Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Wrestlers fourth in Anchorage
Kodiak’s Bryan Gonzalez couldn’t have started the high school wrestling season any better. The 106-pound junior captured the West Anchorage Open title on Saturday in Anchorage. Gonzalez, One of two Kodiak state placers from a year ago that returned this season, beat West’s Jeremy Briones, 9-3, in the championship match. He worked his way to the final by pinning Wasilla’s Heidi Warner, edging Palmer’s Odin Andersen...
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Garden Gate: Pumpkins make healthier alternatives to pie
Thanks mostly to marketing, Halloween is recognized as that sweet time of year when children can collect and eat as much candy as they want. Scary, eh? But with the obesity rate triple what it was a generation ago, and the number of cavities among children said to be increasing, many parents and some health experts consider the candy-focused holiday a nightmare. Surely there are alternatives. I posted the question...
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Corporations working hard to give hope
To the editor: I had the privilege of attending the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage during October of this year. I’d like to say everything is bright and rosy for Alaska Natives, but the truth is I saw and heard some people in peril, I saw despair, self-destructive behavior and alcoholism. I ask myself, what are the answers to these terrible conditions? Countless time and effort has been put f...
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Stable homes more effective than taking seats
To the editor: So the Kodiak Downtown Revitalization Committee has reconvened. Good! Reading on … a vagrant problem? Yes, if you mean a “people sitting around with nothing to do and nowhere to go” problem. “Vagrant” implies being moved on, though, and where are folks supposed to be moved on to — Chiniak? Cleaning the gloomy brush out of the plaza, sure … hope they plant more trees instead to reduce the butt-frying...
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Salmon values declining across the board
Alaska’s 2015 salmon season produced the second largest harvest ever, but rock-bottom prices yielded the lowest payout to fishermen since 2006. That will cut into the tax base of coastal communities and state coffers, which collect fully half of all fish landing taxes. Preliminary tallies from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game show that the statewide salmon catch topped 263 million fish (the record is 273 mil...
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Spikers win consolation bracket
Playing without two starters, Kodiak volleyball snagged the consolation title of the silver bracket at the Dimond-Service Tournament on Saturday. Setter Tracy Gatter stayed in Kodiak nursing an ankle she sprained at practice last week, while libero Mikayla Lirette also did not make the trip. “It was not the finish we were looking for, but as far as what we were able to achieve, I’m pleased,” Kodiak coach Amy Willi...
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Orion’s Mountain Sports Reverse Pillar Mountain Run results
Saturday, Oct. 24 9.1 miles Men 1. Michael Parnell, 58 minutes, 12 seconds; 2. Jack Hannah, 58:48; 3. Keith Osowski, 1:04.39; 4. Daniel Johnson, 1:05:33; 5. Anthony Maghupoy, 1:06:14; 6. Anthony Saucier, 1:06:36; 7. Micah Burnett, 1:06:59; 8. Brenden Thompson, 1:07:07; 9. Youji Seto, 1:13:15; 10. Keith Bruce, 1:14:58; 11. Cory Thompson, 1:18.15; 12. Don Zimmerman, 1:19.25; 13. Rob Stauffer, 1:24:30; 14. Mario Alva...
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After years of bad choices, Burnett finds home on KHS XC team
On an early October day in Anchorage, with the ground caked in mud, Micah Burnett never felt more alive. The Kodiak High School senior with a contagious smile was doing something he never thought was possible — running at the 4A state cross country championships. It was something that nobody thought was possible. A year and a half before the race, Burnett started the process of regaining control of his life. He wa...
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Homeless families face crisis
61 –year –old Monte Hawver, who oversees the Brother Francis Shelter, looks out on the quiet streets of Kodiak envisioning the explosion of human sorrow that will flood them in May. May is when hundreds of families must vacate the Jackson Mobile Home Park. “Kodiak has never really had to deal with family homelessness,” Hawver said. He has been operating the homeless shelter since 1991. In that role, he has had to ...
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Man sentenced for sexual abuse of 7-year-old
A man was sentenced last week to 25 years in jail with 15 suspended for the sexual abuse of a 7-year-old girl. Christopher Stroup, 20, pleaded guilty in July to a charge of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree, a Class B felony. A charge of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree, an unclassified felony, was dismissed. He was sentenced on Oct. 13. According to an Alaska State Trooper affidavit of the i...
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