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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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No new applicants for Kodiak Electric Association
The same hands will stay steady on the wheel of the Kodiak Electric Association. Nomination forms for election to the board of directors of Kodiak’s electrical cooperative were due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, and only incumbents Linda Freed, Jay Johnston and Gordon Gould will be on the ballot this year. Three members of the 10-person board are up for re-election in any given year. Terms last for three years apiece, excep...
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Local results: March 15
Kodiak Island Dart Association Wednesday, March. 6 Flying Tacos 14, Coyote Pak 1; Oo Chuks 13, Villains 2; Rondy II 11, Bar Pros 4; Darty Minds 9, River Rats 6; 3 in a Bed 8, Dart’in Divas 7; Banditos 10, Elders 5; Dart Vaders 11, Nightflights 4; Ah-Shucks 13, Shark Attack 2. High tons: Paddy O’Donnell 140, John Wolfen 135, Craig Eckert 131, Ken Cameron 126, Mark Wardell 125, John Toliver 125, Geoff Spalinger 125,...
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Congress begins debate on reauthorization of top fisheries law
On the day before he celebrated his 40th year in Congress, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) threw his weight behind reauthorization of the nation’s top fisheries law. The Magnuson-Stevens Act is the cornerstone of federal fisheries law, but it must be renewed every 10 years. The last renewal was in 2006, and given the glacial pace of Congress, debate must begin early in order to prevent a calamitous pothole in fishing in...
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