During his staged propaganda event for Alaska news organizations Monday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy didn’t want to take any real questions, employing a tactic that works every time.

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Fresh snow came and settled, with periods of warm and cold. As I stand with my dog under a streetlight, I watch the trees at night. How much urine has this poor aspen endured over the years, and how much more can it take? How does this offense compare to that of all the others: the surroundi…

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Ah, pre-filed bills. Every year, legislators can get bills in ahead of time with two waves of releases ahead of the official start of the legislative session. With most legislators and staffers in the process of relocating to Juneau, it at least gives fodder to reporters who have stories to …

Within the next few months the Supreme Court will decide on Mississippi’s challenge to Roe V. Wade. No Court in the past 50 years would have taken this case, but the present conservative Court, bolstered by a string of unethical Senate confirmations, may overturn Roe. And if they do, the dec…

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This may be a surprising story. It begins with a working group trying to save the last native bighorn sheep of Idaho’s and Wyoming’s Teton Range. Last fall it reached agreement after years of effort.

I’m a straight guy but my whole life I have wanted to be spanked by older men. Does this make any sense? Because I’m confused. I don't like or want penis. Yet I want to be spanked as a punishment by men. I don't understand myself sometimes.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Author Helen Hunt Jackson said that one component of happiness is "a little less time than you want." Why? Because you always "have so many things you want to see, to have, and to do" and "no day is quite long enough for all you would like to get done before you go…

"I think one lesson in recent history," US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on January 7, referring to the entry of Russian troops into Kazakhstan to save that country's allied regime from an uprising of dissatisfied serfs, "is that once Russians are in your house, it’s sometimes very…

The major challenger to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Rev. Kelly Tshibaka, has a hard time saying out loud that she believes Donald Trump’s Big Lie that he really won the 2020 presidential election.

Sporting events have been seen as virtually sacred by many. The roar of the crowd, the level of athleticism only few can achieve being expressed, the journeys taken by athletes and their teams, the fervid fan loyalty, and the countless traditions practiced add up to a unique sector of society.  

Deep gray skies and snow followed wind. The snow, in fact feels like a silence, a reprieve. I think again, as I did a year ago, about purgatory; limbo; the bardo. At least half a dozen world religions have periods of in-between, of waiting, after death. Beliefs differ as to what happens in t…

On July 1, 1997 the United Kingdom formally handed Hong Kong over to China under an agreement that was supposed to give Hong Kong 50 years of autonomy: “one country, two systems,” Deng Xiaoping promised.  

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The one constant that has stood in the municipality since the beginning of the pandemic has been the ability to receive a relatively quick and drama free COVID-19 test. The tests are important not just for those Alaskans who travel (and there are a lot of people who do), but for the elderly,…

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It’s been a year since we watched with horror as a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol in a bloody attempt to interrupt the certification of the 2020 election results and perhaps perpetrate worse against the country’s elected officials. What ought to have been a reckoning with far-right f…

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): In October 2021, the Vancouver Canucks hockey team played the Seattle Kraken team in a Seattle arena. A fan named Nadia Popovici noticed that the Canucks' equipment manager Brian Hamilton had an irregular mole on the back of his neck—possibly cancerous. She found a…

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I’m a gay man in his forties. I very much love my husband but two years ago we acknowledged that our desire for each other sexually just wasn’t there anymore. Thanks in part to reading your column for many years, we were able to have a calm conversation about whether we wanted to remain toge…

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The Marshall Fire that demolished more than 1,000 homes along the front range of Colorado two weeks ago was not unique. This particular kind of fire happened before, on April 17, 2018 -- 115 miles due south of the Marshall Fire. 

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The grizzly bear. The wolf. The cougar. These magnificent creatures, apex predators, how can we not admire them? People cross the world for the opportunity to see one in the wilds of Yellowstone or Alaska.  

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We can do better than giving away billions in oil company subsidies, and pretending we can’t support what people need to have opportunity and success in life. We’ve watched tens of thousands of people leave Alaska because they see no future for themselves and their families. A bright future …

Like 2020 and 2021, major shifts and changes take place in the skies of 2022; discussions of power and insurrection remain prominent as will a deep mining of our personal relationships with ourselves and those closest to us. This year, unlike the past two, however, is bolstered by the sparkl…

Gov. Mike Dunleavy responded to a threat from former President Donald Trump by secretly promising the former president that he would not endorse the reelection campaign of Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

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Far-right candidate for Anchorage Assembly Liz Vazquez has raised $30,000 in her quest to become the new Jamie Allard of the Assembly according to a post made by an administrator of the shadowy Save Anchorage political operation. Vazquez’s campaign Facebook page actually states that the form…

A few years ago, many Anchorage-based medical practices started posting prices for common office procedures. In 2021 this became State Law.

