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Military cancels 2013 Alaska exercise
Military officials have canceled this year’s Northern Edge exercise, a massive biennial training event that involves thousands of U.S. personnel from several branches of the armed forces, because of federal budget difficulties, according to a Friday announcement from the Alaska Command. Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Anchorage, have in past years been the main operating bases for th...
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Garden Gate: Q&A Part 3
Editor’s Note: Marion Owen’s spring gardening Q&A continues with Part 3 this week. For parts one and two, see the April 1 and March 25 issues of the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Q: The calendar says it’s spring, but after last weekend’s snowfall, winter is not over. My perennials are starting to poke through the soil. What can I do to protect them? A. Snow is not the enemy; freezes (not frost) without snow cover, are. Fro...
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Hatchery planners talk about 2013 season
Pillar Creek Hatchery will likely have two new release sites for sockeye smolt this year. The Kodiak regional planning team, which includes biologists, hatchery managers and fishermen, met in March to create and discuss local hatchery plans. Members approved three permit alteration requests to allow an increase in the amount of smolt released at Telrod Cove, and approved requests for socket smolt to be released in...
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Capitol Report: April 8
Hello again from Juneau. With the legislatives session slated to adjourn this coming Sunday, the Capitol building is an active place. As you probably know, the governor’s bill to cut oil taxes, which I voted against, is now in the House finance committee after passing out of the House resources committee last week, and there is much speculation that the bill either will not make it to the floor for a vote by April...
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Pick. Click. Give. totals break records
The final Pick. Click. Give. numbers, announced Tuesday show that Kodiak residents pledged $42,275 to their favorite local nonprofits. The Pick. Click. Give. program allows Alaskans to donate money from their Permanent Fund dividend and has become an effective way for nonprofits around the state to raise money. The amount pledged statewide has increased each year since the program began in 2009. As of the last rep...
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Prep track: Thomet sizzles in season-opening meet
Kodiak High School’s Levi Thomet proved Friday he is the distance runner to beat in this track and field season. The super sophomore sizzled in Kodiak’s season-opener with a lightning-quick 3,200-meter time of 9 minutes, 30.37 seconds at the Big C Relays at The Dome in Anchorage. Thomet beat his personal-best time by four seconds and easily topped the 60-man field that included large-school and small-school runner...
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Fish Factor: Halibut season off to slow start
Absent from supermarket fliers this spring have been ads featuring the year’s first fresh halibut, reflecting the anticipated push back by buyers to the high priced fish. “No ads in the papers. No excitement this year,” said more than one major buyer. In recent years, dwindling supplies of halibut helped push up dock prices to more than $7/lb at major ports, and halibut fillets topped $20/lb at retail. That’s not ...
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Borough assembly approves $62 million construction budget for Kodiak High School project
The new Kodiak High School is on its way. In a 6-1 vote, the Kodiak Island Borough assembly approved a $62,257,750 million construction contract with Watterson Construction of Anchorage to complete the Kodiak High School expansion and renovation project. The contract approved by the assembly includes a new music room and paving of one parking lot along Mill Bay Road. Both items were among 11 optional add-ons not i...
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Tapestry: Wine-tasting event will raise funds for memorial site
The other day, Dodi Cobban asked me if I’d like to buy tickets for the upcoming Fishermen’s Wives wine-tasting party and dessert auction. How could I turn her down? She slapped the tickets in front of me, but before I could reach for my pocket book, I asked Cobban and her friends, Wanda Jentry and Barbara Burch, to tell me about the organization which they’ve participated in for many years. By the time they answer...
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As students take state-mandated tests, huge changes loom
This week, Kodiak students have had their heads down and pencils in hand as they fill in ovals on the state’s mandatory assessment tests. In two years, they will put down their pencils and pick up a computer mouse as they switch to a new testing system mandated by the state and federal governments. The switch to electronic testing is far from the only change under a new system that will affect every subject. “I th...
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