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Help your Navy Vietnam veterans
To the Editor, It has become common opinion among Vietnam War Veterans that Congress tends to exclude mostly Blue Water Vietnam veterans for VA benefits. This group of veterans never had boots on ground Vietnam, yet just the same they are sick due to Agent Orange exposure. It seems Congress and the VA consider these veterans not worthy. There are limited benefits to those who served in country, and those who serve...
Jun 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thanks for locating hit-and-run driver
To the Editor, I would like to thank all of the public and community organizations for helping find the person who hit me this past February and ran. He was apprehended due to a CrimeStoppers tip. Kodiak CrimeStoppers was essential in bringing him in. Thank you to our public radio station KMXT, to the Kodiak Daily Mirror, to Friends of Kodiak on Facebook, to KTVA of Anchorage, to Alaska Office of Victims Rights, a...
Jun 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Consider trailer park co-ops in Kodiak
I lived in one trailer park or another for much of my childhood. They can be wonderful neighborhoods for kids if they are well run, but the specter of having the land they live on sold out from under them hovers over every family. There is a solution, however. Some communities in the Lower 48, where trailer parks are effectively retirement communities for the working poor, have decided to head off the potential sh...
Jun 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Every halibut counts
Having worked in Alaska’s fisheries for 40 years, I was surprised to learn only recently that about half of all halibut caught by sport fishermen are released. Anglers let them go because they are too small, too big, would exceed the size or bag limits, or they just enjoy catch-and-release fishing. Most halibut survive release, but improper handling can injure or even kill a halibut. Some progressive fishing chart...
Jun 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Putting a face on the loss of a home
To echo Jamie Fagan’s excellent editorial about the apparent ambivalence of the community to the plight of those in the Jackson neighborhood: it is true that the homeowners there face a crisis that is less dramatic perhaps than a tsunami, but their suffering is no less tragic. I will share a personal story. I grew up in a high-dollar area on the western slope of Colorado, but my family wasn’t wealthy. We were dirt...
Jun 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lucky Kodiak fifth-graders
East Elementary fifth-graders are very fortunate kids. I was able to be involved in the annual end-of-school-year Camp Woody trip this year as a grandparent volunteer. The weather was a bit damp, but that didn’t put a damper on the staff, volunteers or students on this awesome trip. I just wanted to commend the teachers and staff that worked so hard plannng, scheduling, fundraising and sacrificing their personal t...
Jun 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Protesting Navy's enhanced training plans
To the Editor, I am writing to encourage everyone’s support and participation in a Kodiak Protest Flotilla, at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 30, rafted-up facing Pier 2. More details soon. Big boats and small, and people on foot, are invited to show their opposition to the U.S. Navy’s enhanced training plans set to begin June 15 in the Gulf of Alaska. Make a banner. Make a sign. Tell your neighbors. Protect our resources ...
May 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Find economical habitat for Jackson trailer park residents
To the Editor, Traveling a lot, I returned to Kodiak with the purpose of an art exhibit and exposure for my 2016 calendar, 'Kodiak Colors.' I am fond of this community and its deep-rooted history and gritty, colorful characters. I feel we have a sweet, short decade in time before Corporate America and the alarming speed of technology erases the memory of our most beloved moments and people. This precious piece of ...
May 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's time to reduce halibut bycatch
The summer season is upon us and for many Alaskans this means fishing for one of the state’s most prized species — halibut. During the first week in June, federal fishery managers have an important opportunity to take a stand for those of us in Alaska that value and depend on the halibut resource. At their meeting in Sitka, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will be voting on measures to reduce the amoun...
May 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Express your concerns about wasteful bycatch
For 20 years the trawlers have had free rein to harvest their targeted species regardless of the amount of bycatch involved. That bycatch is thrown back overboard and effectively killed. Last year alone, Bering Sea trawlers killed seven times more halibut than licensed halibut fisherman were even allowed to catch. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council designed a halibut Individual Fishing Quota fishery, and...
May 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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