Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Coast Guard Blotter: May 3
Wednesday, May 1 • Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak temporarily deployed an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and support personnel to their forward operating location in Cordova, to safeguard mariners in Prince William Sound and southcentral Alaska. With an increased number of vessels operating in the region during the spring and summer, the deployed Coast Guard aircrew will be able to rapidly respond to mariners in ne...
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Parents are at fault for childhood obesity
To the Editor: Childhood obesity has become a huge outbreak in our country in the past 30 years, and it’s beginning to look more like parents are playing a huge role in the cause. Parents today work more, cook meals at home less, and let their children snack more. For instance, 30 years ago, children only ate one snack a day. Children today are having three or more snacks a day. Therefore, children are eating an e...
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Kodiak needs an indoor community fitness facility
To the Editor: I believe Kodiak needs an indoor sports center open to the whole community. Most of the existing facilities require you to be a military person or an Alaska native, but what about the town people who aren’t or have any Alaska native blood? Building a community facility can help people continue their physical activity even when the weather is bad. For example, tennis players would not have to worry a...
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People abuse welfare benefits
To the Editor: Are welfare benefits being taken advantage of or are they being used wisely? The government should make sure that the money we work hard for is going to ones who really need it and is being used for good causes. There’s at least $131 billion spent on welfare benefits annually. Many people who aren’t getting enough welfare claim they need more money. Citizens who need financial help know welfare is t...
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Legal hiccup for borough-owned nursing home
An ordinary procedural vote could turn into a major hiccup for the new borough-owned nursing home unless the borough finds an attorney — any attorney — to sign a bond issue this summer. On Thursday night, a short-staffed borough assembly voted 3-2 against a new contract with Wohlforth, Brecht, Cartledge and Brookings, which has been providing legal services as the borough pursues a $20 million bond issue to pay fo...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Bat
Keneryaq: Bat (animal) Aliktaanka keneryat.: The bats scare me. Bats are not widespread in Alaska. There are just five species of these small flying mammals found mostly in forested areas of southeast and south central Alaska, where trees provide good roosting places. The most common Alaskan variety is the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus), which lives year round in the Kodiak region. Little brown bats live in s...
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Around Kodiak: May 3
Coast Guard Base Kodiak holds a tree-planting and clean up day today beginning at 9 a.m. A barbecue for all participants will take place at noon. Civilians are welcome to attend, and all are encouraged to enter the “trash-looking” dessert contest. Sign up for the cleanup at the Golden Anchor. Kodiak College hosts a family fun night 6-8:30 p.m. tonight in the Benny Benson Building. Bring two cans of food to receive...
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In the Courts: May 3
Dismissals • One count of misconduct involving weapons against Andre Dahmani, 26, was dismissed April 26. • One count of third-degree theft against Nicholaus Cooke-dew, 26, was dismissed April 1. • One count of sixth-degree drugs misconduct against Michael Inga, 20, was dismissed March 8. Theft Brandi West, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree theft. She was sentenced to 120 days in jail (120 days suspe...
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Pamyua visits Kodiak for concert and workshops
Six years after their Kodiak debut, the eclectic Native music group Pamyua returns to Kodiak to help public radio station KMXT-FM celebrate spring. Variously called “Yupik-soul” or “Eskimo doo-wop,” the Anchorage-based group’s music won’t just appear on the Gerald C. Wilson stage tonight; it will also show up in the cozy confines of the Sun’aq Tribal Hall for a Saturday afternoon workshop. As Phillip Blanchett exp...
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Help clean up Kodiak this Saturday
It’s time to clean up. At 9 a.m. Saturday, hordes of local volunteers will gather at Kodiak High School, gloves in hand, to pick up trash bags. Three hours later, those yellow bags, full of garbage, will dot the curbs and shoulders of roads across Kodiak. Ditches formerly full of garbage will be scrubbed clean of litter, ensuring the Emerald Isle will again turn green. Kodiak’s annual cleanup has arrived, but with...
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