After decades in the bar and restaurant industry I have encountered the most amazing and investing individuals. The co-workers and customers that I have met have often become part of a family of humans that I take with me wherever I go. Not always physically, but always in my heart. 

The Guardians?!

If you wonder what Republicans are accomplishing in Washington, look no further than the Senate Armed Services committee, where a majority of them voted to create the predicate for drafting women into the military.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Filmmaker Federico Fellini had an unexpected definition of happiness. He said it was "being able to speak the truth without hurting anyone." I suspect you will have abundant access to that kind of happiness in the coming weeks, Aries. I'll go even further: You will…

Let's say there's an outbreak of deadly parvovirus in your neighborhood. Your beloved golden retriever Red, however, goes into a full-scale panic attack at the sight or smell of a veterinarian. You know the disease is highly communicable and potentially fatal.

After two special sessions to create a smart and functional budget, one would think Alaska legislators would have used it to their advantage and created a budget that works for Alaskans.

The state publicity workers who create the public palaver from Gov. Mike Dunleavy about COVID-19 vaccinations have outdone themselves,

Sometimes when we get out of a relationship we might look for the exact opposite of what we had before. It could be that, subconsciously, we are searching for the exact opposite of the thing we had before. 

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A sky like milk coats this evening in late July. I lie on the wooden floor, reconnecting to its supportive structure, once alive and swaying in the wind. Bad energy short circuits through me and I try to expunge it with breath. I roll my head side to side, stretching the nerves that run betw…

More than one reader responded to my recent columns on state mining revenue and the plans for exploration on Ester Dome by saying that the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority has no legal obligation to consider the public interest or community reaction when it develops land.

I’m a gay male in my forties and I’ve been married to my husband for nine years. There was some mild infidelity on his part (exchanging photos and flirting via text with another guy) early in our relationship. I confronted him at the time, and he lied to me. I decided to let it go, as it was…

The 1619 Project "aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative."

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The bad news is that the end of the world seems to be growing nearer. The good news is that a lot of good people are ready to join the fight to head it off.

The Alaska Legislature has created a Comprehensive Fiscal Plan Working Group to produce a fiscal plan before the Legislature convenes again in a special session currently set to start August 2. Unusually, this informal joint committee includes equal representation from each caucus in the Hou…

ARIES (March 21-April 19): What does it mean to feel real? Some people have a hard time doing that. They have such false ideas about who they are that they rarely feel real. Others are so distracted by trivial longings that they never have the luxury of settling into the exquisite at-home-ne…

In a rare moment of moral clarity, US Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) points out that "America's daughters shouldn't be drafted against their will."

Hikers are flooding our public lands, so I ask the question: Why can’t people just leave the poor rocks alone? 

There has been, and always will be, a great distance between what people want and what they can reasonably have. As Alaskans, we are well aware that our vast distance from the rest of the continental United States means we wind up paying the shipping on just about everything.  From groceries…

Well, this is awkward.  

"Modern technology companies have enabled misinformation to poison our information environment with little accountability to their users, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said at a White House press briefing on July 15. "They’ve allowed people who intentionally spread misinformation -- what w…

Alaska has not increased its state tax rates on mining since before statehood. 

Fascination blooms on a gray, rain-soaked reprieve from three warm days. Its vintage pink petals remind me of my grandmother’s rose-scented candles, back in the late 1980s. Her home was otherwise humble, and these small luxuries, hidden in green-tinted jars, seemed subtly provocative. When I…

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Now, I’m as guilty as the rest of my reporter tribe in that I give former President Donald Trump far too much attention and what’s his name far too little. That interview snippet demonstrates all too well what Trump knows: “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” The guy has had a lifetime …

When a politician raises the issue of voter restrictions you need to take a good look at the issue before you fly off the handle.

The Handmaid’s Tale – a grotesque novel about a fundamentalist takeover that turns part of America into a cruel theocracy called Gilead – rang a worldwide bell when published in 1985.

On August 15, 1969, a half million. long-haired. freaky people gathered in the mud for the Woodstock Music Festival in upstate New York. For some, the event symbolized the worst of American youth – dirty, drug-crazed dropouts, listening to the devil’s music, obsessed with free love, unwillin…

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Author Valerie Andrews reminds us that as children, we all had the "magical capacity to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different sme…

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Toward the end of his otherwise tumultuous term, former President Donald Trump leaned into his role as Whiner In Chief to do something nice for all of us. Something minor and, in a sane world, completely non-controversial, but nice nonetheless.

