Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Public Safety Blotter: April 12
Saturday, April 6 • At 12:10 a.m., a caller reported being woken up by neighbors playing loud music. Officers told the neighbors to turn the music down. • At 1:35 a.m., a man received a citation for no brake lights. • At 2:21 a.m., an officer was on foot patrol on Marine Way. • At 2:32 a.m., a man left a property when an officer asked him to. • At 10:44 a.m., an officer found an illegal campsite that was unoccupie...
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City council approves one-year, 20 percent increase in rates at Kodiak Shipyard
Rates at the Kodiak Shipyard are on the rise. On Thursday night, the Kodiak City Council unanimously approved a 20 percent increase in base rates at the city-owned maintenance yard on Near Island. The vote also raises a variety of accessory fees at the yard. The increase is less than suggested by the city's port and harbor advisory board, which presented a series of rate increase options intended to put the shipya...
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Around Kodiak: April 12
The Kodiak Public Library Association is holding a musical celebration benefit to raise money for the new library tonight. The benefit will feature the Chitsuwa Marimba Ensemble with Mark Barnett, Eli Fields, and other local groups. Tickets are available at KMXT, Cost Savers and Creighton Chiropractic Clinic. Minors will only be allowed entry if accompanied by a parent. The benefit runs from 7-10 p.m. at the Elks ...
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Tapestry: Former Kodiak resident involved with prison ministry
Statistics can be discouraging to those who want to make a difference in the lives of prisoners. As former Kodiak resident, David Phillips, ministers to prisoners at the Palmer Correctional Center, he’s aware that 75 percent of those who are incarcerated return to prison. He finds another statistic that is encouraging: faith-based programs, such as the one he is involved with, have only a 35 percent rate of recidi...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Tree pitch
Angeq : Tree pitch Angermek aturtaakait nept’staliyakameng. : They used pitch to make glue. Alutiiq people used every part of the spruce tree, from its wood and roots to its needles and sticky pitch. When the bark of a spruce is ripped or cut, sap collects at the site of the injury. Alutiiqs recognize two different types of pitch, soft and hard, that form in a variety of colors: clear, white, yellow, pink, and eve...
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In the Courts: April 12
Dismissals One count of third-degree assault against Oscar Fajardo, 64, was dismissed April 9. Theft Christian Diesta, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree theft. He was sentenced to 360 days in jail (360 days suspended), and was fined $2,000 ($2,000 suspended). Diesta will be on probation for four years. Assault Caleb Sterns, 27, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault. He was sentenced to 360 days in...
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Another Day in Paradise: The Mold Of Sin
My wife and I are in Angoon this week as part of a six-member team that is clearing out some buildings in preparation for a contractor to arrive and assess for repairs. This has been a most interesting week. Our weather has been typical Kodiak weather. One day it began overcast, turned windy, rained, hailed, snowed several times, and closed clear and calm. The buildings have been vacant and without heat since 2004...
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Amazing Nature: Spring is coming to the ocean
Winter still holds its grip on Kodiak this week. Ponds and lakes are covered in sheets of ice, and on my walk around Lake Gertrude at Abercrombie Park today I watched the water from the little creeks that feed and drain the lake trickle under glassy covers of ice. Nonetheless, spring is coming to the ocean. A plankton sample we collected on Monday had many little nauplii in it. A nauplius is the first larval stage...
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Rhythm and blues band makes Kodiak debut at the Rendezvous
The band Salem blends funk, hip-hop, jazz and Caribbean rhythms together to create socially conscious songs with a lively beat. Over the last seven years, Salem has toured Alaska 15 times, but tonight at the Rendezvous is its Kodiak debut. “I’ve been wanting to come over there for a long time,” said Todd Anders Johnson, drummer, singer, and founder of the band. “This time I made a point of it.” Johnson formed Sale...
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Trident Seafoods manipulated the system
Borough assemblyman Tuck Bonney called it “an extremely well thought out and organized fish grab.” Assemblyman Aaron Griffin called it “tantamount to stealing fish.” We call it a wakeup call. Early this spring, Trident Seafoods orchestrated the most blatant manipulation of Alaska’s fisheries in recent memory. It broke no laws, but this multimillion-dollar corporation robbed Kodiak workers of working hours they nee...
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