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GUEST OPINION: Taking a break from alligators
This past Thursday’s borough assembly meeting was more casual and less focused than most. The weather outside was glorious, there were only a few members in the audience, and the meeting ended after only about an hour and a half — as opposed to its usual going full tilt for four hours until the mandatory 10:30 p.m. cutoff. And this coming Thursday is dark, with no assembly meeting scheduled. There were several eng...
Jun 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Need for SCOK still growing
Recently there was a guest opinion in the Kodiak Daily Mirror providing an opinion to the role of the Kodiak Food Bank and how it differs from other nonprofits in the community. Obviously, Kodiak Food Bank plays an important role in our community in assuring there is food accessibility. Senior Citizens of Kodiak Inc. collaborates with the Kodiak Food Bank in having their representatives come to the center once a m...
Jun 17, 2016 | 2 2 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 83 83 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 | 82 82 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 | 73 73 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 | 53 53 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 | 58 58 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 | 53 53 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 | 58 58 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 | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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