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The Emergency Operations Center reported 571 known, active cases of COVID on the island on Wednesday, a 32% decrease from its last report on Friday, when there were 834 known, active cases. This is the first time that the number of reported cases has decreased since December. Based on the Al…

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Kodiak resident Andrew L. Rice, 24, was charged with a Class C felony for promoting contraband of a controlled substance on Saturday. The charge came after Alaska State Troopers found a “white powder-like substance” concealed in his underwear on Friday, according to an Alaska State Trooper’s…

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Sandy Daws, the chief financial officer of the Kodiak Island Borough School District, presented the district’s preliminary budget for fiscal year 2023 to the Board of Education on Monday. The proposed budget, which is $48.6 million, is what Superintendent Larry LeDoux considers a “status quo…

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Chasin M. Acuna, 23, has been charged with a Class C felony in connection with a Friday car theft, according to documents filed Saturday by the District Court for the State of Alaska Third Judicial District in Kodiak.

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In the face of public protest, the City Council decided to indefinitely table an ordinance that would ban the use of ATVs, snow mobiles and side-by-sides on city streets.

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The number of known, active COVID cases broke another record Friday when the Emergency Operations Center reported 834 cases. It is a 17% increase from the number of cases reported Wednesday, and a 140% increase from the number of cases reported Jan. 7.

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M/V Kennicott and the M/V Hubbard collided while docking in Ketchikan at 4:25 a.m. Friday, according to a news release from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

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Starting next month the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak and the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge will conduct a Kodiak Harvest Subsistence Survey. Their findings will be used by the Alaska Board of Fish and the Board of Game — the state's regulatory authoritie…

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Duncan Fields, a local with several decades of experience in fishing and seafood processing, is the newest member of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Board of Directors. 

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Natasha Pristas and Sarah Loewen created a mobile installation that reflected the history and circular nature of life in the Kodiak Archipelago. Tracy Opheim built a workshop for her folk and traditional artwork. Jacqueline Adams made a dozen Alutiiq dolls. Mary Loewen attended dance and cho…

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The population of the Kodiak Island Borough dropped between April 2020 and July 2021, according to data released by the Alaska Department of Labor Workforce Development.

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Anyone who is sick of the blues might find a different tune at International Guitar Night on Wednesday. The concert includes four guitarists — Luca Stricagnoli, Thu Le, Janet Noguera and Lulo Reinhardt — each with distinct national and stylistic backgrounds, according to a news release from …

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There are many ways to serve the country, which is something that Richard Carman, a recreation specialist at the U.S. Coast Guard Base Kodiak’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division knows well.

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Another milestone has been reached in the fundraising effort to renovate Baranof Park Recreation Center. In the past month, $360,000 went to the Friends of Baranof Park Improvements Project, bringing the amount of money allocated toward construction to $3.326 million, Friends of Baranof Park…

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The island has moved to a Yellow Alert level as the number of known, active COVID cases increased to 348 on Friday, the Emergency Operations Center announced. This is the highest number of known, active cases on the island since the start of the pandemic, according to numbers reported by the…

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Flyers and signs on storefronts, ads in the Daily Mirror and posts on hiring websites all reveal the same thing about Kodiak: There is a shortage of workers. While businesses are trying to bring in more workers, employees are working longer hours and taking on more tasks to make up for the d…

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2021 was a busy year for the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Task Force. The MSTF teams visited 95 remote communities, according to a news release from the Coast Guard. The biggest challenge that the teams in Western Alaska and the Arctic witnessed weren’t a result of a lack of preparedness, but…

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The number of known, active COVID cases has increased by 365% this past week, from 55 cases on Dec. 29 to 256 cases on Wednesday, the Emergency Operations Center reported. Currently, one person is hospitalized due to reasons associated with the virus, according to the Emergency Operations Center.

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The holiday season is not over yet — the Feast of Nativity, or Eastern Orthodox Christmas, is Friday. For anyone interested — regardless of their faith — observance starts today. This morning, the Holy Resurrection Cathedral located on 385 Kashevaroff Ave., will begin its Royal Hours at 8 a.…

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Marina L. Pruitt, 35, was charged with a class C felony for promoting contraband in the first degree after she was found possessing 2.2 grams of what is presumed to be methamphetamines based on lab tests, according to a complaint filed by District Court for the State of Alaska Third Judicial…

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More than 50 students and staff at Kodiak High School tested positive for COVID on Monday and Tuesday, prompting the school to move to remote classes for the rest of the week.

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The Kodiak Island Fairgrounds Community Garden is planning an expansion next year. In November, the garden received a grant for more than $15,200 through the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc., also known as RurAL CAP. The Garden Committee, part of the Friends of Kodiak Fair & R…

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its COVID-19 guidelines last week, much to the concern of health care professionals.

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Flights to and from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport have been canceled by the hundreds this past week, leaving Kodiak residents stranded off the island and in a state of uncertainty. 

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Against all expectations, 2021 turned out to be just as hectic and in many ways even more crazy than 2020. There were many highs and lows throughout the year, including changes to the school’s curricu- lum, a record-breaking salmon season and the continued stress of COVID. As the New Year ap…

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There was a COVID outbreak on the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, according to Kodiak City Manager Mike Tvenge. As of Thursday, there were 35 known cases of COVID among people traveling on the cutter, Tvenge said.

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The number of known, active COVID-19 cases increased by 323%, from 13 on Dec. 22 to 55 on Dec. 29, according to the Emergency Operations Center.

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Kodiak residents went to the trails on Sunday, taking advantage of record-breaking high temperatures. The Kodiak Airport reported temperatures reached 65 degrees that day, the warmest temperature ever recorded in Kodiak between Oct. 5 and April 21 of any year, according to the National Weath…

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Although most of the offices and businesses in Kodiak will be closed Saturday, not everyone stops working. Police and state troopers respond to calls, doctors still treat injuries and, if you’re in need of shelter or a warm meal, Scott Hoy at the Brother Francis Shelter will help. 

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On Christmas morning, kids across the world will wake up to find wrapped presents with their names on them beneath Christmas trees and empty plates with cookie crumbs. Even though Christmas is the time to celebrate these gifts, the magic starts earlier when, somehow, the presents are deliver…

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One person on the island was hospitalized between Dec. 16-22 for reasons associated with COVID-19, according to numbers reported by the Emergency Operations Center. Since the start of the pandemic, the EOC reported that 102 people have been hospitalized due to problems associated with the vi…

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Christmas is around the corner. For those of you without a place to worship for the holiday, the following congregations have services that are open to the public and free to attend: 

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Kodiak Island is a hunter’s paradise, attracting beginners to veterans seeking a trophy animal. Count legendary bowhunter Chuck Adams as one who makes frequent visits to the Emerald Isle. 

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Time is ticking for fishermen who need to earn a U.S. Coast Guard Drill Conductor Card before the new year. The card, which is mandatory for some vessels, can be obtained through courses offered by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association. The easiest way for people on the island to ea…