Ms. Fermento pointed out a pretty cool deal at 49th State Brewing Company that sent me that way chasing the offer to buy a six pack, four pack or 22 ounce bomber bottle of their packaged beer at the brewery and get another one of equal or lesser value for .49 cents. What beer lover could pas…

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I was born in late1950’s America. The middle class was growing and everyone believed there would always be more of everything. I arrived as a blonde-haired blue-eyed baby girl. Opportunities my parents, and grandparents, never dreamed of abounded for me.

On October 20, the US Department of Justice -- joined by 11 Republican state attorneys general -- filed a civil lawsuit against Google, with the stated goal of stopping it from "unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search adve…

While the first clean snow came and went, I’ve been battling dirty house flies for a couple of weeks now. I don’t know how they get in, do you? Maybe they are born indoors somewhere and we just don’t see them. Despite the superstition against pilots hurting other things that fly, I methodica…

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If you write to Sen. Dan Sullivan and ask him to respond to the latest Trump tirade, there is an excellent chance that the form letter from his office will claim that Trump is unconventional.

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Ballot Measure 1 amends the current production tax system to be fair and transparent for Alaskans.  In a recent interview with a Bloomfield reporter, I was asked an excellent question, “What is wrong with the existing production tax system?”  Alaskans should know the answer to this question. 

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In Alaska, the theocrats, busybodies and Christianists are trying to oust judges they don’t like, and even to change the the judicial selection process. Alaskans should not let it happen.

On October 4, three scientists published "The Great Barrington Declaration," a statement named for the Massachusetts town in which they met.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): "I’ve been told that nobody sings the word 'hunger' like I do," testified Aries chanteuse Billie Holiday. She wasn't suggesting that she had a stylish way of crooning about fine dining. Rather, she meant "hunger" in the sense of the longing for life's poignant rich…

The letter signed by Sen. Lisa Murkowski and distributed to hundreds of thousands of Alaskans is no ordinary piece of mail, but she forgot to include something.

I’ll put this out there up front, I didn’t vote for Mayor Berkowitz; I rarely agreed with his policy positions or decisions. However, at the end of the day, I knew we both wanted the Municipality to be a better place. 

Have you been to downtown Anchorage lately? Like everything else in this world, it feels a little different right now. Without live music, performing arts programming, community celebrations and many professionals working from home, it’s a bit quieter, and a bit emptier. 

In what can only be described as the most ethically confusing political movement of 2020, Qanon has unwittingly and ever-anonymously made headlines this week across local news outlets. 

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Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has announced his resignation, effective October 23rd. Anchorage Assembly Chair Felix Rivera will serve in the interim while the Assembly determines whether a special election is needed or whether Rivera will simply hold the position until the end of the term …

Trump’s COVID illness renders him mentally incapacitated, heavily medicated, and an existential security threat to the nation and world. This necessitates the immediate removal of the president’s unilateral first-strike command authority for the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The U.S. today has over …

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One of the final pieces of a Twilight Zone puzzle of sex, news, and politics was finally revealed Monday night, as the Alaska Landmine published a sixty-second voicemail allegedly sent to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz by TV news journalist Maria Athens. 

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When looking at the election this year, especially as it relates to the state House, there is a lot of excitement within the Alaska Republican Party over getting a Republican lead majority in the state House. This excitement is based on a belief that somehow such a majority will make better …

My husband recently passed away. He was a wonderful person and we had twelve great years together. He was also very, very organized. His death was an accident but everything was in order. He even left a note in a sealed envelope for his lawyer to present to me. It was one last love letter, D…

Update: Ethan Berkowitz has resigned, effective October 23rd.

“In nearly every Alaskan town there have been cases of children being torn to pieces by a malamute that has reverted to the savage state.” -- J. G. Watts, Mayor of Anchorage, Anchorage Daily Times, August 11, 1917

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This timeline is based on public comments, public posts, and reporting from a wide spectrum of Alaskan sources as they unfolded. I have not corrected spelling or grammar and have instead opted to leave quotes in tact as they were presented online.

 The liberals are coming!  The liberals are coming!  Grab your weapons while you still can for the end is nigh!  At least that's Dan Sullivan's take on things.  Sullivan, Alaska's junior Senator, is in a tight race with Independent, Al Gross.  The latest polls have them in a dead heat with G…

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A Twitter user going by the name Angelbbx2, made public and damning allegations on Twitter against her own mother as well as Anchorage journalist Maria Athens, all the while defending Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz.

If you haven’t already bolstered your business’s online presence, there’s a good chance you’ve at least put some measure of thought into it. And you’re not alone.

