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As the coronavirus has now claimed 71,236 lives worldwide, there are growing concerns about the situation in North Korea. Although North Korea has not officially reported any cases of COVID-19, global health experts believe it has already spread there as the government is requesting test kit…

The dinosaurs, as a group, were very successful, lasting a couple hundred million years. But they weren’t good at planning ahead. They failed to establish a space program.

The title is borrowed from John A. Stormer, who belonged to the John Birch Society and served on the Missouri Republican State Committee. His 1964 book None Dare Call it Treason claimed America’s leaders were betraying our country and causing us to lose the cold war; later he became a fundam…

Last Turkey Day I volunteered at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club. I learned that well over 1,000 families received a turkey and fixings so that they would not go hungry on Thanksgiving Day. I learned that Governors Palin and Parnell contributed $25,000 each year from their discretionar…

As we face the rise of the COVID-19 health crisis in our state and our nation, the leadership team at the University of Alaska is addressing the pandemic with strength and care for our staff, faculty and students. In response to the crisis, when students returned to classes this week, our un…

“Iatrogenic” is a medical term that means an illness that has been caused by treatment. For example, when doctors vaccinate children against polio they know the vaccine will give one in every 2.4 million children the disease. But preventing millions of children from being crippled is worth m…

Alaskans have always met challenges with resiliency and ingenuity — especially in unprecedented times, whether floods, earthquakes or a spreading coronavirus. We persevere over short-term challenges for the long-term good of our state.

Alaska can halt the rapid spread of COVID-19, although we are not able to stop it. We can show that Alaska is a special place; that we truly are the Last Frontier where we don’t do things the same way as everyone else. To save us from disaster we must immediately close our borders, stop all …

Fellow Alaskans,

The charge is criminal negligence. Criminal Negligence exists as follows: "Everyone is criminally negligent who in doing anything, or in omitting to do anything that it is his duty to do, shows wanton or reckless disregard for the lives or safety of other persons."

We find ourselves locked in yet another year of the fiscal crisis. While solving the budget gap merits the most serious discourse, it has to date been characterized by prejudice and focus on just two aspects by most legislators: oil taxes and PFD reductions. Scrambling to preserve every penn…

By Dr. Peter Mjos

William Ruckelshaus, an "extraordinary public servant" (Ronald Reagan), has passed away at age 87.

By Cathy Sandeen

I wonder if any liberals are re-thinking their insistence that the Boy Scouts allow gay men to take 13-year-old boys on overnight camping trips.

In this legislative session, we have set out to build upon past efforts to transform how we view public education by providing new opportunities for our youngest Alaskans. To achieve success, we know that all of us – the legislature, the Governor, education leaders, and the Alaskan public – …

Alaska is salmon country, where fish feed our communities in every way — sustenance, work, recreation, art, faith, family, tradition and culture. For us, second and third generation commercial fishermen raised on Cook Inlet, salmon is a complex livelihood and identity built on all of those things.

Dear Senator Murkowski,

The United States government is proposing to remove protections from nearly 10 million acres of critical national forest land in the state of Alaska. This rollback in important environmental safeguards threatens the food security and livelihoods of Southeast Alaska Tribal residents whose sov…

As I’ve watched the impeachment drama unfold, I’ve been struck by the universal willingness of Republicans at all levels to dutifully regurgitate their party’s arguments in a unified, concerted, premeditated effort to delegitimize the House’s impeachment proceedings in the minds and hearts o…

Op-Ed by Joe Usibelli Sr., Vic Fischer, Arliss Sturgulewski

Dear fellow Anchorage (and Alaska) residents:

In a matter of weeks, our legislature will begin deliberations on our state’s budget for the next fiscal year. There is no doubt we have challenges. The reserve funds that once held over $16 billion lie nearly empty. Unlike the federal government, Alaska possesses no cash printing machines. …

Nine years ago, when the Anchorage Assembly laid out for the administration its policy guidelines and direction for the city’s collective bargaining and contract negotiations, it was a different world.

Here we are, into December, and months since the Recall Dunleavy charade began collecting signatures to undo last year’s election, and Alaskans still have no idea who – or what – is picking up the tab for the effort.

‘Tis the season to be jolly, so I’ll try. But it won’t be easy. For one thing the news out of Washington is not what you would call up-lifting.

By McKibben Jackinsky

In one sense, Bill Sherwonit is correct: I, and many others, do not have what he callls an "open mind" regarding his insensitive, ad hominem attack on deceased Alaska wolf biologist Gordon Haber. When a journalist writes a disparaging, posthumous expose of a well-known Alaska scientist who i…

According to an October Rasmussen poll, 38% of likely voters say they intend to vote for "someone other than President Trump or the Democratic presidential nominee" in the 2020 US presidential election.

Rick Steiner and I have known each other for a long time. We're not close friends but we're both strong advocates for Alaska's wolves and other wildlife. That's what makes his off-target critique of my Gordon Haber remembrance especially baffling and deeply disappointing. To accuse me of a "…

To the editor:

The Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) submitted a Request for Quote (RFQ) 2019Q20123, for Herman Miller furniture and accessories for the Anchorage Solid Waste Department. Quotes were due on Nov. 13 by 1 p.m. Why Herman Miller furniture, which carries some of the most expensive furnishings on …

I read Chris Nyman’s letter to the editor in the Oct. 31-Nov. 6 issue of the Anchorage Press, entitled ‘

It has been 103 days since the Recall Dunleavy effort began collecting signatures across Alaska with the aim of ultimately chasing Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy from office largely for his audacious tear-off-the-Band-Aid approach to curbing Alaska’s budget woes.

When my dad got the letter telling him that he’d need to find $12,000 a month to stay at the Pioneer Vet Home, he had no idea what to make of it. At 90, he has dementia and is easily confused, and became upset when he understood that there was no way in the world he could come up with that m…

By Commentary by Robin Smith

I’d honestly never heard of California Congresswoman Katie Hill until she resigned from Congress following the unauthorized publication of sexually provocative, intimate pictures (aka “nudes”) of her and a staffer and/or a campaign worker (?) a relationship that is prohibited under Congressi…

Low oil prices and declining Alaska oil production are major problems for our state. The biggest cause of Alaska’s fiscal challenge, however, is our continuing decision to not pay for the services the State of Alaska provides us.

With impeachment looming for President Donald Trump in Washington and a fast-growing recall effort threatening Gov. Mike Dunleavy in Juneau, we may be looking at regime changes in both places in the next year.

Count us among those agog at Senate President Cathy Giessel’s recent declaration of support for Rep. Josh Revak to succeed the late Republican Sen. Chris Birch in District M.

The recent announcement that BP is selling its Prudhoe Bay assets to Hilcorp Alaska may have surprised Anchorage and Alaska, but AEDC believes in the industry’s strength, Hilcorp’s efficient business model and that positive outcomes will ultimately result from this change.

Leaves are shifting from vibrant greens to the yellows, reds and browns of fall. Crisp autumn air and vivid sunrises greet us in the mornings. Long days filled with endless activity are fading. Fall has a different cadence. The end of summer is when we begin to slow down, reflect and settle …

The University of Alaska Anchorage is a unique institution within the University of Alaska system. The core theme of UAA is a “commitment to instruction at a number of academic levels, success of all students regardless of their higher education goals, and service to the diverse peoples and …

The data is staggering: an estimated one in four businesses won’t reopen after a major disaster.

Alaskans have done it! They’ve taken the first major step to recall Governor Dunleavy and to get Alaska back on the path to a positive and constructive future.