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I sincerely hope Kodiak realizes just how important the Alaska Board of Fish meeting taking place at the Kodiak Convention Center this weekend is to our local economy. Our neighbors to the Southwest and Northeast — Chignik and Cook Inlet — are proposing changes to the commercial salmon fishe…

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Whether we catch salmon with a hook or a net, we Kodiakans know that salmon is vital to island living. But did you know how important it is to take the time to explain this to the seven members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries? It is. And they will be here this weekend to hear from all of us…

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The Alaska Board of Fisheries is meeting in Kodiak for four days starting on Saturday.  There is a public reception for the board at the Afognak Building starting at 6 p.m. I encourage you to attend and meet the board members that make many of the regulatory decisions for Kodiak’s fisheries.

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It’s no surprise that commercial fishing is the primary economic engine of Kodiak. The salmon industry is under fire once again, and the fishing community is faced with the burden of fending off attacks to an established system that has provided opportunity for generations of fishermen, cann…

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The Board of Fisheries is coming to Kodiak to discuss important salmon issues from Saturday to Tuesday. Kodiak needs your help to fill the room with faces and voices at the meeting beginning on Saturday at 8:30 a.m, at the Kodiak Convention Center. You don’t have to be a fisherman to testify…

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I’m a long time Kodiak salmon fisherman and my wife and I recently purchased the local boatyard. We want Kodiak businesses to know that the Alaska Board of Fisheries is meeting in Kodiak starting on Saturday. The board will be looking at 10 proposals that would harm Kodiak’s salmon fishery. …

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These are critical times for our local salmon fishery, Kodiak’s economy and the place we call home! Kodiak’s salmon fishery has been and continues to be managed on local stocks, with built-in mechanisms for incidental harvest of non-local stocks. This has been the case for decades. Additiona…

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Elvis Presley, James Dean, Terry Haines; all rebels of their era.  This piece is a response to Terry’s guest opinion that appeared in the Dec. 6 edition of the Kodiak Daily Mirror.  There was considerable discussion at the Consolidation Committee meeting after his opinion was published. The …

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Hello again. As 2019 and the interim wind down, legislators are preparing to return to Juneau for the 2020 session, which begins Jan. 21. I am optimistic we will finish our work in 90 days. If needed, the state constitution allows the legislature to extend the session an additional month.

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This election cycle the Alaska Democrats are changing from their traditional caucus system of choosing which candidate they support for president in 2020. The party is holding a presidential primary on April 9, 2020.

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Just about three months remain in the legislative interim. As always is the case, much is happening  as we prepare for the start of the next session on Jan. 21, 2020. Included on this list is consideration by Senate Republicans of Anchorage Representative Josh Revak, who is the governor’s no…

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I just returned from my eighth yearly vacation to Kodiak, and I am writing because I have always thoroughly enjoyed visiting your city, and road system.  I have loved your area from my first year, when I fished with Dake and stayed at Smiling Bear, a great host.  I admire your library and wi…

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Hello again. A little over three months remain in the interim and, as always, there is a lot happening in the legislature. In the senate, Republicans are preparing to meet as a group soon to consider the governor’s nomination of Representative Josh Revak, R-Anchorage, to fill the Anchorage S…

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In my opinion there is nothing equitable about the ridiculous 2016 salmon disaster bailout program and I laughed out loud after reading the article in Thursday’s paper. I’m not the least bit surprised that salmon fishermen are stomping their feet and crying for more money they do not deserve…

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I feel fortunate to have grown up around commercial fishing and knew at a young age I wanted to run my own boat someday. Being born and raised in Kodiak and a 5th generation fisherman, it was in my blood, I guess. I wanted to build a career out of small-boat commercial fishing around my isla…

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I wanted to provide a brief update on an issue that is very important to our community. Namely, the Alaska Marine Highway System and a winter schedule that leaves a lot of communities, Kodiak included, out in the cold. 

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Late Thursday night, Aug. 1, the State of Alaska and Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific (IBU) reached an agreement, ending a nine-day strike and allowing the Alaska Marine Highway System to resume ferry service to coastal communities on Sunday.

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KODIAK — The first principle of Catholic social teaching is to support the life and dignity of the human person.

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KODIAK — The Save the Internet Act passed by House Democrats would actually endanger open access to the internet for all. I trust that Senator Murkowski will do what is right and oppose this faulty legislation while working with her colleagues to pass a real bipartisan solution to the full r…

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KODIAK — Recently, in issues of the Kodiak Daily Mirror, there have been several articles decrying Governor Mike Dunleavy’s efforts to provide a full PFD (about $3,000) to virtually every man, woman and child in Alaska. This would come at the expense of reducing or eliminating some legislati…

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Since 1967, Alaska Legal Services Corporation has provided quality free civil legal services to low income Alaskans. Beyond that, they provide training for those that need help in representing themselves. In both of these roles, that of advocate and teacher, the attorneys of ALSC help achiev…

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KODIAK — When the Governor of Alaska has the power to undo months of hard work of sixty dedicated legislators who represent the people of Alaska by the mere stroke of a pen, he has undoubtedly been given too much power afforded by Alaska’s constitution. The Governor’s veto action defies demo…

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KODIAK — I’ve been quiet regarding the current state of Alaska politics. It’s incredibly hard to avoid labels when you’re a moderate. I’m too tax-and-spend to be a Republican, and too anti-progressive to be a Democrat. Yet, here I am, preparing to stick my foot in my mouth!

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On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, 1 applaud the efforts taken by the legislature to create and agree on a budget, as we understand the gravity of the budget situation. However, the consequences of the Governor’s vetoes if not overridden, stand to reverber…

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United Fishermen of Alaska is grateful to Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Dan Sullivan, as well as the Senators of Idaho, Washington and Montana, for coming together to urge British Columbia Premier John Horgan to clean up B.C.’s mining sector and to work towards alleviating the threat B.…

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There have been some developments regarding the upcoming special session, and I wanted to be sure to keep you all in the loop.