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Our Assembly is broken
To the Editor: After listening to last Thursday’s borough assembly meeting, I have concluded that our highest governing body is broken! Crimes against democracy have been apparent for a while, but now it’s out of hand! When four assembly members deny a fellow member the opportunity to defend himself, bells and whistles should go off in every constituent’s head and attempts to fix what’s broken should be addressed....
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Tapestry: Gardner driven by a passion like Patrick's
Lively dancing, Irish toasts and pitchers of green beer will no doubt highlight many St. Patrick’s Day parties this Sunday. What often gets bypassed in these celebrations is the missionary zeal that drove the English-born lad saint dangerous territory. Kidnapped at age 16 and brought to Ireland as a slave, Patrick escaped his captors and returned to England. He came back to Ireland to preach the Gospel after heari...
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Another Day in Paradise: Overcoming isolation
As you read this, I will either be boarding, waiting, or riding on our ferry system heading home. This morning, I will board the ferry in Homer for a 13-hour ride home with our new van. Tomorrow, I will get off the ferry in Kodiak, take the van home, repack some fresh clothes and then board the ferry with our old van, bound back to Homer. Twenty-six hours on a ferry in a 34-hour timeframe was not on my calendar of...
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Winter thoughts
Falling snow is beautiful; snow-laden branches, snow-covered trees. Falling snow is quiet and peaceful. A big smile is put on my face and I am a kid again. Flashbacks of learning to ski on the slopes of Cranmore; of skating on the neighborhood pond. Winter is not winter without snow; they go hand in hand. Play in it; make snow angels and snowmen; snowshoe, go sledding or skiing. Make sugar on snow, the Vermont tra...
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Public Safety Blotter: March 15
Wednesday, Feb. 13 At 12:09 a.m., a 911 caller stated her boyfriend hit her. Officers arrived and the woman denied fear or injury. Both parties separated for the night. At 12:56 a.m., an officer was on foot patrol on Marine Way. At 10:05 a.m., an abandoned vehicle on Shelikof Street was red-tagged. At 1:31 p.m., a caller reported their loader was vandalized. At 2:40 p.m., an officer was on foot patrol on Marine Wa...
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Island Flavor: Java Flats caters to health nuts
April is the cruelest month, T. S. Eliot said in his compelling and influential work, “The Waste Land.” Those owing federal income tax may agree. But inhabitants of Kodiak Island know the designation “cruel” belongs not to April but to the long winter month when Alicia McEwan closes Java Flats for her annual sabbatical. The island, of course, accepts her need for renewal, but oh, the heavy fog, the sinister silenc...
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Amazing Nature: Small life forms are of big importance
The ocean has an endless supply of life forms and topics to write and learn about. Nonetheless, sometimes I sit in my living room staring into space and wonder what the topic of the next amazing nature column should be. On the last such occasion, my son asked if I had ever written about bacteria. I have not, and at first I wondered how to write about those minute life forms that in most people only spur images of ...
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In the courts: March 15
Dismissals • A charge of first-degree harassment against Michael Beck, 47, was dismissed March 6. • A charge of second-degree theft against Larry Birtcher, 59, was dismissed March 11. • A charge of third-degree assault against Aaron Hedrick, 25, was dismissed March 11. • A charge of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance against Luis Orosco, 42, was dismissed March 12. Assault • Basil Larionoff, ...
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H20 visa is a mistake
Each day, the email accounts here at the Kodiak Daily Mirror receive one or two messages praising a new accomplishment of Alaska’s fishing industry. Those messages might be a new boat launch, record production or record earnings for fishermen. If those emails were your only source of news about the fishing industry, you’d think Alaska was in a rising tide of fisheries success. Last week, we received an email from ...
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Special Olympics strikes gold
Snowshoers Jackie Malutin and Julia Wiley and Kodiak’s floor hockey team earned gold medals at the 2013 Special Olympics Alaska Winter games that concluded Sunday. Malutin won two golds in the 200-meter and 400-meter snowshoeing races in her division and added a fourth in the 100, while Wiley took first in the 25 and 100 meter races and was fourth in the 50. The floor hockey team — Derrick Blondin, David Bradbury ...
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