Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
City council confirms 7 percent sales tax
The Kodiak City Council has voted to erase the sunset date for a portion of the city’s 7 percent sales tax. On Thursday night, the council voted unanimously to delete a portion of city code that called for the tax to drop from 7 percent to 5 percent on Jan. 1, 2014. The tax drop was included in a 2003 ordinance that allocated portions of the sales tax to particular enterprise funds within the city budget. “The 200...
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Soil and water district working to remove Bohemian knotweed
The Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District is working to remove Bohemian knotweed, an invasive species, from Kodiak Island. Last week, the soil and water district partnered with the Alaska Plant Materials Center in Palmer for a large invasive plant and erosion prevention project on Natalia Way. The Bohemian knotweed is a cross between Japanese knotweed and giant knotweed and has a hollow stem with leaves that...
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No damage reported after Friday's quake
No damage has been reported from a mild earthquake felt in Kodiak just after noon Friday. According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake was centered in Marmot Bay, 30 miles northeast of Kodiak city. The magnitude 4.3 temblor struck at 12:37 p.m. and was felt across the road system. Shaking was equivalent to a hard door slam or a large truck driving by, according to those who felt it. The quake was the firs...
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Garden Gate: In gardening, life, it pays to sit back and learn
Have you seen the whales this summer? They’ve been active north of town, which makes for fun viewing and photographing. Recently, while out on the water with some friends, we shut down the engine and watched two humpbacks move close to the boat. It made me think of an experience I had years ago. It was a pleasant evening with hardly a ripple on the water. My camera’s autofocus had a tough time focusing on the smoo...
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Fish Factor: 'Cam sled' offers a peek at seldom-seen sea floor
If a picture is worth a thousand words, get ready for millions of undersea images brought to you by a handmade, high-definition undersea camera. “Alaska Cam Sled is a towed imaging system that takes a lot of high resolution pictures of the bottom of the ocean,” said Gregg Rosenkranz, a state scallop biometrician based in Kodiak. Rosenkranz and his colleague Rick Shepherd built the cam sled, which lets them experie...
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Coast Guard helps grant New Jersey boy’s wish to visit base
Braeden Hahn’s dream is to become a Coast Guard helicopter pilot. This week, Hahn, a New Jersey resident, got one step closer to his dream as he spent two days touring Coast Guard Base Kodiak and meeting the people who work there. The Alaska chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation paid for Hahn, 12, his parents Lou and Becki and his sister Cassi, 15, to travel to Kodiak and fulfill Hahn’s wish to visit the place whe...
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Outage blamed on cable link
Blame the cable. When a thin underground link of copper and insulation broke Monday, it sparked a chain of cascading problems that led to Kodiak’s most significant power outage for several years. Kodiak Electric Association CEO Darron Scott said the electric cooperative’s investigation has prompted tough lessons in how the utility addresses future outages. “We spent a lot of time and lessons learned on this,” he s...
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Tustumena's return delayed until October
The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Tustumena will not return to service before October, city manager Aimee Kniaziowski told the Kodiak City Council in a surprise announcement Thursday night. The news came as the council prepared to vote on a resolution that asks Gov. Sean Parnell and the Alaska Legislature to "develop a long-term solution immediately to ensure the Kodiak region receives scheduled and uninterru...
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Relay kicks off tonight
People in Kodiak will walk around a track for 24 hours at Woody Way Field this weekend to honor and remember loved ones who have been affected by cancer. The seventh annual Relay for Life kicks off at 6 p.m. with opening ceremonies. All proceeds raised before and during the event are donated to the American Cancer Society for cancer research. “It benefits anybody that has or has had cancer,” said Relay for Life ch...
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Fisherman, 44, is second Kodiak drowning this week
Three days after a 14-year-old boy drowned in a Kodiak lake, Alaska State Troopers report that a 44-year-old fisherman has drowned in Stockholm Bay. Dana Lounsbury was reported dead just after midnight by a fishing boat that radioed the Coast Guard to report the accident in a small bay near the entrance to Olga Bay at the southwest end of Kodiak Island. Troopers were unable to immediately respond and confirmed Lou...
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