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No one wants to see life and the economy return to normal more than the hardworking Alaskans who are the life-blood of our great state. I include myself in that category. Every day, my team looks at the data to make informed decisions on what we need to do to get Alaskans back to work withou…

In 2019, tourism was the second-largest private sector employer in Alaska. The landscape in 2020 is devastatingly different for tourism operators, large and small, because of COVID-19.

It’s an election year, which means some legislative candidates are pledging the unaffordable. It’s comforting to know that even as most everything else in life is unsettled by the pandemic, campaign rhetoric can be just as misleading as usual.

In Alaska and most of the United States there is debate about when and how much to “open up” communities affected by COVID-19. Covid infections are surging in most states that have opened up partially and/or completely. Alaska infections also are increasing dramatically since the economy was…

The COVID-19 virus has threatened Alaskan’s health and ravaged our economy. While taking the necessary steps to control the virus, we now also must begin expanding the foundation for a clean and sustainable industry, an industry that will support both immediate and long-term Alaska jobs and …

As Alaskans enjoy the later part of an unusual summer, attempting to dipnet for sockeye salmon, strategizing hunting trips for caribou and moose, and simply enjoying everything our beautiful state has to offer, there is something missing as we prepare for fall. Soon, tens of thousands of you…

Since the Mayflower arrived in 1620, social and economic structure of a small town like Ketchikan was built from the shoreline up: Cut down trees to build a town, haul in fish to eat for a month, work with mind and hands to build technology to fly and transport.  Ketchikan has seen its fair …

At a time when the fiscal future of many states looks uncertain, Alaska made the smart choice to protect the state’s future income for our children and grandchildren. On June 30, $4.9 billion was transferred from the Permanent Fund’s Earning Reserve Account to its principal account. Once dep…

In the Catholic religious tradition, as in the traditions of other Christian churches, a practice known as the “examination of conscience” or “consciousness examen” has for centuries been an important way for believers to cultivate their relationship with God.

State and local government are grappling with the question of whether to require or not require that masks be worn in public by everyone (unless it is medically unsafe to do so). After six months of this virus, it is no longer debatable if wearing a mask reduces the spread of COVID-19. Scien…

Unfortunately, many Alaskans have personally borne the brunt of our state's extremely high health care costs in recent years. But having some of the most expensive health care in the nation wasn't always the case for Alaska. In fact, per-capita expenditures on health care used to be about th…

At the Ketchikan City Council meeting on July 2, a number of people rose to speak against the mandatory mask ordinance that has been proposed. While listening, I noticed that many of their arguments shared a common thread — the denouncement of masks for causing fear — which has become the ce…

Do you recall the tourism boycott of Alaska in 1992 that animal rights activists initiated to protest our state’s wolf control program?  One clever Alaskan produced a T shirt to counter the boycott featuring a masked man holding a wolf with a gun pointed in its mouth and the caption, “Visit …

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 …

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic disaster has impacted all Alaskans.  We have worked together to manage the re-opening of the economy and are slowly recovering, with more businesses resuming operations daily.

The State of Alaska Online Checkbook is intended to provide an easy to use platform for Alaskans to have visibility and transparency into State spending. It is an important tool for Alaskans and it is the State’s intention to continue to provide it to the public. However, the tool is only as…

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…

The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated our lives, and it has been the focus of Alaska leaders in an effort to slow the spread. However, I also want to begin focusing on what we will face once the pandemic subsides. Alaska has challenges different and greater than other states, such as the follo…

 Each week, tug boat operators cross the Bering Sea from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to Akutan Island, towing a barge full of groceries, medicine and other life-sustaining provisions. After offloading the cargo, containers full of fish products are loaded onto the barge for the return trip – a fir…

As COVID-19 continues to create global economic hardship, it is reassuring to see steady progress on a project offering immediate and long-term benefits to Alaska’s economy. The Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Project, or Ambler road, would help bring jobs and new revenues for the N…

I have owned and operated multiple small Alaska businesses over the past 15 years, and like many Alaska entrepreneurs, this pandemic has caused major financial uncertainty for the future of my companies. Gov. Dunleavy lacks a plan that puts money where his mouth is — if small businesses were…

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…