican. Some people put party fir...
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McCune is fish savvy
I am supporting Jerry McCune for House District 32, which includes Kodiak and many other smaller communities in Alaska, based on his expansive knowledge of Alaskan fisheries issues. Commercial salmon fishing as a drift gillnetter and purse seiner has been his lifelong job. He has spent the better part of 23 years in Juneau during the legislative sessions, advocating for statewide fisheries concerns and working bot...
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Kodiak prepares for emergencies
The Bayside Fire Department and the Red Cross hosted an emergency preparedness fair on Saturday. About 200 people attended the four-hour event and learned how to use a fire extinguisher, how to build an emergency kit and evacuation routes in case of a tsunami. Fire prevention was a big theme of the day. Bayside’s Fire prevention officer Jim Pickett pointed out fire hazards that many people may not realize. Pickett...
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Kodiak ESS volleyball starts strong
Kodiak Island’s rural-school volleyball players sparkled in their 2014 season debut. The Kodiak Emerging Small School team won a mix-6 tournament Saturday in Nikolaevsk on the Kenai Peninsula. ESS is a team composed of high school players from the Kodiak Island Borough School District’s rural schools. This is the third year of the program, and the first time the volleyball team has snagged a trophy. “We were learn...
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Travis Wheeler
Our beloved Travis, age 39, left his long struggle with illness behind and passed into eternity to be with his Heavenly Father, Lord, and Savior on Oct. 21, 2014. Travis was born in Boise on July 28, 1975 to Bill and Terry Wheeler. Although his parents divorced when Travis was only three, he was always close to his father. His mother later married Kenneth Houston, and Travis was then blessed with another father an...
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Pro-marijuana legalization police chief to speak in Kodiak
A Missouri police chief has expressed his support for legalization of recreational marijuana use in Alaska, saying many law enforcement officers have started to realize that the country’s current drug policies aren’t really working. Chief Larry Kirk, a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, spoke to the Kodiak Daily Mirror a few days before delivering his views at the local rotary clubs and radio stations ...
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