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Pebble Mine dam failure would be an Exxon Valdez on land
Pebble Mine backers admit their project poses risk, including a catastrophic seismic event that would rupture the dams holding mine waste – resulting in a witches’ brew of toxins descending into the world’s most productive salmon ecosystem. To prevent it, mine promoters pledge the utmost engineering standards. The Pebble Partnership has funded costly geologic research showing that “the big one” is unlikely near Pe...
Mar 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gov. chose either willfully inaccurate or shockingly ignorant language to describe state workers’ pay
To the Editor: “Employers in business and industry certainly perceive that they are unable to compete with the state for employees. Adequate public review of these contracts would help clarify if this is true or not. Moreover, our historic generosity has put an unintended stress on those who actually pay the taxes that contribute to public employees’ salaries.” The above is an excerpt from a letter to the Governor...
Mar 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Only two people belong on the Assembly
To the Editor: The only two people on the Borough Assembly that represent the tax-paying people are Louise Stutes and Mel Stephens. All the others are only there for themselves and for the free travel and parties. The ordinance that we need should say: “Anyone who is on any of the boards of the borough cannot submit a bid on any upcoming projects of the borough.” If they do any work for the borough, they are doubl...
Mar 12, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak building code does not meet code requirements
To the Editor: Having an interest in the borough’s adoption of the new City of Kodiak building code, this past Thursday evening I attended the borough assembly meeting. Insofar as adoption of this new code, my understanding of its history is as follows. First, in order to finance a new dwelling, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) presently requires one-and two-family dwellings to meet or exceed the 2009...
Mar 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Federal Subsistence Boards looks for comments
To the Editor: The Federal Subsistence Board is seeking comments on rural determinations process. This is a matter of incredible importance to folks in Kodiak, as close to 95 percent of our community harvests or shares natural resources. This notice was placed in the Federal Register on Dec. 31. That’s an information source I expect few of us ever read; I learned about it a few days ago. Please read and reflect on...
Mar 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Support mental health care funding
To the Editor: The State House of Representative Finance Committee took comments from many different communities on Wednesday of this week. As I sat in the LIO I listened to heart wrenching testimony about Health and Human Services and Education. The need for mental health care in our state is vast. The funds they currently receive are insufficient to meet the needs of these fragile lives. The testimony, concernin...
Mar 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Multi-use path is a luxury
To the Editor: The idea of a multi-use path is nice but not a nice idea now. It's neither a priority nor a necessity. If Juneau can tighten its financial belt, why can't the city of Kodiak? This requested project by some folks is a luxury that neither the city nor the taxpayers can afford. The 10' wide, 1.3-mile path would commence at Pier 2 on Shelikof Ave. and terminate at Deadman's Curve. The city needs to stop...
Mar 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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The impact of sequestration on Alaska
To the Editor: We would like to take a minute to point how sequestration will impact us here in Alaska. News reports about sequestration in the last several weeks have predicted everything from gloom and doom to minimal effects on the American people. Though the impact of the sequestration will be felt statewide, we will focus on how these cuts will affect Kodiak. As everyone here knows, we are on an island. That ...
Mar 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Old Harbor gets excited about reading
To the Editor: On March 1, the teachers and education support professionals of Old Harbor School want to get the word out about the importance of children's literacy. The National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America is a year-round literacy project that encourages readers, both young and old, to celebrate reading. In Old Harbor, we're getting into the reading excitement, too. Elementary students can ...
Feb 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Murkowski is blackmailing the country for political gain
To the Editor: Recent newspaper stories and Internet news sites bring to light the pork barrel politics of our Senator, Lisa Murkowski (R, AK). Specifically, she is threatening to freeze the nomination process for the new Secretary of the Interior (REI’s CEO, Sally Jewell) unless the Department of the Interior allows a right-of-way for a road through the nearby Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Which is amusing, c...
Feb 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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