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Guest Opinion: Next generation of fishermen
Kodiak’s diverse fishing economy has helped to make the commercial seafood industry Alaska’s largest private-sector employer. We are continually ranked as one of the top fishing ports in the nation and home to nearly every vessel size and gear type operating in Alaska waters. But Kodiak fishing communities and economies are changing and these shifts are cause for concern. We have fewer local vessels, local crewmem...
Mar 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chick Priest: Election season renders too much to Caesar
Where are the Christians in denouncing all the bitter rhetoric coming out of the presidential campaign? I was asked this Wednesday after a Bernie Sanders event that had materialized in less than 24 hours, and was apparently one of the biggest such events of his campaign in Alaska. Apparently, Alaska prefers independent, bold and sensible people over lifelong politicians. Go figure. But that’s a political idea, and...
Mar 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Love the limestone
Coldplay is an alternative pop band. “Limestone rock” is what Chris Martin, the lead singer, calls it. They are an awesome band. They are a famous band and were on TV at the half-time show of the Super Bowl. Coldplay has the best chill-out music. They played the song “A Sky Full of Stars” at the Super Bowl show. I like to imagine flying through a sky full of stars when I hear this song. It reminds me to keep reach...
Mar 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak Tapestry: Classen leaves priesthood, finds ministry
It’s a season of new beginnings for newlyweds Joe and Paty (De Santiago) Classen. They got married on Saturday, went on a honeymoon, will celebrate their first Easter as man and wife on Sunday, and when they return to Kodiak, they’ll be ready to open up their new business, St. John’s Senior Care. St. John’s Senior Care is a non-medical service that will provide clients with help in meal preparation and planning, h...
Mar 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local pharmacies to carry overdose drug
As the heroin epidemic continues to worsen in Kodiak and statewide, help could be on the way in the form of a new law meant to help save lives in the event of a drug overdose. Senate Bill 23, which received final legislative approval in the House on March 7 and was signed into law by Gov. Bill Walker on March 14, allows and encourages the use of the anti-opioid overdose drug naloxone, sold under the brand names Ev...
Mar 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fishermen, tribes don’t like Gov.’s bill
By JULIE HERRMANN Mirror Writer A group of fishermen and tribes are criticizing Gov. Bill Walker for policies surrounding fish. The group believes decisions so far are contrary to campaign promises. In a press teleconference Wednesday, Melanie Brown, a Bristol Bay fisherman, said Senate Bill 163 was the “proverbial straw breaking the camel’s back.” SB 163, introduced by Walker, would require the designation of sta...
Mar 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Airport work to start this year
The Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport will see changes to maximize space beginning later this year. In late January, Alaska Airlines announced a redesign of their branding, and some Alaska airports will get remodeling and redecorating in the new design. The Seattle-based carrier is putting $30 million into changes to the 11 Alaska airports it owns and operates. Kodiak is one of the 11 and is currently one of the t...
Mar 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Week In Words: Applicants negotiate a challenge
We may soon have a new borough manager. After reviewing dozens of applications, interviewing several applicants, and digging into the candidates’ history, our borough assembly has entered negotiations with a former city manager from California. “Negotiation” wound up in the English language in the 15th century from the Old French “negociacion.” The Latin root “negotiatio” meant, more broadly, “business,” as in, to...
Mar 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rep. Gara, others say Alaska Aerospace Corp. should give back $2.3M
Saying he feels “misled” by Alaska Aerospace Corp.’s repeated, unfulfilled promises of rocket launches and profits, Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, wants the state-owned enterprise to give back $2.3 million in unspent appropriations. Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks, and Rep. Andy Josephson, D-Anchorage, joined Gara’s March 7 call for return of the funds remaining from a 2013 allocation of $25 million. AAC operates ...
Mar 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Preliminary KIB budget adds $1.2 for salvaged timber
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly received a brief update on next year’s budget at a Thursday night work session. Changes made in the past few weeks include adding $1.2 million from a possible salvage of the trees damaged in the Twin Creeks Fire, removing almost $500,000 related to delay of a Killarney Hills properties sale, and adding almost $900,000 in contingencies. Also added were funds related to a possible ...
Mar 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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