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KDM EDITORIAL: Make them want to come back
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. The words fit the occasion. Hopefully, we all benefit from the reminders, the periodic prods to re-evaluate how well we fulfilled the wishes and...
May 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: A chance to upgrade shelter
During the Chiniak fire, the generator shed and the Chiniak Evacuation Shelter burned to the ground, taking with it volumes of library books and other contents. Both structures along with their contents were insured, and the borough intends to rebuild the shelter, although whether in 2017, 2018, or later has not been decided. Right now rebuilding is on hold until the assembly decides to get around to it. The shelt...
May 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: One-time patch not the answer
It’s time to solve our fiscal problem. The price of inaction is too high. As the Legislature nears the end of the constitutional 120-day session, I am gravely concerned about the possible outcome. Our state is in a difficult fiscal position. Due mainly to world oil prices and our over-dependence on oil, we have only about one-fifth of the revenue we need to balance the budget. And that’s after several years of bud...
May 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Strip boat owner: Prosecuter, city, USCG align against civil rights
To the editor: Last week, I went on KVOK “Hotline” and explained to the public why I requested a new attorney for my “Poop Crime Against Humanity” conviction. I explained that I had recently released court transcripts of perjured testimony by Coast Guard agents and photographic evidence to support my claims of perjury. I also released information that I had filed a FBI complaint as well as an Office of the Inspect...
May 17, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: An observer for every vessel
June 6-14 Kodiak will host a meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. It is an important meeting, the potential final fencing of the open prairie, as it were, or the dividing up of the Gulf among the trawlers. Item C5, the Gulf of Alaska Trawl Bycatch, on the June agenda contains a range of lengthy alternatives for the council to consider. Alternative 2 gives trawlers their history of groundfish to...
May 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Plan for life after logging
Last week the Kodiak Island Borough signed a contract with A-1 Timber to log the trees in the fire-damaged Chiniak forest. Under the terms of this contract, A-1 could begin logging immediately and will depart the site on or before May 31, 2017. As part of its contract, A-1 will build bridges, install culverts, and build hardened forest roads on the property to access its trees. These improvements will be left in p...
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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KDM EDITORIAL: Study will have to prove value
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. That oversimplifies both the reality and the report, like saying “The Jungle” concludes Chicago meatpackers in 1900 were unethical. But it is a fair characterization of the overall impact of reading the text and admiring th...
May 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ethics rules, term limits would keep officials in line
To the editor: Well, we’ve just seen another do-nothing legislative session. Activity seemed to slouch forward after the scheduled 90-day session ended. But the big issues remained, protected by oil company advocates within the Legislature. The oil tax credit issue remains at the previous level, reported to be as high as $900 million per year, resulting in the state paying oil companies more to drill dry holes tha...
May 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stephens had valued role on assembly
To the editor: If you run into Mel Stephens, please be sure and thank him for his service to this community. Thank him for the countless hours of research and study that he has contributed over the past seven plus years as an elected assemblyman. Thank him for setting an example and raising the bar for the rest of us. His intellect and wisdom will be greatly missed on the assembly. I am personally grateful for his...
May 05, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Letter to the editor: Residents can make timber deal with KIB
To the editor: Some people think it would be a good idea to harvest the trees killed by the Chiniak fire. Others, namely the people who live out at Chiniak, do not want it logged. In some ways, I can see their point. There is a plethora of wood out behind their houses that would keep then in firewood for the next millennium with a little quiet midnight logging, plus a few trees to log to saw into good lumber plank...
May 02, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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