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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.

Last week, I signed a budget that narrowly avoided a government shutdown. It’s a budget that significantly reduces spending by just over $200 million, but ultimately threatens no jobs or programs. These reductions were carefully targeted at money that was added by the Legislature. You won’t …

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The Alaska Legislature’s primary duty every session is to pass a budget for the State of Alaska. This year, I was proud of how collaborative the budget process was. As chair of the budget subcommittees for Transportation, Education and Environmental Conservation, I worked with all members — …

It's a great time of year, when Alaskans emerge from the long, dark winter and launch eagerly into the great outdoors, ready to experience again the freedom and natural beauty for which our state is so justifiably celebrated.

Alaskans have every right to be frustrated as the Legislature enters June still in session without a final budget, let alone a comprehensive plan to end this yearly cycle of uncertainty in place. I can assure you that I’m equally as frustrated by the gridlock.

Alaska was anticipated to welcome 1.3 million tourists by cruise ship in 2020 before the pandemic brought tourism to a halt. The economic loss from a canceled cruise ship season in 2020 alone totals $3 billion, with 2,180 businesses at direct risk — many of which are small family owned busin…

Alaska is on the global forefront of high seas traffic. Cargo ships, fishing vessels, cruise liners and military assets from other nations ply the waters of the Pacific and Arctic Oceans at a higher level than any other point in history. Russia has 40 icebreaking vessels in its fleet with mo…

I saw a falling star last night. It reminded me of our Alaska Marine Highway system. Both are in a free fall. We cannot do much about the star, but maybe we can rescue our ferry system.

As we observe the anniversary of the creation of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation this month, it is noteworthy to laud the vision and leadership of the past, and imperative in my opinion to look forward — to bring that same extraordinary vision, leadership, and forethought to the now, t…

Congress passed Public Law 830, July 28, 1956, granting the Territory of Alaska authority over its mental health laws and provided $6.5 million in funds to create “an integrated mental health program,” $5.35 million was used to build the first Alaska Psychiatric Institute.

I am a Baha’i. I believe in the oneness of humankind. As a mother who taught her children to celebrate their Alaska Native and Filipino heritage, I am in a lot of pain right now. And now our community is dealing with hate symbols painted on our roads.

The Legislature is involved in a much-needed examination of options for the creation of a more effective ferry management body. An important consideration is creating such an entity that is removed from the governor’s control. Unfortunately, some past governors and our present one have demon…