Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Mike Rostad
9/11 is a day of prayer, remembrance
Today is the 14th anniversary of 9/11, the dark, terrifying day when Muslim extremists commandeered commercial jets into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon. Through heroic resistance from passengers, a 4th plane was diverted from an apparent Washington, DC, target and crashe...
Sep 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Daryl Horning came to the island during ‘wild and crazy’ time

Daryl Horning, retired Coast Guard aviation mechanic, came to Kodiak during a time when people did “wild and crazy” things. They were willing to take risks and, if their adventure didn’t turn out to their liking, at least they’d have a darn good story to tell. It was the peak of king crab fishing...
Sep 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ruth Gunderson proved doubters wrong
They said “it will never last.” But it did. The marriage of Ruth and Ed Gunderson lasted almost 60 years, until “death do us part.” Ruth has a lot to remind her of her departed beloved. Every room in her cozy, modest house on Rezanov holds memories of him. The Gundersons grew up in South Bend, Wa...
Aug 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Knagins’ name synonymous with Dig Afognak
When the late Dennis Knagin traveled to the Dig Afognak camp at Qatani Bay on Afognak Island, he was like a horse heading for the barn; the closer he got, the more anxious he was to get there. The Native Village of Afognak camp was a magical haven where he and his wife, Julie, who died last year,...
Aug 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Memorable Saltery road experiences keep riders on alert
Just about every ATV owner in Kodiak has taken his vehicle on the narrow trail that extends from the American River near the Chiniak Highway to Saltery Cove. Dale Stratton, owner of Can’t Get Enough ATV River Fishing, is one of the first to drive the Saltery trail in the spring when there, in mos...
Jul 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ruckers’ ‘yes’ brought them to Kodiak
Saying “yes” to God opens doors to places — geographical and spiritual— that you never dreamed of going, said Fr. David Rucker, who, along with his wife, Rozanne, joined the staff of St. Herman’s Seminary last semester. “If we say ‘yes’ to God -- ‘We’ll go wherever You want us to go, we’ll give w...
Jul 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bill Bissett remembers rancher Omar Stratman
The late Omar Stratman was a quiet man, recalls his ranch hand, Bill Bissett. The two drove from Kodiak to Omar’s ranch at Pasagshak, some 30 miles away, without Omar uttering a single word. Omar had few words to share with strangers and even those who worked closely with him. But with his tender...
Jun 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Children honor fathers for priceless legacy
Their names are inscribed on gravestones, but the legacies of these men are remembered by their children, who honor them on this Father’s Day. Fisherman/rancher DeWitt Fields is buried in an open meadow on his beloved Bear Island overlooking the Shelikof Strait. This location is “untrammeled by t...
Jun 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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