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Guest Opinion: Food bank props up business
Recently the borough assembly finalized and passed its 2017 budget, which decreases borough nonprofit funding from $307,500 (2016) to $234,000 (2017), a $73,500 decrease, or about 25 percent. In 2016, the top four nonprofit contributions were the Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center ($60,000), the Brother Francis Shelter ($56,180), the Kodiak Island Food Bank ($45,120), and Senior Citizen Support ($35,000). I...
Jun 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Rationalization has changed outlook for young fishermen
The following is a letter I submitted to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council for Agenda Item C-5, GOA Trawl Bycatch Management Program, voicing my concerns as a resident of Kodiak and a commercial fisherman. While I can’t speak for all the young Kodiak fishermen, I believe my comments and concerns addressed in this letter are shared by many who have seen fisheries management decision take away opportunity...
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Use of budget reserve no long-term fix
Thousands of Alaskan families likely breathed a sigh of relief last week when the Legislature passed its budget to avoid a government shutdown less than 24 hours before the deadline to issue layoff warnings. Last year, pink slips did go out. Nothing has been done yet this year to ensure we don’t repeat this next year. Once again, the Legislature voted to balance the budget by drawing down the constitutional budget...
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Shares hand resource over to ‘sea lords’
Gulf of Alaska groundfish trawl bycatch amendments for analysis top this week’s North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Kodiak. First up is the 10-year review of the crab privatization quota system. It put roughly 1,350 fishermen out of work and shifted roughly $800 million of labor’s surplus to some sea lords — embezzled from captains and crew. Many sea lords don’t fish now. They lease out their indiv...
Jun 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Report proves trawl fishing’s importance in Kodiak economy
The May 6 KDM editorial, “Study will have to prove value,” missed the point of the 77-page economic study by the McDowell Group that the city and borough of Kodiak recently commissioned, which confirms the economic importance of the year-round seafood industry to Kodiak. Focusing as it does on the study’s $38,000 price tag — which, the KDM notes, was approximately half of what a competing firm would have charged t...
Jun 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Juneau Update: Holding out on oil tax credits
Hello from Juneau! The Legislature is on Day 129 of what was supposed to be a 90-day session. You may be wondering what is taking so long. In addition to finalizing the operating and capital budgets, the governor’s special session agenda includes the major legislation that creates his fiscal plan for eliminating the $3 billion deficit by 2019. There’s also a handful of additional bills held over from the regular s...
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Let NPFMC know your preference
It has been a long and grueling campaign, and now only three candidates remain. No, not those three. The three alternatives to replace the failing system that manages the unintentional catch of halibut and salmon in trawl fisheries conducted in the Gulf of Alaska. The mighty North Pacific Fishery Management Council will be setting up its tables and microphones at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center the week of Jun...
Jun 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Student input in real life
This past Thursday was the first assembly meeting with our new city [sic] manager, Michael Powers. And going into the building, I had a chance to exchange a couple of comments with a senior member of borough staff whose opinion I respect. And he noted that Michael “was the real deal” in his opinion. Which was nice to hear. The assembly work session kicked off with a lively discussion of where are we in the process...
Jun 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Knowing poetry will pay off
This past Sunday, 166 Kodiak High School graduating seniors donned cap and gown and, to the strains of Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” paraded into the high school auditorium for one last time as the KHS class of 2016, which then faded into but a memory. And I would guess that they, like we at that age, felt free at last. No more the daily grind of attending classes, teachers telling you what to do, parents telli...
May 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Session could go up to 30 days
Hello from Juneau. The second session of the 29th Alaska Legislature ended May 18, though as you probably know, the governor has called lawmakers back to Juneau for a special session to complete work on several major issues we were unable to reach agreement on during this year’s session. The special session began Monday and may last up to 30 days. The special session’s agenda items include the fiscal year 2107 ope...
May 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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