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As a parent, I teach my daughter that we should all treat each other the way we would want to be treated. As a small business owner in the municipality of Anchorage, I know that fairness and equality create strong communities and a thriving economy. As a retired military veteran, I believe o…

To the Editor:American “traditions” have long been abandoned when informed people recognize said traditions are based on the suffering of others.

With a title including ”Alaska’s energy potential” I expected a lot more from Kelly Tshibaka’s recent opinion piece. All she seems concerned with is extracting materials to sell and ship Outside. To me, that means that the piece should have been titled “Throwing away Alaska’s Energy Potentia…

If our old friend, and my mentor, the late Senator Ted Stevens were with us today he would have a short and direct solution to your extended deliberations.  It would be “just do what’s  right for Alaska.” And he might  add a few expletives.

University of Alaska alumni filling positions in local companies is just good business. In my company, Alaska Permanent Capital Management, 60 percent of our employees attended one or more of our universities in the UA system. Another Alaskan firm, R&M Consultants, recently told me that …

Last fall, we asked Alaskans to “show us the money” using a new website that models the State of Alaska’s fiscal year 2022 budget challenge. Using the current year budget as a baseline and incorporating the then-most current revenue projections, the web site started with a projected $1.3 bil…

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The NAACP Anchorage and Alaska Coalition of BIPOC Educators believes the Anchorage School District (ASD) must de-colonize its educational system now, beginning with the immediate repeal of the school administrator permission requirement subsection of Board Policy AR 5127(b) Graduation Regalia.

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The University of Alaska system is home to three distinct and independent universities working in tandem to provide the best outcomes for higher education in the state. This is all to the benefit of Alaskans – our students, our future workforce, employers, and our communities at large. We’re…

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.