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From fishing to hamster balls
Matt Shadle left a career in fishing, found ranching in the Lower 48, and returned to Kodiak last week to sell his trawler and float hamster balls instead at the Crab Festival. “I’ve sold my boat and I’m turning into a rancher. I’ve been a fisherman for 30 years. I’m no longer going to be a fisherman anymore,” Shadle told the Mirror. Quotas, observers and overweening regulations pushed him out of fishing. But his ...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Earthquake simulator spring gets speedy repair
A broken spring nearly sidelined one of the main attractions at the Kodiak Crab Festival on Friday, only to make a cast of hometown heroes by Saturday. The earthquake simulator, Quake Cottage, literally blew a spring on day two of CrabFest, shortly before its last ride of the night on May 22. “We heard a couple big bangs… They looked underneath and we had to shut down for the day,” said Jack Maker, an assistant pl...
May 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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State bar seeks cures for drug woes
The Alaska Bar Association sees drug addiction and mental health issues as a “core” issue to local and statewide crime trends, which require out-of-the-box legal remedies. In Kodiak, that can mean finding new programs outside of traditional courts to deal with drugs, domestic violence, and other symptoms of Kodiak’s and Alaska’s social ills. “The court system not really about rehabilitation. They’re pretty good at...
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City raises sewer rates 25 pct over 5 years
The Kodiak City Council enacted a sewer rate hike of 5 percent per year for five years during its regular meeting Thursday. A study by the consulting firm CH2M Hill concluded “existing sewer fees are not sufficient to fund operation and maintenance and capital improvements for the sewer system into the future,” according to the ordinance. “It’s a complex collection system,” city manager Aimée Kniaziowski said. “It...
May 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Young Cordovan challenges Rep. Young
“I love policy,” Forrest Dunbar said during a campaign visit to Kodiak over Crab Festival. Dunbar is running as a Democrat for Alaska’s sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. “Last week I was endorsed by the party,” he said. But Dunbar doesn’t think Alaska’s right-leaning reputation will hurt his chances. “It’s not a red state; it’s a purple state,” he said, “For me it’s not about Democrats or Republicans...
May 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Leisnoi: The Interview
Last week, the Daily Mirror ran a story about public sentiment on logging in Chiniak by Lesnoi Inc. and its partner, A-1 Timber Consultants. Earlier this week some of Leisnoi’s top officials — CEO Von Veeh, Board President Debbie Lukin and Director of Operations Jay Baldwin — stopped by the Daily Mirror’s offices for a 30-minute conversation.  The Mirror is printing a large part of that discussion, edited for spac...
May 23, 2014 | 3 3 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wrangler National Patriot Tour to Kodiak base
USO and American300 are scheduled to visit Coast Guard Base Kodiak Saturday to honor and salute America’s service members during Memorial Day week. The tour features world champion cowboy Kaycee Feild, Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association world champion and Hall of Fame member Anne Ellett, former Miss Rodeo America and Miss Wrangler National Patriot 2011-2014 Maegan Ridley, Nashville country music singer and songwr...
May 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Economic hurdles may keep youths from fishing careers
Economic hurdles may keep youth from fishing careers By DREW HERMAN Mirror Writer In the course of conducting a decade of interviews in Alaska fishing communities, Courtney Carothers has often heard people refer to the "graying of the fleet" as it seems like fewer young people consider commercial fishing careers. "I think the general perception is there's a huge economic hurdle," she said. The question of how the ...
May 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
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Old Harbor youth star in PSA commercial
Old Harbor youth just shot a short film, “When I’m an Elder,” a public service announcement speaking out against domestic violence and sexual assault. The youth partnered with the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to “create a better world for this and future generations,” a statement issued from the Old Harbor tribal administration said....
May 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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City discusses possible sewer rate increase
A water and sewer expert proposed an across-the-board sewer rate increase for Kodiak City residents. Kurt Playstead, a water and sewer economist for C2HM Hill, told a Kodiak City Council work session on May 20 that a steady stream of rate increases totaling “roughly” 5 percent per year “with a little bit bigger bump in one year” would keep up with rising expenses and debt service levels. Kodiak ratepayers have not...
May 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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