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Letter: Put an end to state’s pipe dream
To the editor: Tapping the immense reserves of natural gas on Alaska’s North Slope has been a state obsession for decades. When oil was at its highest price, the calls to sell liquefied natural gas to Japan were at fever pitch. Tens of millions of Alaska state dollars have been, and are being, spent on research, study and highly paid speculation. Somewhere north of $60 million will be spent this year alone on the ...
Aug 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Act now on timber replant
To the editor, The borough assembly needs to approve the seedling contract with Koncor this Thursday. Wade Waldenbrock, the forest management consultant hired by the assembly, has stated, “The key to success with this reforestation program will be to determine a probable seedling delivery schedule in the near future. This should be followed with preparation of tree planting contract specs. Ideally, a tree planting...
Aug 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Citizens to help school smorgasbord
The school board meeting of Aug. 8 was a delight to attend. The high school principal, Mr. Chris Aguirre, took the floor for about two hours, during which time he enthusiastically provided an overview of the high school’s educational programs, both in overview and in detail. But more importantly, what the assemblage heard was what “education” means in terms of the student experience at KHS and how this experience ...
Aug 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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KDM EDITORIAL: Solutions short of consolidation
A not-quite-perennial debate sprouted again in July, when Kodiak Island Borough Assembly member Kyle Crow proposed placing “the idea of consolidating” on the Oct. 4 municipal ballot. By approving this step — however non-binding, preliminary and tentative — the assembly sets off another round of an argument dating back at least 38 years. Proponents often say combining governments would save money, while opponents c...
Aug 12, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Grandpa’s GOP held up decency, respect
To the editor: Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined what is happening in my America today. As in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” the crazies are running the asylum. My grandfather Joe was a delegate to the Republican convention that chose Eisenhower to be candidate for the presidency and I am sure that he would be aghast as to what has happened to our democracy, especially to his beloved Republican ...
Aug 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: ‘Pursue the idea’ language too vague
This past Thursday’s borough meeting was both pleasant and productive. A committee report by Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center noted they completed their JCAHO (national hospital accreditation agency) evaluation and received both the highest rating and for the longest period before they must again be evaluated. Also, Medicare/Medicaid evaluated them and they came out with no discrepancies. Bottom line: Kodia...
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Why put in lights you don’t turn on?
Thursday’s borough assembly meeting left one wondering whether he indeed heard what he thought he heard, or merely is suffering from a neurologic disorder. The meeting began with status report (via telephone) from our lobbyist in Washington, D.C. To no one’s surprise, one can expect federal funding opportunities for the borough will continue to decline. Next up on the agenda was a good presentation and Q-and-A wit...
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: High school open to those with GED
Every so often something unexpected and rewarding happens that causes one to appreciate how great our community, and especially our school administration, is. Last week was one of those moments for me. As background, in 1942 the U.S. Armed Forces Institute commissioned a private educational company to develop a series of tests to measure the academic skills of its 3.7 million service members. This battery of tests...
Jul 27, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Letter: Borough brings little to talk of merger with city
To the editor: Consolidation? Really? At a time when our state is $4.5 billion dollars in the hole and the Legislature is too focused on personal agendas to actually work for its citizens, except to cut funds to local communities? I find it incredible that the borough assembly we elected to work for the betterment of all of us would attempt to force a bigger, more expensive government on the citizens of Kodiak jus...
Jul 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Council to assembly: Talk to us before vote
The following letter from the Kodiak City Council to the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly was dated July 18. The assembly regular meeting for today includes first reading of an ordinance “Authorizing The Submission Of An Advisory Question To The Qualified Voters Of The Borough At The October 4, 2016 Regular Borough Election To Determine Whether The Public Supports The Idea Of Consolidating The Kodiak Island Borough ...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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