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Local school district optimistic on state education budgeting
In a recent education omnibus bill in the state budget for fiscal 2015, state legislators hammered out four points that should benefit area schools, the Kodiak Island Borough School District reports. Approximately 80 students can now receive diplomas because of the repeal of the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam, begun in 2004. Also, students will be able test out of core subjects, and schools will rec...
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Police get new cars, stealth markings, and a dog
The Kodiak Police Department added a couple of cars to its fleet, including a vehicle to effect the latest in policing and stealth canine technology. The KPD’s 2010 Dodge Charger was given a new paint job by local body experts RC Enterprises so that the vehicle during daylight hours might not look like a police car at first glance. Later, at night, that same car will — perhaps quite unexpectedly to an unlucky perp...
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KHS grad selected to serve at White House
Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lampl, a 1998 Kodiak High School graduate, has been selected to serve at the White House Communications Agency on presidential support duty in Washington, D.C. According to an email from his mother, Penny Lampl, Richard Lampl joined the Army Signal Corps in 1999 and qualified as a paratrooper at Fort Bragg, N.C. He has served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, and has been statio...
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NOAA Report Upbeat on Fisheries
By PETER J. MLADINEO Mirror Editor The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported “positive trends” in fishing throughout the entire U.S., with Alaska staying in the top five of commercial fishing states. The federal agency said in a statement that U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing saw a 7 percent year-on-year increase in 2012 compared with 2011, with a 3 percent gain in fishing jobs...
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Water work at Spruce Cape on May 1
The City of Kodiak Public Works Department said in a statement that it will be working on the water distribution system at the north end of Spruce Cape on May 1, from 8:00 a.m. till approximately 5:30 p.m. It does not expect any water outage for residential areas adjacent to the Navy Training Site, although water may turn a brownish color. “This will be a temporary condition and the water system will be restored o...
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Kodiak College hosts first of three director finalists
Kodiak College’s search for a new director to replace outgoing Barbara Bolson got a taste of Texas on Monday when candidate Lee “Rusty” Waller visited faculty, staff, and students. Beaming enthusiasm, indigenous interest, and Texas charm as he greeted students, faculty, and staff on Monday, Waller seeks as one of three finalists to succeed Bolson, installed in 2006. Waller currently serves as program coordinator f...
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City ups Monashka pump house loan
The City Council asked for an additional $3.5 million in loans to afford the upgrade of the city’s Monashka Bay Pump House, the main water supply for the city that’s in dire need of repair. Mark Kozak, the city’s public works director, told the Mirror the city had submitted an additional loan request to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation through the Alaska Drinking Water Loan Fund to increase the ...
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Wells guilty of murdering two at Coast Guard
A jury’s guilty verdict in the double homicide of Jim Wells in Kodiak was deemed a “long road to justice,” in which the murderer’s guilt ultimately convicted him, a probable life sentence awaits, and a community begins the process of closure. A federal jury of 12 in Anchorage took six hours to convict James Michael Wells, 62, on six counts of killing two of his co-workers James Hopkins and Richard Belisle at the C...
Apr 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assembly Considers New Waste Collections Center
Recycling and reuse topped the Borough Assembly’s agenda on Thursday with planning for a possible centralized waste management facility hitting a “critical juncture.” Nick Szabo, head of the Borough’s Solid Waste Advisory Board, requested the Assembly’s input in developing plans to build a centralized recycling, reuse, and solid waste disposal facility. “We’ve been meeting for several months to develop the design ...
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Skate fans grind council
A long roster of citizens appeared at the Kodiak City Council’s regular meeting Thursday to speak on behalf of the skate park in Baranof Park. Sporting goods store owner and skating advocate Jeremiah Gardener led the charge, describing backers’ frustrated attempts to get approval for donated labor to make improvements. The city turned down the offer due to liability concerns, and a current plan calls for $130,000 ...
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