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GUEST OPINION: Military dollars for Alaska
Alaska is facing tough economic times. Budgets are being squeezed, workers are being laid off, and families are making due with less. But it’s important to understand that we’ve been here before, and we’ve come out stronger because of it. It’s also important to remember that just like in past recoveries, the federal government has a significant role to play in Alaska. Working together again, Alaska’s congressional...
Apr 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prevent more landscape devastation
To the editor: Can we trust A-1 Timber to do the right thing on borough-owned trees in Chiniak? Well, let’s look at what happened on Leisnoi property in Chiniak. Buffer zones on rivers and streams have been too small. Trees are falling everywhere. You can see it from the road, but really see it if you drive around and take a really good look. Buffer zones by the Chiniak Highway are too small. This past winter lots...
Apr 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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New contract will keep NOAA on Near Island
To the editor: Today the borough assembly will decide whether to encourage to leave Kodiak for Juneau or not. This decision based on whether the assembly approves ratification of a new lease between the borough and NOAA for the borough’s $20 million, 46,000 square foot Kodiak Fisheries Research Center building on Near Island. Since July of 2014, borough staff and federal General Services Administration staff (whic...
Apr 21, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Native women last to get right to vote
To the editor: March 21 was celebrated as Women’s Suffrage Day, the beginning for woman to have the right to vote. A right for some back then, but not for all. Not that long ago, Native people weren’t allowed to vote. Native women were the last to have the right. Like everyone else we have concerns with health, housing, employment and education. So I’ll pass along what my parents told me back in Old Harbor so very...
Apr 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Homeless need personalized help
As the economy slumps into another recession, the fishing industry continues to be monopolized at an increasing rate driving fish prices into the ground, the price of oil plumbs new lows, state and federal money spigots continue to dry up, Jackson Trailer Park closes, other low-rent options are either being bought and demolished or ratcheted out of existence by the borough code, and the borough refuses to open new...
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Letter to the Editor: Manager contract still not dead
To the editor: Friday’s KDM carried a news story headlined “Assembly votes down divisive manager hire,” which does not discuss the political intrigue behind the voting and (perhaps?) gives one the wrong impression. Agenda Item 13A was to affirm a tentative contract between borough manager candidate Michael Powers and the Kodiak Island Borough, the contract having been negotiated by assembly members LeDoux and Pete...
Apr 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Juneau Update: Amendment aims at charters
Hello from Juneau! The second session of the 29th Legislature will soon be ending and hopefully I’ll be packing up to head back to Kodiak for the interim. I’m predicting we will go into special session, but the questions of where that will occur and for how long are still up in the air. Legislators and staffers must be out of the Capitol building by early May due to continued remodeling and construction scheduled ...
Apr 12, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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KDM EDITORIAL: Nor red nor blue nor purple
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. It was not the only time the AIP offered electoral cover for Republicans disaffected with party leadership. And it was not ...
Apr 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Possible good news for water in Chiniak
To the editor: Heard Leisnoi Inc. is no longer spraying herbicides out in the area they logged in Chiniak. And no more is planned in the future. That’s good for the residents of Chiniak and the rest of the island, especially commercial, sport and subsistence fisheries. Now hopefully the amount that was sprayed in Chiniak has no adverse effects to residents’ drinking water. We’ll have to wait to have the water test...
Apr 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assembly carried out fair process
To the editor: The March 31 Daily Mirror carried a 1 1/2-page open letter by borough assemblyman Mel Stephens intimating the unsuitability of a candidate selected by the assembly to be the new borough manager. After having read Mr. Stephens’ letter, would any of us want this candidate as the next borough manager? But, let’s be fair and review the facts before deciding. When the candidate, Mr. Michael Powers, was i...
Apr 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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