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We can do better than giving away billions in oil company subsidies, and pretending we can’t support what people need to have opportunity and success in life. We’ve watched tens of thousands of people leave Alaska because they see no future for themselves and their families. A bright future …

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It's no secret that this administration inherited a crime problem, and since day one we have made public safety our top priority to help bring down the abhorrent rates of domestic violence and sexual assault.

An extraordinary event has taken place thanks to the hard work and perseverance of our entire congressional delegation — that is the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure legislation that will have a profound effect on all segments of Alaska's economy.

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As Alaskans move indoors with the arrival of winter snows, we reflect on the grief and opportunities of the past year and wonder if we are ready for the long winter. We think about Alaskan bounty of fish and berries and wild game, and we think about sharing our abundance with those we love. …

Given the opportunity to create a fair legislative map for Alaska, the chair and a majority of the Alaska Redistricting Board instead chose a radical direction in the last two days that silenced the Alaska Native voices on the Board and threw a carefully developed plan — and quite possibly t…

For the past few years there has been a concentrated effort to develop a long-term solution to the many problems of our ferry system. The effort has been led by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. DOT/PF has hired several consulting firms over the years, including …

Southeast Alaska Tribes, fishermen, and local governments, have called for a pause in British Columbia’s mine development in the B.C./AK transboundary region until a plan can be created to ensure B.C.’s aggressive mining program protects our values downstream. The Southeast Alaska Indigenous…

With the last cruise ship of the season leaving Alaska waters, the Department of Environmental Conservation would like to reflect on our oversight of these vessels and solicit your feedback. Our goal is to give Alaskan residents the confidence that our environment will continue to be protect…

I’d be remiss if I didn’t note the three municipalities considering joint resolutions opposing the HB3006 State Sales and Use Tax last week before any public discussion was held and everyone understood its consequences.

 Alaska has an extraordinary number of vulnerable people, particularly women who are homeless or victims of domestic abuse and sexual abuse, but we do not have enough resources to care for them. As October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it’s important to understand how Sen. Lisa Murko…

This year’s early snowfall was a reminder that winter is on its way. Alaskans are moving fast to put on snow tires and dig out ice scrapers. Cobwebs and goblins are popping up in stores and neighborhoods. October is here. Time to winterize and immunize.

Thomas Vilsack, the former and current secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture who was instrumental in reimposing the 2001 Roadless Rule on the Tongass National Forest in 2011 and is planning to re-reimpose it again before Nov. 1, has announced a new Southeast Alaska Sustainability S…

Alaska has the highest rate of COVID-19 infections of any state in the U.S. Our health care providers are at their limit with long hours, grueling workload, and lack of resources.

We recently had the opportunity to attend the 2021 Southeast Conference in Haines. Every year, the conference showcases economic development opportunities and projects throughout the Southeast Alaska region. This year’s conference focused on various pecuniary topics including updates on the …

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It’s October, yes, the pandemic is still with us, and at the same time, unfortunately, political optimizers are trying to rewrite history. We all are reading the articles filed under “coronavirus” which bear the dooming words: “The Worst Surge for Alaska Yet."

Forty-five years ago, with the foresight of a time beyond their newfound oil wealth, Alaskans took the initiative to create the Alaska Permanent Fund, thus constitutionally protecting a portion of the royalties for future generations. As a steward of the fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corpo…

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When the chapter about the COVID-19 pandemic is written in Alaska's history, it will be remembered as a time of resilience, shared sacrifice, and the never-give-up spirit that lives within all Alaskans. With new tools for economic development and prosperity, I believe we can come back strong…

I want a brighter future, not a state that people have been leaving for a record four years in a row. We can do better than the loss of thousands of good-paying jobs, a needed marine highway this governor is trying to sink, and less opportunity to succeed.

On Sept. 2, Gov, Mike Dunleavy expanded his special session agenda to include two pieces of legislation that will strengthen the state’s ongoing response to the recent COVID-19 surge.

Southeast Alaska is at a unique crossroads in its management of the Tongass National Forest. How will reimposition of the 2001 Roadless Rule impact development of natural resources like geothermal, hydroelectric and mineral resources? As stewards of these public lands, we need deliberative a…

I am so sad to be writing about COVID again. Unfortunately, COVID cases are rising at an alarming rate. The delta variant of COVID is now causing a rapidly increasing number of COVID infections in Alaska. This variant is much more contagious than the initial form (wild type) of COVID we saw …

In December 2019, Gov. Dunleavy allowed the Alaska GOP to auction off breakfast with the governor at a fundraising event. The breakfast would take place in the governor’s mansion, which, of course, is not the governor’s at all, but belongs to the people of the state of Alaska. Alaska law pro…

Recognizing that Alaska is one-fifth of the size of the Lower 48, a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for our state. Local leaders best understand regional and local conditions, challenges, and opportunities, and are best suited to head efforts to improve the economies and quality of l…

Another administration, another change in Tongass National Forest management strategy.