Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Thomet, Dunbar shine in Oregon
A pair of Kodiak runners produced top-six finishes Saturday at the Portland Track Festival in Oregon.  Fresh off his 1,600 and 3,200-meter state titles, Kodiak High School rising junior Levi Thomet held his own against the Northwest’s best.  Thomet scored a fourth-place finish in the boys invitational 1-mile run in a personal-best time of 4 minutes, 13.13 seconds. North Dakota’s Jake Leingang, who won a high schoo...
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Politicians need to change
To the Editor: Before all this “hanky panky” going on in Washington D.C., the word from the present administration appeared change — “change this” or “change that.” From the law-abiding citizens of the U.S. we say this to politicians in Washington D.C. — “You change! Change your diapers. They are full.” Bill Bjorkland
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Getting to know: Cmdr. White
Cmdr. Stephen White has returned to Kodiak to serve as the commanding officer of the Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley, and he feels back at home. This will be White’s fifth Alaska tour and second in Kodiak. During his last Kodiak tour, he served as a deck watch officer on the Coast Guard cutter Firebush from 1994 to 1996. “It’s (Kodiak) changed a lot,” White said. “The one thing that hasn’t changed is the people. It’...
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Fish Factor: Aleutian goldens could be next kings of crab hill
Amidst the salmon fisheries starting up all across the state, several Alaska crab seasons also get under way each summer. In mid-June, the summer Dungeness crab fishery opens in the Panhandle, as does red king crab at Norton Sound. Those are followed in August by golden kings along the Aleutian Islands, whose fishery might soon take the title as Alaska’s largest king crab fishery. Unlike other Bering Sea crab stoc...
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Kodiak enjoys record-setting heat wave
Fishermen heading out for the opening of Kodiak’s commercial salmon season are enjoying record-breaking temperatures and sunshine. On Saturday evening, temperatures at the National Weather Service station at Kodiak State Airport hit 73 degrees, shattering the old record of 67 degrees. Warm conditions continued Sunday as the thermometer hit 71 degrees, one degree shy of the record, set in 1992. According to long-te...
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NPFMC puts new cap on nonpollock trawler
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has approved a tough new cap on king salmon catches for nonpollock trawlers in the Gulf of Alaska. On Saturday, the council voted 10-1 to limit nonpollock trawlers to 7,500 king salmon per year while pursuing nonpollock groundfish. The cap is lower than the average of four options the council could have implemented. A 10,000-fish cap was defeated in a 5-6 vote. The cap ...
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Commercial salmon opens earlier than planned
Some years, the salmon show up late. Not this year. At noon today, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will open salmon fishing in waters off the north and western side of Kodiak, 48 hours earlier than originally expected. The early opening is the result of a surge of salmon into Kodiak rivers. According to Fish and Game figures, more than 82,000 sockeye salmon were counted in the Karluk River through June 5. O...
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Sport and subsistence fishermen also see boon from early arrivals
The calendar says it’s the first week of June, but take a walk down the banks of the Buskin River, and you might be forgiven for thinking it’s late July. On Thursday afternoon, more than a dozen fishermen used their lunch breaks to drop lines in the water despite gray, misty skies. They were drawn by high water and an optimistic forecast from the sportfishing division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Thr...
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Kodiak graduate to enter Naval Academy
Michael Barnett was the first to know that his daughter McKenzie had been accepted into the United States Naval Academy. The hard part was keeping it a secret after finding out the news from Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski, who wanted to be the person to tell McKenzie. “I had to not let them know,” Michael said. “They came home and I knew and they didn’t know.” Moments after arriving home from track and field practi...
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Island Flavor: Crab-less in Kodiak, a tweaking of the Fest
There was a gaping hole where the St. Mary’s Improvement Foundation booth used to be. And it was odd not to see people grinning over massive platters of crab. Would the spirit of the fest be affected, I wondered, by the absence of its namesake? I belong to the population of people who budget all year just to have a wad of money to spend on the food at Crab Festival. I store points in an imaginary bank, too — so I ...
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