Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Pair of Base Kodiak suicides is horrifying aberration, stats show
This summer, Coast Guard Base Kodiak suffered two suicides in one week. Together, the two deaths represent about half the suicides the entire Coast Guard sees each year. On June 27, a 21-year-old man was found dead in his barracks room. On July 2, a 26-year-old man was found dead at his home in Coast Guard housing. Neither death was related, despite their proximity. “We had four (active-duty) suicides in 2012, but...
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Religion: New Berean pastor is ‘people’ person
Kodiak’s “heat wave” was a refreshing relief for Paul Winegeart. Winegeart, his wife Melanie and their four children moved from sweltering110-degree weather in Texas to the island early this summer where Paul will serve Berean Baptist Church as senior pastor. “It’s absolutely gorgeous here,” said Winegeart. “I love the outdoors." He looks forward to learning the seasons, fishing, hunting and driving his Jeep in ou...
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Thelma Mary Elinor Madsen Johnson
Thelma Mary Elinor Madsen Johnson, 92, passed away July 26 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Thelma was born to Charles ‘Charlie’ Madsen and Mary Metrokin Madsen on July 20, 1921 in Kodiak. She was preceded in death by her parents and stepmother Alexandra ‘Shurka’ Chernoff Madsen, her beloved husband Leon ‘Ole’ Johnson, her siblings Alf, Elizabeth, Rose, Alice, Germaine, Raymond, and her eldest son Mark...
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KHS graduate illustrates children’s book
A Kodiak High School graduate and his wife have published a children’s book that teaches kids to look at what they have to offer to others. Brandon Jones grew up in Kodiak. He and his wife Inez live in Hong Kong with their two children, ages 6 and 4, but visit Kodiak every summer. This summer they brought copies of their new book “The Contest,” which Inez wrote and Brandon illustrated. “The Contest” tells the stor...
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Around Kodiak: Aug. 2
The Alutiiq Museum is conducting a tour of the Kashevaroff dig site at 2 p.m. today. Join museum archaeologists for a tour of the prehistoric Alutiiq settlement at the head of Women’s Bay. Meet at the pullout just before the Salonie Creek Bridge (on the right) on the highway at the head of Womens Bay. Look for the balloons. Northern Exposure Gallery is holding a First Friday Art Show today from 4-7 p.m. Come check...
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Public Safety Blotter: Aug. 2
Sunday, July 28 • At 2:41 a.m., a man reported being assaulted, but declined to prosecute. • At 3:35 a.m., a caller reported a man was lying on the ground. • At 4:14 a.m., a 911 caller reported four to five people were arguing. They were gone when officers arrived. • At 5:22 a.m., a caller reported hearing gunshots. • At 11:44 a.m., a caller reported a hit and run. There were no suspects. • At 3:32 p.m., a caller ...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Photograph
Patreitaq (n); Patriitaq (S) - Photograph Patriitairnga. - Take a picture of me. The world’s first photographs were taken in the 1830s, when French scientist Louis Daguerre captured images on copperplates treated with silver and mercury. Twenty years later, in the 1850s, photography became popular in the United States with the invention of a less-expensive process that fixed images to glass or tin. As Americans sp...
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Dillingham fisherman appointed to board of fish
Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Dillingham fisherman Fritz Johnson to the Alaska Board of Fisheries seat left vacant by the resignation of Bill Brown. Brown, a Juneau reel repairman, resigned in January from the state board that governs fisheries. He told KTOO-FM at the time that “personal reasons” and “personalities” played into his decision. Gov. Parnell previously chose King Salmon setnet fisherman Vince Webste...
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Island Flavor: $20 for brisket? There oughtta be a law!
I was in the mood for some something southern. Not southern as in south of here, which could mean just about anything. But southern, as in the kind of food they serve in places where the people say, “Slap your grandma!” when what they really mean is, “I’m awestruck!” And where the word “varmint” is used with equal vigor to describe a child, a rodent, or a district judge. Not sure what put me in this mood. Perhaps ...
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In the Courts: Aug. 2
Dismissals • A charge of second-degree robbery against Joseph Iannon Jr., 47, was dismissed July 22. • A charge of second-degree robbery against Cynthia Bean, 40, was dismissed July 22. • A charge of fourth-degree weapons misconduct against Marcus Goelz, 30, was dismissed July 23. Assault • Janice Lauvale, 23, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault. She was fined $500, and her imposition of sentence was suspended...
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