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GUEST OPINION: Use of budget reserve no long-term fix
Thousands of Alaskan families likely breathed a sigh of relief last week when the Legislature passed its budget to avoid a government shutdown less than 24 hours before the deadline to issue layoff warnings. Last year, pink slips did go out. Nothing has been done yet this year to ensure we don’t repeat this next year. Once again, the Legislature voted to balance the budget by drawing down the constitutional budget...
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Shares hand resource over to ‘sea lords’
Gulf of Alaska groundfish trawl bycatch amendments for analysis top this week’s North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Kodiak. First up is the 10-year review of the crab privatization quota system. It put roughly 1,350 fishermen out of work and shifted roughly $800 million of labor’s surplus to some sea lords — embezzled from captains and crew. Many sea lords don’t fish now. They lease out their indiv...
Jun 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Report proves trawl fishing’s importance in Kodiak economy
The May 6 KDM editorial, “Study will have to prove value,” missed the point of the 77-page economic study by the McDowell Group that the city and borough of Kodiak recently commissioned, which confirms the economic importance of the year-round seafood industry to Kodiak. Focusing as it does on the study’s $38,000 price tag — which, the KDM notes, was approximately half of what a competing firm would have charged t...
Jun 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Juneau Update: Holding out on oil tax credits
Hello from Juneau! The Legislature is on Day 129 of what was supposed to be a 90-day session. You may be wondering what is taking so long. In addition to finalizing the operating and capital budgets, the governor’s special session agenda includes the major legislation that creates his fiscal plan for eliminating the $3 billion deficit by 2019. There’s also a handful of additional bills held over from the regular s...
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Let NPFMC know your preference
It has been a long and grueling campaign, and now only three candidates remain. No, not those three. The three alternatives to replace the failing system that manages the unintentional catch of halibut and salmon in trawl fisheries conducted in the Gulf of Alaska. The mighty North Pacific Fishery Management Council will be setting up its tables and microphones at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center the week of Jun...
Jun 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Student input in real life
This past Thursday was the first assembly meeting with our new city [sic] manager, Michael Powers. And going into the building, I had a chance to exchange a couple of comments with a senior member of borough staff whose opinion I respect. And he noted that Michael “was the real deal” in his opinion. Which was nice to hear. The assembly work session kicked off with a lively discussion of where are we in the process...
Jun 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Knowing poetry will pay off
This past Sunday, 166 Kodiak High School graduating seniors donned cap and gown and, to the strains of Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” paraded into the high school auditorium for one last time as the KHS class of 2016, which then faded into but a memory. And I would guess that they, like we at that age, felt free at last. No more the daily grind of attending classes, teachers telling you what to do, parents telli...
May 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Session could go up to 30 days
Hello from Juneau. The second session of the 29th Alaska Legislature ended May 18, though as you probably know, the governor has called lawmakers back to Juneau for a special session to complete work on several major issues we were unable to reach agreement on during this year’s session. The special session began Monday and may last up to 30 days. The special session’s agenda items include the fiscal year 2107 ope...
May 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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KDM EDITORIAL: Make them want to come back
Most of the addresses graduating high school students hear at this time of year vary little from town to town across the country. Teachers, community leaders and valedictorians tell them to work hard, follow their dreams, and take time to enjoy life — as well they should. The words fit the occasion. Hopefully, we all benefit from the reminders, the periodic prods to re-evaluate how well we fulfilled the wishes and...
May 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: A chance to upgrade shelter
During the Chiniak fire, the generator shed and the Chiniak Evacuation Shelter burned to the ground, taking with it volumes of library books and other contents. Both structures along with their contents were insured, and the borough intends to rebuild the shelter, although whether in 2017, 2018, or later has not been decided. Right now rebuilding is on hold until the assembly decides to get around to it. The shelt...
May 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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