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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 …