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STUTES: September update
Thanks to some helpful weather and diligent firefighters the Chiniak fire, properly called the Twin Creeks Fire, has been declared to be contained. This fire started of unknown causes on the evening of August 27th and has thus far burned over 5,000 acres and claimed a number of structures including the community library. The overwhelming support shown by the community proves that we truly care for the wellbeing of...
Sep 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dennis Symmons PANDA membership is virtue not liability
I had a chat with a local politician a few months ago. We discussed Kodiak PANDA and the Alaska State Constitutions. I asked him if he took an oath to uphold the Alaska State Constitution and he told me that he did. He also told me that he never bothered to read it and frankly didn't care what it said. Stunned by his candor and his complete disregard to his oath, I asked him what guiding principles he bases his po...
Sep 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Citizen's task force could cut down on burglaries
Last week’s KDM carried an excellent column by Mr. Andy Lundquist. The gist of the column is that in Kodiak we have an increasing number of business and home burglaries that then provide stolen goods to sell for drugs. Mr. Lundquist opines that this situation has now risen to the point “ … where people no longer feel safe in their homes or feel safe in leaving any of their property ‘not chained down.’” The article...
Aug 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shocked by logging activities in Chiniak
Three weeks ago I had the great pleasure of coming to Kodiak with my wife and two young children to visit my father-in-law, who is a longtime Chiniak resident. We fished, took in the sights. In all, it was a very enjoyable time for all of us. Imagine my shock when I came across miles and miles of island that had been clear-cut, with trucks going up and down the road every 20 minutes filled with freshly downed tree...
Aug 27, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gravel pits leave a legacy of scars
To the Editor, I am so disheartened to hear that the Near Island gravel pit was granted a conditional use permit, even though it has been in violation of Borough code. For goodness sake, gravel pits have become the most prominent visual features of our supposedly beautiful city. Moreover, the local construction companies that use the gravel cannot quiet my concern over the irreparably damaged south point of Near I...
Aug 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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This is not who we are, Kodiak
“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” - Maximilien Robespierre Last week in these pages my very good friend Andy Lundquist raised the call for a cohesive community, as in citizen, effort to stop the rampant drug-related crime wave that has engulfed our community. I'm here today to echo that call and add my two cents worth. Now, being a good liv...
Aug 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Elections are coming, choose wisely
To the Editor, I just had a contact with a longtime friend who used to be in business and doing well. When the economy crunch and over-regulation hit five years ago, his wife was laid off and his income wasn’t quite cutting it, so they moved. His wife got a very lucrative job several states away in Oklahoma, so they moved and he started working by the hour again. Then she got laid off once again as did he, so she ...
Aug 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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The incredible obscenity of Alaska sockeye prices
Two thousand years ago, a fisherman named Peter was pulling fish from a small freshwater sea. He probably turned to the fellow next to him and said, “Can you believe what Pontius Pilate Processors is paying us for our sardines? They’re paying almost nothing and look at this; we’re deckloaded!” The other fellow might have smiled and said, with a faraway look in his eye: “The problem is not with the processors or wi...
Aug 21, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Let’s reflect on Kodiak’s priorities
Back in my college years, I had a college economics professor whose favorite saying was “what do you want — guns or butter?” If you have limited resources and unlimited demand for goods and services then logic dictates that you determine priorities and concentrate those limited resources on those things that are essential. It is apparent to some of us in Kodiak that we have a severe meth and heroin addiction probl...
Aug 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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City government shouldn’t act like a common bully
All citizens are entitled to honest government. Few would disagree with that unremarkable statement. But what does it mean? In my book, an “honest” government is one that recognizes that it is just as obligated to abide by the law as any of its individual citizens, and which treats those citizens with courtesy and respect at all times and under all circumstances. Honest government never lies to or attempts to misl...
Aug 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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