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Karluk council needs to stop pointing fingers
To the Editor: An elder in Karluk once told me, “They got every’ting, we got nut’ing.” He was referring to the Karluk IRA Council’s refusal to allow tribal members to vote if they did not physically live in the village. There was nothing in the original tribal “Constitution” that barred absentee voting or members who lived outside the village from voting in person. The 10 acres that was to be given to the 186 shar...
Sep 14, 2012 | 3 3 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Council refuses to share land
To the Editor: Alicia Reft and her council have refused to transfer the 10 acres of land to each of the original shareholders of Karluk. There were 186 original shareholders ... who still do not have their land. Dolly C.R. Reft
Sep 14, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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KDM editorial: Baranof Park improvements to be enjoyed by everyone
At 1 p.m. Saturday, Kodiak celebrates the completion of the new Baranof Park turf field. A grand celebration has been planned, complete with a ceremonial mile, singing by the Kodiak High School Choir, a Coast Guard flyover and more. The multimillion-dollar field will then be dedicated as the Kodiak High School football team plays its homecoming game, and Kodiakans should turn out to show their support. The field w...
Sep 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keep faith in Kodiak youth
To the Editor: Tonight as I read the KDM, I thought, “Where is Dr. Bob? I bet he would shed a more positive light on the events on the ferry last Friday.”  I have been working with Kodiak teens since 1986, including traveling off island for athletics, academics and student government. Not only am I willing to do this, but I look forward to it. Specifically, I have traveled every year with swimmers since 2006. I as...
Sep 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Protecting environment not a concern of oil industry
To the Editor: I was listening to the news on KMXT Monday morning and heard that Shell Oil had begun drilling in the Chukchi Sea without a spill response barge in place to safeguard against environmental disaster. How can this be allowed to happen?  Well, our global community has not learned from the Exxon Valdez disaster, the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the countless other oil spills. I am becoming truly ...
Sep 11, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Student-athletes need to be considerate when riding ferry
To the Editor: Yesterday I rode the ferry from Kodiak to Homer. I have ridden state ferries three previous times, enjoying each of those trips. This trip was different. I was sitting quietly in one of the lounges, and a group of Kodiak student-athletes came into that area and started wrestling and next thing I know I get hit in the head with a tennis shoe! It got quiet, I heard some snickers, waited for someone to...
Sep 10, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Good to be home
I can’t decide whether I am the luckiest woman in Alaska or the luckiest person in America. I have just had the best 30 days anybody could have in any place ever. I have been home. Home in Ketchikan where people know my family well. In Metlakatla where when the planes don’t fly and you just deal with it, or ask somebody to take you to the airport in Ketchikan in their boat and they don’t think twice about doing it...
Sep 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dangers from herbicide, log trucks
To the editor: We, too, have seen the chemical spraying machine out on the logging area in Chiniak. My wife and I have watched the actual spraying. The contractor working for Leisnoi is downplaying the spraying of herbicides. These chemicals have the same deadly and cancer-causing compounds as Agent Orange. They are spraying a huge area, not just someone’s backyard. Remember, we live in a northern rain forest wher...
Aug 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don’t let the fluff distract you
To the editor: The opponents of Ballot Measure 2 have run a campaign designed to distract Alaskans from the real issue. The coastal management law and regulations we are voting on are the same ones that have worked for Alaskans for 34 years. Gov. Hammond designed this program to work for Alaskans. The “scary new law and regulations” ads are fluff. If the law or regulations need improvement, we can do that next yea...
Aug 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ballot measure 2: The only control on federal fish farms
To the Editor: The Federal Offshore Aquaculture Act enables the establishment of fish farms in the three-mile to 200-mile coastal waters zone. The August 2012 Congressional Research Service report makes it clear that the Aquaculture Act is subject to the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA). The report states “For aquaculture projects in offshore federal programs in adjacent states under the CZMA ... The ove...
Aug 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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