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Things are moving fast in Juneau, and addressing Alaska’s fiscal gap is our top priority. As session moves on, please continue to keep in touch on matters important to you and your family. I’m here for you and I will listen. 

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In any contested election campaign we expect the opposing sides to use spin, rhetorical flourishes and selective detail, even when the charge of outright falsification doesn’t apply.

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Most of the addresses graduating high school students hear at this time of year vary little from town to town across the country. Teachers, community leaders, and valedictorians tell them to work hard, follow their dreams, and take time to enjoy life — as well they should.

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With 69 pages of discussion, numbers and color graphs, a draft study titled “Economic Impact of the Seafood Industry on the Kodiak Island Borough” concludes that the industry is important here.

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In 1990 Wally Hickel, a staunch Republican, ran successfully for governor on the Alaska Independence Party ticket. He had no interest in actual secession, except in the sense of leading more conservative voters away from centrist Arliss Sturgulewski, the Republican Party’s official candidate.

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On April 28, Kodiak will welcome the first cruise ship passengers of the 2016 season for a daylong visit. At the end of the season, we will have seen 14 ships and as many as 21,000 tourists, according to information from Discover Kodiak.

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To paraphrase the old saw about pieces of the True Cross, if Abraham Lincoln actually said everything attributed to him on the Internet, he would have to be alive and kicking today, droning along in the 156th year of his stump speech.

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Last Thursday, the Daily Mirror reported that Sen. Lisa Murkowski wanted the Senate to carry out its normal “advise and consent” function with the appointment of Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement on the Supreme Court.

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This week saw misalignment between Kodiak’s borough and city governments exposed over the question of renewing fishery analyst Heather McCarty’s contract.

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A vulnerable member of our community underwent a traumatic experience on Sept. 16, 2015, and in the months since, Kodiak has started to process the incident that looked like our own small-town version of a national big-city issue.

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“Southpaw” (2015) is a conventional, cookie-cutter rags-to-riches to-rags-to-redemption -to-riches film. While a better made film than many of its multitude of lookalike productions, “Southpaw” is, nonetheless, what it is — predictable and pedestrian.

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If you grew up in Alaska, at one point or another you have learned about Benny Benson and the creation of the Alaska state flag. If you are like me, the details of the story became a little faded over the years. So, on Alaska Flag Day, I am revisiting the story of our ‘simple flag’ and I hop…

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Alaska is one of the most productive commercial fishing economies on the planet. More than five billion pounds of seafood were pulled from the waters surrounding Alaska in 2012. This world-class catch generated $1.7 billion in Alaska ex-vessel value and earned Alaska the title of top U.S. se…

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Last week, Kodiak watched — or rather, didn't — as GCI removed Anchorage NBC affiliate KTUU-TV from its service in Kodiak and other parts of rural Alaska.

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As Kodiak waits for the ferry Tustumena to emerge from its unwelcome stay in dry dock, it’s time to look ahead.

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On Tuesday, the Kodiak Maritime Museum formally requested a 20-year lease for a piece of waterfront property in St. Paul Harbor. If all goes as planned, this property will soon be the permanent home of the Thelma C, a restored salmon seiner that will become a permanent exhibit.

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Last week, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly named Bud Cassidy its choice for borough manager. In a special meeting, the assembly ordered negotiations between Cassidy and the borough for a long-term contract.

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This month, the governor of Colorado signed a constitutional amendment legalizing a regulated commercial marijuana trade within that state. The move is expected to generate millions of dollars in tax revenue for Colorado each year.

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The Kodiak Island Borough assembly’s mission statement states: “The Assembly members are elected to establish policy for the borough by the assembly/manager form of government to protect and improve the quality of life for borough citizens.”

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Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it was awarding $250,000 to five states so they can clean beaches as Japanese tsunami debris washes ashore.

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Last Friday, the state of Alaska filed suit against the federal government to stop enforcement of new EPA regulations that mandate low-sulfur fuel for ships operating within 200 miles of Southcentral and Southeastern shores.

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Last month, the Kodiak City Council voted to raise sales tax rates by 1 percent. Starting Oct. 1, Kodiak will have a 7 percent sales tax, one of the highest in the state.