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Trawlers’ halibut bycatch limit unfair, wasteful, outdated
To the editor: During the week of June 4, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will be meeting in Kodiak to discuss halibut bycatch limits in the Gulf of Alaska. This issue is important to all Alaskans, as commercial, sport and subsistence halibut fishing play a vital role in our state’s economy. For the past 25 years, halibut bycatch limits for groundfish fishermen have remained untouched while halibut ha...
May 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Community supports victim’s family
To the editor: The family and friends of Richard W. Belisle would like to thank the community of Kodiak for the outpouring of love and support that has followed his murder. We truly appreciate each and every one who has brought food, offered comfort and prayers, along with those who have felt disbelief and outrage at the circumstances on April 12. We miss Rich each and every moment of every day and sometimes that ...
May 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Halibut bycatch reduction proposal not based on science
To the editor: Conjecture is the formation of judgments or opinions on the basis of incomplete or inconclusive information. The push for a 15 percent reduction in allowable bycatch is based on conjecture. It is a dangerous game to ask the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to forgo science and manage our fisheries based solely on political opinion. This community relies on healthy and sustainable fisheries. ...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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State will end up footing whole bill for new launch pad
To the editor: There have been various news releases recently regarding the Alaska Aerospace Corporation and Kodiak Launch Complex funding for Launch Pad 3 construction. Gov. Parnell recently approved $25 million on top of the $8 million inserted into the state’s operating budget for the AAC for the remainder of 2012 ($33 million total) and the governor and AAC would like the public to believe Lockheed Martin will...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Punishing school board hurts kids
To the editor: I was frustrated by the comments and votes from the borough assembly members on school funding. At the regular meeting on May 17 they hid behind the excuse of fiscal conservatism, but from their comments at the work session and at the meeting it was obvious that they were upset and frustrated with the school board and administration. I cannot defend the district’s past actions, but can echo the mayo...
May 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reduce the waste of Alaska halibut
Waste of our Alaska fishery resources is in the news again as the North Pacific Fishery Management Council approaches its June 6 meeting in Kodiak. A proposal has finally reached the table to reduce bycatch by 15 percent. Bycatch is the allowed death and wastage of halibut from fisheries. I call this a mild reduction, but there are two other options that would reduce the kill rate by only 10 percent or even a meag...
May 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tell council to cut halibut bycatch by 15 percent
To the editor: Compliments to Les Palmer’s recent article in the Peninsula Clarion about halibut bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska and compliments to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council for taking the time to reduce the bycatch of halibut in the Gulf. National Standard 9 of the Magnuson-Stevens Act mandates that we do that and I compliment them for taking action. It is difficult for me discus this issue witho...
May 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Send your kids to another country if you want higher school standards
To the editor: We need 40 to 50 children in a room and no teacher aides. We all went to school and our parents told us to listen, and believe me there was no foolishness in the classroom. If the parents want fewer kids in a room, they should home school their kids. I am all for 40 to 50 in a classroom. If their kids can’t learn it, is the parents’ fault and not the schools’. And it is the teachers’ fault if they c...
May 16, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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List of unsolved murders includes Carbine, Hernderson-Ibach, White
To the editor: I take issue with reporter Nicole Klauss’s story, which graced the front page of the May 2 issue of the Kodiak Daily Mirror.  She is incorrect when she wrote that the Carlos Medina death is the only unsolved homicide in the history of the Kodiak Police Department. July 15, 2012, will mark the 30th anniversary of the stabbing death of fisherman Tom Carbine. He was killed in the parking lot of the Bea...
May 11, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Council needs to hear from Kodiak about halibut bycatch woes
To the editor: Alaska is a state that relies heavily on its commercial and sport fishing industries. Each year, men and women from across the state and across the world come here to fish our waters and catch some of the greatest wild seafood. In the Gulf of Alaska, halibut continues to be a hot commodity for commercial and sport fishers alike. Sadly, without proper reductions in groundfish bycatch limits, halibut ...
May 11, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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