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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.

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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.

Regarding the sale of BP’s assets to Hilcorp, John Shively, former commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources and board chairman for the proposed Pebble project, recently wrote that state agencies “have the experience, the expertise and information needed to carefully and thoug…

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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.

We solemnly remember the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II and honor our veterans who fought for the U. S. and for all the victims of that war. We take to heart the warnings of Polish President Andrzej Duda, “Turning a blind eye is not the recipe for preserving peace. It is a sim…

Cash out the Permanent Fund. Alaska residents (today’s “future generation”), you want your money? Then don’t waste your time on peanuts. Go for the big kahuna. $87,000.22. Each. Your approximate share of $64,365,200,000, the amount of the Permanent Fund. The Dividend to beat all dividends. A…

The energy industry is waging war against climate change -- and winning.

Big changes are coming in Alaska and — if Mike Dunleavy doesn’t resolve the many painful issues resulting from his vetoes — a new governor in 2022 might be one of them.

Dear Governor Dunleavy,

The two of us were born here and have lived through a time that in a way has been our state’s childhood and adolescent years, when the question that drove most major policy decisions was, “What do we want today?” rather than “What will this cost tomorrow?”

Over the past month, Rasmuson Foundation’s board of directors has urged our elected leaders to compromise and seek solutions that are best for Alaska when addressing the state’s $1 billion plus budget gap.

As you may know, Alaska is facing some big budget cuts. One of those cuts is very important to Anchorage Concert Association and audiences, students and communities across the state of Alaska.

Friday, June 28th was a remarkable day in Alaska political history – and not just because Governor Mike Dunleavy honored a key campaign promise by vetoing more than $444 million from the state budget.

Governor Dunleavy’s budget cuts of $444 million with 182 line item vetoes will have drastic lasting impacts now and into the future. The balanced and responsible operating budget previously presented by the legislature protected essential services that Alaskans deserve. The Governor’s vetoes…

By Op-Ed by Pastor David Grisham, Last Frontier Evangelism-Repent Alaska

Clarity of thought and expression about moral issues is not a core competency of CEOs. If anyone had any doubt, look no further than the “historic” pro-abortion statement by nearly 200 CEOs that ran in a full-page ad in The New York Times. It is a festival of absurdity and euphemism, an exer…

The African folktale version of the 1989 Central Park gang-rape has swept the populace! The mob thirsts for vengeance against evil spirits, like Linda Fairstein.

Is there any doubt that many Democrats agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she says she wants to see President Trump “in prison”? After the Mueller report, House Democrats seem to believe almost unanimously that the president is guilty of obstruction of justice. Their increasingly hea…

While the Senate approved a $4.4 billion “compromise” operating budget, it effectively killed the $3,000 Permanent Fund dividend backed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

Two events this week brought home to me the strong likelihood that children born today will be vastly better informed than we are.

New York City public school teachers recently revealed that they have been instructed to reject “objectivity,” “written documentation” and “perfectionism” by Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, as part of his effort to “dismantle racism.” Carranza identified these values as tools of the “wh…

Breaking news: Some guy posted a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi. But fear not. The website The Daily Beast sprang into action. It tracked down the random, Trump-supporting man who allegedly posted the offending clip, hounded him until he talked, then published his name and other details abou…

Op-Ed by Les Gara

Attorney General William Barr came to get the lowdown on rural public safety issues in Alaska and got an earful on a difficult and intractable problem.

Wow! This out-of-control homeless camp problem on Anchorage’s public lands must be far worse than we thought. Even Democrat lawmakers are teeing off on Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Police Chief Justin Doll.

Under a headline that reads, “Alaska needs real progress on rural justice. Will Attorney General Barr help deliver it?” the Anchorage Daily News editorial begins:

One of the more unfortunate effects of the Trump-Russia investigation — and there have been many — is the weakening of traditional standards of argument and proof in the public debate over allegations that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 election. (Just for the recor…