The Anchorage-based merry band of political activists in the Save Anchorage group has announced their intentions to “take over” or at least make a “dent” in Community Councils—although it’s not clear how effective the group can be in its take over ambitions.

The wall between the United States and Mexico has come to stand for desperation and suffering for many people. For most of us who live within 20 miles of this 452-mile wall, it’s also seen as a bizarre experiment: How much damage can ripple into the surrounding landscape from a wall that cut…

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My wife got drunk at a vacation house we rented with a bunch of friends and cheated on me with my best friend in the hot tub. They didn't have sex but they did other things. I wasn’t there but there were eight other people in the hot tub and the jets were on so no one else saw what was going…

Ordinarily on a Thursday afternoon, nothing gladdens my heart quite like seeing an empty pallet in the office parking lot, blanketed only by a flaccid, sleepy wad of cellophane that just a few hours early wrapped snugly around 7,500 rock-hard, bundled copies of the Anchorage Press.

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JUNEAU—Today’s U.S. Forest Service announcement ending industrial-scale old growth logging, moving toward restoring Roadless Rule protections, and prioritizing the sustainable uses of the Tongass National Forest is a long-overdue move to shift management of America’s largest national forest …

For those that still do not yet know Ava Earl or her music, may I introduce to you one of the gems of the Alaskan music scene. She began playing music at 5 (four years younger than I stated in my previous article), by 13 was performing at SalmonFest, having recorded her first album one year …

The governor’s office got it wrong when it referred to $400,000 in state funding for the Alaska Legal Services Corp. as a subsidy. Guess they had to come up with a catchy explanation of why Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed the long-standing state help for the program which provides legal assistance…

"We stand with the Cuban people," US President Joe Biden says in an official White House statement, responding to protests across the Caribbean island country, "and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic …

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The Fiscal Policy Task Force that has been designated to come up with a comprehensive fiscal plan for the Alaska Legislature will be meeting for the rest of this month on a tight deadline to come up with a plan on the dividend and the budget. In reality, what the task force will be focused o…

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy doesn’t write the press releases that Alaska news organizations print under his name and cite him as the author.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In his poem "Litany," Aries poet Billy Collins testifies that he is "the sound of rain on the roof." He also claims to be "the moon in the trees, the paper blowing down an alley, the basket of chestnuts on the kitchen table, and the shooting star." He does make it …

I'm a 19-year-old girl who was dumped few months ago. My partner found out he didn't like my body when we were having sex for the first time and he told me right after. We were actually still in bed naked when he told me. He kept cuddling me to make me feel a bit better but it still hurt to …

Our mid-summer sea swept especially low, stranding creatures in the furthest reach of the sucking sand. No time for that universe, my electronic tide pools are frantic with emails and chats and texts as we quickly surpass normalcy back into insanity. I did what I used to do, which is get on …

The following is an account taken verbatim from the July 5, 1921 issue of the Anchorage Daily Times. Slurs, punctuation, spelling, etc. all as in the original.  

In these Not-So-United States, talk of secession is growing. It has always been a micro-undercurrent, but it is relatively common nowadays. 

They called it “The Summer of Love,” those three months in 1967 when thousands of freedom-loving countercultural pioneers, aka hippies, gathered in the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco to commune with each other, party, and, yes, have sex. As Peter Coyote (a member of an anarchist tro…

Celebrate the reign of error: Dunleavy’s $4 billion boo-boo creates a more financially secure future for Alaskans

If you were alive in the 1970s, you probably remember the “Crying Native American” ad. It came in the  wake of the first Earth Day, when millions of Americans flocked to the streets, driven by fresh visions of  burning pollution in Ohio’s Cuyahoga River and the outrage of blackened Californi…

I have long enjoyed identifying Alaska’s wildflowers, particularly those that are native to the Anchorage Bowl and our city’s “backyard wilderness,” Chugach State Park. Aided by Verna Pratt’s wildflower guides (my primary references), I have learned the common names of dozens of local flower…

On the first Thursday of every month I host “Sack Lunch,” an online hangout exclusively for Magnum subscribers to the Savage Lovecast. I take questions, invite listeners to answer them with me, and we have a blast. I’m giving this week’s column over to some of the questions we didn’t get to …

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Two-time Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld famously articulated a three-tiered framework of human knowledge. First, there are "known knowns," he explained. These are the things "we know we know." Second, there are "known unknowns," the things we know that “we do not know." And, third, the…