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Guest Opinion: Making omelets without breaking law
This past week my wife and I traveled to Seattle, where I met with a dietitian at the University of Washington Medical Center. During this meeting the subject of eggs as part of one’s diet came up. Eggs received a divergent evaluation from this adviser. I learned the nutritional value of an egg depends, in part, on the hen’s environment (whether a local farm or commercial feed lot), the health of the animal, and t...
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: All nonprofits worthy, but funds short
This past Thursday’s borough assembly meeting produced mixed results, at least insofar as two major issues were concerned. The first of these was the assembly’s nonprofit organization funding for 2017 that slashed 40 percent off the previous year’s funding. Nonprofit funding has been discussed at assembly meetings over the last two or three months, and given the current budget squeeze at both the state and borough...
Aug 31, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Locals, guests make KNWR fete success
To the editor: I would like to send a heartfelt thanks to all of the people, over 500 of you, who helped us celebrate Kodiak Refuge’s 75th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 20. We were blessed with a sunny day and the help of many local partners and cooperators. A special thanks to our guest speakers, who shared their stories of wildlife and the Refuge with all of us. Judge Roy Madsen, with the help of Larry Van Daele...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: The end of wealth as worth
What I took away from Thursday’s borough assembly meeting is that our second-class borough form of government is not working well, nor is it likely to without significant overhaul. This despite having some very competent and caring assembly members, so having the wrong people on the assembly is not the problem. The problem is that the world is changing, in fact, at its most rapid pace in the history of the world. ...
Aug 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Letter: Put an end to state’s pipe dream
To the editor: Tapping the immense reserves of natural gas on Alaska’s North Slope has been a state obsession for decades. When oil was at its highest price, the calls to sell liquefied natural gas to Japan were at fever pitch. Tens of millions of Alaska state dollars have been, and are being, spent on research, study and highly paid speculation. Somewhere north of $60 million will be spent this year alone on the ...
Aug 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
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Act now on timber replant
To the editor, The borough assembly needs to approve the seedling contract with Koncor this Thursday. Wade Waldenbrock, the forest management consultant hired by the assembly, has stated, “The key to success with this reforestation program will be to determine a probable seedling delivery schedule in the near future. This should be followed with preparation of tree planting contract specs. Ideally, a tree planting...
Aug 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Citizens to help school smorgasbord
The school board meeting of Aug. 8 was a delight to attend. The high school principal, Mr. Chris Aguirre, took the floor for about two hours, during which time he enthusiastically provided an overview of the high school’s educational programs, both in overview and in detail. But more importantly, what the assemblage heard was what “education” means in terms of the student experience at KHS and how this experience ...
Aug 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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KDM EDITORIAL: Solutions short of consolidation
A not-quite-perennial debate sprouted again in July, when Kodiak Island Borough Assembly member Kyle Crow proposed placing “the idea of consolidating” on the Oct. 4 municipal ballot. By approving this step — however non-binding, preliminary and tentative — the assembly sets off another round of an argument dating back at least 38 years. Proponents often say combining governments would save money, while opponents c...
Aug 12, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Grandpa’s GOP held up decency, respect
To the editor: Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined what is happening in my America today. As in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” the crazies are running the asylum. My grandfather Joe was a delegate to the Republican convention that chose Eisenhower to be candidate for the presidency and I am sure that he would be aghast as to what has happened to our democracy, especially to his beloved Republican ...
Aug 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: ‘Pursue the idea’ language too vague
This past Thursday’s borough meeting was both pleasant and productive. A committee report by Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center noted they completed their JCAHO (national hospital accreditation agency) evaluation and received both the highest rating and for the longest period before they must again be evaluated. Also, Medicare/Medicaid evaluated them and they came out with no discrepancies. Bottom line: Kodia...
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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