Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Composting sludge in Middle Bay is a giant step backwards
To the Editor: On Friday evening, Nov. 23, we attended a very informative meeting at St. Mary’s gym, concerning the hauling of solid waste (raw sewage/sludge) from the water treatment plant to a site at Middle Bay, approximately 23 miles from the city of Kodiak. It was stated at the meeting that the Borough Assembly/City Council began discussions in 2007 to find an alternative site to either store or dispose of th...
Nov 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Composting is nothing new
To the Editor: Washington D.C. is pushing us closer to the fiscal cliff, and here in Kodiak we are up against the fecal cliff of Dec. 15. Seems to me the good folks at the Kodiak Island Borough with their composting solution is an appropriate response to this vexing problem. People around the world have used "night soil" (raw sewage) on food crops for a millennium. Cities in the Lower 48 have used "municipal solid...
Nov 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak needs to speak out against sludge compost in Middle Bay
To the Editor: On Nov. 23 there was a public meeting at St. Mary's gym which addressed the city's backdoor handling of its sludge problem and where it will be stored after Dec. 15. On that date the landfill will no longer take the city's sludge. The dump is getting extended and a new liner installed. After that's completed, I believe they will take the sludge again. So, in the meantime they need to find a temporar...
Nov 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Don’t miss rural Alaska
For the most part, rural Alaska could find itself on the outside looking in when it comes to important issues in front of the Alaska State Senate. The reason? The majority was formed by an all-Republican coalition. I don't know that it is time to cry foul ... yet. I believe in the electoral process, and the voters put the people in place that they felt would represent them, and the state as a whole. There is reaso...
Nov 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don't ruin Middle Bay with compost
To the Editor: Who gave the city the right to compost its crap in the borough for which it has no jurisdiction? (The assembly does.) Why did the city sign a five-year contract with Pete Olsen who didn't and still doesn't have a permit from ADEC? The city, Pete Olsen and ADEC (Lori Aldrich) wanted to secretly get this compost project in Middle Bay passed without public comment. But the secret was revealed in the co...
Nov 20, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Accountability for bear problems
To the Editor: Disclosure: I am a current member of the solid waste advisory board. I write the following as a concerned resident of the Kodiak Island Borough, not as a member of SWAB. To Alaska Waste and those assembly members who voted to place the roll carts in our neighborhoods: The pattern is becoming very clear. Local law enforcement has responded to over 200 calls about bears in residential areas. For the f...
Nov 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Disappointed that Obama won
To the Editor: I’m very sad and disappointed Obama the “pied piper” did it again. He led all the sheep to slaughter. Do they know what we’re in for the next four years? I expect we will lose the Supreme Court when the justices retire. There goes the Second Amendment. The Middle East is a powder keg, we have morons in Washington, and Israel is as good as gone. Our good neighbor policy isn’t working. Russia is extra...
Nov 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Composting is a good solution
Kodiak is changing the way it disposes of the nutrient rich organic materials that the city wastewater treatment facility produces. Known as biosolids, Kodiak produces about 60 cubic yards (five dump truck loads) on a weekly basis and has been disposing of them in the Borough landfill for more than 20 years. That is coming to an end in the middle of December as the landfill undergoes major modifications, leaving t...
Nov 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak fortunate to have Threshold Services
To the Editor: I recently returned from a vacation during which I was reminded how much a part of daily life recycling is for most of the country. Flight attendants on the planes I was on separated in-flight trash into plastics, paper and cans for recycling. Aboard ship were containers for recyclables. From shopping centers to residential neighborhoods, recycling is a way of life. It is a normal part of responsibl...
Nov 15, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assembly should be involved Middle Bay composting project
To the Editor: On Thursday, Nov. 8 I listened to the city council meeting. Under citizens' comments, three people spoke against Pete Olsen's composting project that he wants to have in Middle Bay. The complaints and objections were well-founded. When Mr. Olsen spoke, he gave them no answers or responses. I learned that there is no written plan for the public to view. Right there, that puts up a red flag! There are...
Nov 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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