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In perhaps the most disgusting, deceitful, and dishonest video I've ever seen, and that's saying something having watched more Donald Trump videos than I care to admit, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy gave up on the people of Alaska.

This week, Alaska DHSS in the COVID-19 Case Count Summary has finally given an explanation for the inflated ICU capacity I reported on at the end of September. The takeaway? They're working on it, which I and many others appreciate but it's not usable. 

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Governor Dunleavy, who has had multiple scandals unfold this year related to Pebble Mine, disgraced former Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, and now his dismissive and hypocritical attitude towards the Coronavirus pandemic, must be recalled.

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Sad news today as I've learned that "Fly" has succumbed to the Coronavirus.

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After the Republican rout of party moderates in the August primary elections conservative legislators, mainly from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, could control both the House and Senate in the next Legislature.

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John Sturgeon, former Gov. Sean Parnell and former Sen. Mark Begich have allowed themselves to be part of a giant election fraud.

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Many Democrats are getting nervous about the upcoming presidential election. Ominous, extensively reported articles by two of the best in the business -- the New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin and The Atlantic's Barton Gellman -- outline Boss Trump's plot to keep control of the White House in 2021 …

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A battalion of brave Republicans, including key figures from President Trump’s own administration, have abandoned their party and endorsed Democrat Joe Biden. Defectors in the opposite direction, Democrats backing Trump, are practically nonexistent.

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After four months of looting, arson, window breaking, vandalism, intimidation, physical assaults, stabbings and shootings by Black Lives Matter and antifa, the first thing on the media’s mind is ... getting Trump to condemn “white supremacists”!

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For many progressive opinion-makers, the only way to save the Supreme Court is to destroy it. They believe the best response to the Republican-held Senate confirming a Trump nominee to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court is to pack the Court if Democrats win in Novem…

Let's make some wobbly assumptions and look to the future. Suppose the country survives the onslaught of lies -- or "alternative facts," as Kellyanne Conway (remember her?) used to call the stream-of-conscious gibberish Donald Trump tweets and screams at rallies -- and Joe Biden wins the ele…

ARIES (March 21-April 19): "A person’s best ally is someone who takes care of herself," says actress Susan Clark. I heartily agree. The people with whom you can cultivate the most resilient bonds and most interesting synergy are those who have a high degree of self-sufficiency—those who take…

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To my fellows in Anchorage who love their scenes and communities,

In early September, the Almeda Fire ignited at the edge of my hometown of Ashland, Oregon, and roared through the nearby towns of Talent and Phoenix, pushed by hot south winds.

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With environmental writer and activist Bill Sherwonit continuing to publish attacks on public resource managers in local newspapers, it’s time to lower the vitriol and volume, and lay out a few facts surrounding the establishment of bear hunting in a small portion of Chugach State Park this …

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The presidential debate was a hot mess. I lost count after the first fifteen minutes of how many times my mamma would have slapped me upside the head for the kind of behavior in display last night. There were false statements made, names called, eyes rolled, rude interruptions, moderator que…

Okay, if you are still in the Trump corner, I want you to do me a favor. Put on your MAGA hat, step in front of a mirror, and take a good long look. Do you recognize that person? Let's take a closer look.

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On September 23, there was an announcement in the Alaska DHSS Case Count Summary that went largely unnoticed:

The former CEO of the Pebble Mine bragged about leading a group that helped defeat nine Republican incumbent legislators in the primary election.

The October surprise happened in September, but it was certainly a jarring surprise. Normally in a presidential race, it will be engineered by supporters of one candidate against the other. But unless we learn differently, the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg came when her health finally…

It’s surprising that there appear to be few houseboats in Southcentral Alaska. They would seem to be great for the Alaska lifestyle.

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As an emergency department physician, it saddens me, but I have come to terms with the fact that some people get awful cancers. Or that car accidents can change a person’s life in a split second and trampolines cause the craziest fractures. What I have not been able to come to terms with is …

Winter is nigh, but gold owns the moment. Marigolds beckon for the Dead’s Day, their passionate red and yellow pigments found the world over. The coins of El Dorado are hidden in plain sight all over Anchorage this week, in the trees, in the flowerbeds. The sweet and musky smells of autumn l…

ARIES (March 21-April 19): "I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself," wrote 16th-century author Pietro Aretino. By January 2021, Aries, I would love for you to have earned the right to make a similar statement: "I am, indeed, a royal sovereign, because I know how to rule myse…

I'm a thirty-something gay man married to a thirty-something gay man. For almost two years, we've been seeing another pair of married gay men around our age. They were our first experience with any sexual or romantic interaction outside of our relationship. The first six months were hot and …