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Visitors bureau wants you to take your best shot — and submit it
If you’ve got photos of bears, puffins, mountains or even people working on the docks, send them to the Kodiak Island Convention and Visitors Bureau for a chance to win some cash and a spot in the new visitors guide. The KICVB is collecting photos for the 2013 Discover Kodiak Visitor Guide and is looking for photos that capture the “perfect Kodiak moment.” The visitors bureau is holding an official photography con...
Aug 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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After ice rink arson, city considers limiting hours and installing cameras to guard field
When an arsonist set fire to the Baranof Park Ice Rink early Aug. 2, Kodiak was lucky. While the arsonist caused more than $100,000 in damage to the rink, he didn’t touch more than a million dollars worth of artificial turf stacked in bales less than 200 feet away. Following the fire, city officials are taking a hard look at how they can protect that turf and a new multimillion-dollar track being installed as part...
Aug 10, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Arson cleanup continues as police investigate
Bright teal, blue and purple rubber mats were stacked on pallets in the Baranof Park ice rink on Thursday. They have been pulled up off the floor and were sprayed with water to remove the soot from last week’s arson. Above, a team from the Parks and Recreation department pressure-washed the rink’s soot-covered ceiling, exposing its original white finish. While the soot came off with a little effort, the long-term ...
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Kodiak City Council approves $112,000 gift to nonprofits
In a brisk meeting Thursday night, the Kodiak City Council approved the annual disbursal of 1 percent of city general fund revenue to Kodiak nonprofits. Last year’s disbursal was the first after the city altered its criteria for application, which created some confusion. With a year under their belts for both the nonprofits and the city, there was no confusion this time as the council unanimously approved the dist...
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Kodiak school district considers array of new policies
The Kodiak Island Borough School district is considering a wave of policy changes affecting everything from the political activities of its employees to the way sports teams handle concussions. On Monday night, the school board spent about 30 minutes discussing the changes, which are expected to appear for an initial vote at the school board’s Aug. 20 meeting. They would have to be approved a second time at a late...
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Visiting writer presents talk on the history of Russian whaling in Alaska
In the early 1800s, Alaska’s Russian settlers failed at whaling. Dr. Ryan Jones, a Russian historian and author will explain how and why during his free public lecture at the Baranov Museum at 7 p.m. tonight. Jones is an assistant professor of history at Idaho State University. He has written many articles about Russian history, and his book “Empire of Extinction: Sea Cows and Scientists in the Russian North Pacif...
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Pilgrims return to St. Herman chapel on Spruce Island
SPRUCE ISLAND — Pilgrims from across the world traveled here Wednesday to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the canonization of St. Herman of Alaska. The annual pilgrimage drew around 100 people who arrived by boat to visit the holy site where Orthodox Christianity celebrates its roots in America. Bells rang as the Orthodox ministers arrived and made their way up the path to the St. Herman’s Chapel, followed by th...
Aug 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ferry system unveils draft 2013 summer schedule
Old Harbor isn’t listed on next summer’s tentative ferry schedule, but residents of that small town shouldn’t worry. Jeremy Woodrow, spokesman for the Alaska Marine Highway System, said the schedule released Wednesday omits Old Harbor simply because highway administrators wanted to give the rest of the state more time to comment. “The long story short is we’re still working with the community of Old Harbor on how ...
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As drought clobbers the Lower 48, Alaska stays cool
DAILY MIRROR STAFF On Wednesday, the National Climactic Data Center reported July was the hottest month ever recorded in the Lower 48. Closer to home, things are quite a bit different. According to the Alaska Climate Research Center, which released its final figures late Tuesday, temperatures statewide were 2.1 degrees below normal in July. In the Lower 48, temperatures were 3.3 degrees above normal. According to ...
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Large budget for new high school brings out artists
Artists appear to like big budgets. That’s the obvious conclusion after 260 artists from across Kodiak, Alaska and the United States put their names in consideration to submit art for the new Kodiak High School. Under the state’s “percent for art” program, state-funded building projects must reserve 1 percent of their budget for art to decorate the building. The huge price tag of the Kodiak High School expansion a...
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