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Garden Gate: Spring is getting closer
I don’t know of any other regions in the U.S. where day length is such a big deal as in Alaska. “Wow, we’re gaining almost 5 minutes a day,” is a comment you’re much more likely to hear in a grocery store line in Kodiak more than say, in Alabama. Nonetheless, the first day of spring is so close you can taste it. A swing around the garden tells me that plants can taste it, too. Daffodils shoots and rhubarb are push...
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Capitol Report: March 3
Hello from Juneau. The halfway point of the 2014 session is rapidly approaching and the Capitol has been abuzz with activity of late. There are more busy days in sight as both legislative bodies continue work on numerous bills and resolutions, including the Fiscal Year 2015 operating and capital budgets. The Senate Education Committee, which I chair, has been focusing on the governor’s omnibus education bill, SB 1...
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Another earthquake near Larsen Bay
A magnitude 3.7 earthquake was occurred Friday afternoon 44 miles south of Larsen Bay, according to U.S. Geological Survey preliminary data. The temblor was reported at 3:59 p.m. and was 8.6 miles below the surface. There were no immediate reports of damage. Last week, a 4.4 earthquake was reported 41 miles west southwest of Larsen Bay. Contact the Daily Mirror newsroom at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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C.G. medevacs man from Dutch Harbor
A Coast Guard helicopter deployed on the Cutter Alex Haley assisted a 40-year-old mariner near Dutch Harbor Saturday. A Kodiak-deployed MH-65 Dolphin medevaced the man from the 559-foot bulk carrier Ken Ei 100 miles northwest of Dutch Harbor, according to a Coast Guard news release. The man suffered from abdominal distress and was flown to Cold Bay and then taken to Anchorage for further care. Contact the Daily Mi...
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Fish Factor: Changes are occuring in seawater
Just as Nero fiddled while Rome burned, US policy makers are quibbling over climate issues as bivalves dissolve in an increasingly corrosive Pacific Ocean. Any kid’s chemistry set will show that big changes are occurring in seawater throughout the world. As the oceans absorb more carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel burning outputs (primarily coal), it increases acidity to a point where shellfish can’t survive. It is r...
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Kodiak boys vying for NLC's top seed
Kodiak holds its own fate in clinching the boys regular-season Northern Lights Conference basketball title. The equation is simple: Sweep Wasilla. “This is huge for us,” Anderson said. “We went from 1-9 the first year I coached the program to hopefully in the fourth year winning the region crown.” Kodiak enters the 7 p.m. game today at Wasilla with a 6-2 conference record (13-8 overall). The two teams finish the s...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: IRafkuruaq
IRafkuruaq; IRafkungcuk; WiRufkuruaq – String; Twine IRafkuruanek initalitallriit. – They used string to make clotheslines. String games like cats cradle are a popular pastime around the globe. From Australia to Asia, Africa, North America, and the high Arctic, people have long used a simple loop of string and their fingers to make designs. The function of these figures varies by culture. In some societies, string...
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HB77 deserves to die in committee
There is currently a very bad piece of legislation sleeping in the Rules Committee of our Alaska State Senate. This is House Bill 77 (Water Rights and DNR Permitting Legislation) referred to as the "Silence Alaskans Act" by opponents. The authors of this bill (Parnell, Sullivan and Staff) seek to streamline permitting for state projects by awarding unprecedented permitting powers to the commissioner of the Dept of...
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Kodiak governments lobby in Juneau
Going into the annual legislative reception hosted by Kodiak governments Thursday evening in Juneau, city Mayor Pat Branson took a few minutes to review a busy week in the capital, saying the city “is in a very good place.” Branson, city manager Aimee Kniaziowski and council members Rich Walker and Charlie Davidson have been lobbying the state Legislature and administration about local concerns. The borough sent M...
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Fun run Saturday
The Coffee to Coffee Run/Walk is 10 a.m. Saturday. The 3.3-mile race starts at A Balanced Approach and ends at Harborside Coffee and Goods. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at A Balanced Approach. Entry fee is $10 for adults and $5 for students. All proceeds go to the Kodiak High School cross country team. Contact the Daily Mirror sports department at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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