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Hello again. It is great to be back home again following a brief return to Juneau to pass House Bill 313 on Wednesday, May 20. This critical legislation gives the governor the authority to manage and distribute $1.5 billion in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) fu…

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Late on a cold Tuesday in January, a plane evacuating 201 Americans from Wuhan, China landed in Anchorage. Each passenger was screened for COVID-19 and sent on their way to California. 

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Our planet Earth has been having a hard time of it lately. But reflecting over the past 50 years since a small group of us put together the first organizational committee to honor Earth Day, I still feel hope that we may get through the mess we’ve created, if we work together.  

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Hello again. As you may recall, the legislature is in recess after lawmakers passed the Fiscal Year 2021 budget early Sunday, March 29. That day, we also passed a bill that gives the governor the broad authority to respond to ever-changing developments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As you may know, early Sunday, March 29, the legislature passed the Fiscal Year 2021 budget (House Bill 205) and Senate Bill 241 to give the state the tools to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of the seriousness of this health crisis and the need for quick action, both bills …

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COVID-19 has reached Alaska, bringing with it much disruptions to our daily lives and drastic impacts and challenges to our economy. The urgency of this health crisis is not lost on the legislature. We are focused on getting the Fiscal Year ’21 budget finalized, as well as approving legislat…

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We’re writing in response to the letter from Gina Bishop, CEO, regarding AMEA’s decision to go on strike. A closer look at the details will reveal that Providence’s recent actions are morally indefensible. 

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With the COVID-19 situation having the potential to pose a significant public health concern for our community, it’s important we remain vigilant. 

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On February 7, Ms. Sarah Harrington, one of Kodak’s very own, received notice she was selected as one of Alaska’s 40 under 40 by the Alaska Chamber of Commerce.  The pool of nominees included 195 amazing individuals from around the state.  She will be formally recognized on April 17 in Anchorage.  

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I would like to take a moment to shine a different perspective to what is going on with those trying to destroy our country and a way of life that has worked just fine for better than 200 years. After a couple of decades as a police officer both in Kodiak and other places, I learned how vind…

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Hello again from Juneau. The capitol has been extremely active in the early weeks of the legislative session and will continue to be so between now and adjournment this spring. The legislature’s various committees have been meeting regularly, including the Senate Education Committee, which I…

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Things seem to get crazier by the day.  The liberals - they tarnished that name so badly, now they want to be called “progressives.” A more phony misnomer could not be dreamed up. I refuse to use the term.  

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To the editor:  Marion Owen was spot on in her letter to the editor when she wrote that it’s a matter of training if we want to solve the “bear problem.” 

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To the Editor: I am extremely angry and disappointed with our police department for the way they handled the killing of the third bear on Selief Lane.  I live on Selief right where the dumpster is.

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To the editor: I was saddened to read that three bears were recently shot to death. They were dubbed ‘problem bears’ that were killed “because they have become habituated to human food and were therefore a danger to public safety,” said ADF&G wildlife biologist Nate Svoboda in the Jan. 2…

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The seafood industry is the third-largest economic driver in Alaska, and our top employer. Seafood harvested in Alaska’s waters accounts for more than 60 percent of the volume of all commercial fish caught in the U.S. and contributes 60,000 jobs and more than $5 billion to the Alaska economy…

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To the editor: My wife Julie and I want to offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the captain and the crew members who were lost on the Scandies Rose. We lift up their memories and give thanks for the two crew members who survived.

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Hello again from Juneau. Lawmakers from around the state have returned to the Capitol for the second session of the 31st Alaska State Legislature. Our 90-day session begins today and will end April 19. The state constitution allows for a 30-day extension.

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The question was posed from a member of the Board of Fisheries this week to a member of the public, paraphrased: I keep hearing keep the politics out of our fisheries, so what does that mean to you, because I don’t understand what that means at this meeting.

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Alaska’s “lawmakers” start in again next week. What evils, cunning tricks, etc. should we expect this time?  

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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…