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Two days of terror scoured our landscape, a region caught between highs and lows. Unless you live in the close lee of the Chugach, and then only your flags flew straight. On the city’s Westside and in the Valley, the noise was violent, like a scream. In Palmer, small planes were crushed like…

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What kind of year was 2021? As I sat down to review the year—and talk with Pat Race about it for an upcoming episode of Hello Alaska—it’s hard to find a heckuva lot of positive from the world of Alaska politics. Most of the “good stuff” this year was, largely, just bad stuff that didn’t happ…

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My boyfriend is male, I am female, and we’ve been together almost three years. We live alone in separate homes, but spend about three or four nights a week together. We're both fully vaxxed and boosted, and we mask in public, etc. On the Monday before Christmas, I started feeling mild sympto…

It's only early January, and already this 2022 thing is obviously not working out. With the "omicron variant" of COVID-19 upon us, politicians and public health authorities are already off on their next round of COVID-19 Hokey Pokey:

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Once we get the year’s shortest day in the rear view mirror the balance of the winter seems like less of an ominous slog.

The firing of Angela Rodell by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation is not the only issue that deserves legislative review.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the fantasy tale "The Wizard of Oz," a tornado lifts the hero Dorothy from her modest home in rural Kansas to a magical realm called Oz. There she experiences many provocative and entertaining adventures. Nonetheless, she longs to return to where she started fro…

I've been in a committed relationship for ten years—committed because my boyfriend wants it that way. I'd be fine with an open relationship and have asked about it. He's made it quite clear that he thinks it's “wrong.” I'm almost never at his apartment. He doesn't invite me, and my place is …

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This Christmas, I spent the day with an old friend, Las Vegas.  With a two-year hiatus, I was overjoyed to see my old acquaintance who I hadn’t seen since the pandemic started.  Upon arrival, my COVID-19 mandated mask fortunately diluted the stale stench of cigarettes and despair.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the land

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveiled his initial budget proposal for the 2022 legislative session to generally positive headlines about how at long last the state won’t be spending from savings. It might lead one to believe that Dunleavy has finally done what everyone else couldn’t and solved the sta…

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed election-year budget and accompanying PR campaign make much of the claim that there would be no deficit, but a surplus. 

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Some have said 2020 was the year for cannabis reform. Fortunately, the momentum has carried through 2021 and looks to continue in 2022. Congress has paid attention and there are multiple federal proposals from both sides of the political aisle that would remove cannabis from the federal Cont…

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The just-concluded Summit for Democracy was intended to be a rallying point for democratic and nearly-democratic states, with pep talks on confronting rising authoritarianism and building democratic institutions. 

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As we approach the new year most people in Alaska are going through “Open Enrollment” where they choose what “Medical Insurance” they will have for 2022. This includes people with private insurance, meaning it is provided by employers, even when that employer may be a government entity. Peop…

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Historians disagree about the legacy of Jimmie Carter, who was President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. Was he effective or not? Opinions differ. But there's no ambiguity about a project he pursued after his presidency. He led a global effort to eliminate …

I’m extremely kinky, with an emphasis on extreme. To give an example, I love long-term and extremely restrictive bondage. Think full-body casts or getting locked up for an entire weekend. I’m a 32-year-old straight male who has been married for five years. In the last year we opened up our m…

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If you know someone is a Republican or Democrat, then you might assume you know exactly where they stand on whether local jails need to be expanded.

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Larry Flynt, pornographer, prankster, and First Amendment crusader died in February of this year. In 1983 he paid a memorable visit to Anchorage.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic started people have been complaining about “government paying people not to work.” Some making such complaints are the same ones saying, “We need to rely on the free market” — all this while large businesses are making money via corporate welfare.

Legislators across the political spectrum are demanding answers for last Thursday’s abrupt firing of Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Executive Director Angela Rodell, whose leadership of the fund over the last six years has seen enormous growth in the fund.

We must go about our daily rounds in this deep cold, however tempting it is to remain under the covers. I drove north to Fairbanks in the blue, breaking day, and arrived long after dark. Swirling ground snow on the Nenana Ridge is the worst hour in winter’s night. But near town, for three da…

My wife and I are in a great ENM marriage. We have two couples that we are friends with and get together regularly for sex, and we each pursue solo FWB relationships. During Covid, we started posting pictures on Reddit, which were well received. This morphed into my wife starting an OnlyFans…

I own a closet full of guns.

The Anchorage School Board recently passed a package of school bond projects, which goes to the Anchorage Assembly and then to voters for approval on the April ballot. This bond package contains 28 projects from Chugiak to South Anchorage, including one that is close to the heart of many Anc…