Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
New city salary system will cost $504,000 more per year
The Kodiak City Council is considering changing public employees’ pay grades for the first time in 10 years as it takes up debate on a new salary system during tonight’s city council meeting. The new system revises employees’ job descriptions and duties and pegs pay rates to market standards. If accepted, the new system will cost the city an additional $504,000 per year — $389,000 in higher salaries and $115,000 i...
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Kodiak herring season will be a busy one
Sitka’s loss could mean a big gain for Kodiak herring fishermen. After Alaska’s first big herring fishery came in below expectations, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is expecting a big turnout when Kodiak’s herring sac roe harvest begins April 15. “It looks like we're going to have a bit more interest this year,” said James Jackson, the top salmon and herring biologist in Fish and Game’s Kodiak office. “Thi...
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Kodiak real estate agents expect normal housing season
As transfer season arrives for the Coast Guard and other professions and “For Sale” signs pop up around town, Kodiak’s real estate agents aren’t predicting anything other than a normal summer. “We should see a regular year in sales, probably the same amount of sales and inventory that we’re accustomed to,” said Grant Shields, owner of Alaska One Realty. There are around 25 houses listed for sale between Kodiak and...
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Kodiak had record low temperature Wednesday
Don’t call winter over yet. Temperatures plunged to 15 degrees Wednesday morning, courtesy of an Arctic storm system that brought deep snow to Anchorage. Wednesday’s mark sets a new record for April 10, beating the previous low of 16 degrees, set in 1968. While the calendar says spring has arrived, Kodiak’s normal April 10 low is 31 degrees, and unseasonably low temperatures have lingered around Kodiak for almost ...
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Capital budget: Austerity, but room for Kodiak projects
Rep. Alan Austerman has called 2014 a “year of austerity,” and the Alaska Senate agrees. On Saturday, the Senate voted 17-3 to approve a $2 billion capital budget, down from $2.9 billion approved last year for 2013. The capital budget must still be approved by the Alaska House and governor Sean Parnell, but even if this budget is an austere one, it still contains plenty for Kodiak residents to cheer about. The bud...
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Court case lets feds protect tribal land from state and borough taxes
A court decision quietly released on Easter Sunday has given the Akiachak Native Community a major victory over the federal and state governments in a case that may have big implications for tribes across Alaska. U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled that the federal government can accept land from Alaska Natives and hold it in trust, protecting that land from development and local taxes. Under federal...
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ITN warns Kodiak beachcombers about rat poison canisters
Containers used to store rat poison have washed up on one of Kodiak’s beaches, and Island Trails Network is advising people to avoid contact with the empty canisters if any others show up. The thermos-sized aluminum canisters could contain residual amounts of aluminum phosphide, a toxin used to kill rats and bugs. When aluminum phosphide is exposed to moisture in the air, it produces phosphine, a poisonous gas tha...
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Borough mayor’s complaint against assemblyman is dismissed
Borough assemblyman Mel Stephens has been cleared of financial wrongdoing by the Alaska Public Offices Commission. In a ruling released Monday, the commission dismissed a complaint filed by borough Mayor Jerome Selby. The complaint alleged Stephens, an attorney, failed to follow financial disclosure rules when accepting payment for a case in which he represented a client fighting the Kodiak Island Borough in court...
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City and borough take firm action on tender issue
The city and borough of Kodiak are taking a tough approach to Trident Seafoods’ manipulation of this spring’s pollock and cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska. Borough Mayor Jerome Selby and city Mayor Pat Branson have signed a letter asking the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to investigate the impact of tenders taking fish to Alaska Peninsula fish processing plants instead of plants in Kodiak. The NPFMC’s ...
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Kodiak post office will add parcel lockers
The U.S. Postal Service is installing new lockers at the Kodiak post office so residents with P.O. boxes can pick up packages 24 hours a day. USPS spokesperson Blessie Lochmann said the postal service decided to install the lockers to better serve the customers in Kodiak. “It’s purely for serving our customers and minimizing the wait time in line so our customers can be satisfied and we can serve them within that ...
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