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It’s safe to say that 2020 was both a surprising year and a trying one for many. A year ago, no one could have predicted the effect the coronavirus would have on Alaska or the multiple shutdowns that have occurred. But now that the vaccine is becoming available, many are hopeful that life wi…

Since introducing my plan to provide Alaskans with $5,000 in economic relief during the worst economic crisis in Alaska’s history, I’ve seen no shortage of outlandish claims. Invariably, these arguments are made by folks who aren’t having any problems paying their bills in these difficult times.

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On September 30, 1938, Former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned to the United Kingdom after intense negotiations with Nazi Germany. Upon his return, Mr. Chamberlin presented to the world a peace pact and declared, “Peace for our time.” Less then a year later, Nazi Germany i…

Well, I think the he actually did it… he managed to actually drain the swamp and really Made America Great Again. The crazy son-of-a-bitch actually did it…

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A recent article in the Anchorage Press, written by Bill Sherwonit, entitled City Wilds: A Stewardship group is born in the wake of another bike trail controversy, is biased and one-sided. It’s written as fact yet is anything but.

Earlier today, Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson called upon Alaska’s Congressional Delegation to work with their fellow lawmakers in Congress to ensure additional federal stimulus.

Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially denied the Pebble Limited Partnership’s (PLP) permit to build a massive open mine in the headwaters of Bristol Bay. The Army Corps analysis finds that the proposed Pebble Mine project “will result in significant degradation of the aquatic ec…

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If you are like me, you dread the end of the year because it means finding the perfect gift for certain friends and family who really don’t want or need anything. In fact, many are getting rid of stuff and don’t need more stuff, are keto-ing so don’t want cookies and other carbs, and feeling…

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Susan Carney has served on the Alaska Supreme Court for just four years. But during that brief time, she has handed down two controversial rulings that should concern all Alaskans who care about our state’s shocking rates of sexual assault and domestic violence.

I want Alaskans to know about the kind of people I've had the pleasure of working with over the last year and a half as our little group of Alaskans worked to give you the opportunity to vote on whether or not we receive a Fair Share of Alaska's oil- with Ballot Measure One.

The chart below is from a report published last March by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. https://www.dallasfed.org/research/economics/2020/0326.aspx

As overwrought as many Americans are over the upcoming election, it's been months since this column has elicited a death threat. Even so, I got edgy the other night when an unusually loud pickup all tricked out for a demolition derby pulled up in front of our house.

I live on a county road near the evacuation perimeter of what is now Colorado’s largest wildfire. Yesterday, the sheriff’s deputy was outside, his lights flashing red-blue-red, giving my house a strobe light effect. He was directing traffic as people fled the mountain with trailers filled wi…

Alaskans have big decisions to make at the polls this year. The last four years, and this one in particular, have given us a lot to think about. Regardless of our politics, we should all be taking a pause to ask, “What do we want the future of Alaska to be?” It is an important question; now …

This president failed to follow the advice of his medical experts that could have isolated and minimized Covid spread and deaths. He failed to understand that the economy cannot return to normal in the middle of a deadly pandemic until he addressed the public health emergency. As a result, a…

Fellow Alaskans: We have an important election day coming up in just a few weeks. You know, the one all your friends won’t stop arguing about on Facebook? First off, let me assure you I’m not here to tell you who to vote for—I’m quite certain most Alaskans made up their minds a long time ago…

During the pandemic, Alaska’s oil prices are down, out-of-state tourists are staying home, and our economy is hurting. But as many industries get hit hard, health care jobs continue to be in demand—in fact, the need for new health workers has never been greater. 

Jobs, families, and economic development are the building blocks of our society. As Alaska stares down a global pandemic and uncertain financial footing, now is not the time to once again change our oil tax structure and tear those blocks down. If passed, Ballot Measure 1’s new tax regime wi…

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The leaves have turned and are falling, ushering in the end of the summer visitor season. I am not alone in saying I hope those of us in the tourism business can get a fresh start next year. 2020 was beyond challenging thanks to COVID-19 and the subsequent lack of travelers. I hope my fellow…

The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) has been guiding Alaska Native people and other Alaskans to success in our state’s resource development industry for 25+ years. To say a lot has changed since I founded ANSEP in 1995 is an understatement – especially this year – but…

Ballot Measure 2 is about one thing and one thing only: election reform that puts more  power into the hands of voters and excludes the influence of anonymous monied interests and  party elites. In these times of growing tension where political leadership on a national level  believes they d…

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Alaska DHSS released the COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update and says that overall, new cases in Alaska are increasing. The daily state case rate as of September 12, 2020 is 8.7 cases per 100,000 people averaged over the last 14 days. That's up from 7.9 the week before and 7.0 the week before…

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Article III, section 25 of the Alaska Constitution provides that each department head in State government is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the legislature. That includes the Attorney General, who heads the Alaska Department of Law, which in turn consists of two divisions: civil …

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Recently, the Department of Interior announced plans to facilitate congressionally mandated oil and gas leases in a small fraction of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. While Alaskans are optimistic about this historic development, our 40-year battle with outside interests has taught …

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Late in the evening of July 21, 2020, State Seismologist Michael West heard a text alarm. His phone informed him of a large earthquake beneath the ocean, just south of the Alaska Peninsula, about 60 miles southeast of the village of Sand Point.

Most every year July 9th is a cause for celebration in Anchorage. Large crowds gather at Alaska Family & Child, the oldest non-profit in the state, which started as the Jesse Lee Home for Children. The governor usually speaks about a 13-year-old boy named Benny Benson designing Alaska’s …

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Most every year July 9th is a cause for celebration in Anchorage. Large crowds gather at Alaska Family & Child, the oldest non-profit in the state, which started as the Jesse Lee Home for Children. The governor usually speaks about a 13-year-old boy named Benny Benson designing Alaska’s …

Federal secret police on the streets of Portland, peaceful demonstrators getting shot, Moms getting tear gassed and a federal propaganda machine in full daylight lying and slandering to justify all this... ...and what do libertarians and conservatives see as the biggest threat from governmen…

Throughout my life, my grandma, Mary Jane Fate, imparted the importance of education on my brothers and me. We understood early on that education is the means through which we can make a difference in the world. She led by example, and I've carried this message with me each and every day.

The Washington Redskins National Football League franchise is a disgrace! In the year 2020, Washington team owner Daniel Snyder cannot possibly continue to rationalize keeping his ridiculously racist team name in the face of widespread, righteous public condemnation of Snyder’s racist recalc…

To the Editor:Mayor Berkowitz's mask mandate is a good start but I believe additional actions from him and the Anchorage Assembly could significantly enhance the effectiveness of this initial health and safety measure. We must use both the carrot and the stick. The Mayor and Anchorage Assemb…

Earlier this month, Palmer held it’s very first vigil for those of our black brothers and sisters who have lost their lives to police brutality. For certain, it was a success in numbers. An astounding 1,500 people arrived to march and predominantly shout “I can’t breathe” in unity. A numeric…

Five times in American history the Presidential winner of the popular vote has lost—3 times in the 1800’s and twice this century by Democrats who’ve won the popular vote.

Here is a letter to the Mayor of anchorage about masks and why his information and attitude about masks is all wrong and he should smarten up and do the research.

As Alaskans we are facing difficult challenges and uncertain times. As a state we are facing health and economic challenges not seen before, which makes us wonder what the future holds for us. Through the uncertainty one thing remains certain: our future as a state rests upon how we ensure t…

The first thing that I have to say is that I am an African American man living in the Minneapolis area. I have to state this now; otherwise I would probably be called a racist.

The Board of Regents of the University of Alaska met recently and adopted a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. This budget eliminates about 40 long-standing academic programs at Alaska’s three universities, UA Anchorage, UA Fairbanks, and UA Southeast. These dramatic cuts were the …

The Board of Regents of the University of Alaska met recently and adopted a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. This budget eliminates about 40 long-standing academic programs at Alaska’s three universities, UA Anchorage, UA Fairbanks, and UA Southeast. These dramatic cuts were the …

On May 25th, George Floyd was killed on camera by officers affiliated with the Minneapolis Police Department. As were many Americans, we were shocked and disheartened by this tragic and needless loss of life.