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Red flags fly on manager applicant
To the editor: Open letter to Kodiak Island Borough Assembly: You are in the process of finalizing a contract for a new borough manager. If you Google “Michael Powers King City, California,” and “Michael Powers Dunsmuir, California,” you get a large number of responses. If you take some time to pull each response and either read (in the case of local newspaper articles) or listened to (in the case of local televis...
Apr 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Club boat owner plans to appeal
To the editor: Regardless of what happens at sentencing, I will be appealing this conviction for a long list of reasons. I did not get a fair trial and will be releasing the details after sentencing. This prosecution was nothing more than a modern-day witch hunt that went after a small business for political gain. A Coast Guard agent spent taxpayers’ money on a fake poop charge, which included a C-130 Hercules tra...
Mar 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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JUNEAU UPDATE: Board would depoliticize Tier 3
Hello from Juneau! We have less than four weeks remaining in the regular session; we’ve already passed a pared-down operating budget and are now looking into the capital budget. This budget funds capital projects, usually projects with total costs over $10,000, and has been much reduced in recent years in light of the current fiscal state. Speaking of fiscal states, don’t forget to apply for your PFD before the Ma...
Mar 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Herbicides harm children, fishing industry
To the editor: Do we possibly have a Flint, Michigan, water situation here on the island? Kodiak has a good reputation for clean and wild seafood. But what would happen if the word got out that maybe the seafood that leaves this island is not so clean and pure as advertised? How can you call Kodiak Island seafood clean and pure when thousands of gallons of toxic herbicides have been sprayed out in Chiniak the last...
Mar 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coaches needed to make sports fair for girls
To the editor: Do you want to make a difference in our community? Do you like the game of softball and working with kids? There is a definite need for softball coaches for girls ages 7 and 8 in our community. I recently found out that girls who do not fall in the Kodiak Little League’s age division for softball have to play baseball. I asked for my daughter who is 8 to be allowed to play softball and was told that...
Mar 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Week In Words: Applicants negotiate a challenge
We may soon have a new borough manager. After reviewing dozens of applications, interviewing several applicants, and digging into the candidates’ history, our borough assembly has entered negotiations with a former city manager from California. “Negotiation” wound up in the English language in the 15th century from the Old French “negociacion.” The Latin root “negotiatio” meant, more broadly, “business,” as in, to...
Mar 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Navy sends in speaker under the radar
To the editor: The Navy has asked the National Marine Fisheries Service for a permit renewal to extend training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska from 2016 to 2021 (permit request on NMFS website). Activities will involve the use of mid- and high-frequency sonar, weapons systems, explosive and non-explosive munitions and ordnance, high-explosive underwater detonations, expended materials, electromagnetic devices, ve...
Mar 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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CAPITOL REPORT: Time for House, Senate to reach agreement on budgeting details
Hello from Juneau. Less than a month remains until the Legislature’s scheduled adjournment on Sunday, April 17. There is a lot of work remaining before the gavel falls, and the coming weeks will be busy. The Senate did take a big step forward in our deliberations when it passed its version of the fiscal year 2017 budget bill on Monday, March 14, which is a few weeks earlier than normally occurs. Facing a $3.7 bill...
Mar 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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US should catch up with food recovery
To the editor: Friday’s KDM carried a very kind and thoughtful letter from Michael Kratt on the continuing need for animal food at our local Humane Society of Kodiak shelter. Coincidently, there also is a continuing need for foodstuffs and produce at our local food bank, which provides food to 26 percenet of the city of Kodiak population each month. And it’s not so much that food is not available, it’s just that e...
Mar 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time has come to reinstate income tax
To the editor: I have great concerns about the fiscal health of our states future and the decisions our representatives are making on behalf of their constituents. Some of the proposed cuts include important organizations like public radio, services such as Internet access at remote libraries and cuts to benefits of state employees. To have these basic yet critical benefits cut is not acceptable by any stretch of ...
Mar 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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