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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.

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From Utqiagvik to Ketchikan, some 30,000 Alaskans are members of their local radio or TV public broadcasting stations. Many local and statewide businesses support public broadcasting by underwriting the cost of delivering quality programming. And the entire public broadcasting system is an e…

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KODIAK — The other day I read an article about a 7-acre-farm near Atlanta’s city limits that was converted to an urban oasis. Once an abandoned pecan farm, the land has now been transformed into a completely edible garden. This is amazing because in the region where the garden is located, on…

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In this austere budget environment, and after intense scrutiny, the legislature passed a budget that includes a reasonable $5 million general fund reduction for the University of Alaska. In the next few days, the governor will decide whether the state will continue its investment in the univ…

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KODIAK — We have no democracy, when Mitch McConnell has the power to obstruct our voices, that are normally presumed to be represented in Washington by our senators. McConnell’s undemocratic blocking of bills sent to the Senate for a vote is a vile authoritarian action, subverting our democracy. 

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KODIAK — Today in America, we are facing the test of our nations ability to withstand the assaults against the rule of law by our own government. Do not kid yourself, our democracy is being dismantled bit by bit by the brazen unlawful actions of the Republican cabal of President Donald Trump…

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KODIAK — In rebuttal to columnist Betsy McCaughey’s opinion piece “Biden joining Dems in left field” published Wednesday. Free speech is usually a good thing, hypocrisy is usually reflective of false self righteousness.

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KODIAK — After finally getting started — late, as usual, but still going — the Alaska Legislature has been kicking around problems with the proposed budget cuts, and most time consuming of all, they’ve been agonizing over the issue of how large — or small — the Permanent Fund Dividend will b…

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KODIAK — I appreciated your May 17 story “Sea lions less than stellar” about sea lions becoming a nuisance for Kodiak fishermen. As described in the article, aggressive sea lion behavior is typically associated with people feeding the animals or inadvertently making food available to them. F…

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The grand reopening of the Kodiak History Museum, formerly the Baranof Museum, on May 4 was an impressive community achievement. Our residents participated in many informative outreach meetings during more than a decade of planning. The results of these meetings, combined with the vision of …

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KODIAK — Recently, I learned about a community in the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania. The predominantly Italian-American population was studied in the 1950s because — despite their affinity for jugs of wine, meatballs fried in lard and cigars — they had startling vitality. The research done on…

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Many of us are lifelong prosecutors who have spent years in the trenches trying to do the best we can to keep Alaskans safe and seek justice. We work hard to try and get dangerous offenders off the street, get treatment for those who need it, and achieve the best outcome to protect the commu…

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KODIAK — There’s been much discussion and debate about the appropriate amount of state support for the University of Alaska. As a finance expert with specific knowledge of UA (as a graduate, as an adjunct professor at more than six campuses, as a former UA VP of Finance 2000-2006), I support…

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KODIAK — I was happy to see in the April 26 edition of the Kodiak Daily Mirror that preschool teacher Amanda Sandford identifies “[initiating] interactions with autistic students, [negotiating] sharing activities between autistic students and other kids and helping them develop an understand…

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KODIAK — My heart has been warmed by two positive news “stories.” Yes, in today’s sensationalized reporting and dramatic news feeds, there were actual positive stories that warmed my heart. 

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I love everything about the ferry (well…maybe not the sea sickness). I love all the decks that, from some parts, you can see the lounge area with all the variety of seats (my favorites are the booths). 

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KODIAK — I see in the headlines earlier this month that President Donald Trump is waging an assault on the rule of law, advising border agents to break the law. 

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KODIAK — One out of three Alaska born second graders have had at least one report of harm to child protection made because of safety concerns, and two out of three Alaska adults report experiencing at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (including abuse, neglect or household dysfunction) …

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KODIAK — We’re taking a big step to better communicate our mission to preserve and share all of Kodiak’s history.

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KODIAK — We, as a state, need critical services and more. Our Alaska Marine Highway System needs new ships, more routes and a lot more money — and no more cuts whatsoever.

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The City of Kodiak is situated in a beautiful waterfront setting. So, when I saw the frontpage article in April 12 stating that the lawsuit between Global Seafoods and Silver Bay had been dropped, I felt sad. Not because an agreement was reached, but because it means yet another commercial v…

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This past Thursday’s Borough Assembly work session packed the room with an overflow crowd as two major items of civic interest were discussed: the Otmeloi paving phantasmagoria and the Leisnoi Corporation 17(b) easements.

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The image of the processor ship on Kodiak's waterfront Star of Kodiak can have a special meaning. Charlie King was assigned to the Star’s sister ship the USS Liberty. June 8 will mark the 52nd anniversary of the attempted annihilation of that spy ship’s crew. 

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As a concerned citizen, I am writing to address the need, in my opinion, to publish the photos of people arrested for major crimes in our local newspaper. As it is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, I feel that including a photo of the accused along with the reported news w…

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KODIAK — I would like to remind everyone of what the Republican party used to stand for. I found that the Republican platform of 1956 stated in part: