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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.

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My grandparents immigrated from Sweden to Yakutat in the early 1900s. My grandmother, Jenny was a Christian missionary and my grandfather, E.A., an educator and missionary. Faith was their guiding light, and they believed strongly that all people were to be treated with dignity, compassion a…

The University of Alaska is facing immediate and significant financial headwinds brought on by state budget cuts, enrollment and tuition declines and budget impacts visited upon us by the COVID-19 crisis. And like the virus itself, this budget challenge is real, painful, and one that demands…

Take Close Aim at your foot and pull the trigger Matt Tomter, owner of Matanuska Brewing. Those TV ads you are running for BIG OIL are gonna come back to bite you.

Today, in a stunning change of direction that calls into question the validity and legality of the ongoing Pebble Mine permitting process and Environmental Analysis, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced a new preferred road and infrastructure access route to the proposed megamine in Br…

As a body, you made a policy error two weeks ago by removing five classic works of American literature from the school curriculum. You did so contrary to the earlier input and recommendations of a curriculum committee, dozens of parents, teachers, librarians, and the school administration.

Five years ago, through Senate Bill 21 (SB21), Alaskans were asked to substantially reduce our oil production taxes. In return, we were promised there would be more capital investment, more oil jobs, more oil production, and more state revenue. We got none of these. Instead, we got less capi…

America's drug epidemic has evolved dramatically over the last two decades. While opioids seem to be the force that continually drives it forward, many other drugs have increased in abuse as well, including methamphetamines, synthetic drugs, and tranquilizers like Xanax. The American healthc…

Alaska is in a perfect political storm of trouble.

Before the Legislature recessed on March 29, we passed both a substantive relief bill for the medical and economic needs of Alaskans and one of the earliest budgets in the state’s history. It was good work that was accomplished through bipartisan efforts in the House and Senate for a necessa…

During my 25 years as an administrative assistant at the University of Alaska’s Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, I witnessed a profound truth: Alaskans are hungry for in-state higher education. Sadly, with programs all over the state being shuttered, students are now leaving Alaska and taking t…

I have always been a reader. Hailing from a small religious farming community in Idaho, reading meant escape, possibility and opportunity. I loved books, even the books that I did not like (William Faulkner’s “The Sound and The Fury”). In my late teens, I came upon the Time Magazine’s List o…

During peacetime, it’s easy to convince ourselves that things like censorship and mass plagues are restricted to the history books and far-off, dystopian futures. However, as we have all observed in recent months, these things have become an all-too-present reality.

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By Mekenna Bills

The Mat-Su School Board banned 5 pieces of classic literature from being taught in whole-class settings. Although some Board members object to the use of the word “ban,” that is what they have done.  

America is an idea.

My Bernie Sanders comrades argue that Joe Biden is an awful candidate and he represents the “establishment” and their personal values prevent them from voting for him so they are either not going to vote for president or will vote for a 3rd Party candidate. Finally, for their Coup de Gras: “…

A group of Texans are running adds to tell us Alaskans that we spend to much and need a tax cap. A group of Texans want us to give up our right to tax the resources they take from our state. A group of Texans are buying out BP's Alaska interests. A group of Texans paid for the campaign that …

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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…

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…

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By Dr. Peter Mjos

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

By Cathy Sandeen