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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…

Late on a cold Tuesday in January, a plane evacuating 201 Americans from Wuhan, China landed in Anchorage. Each passenger was screened for COVID-19 and sent on their way to California.

Let’s take a look at the magnitude of the amount of oil wealth we have spent — not invested — since the advent of oil production. Gov. Hammond frequently stated that ”it was easy to be governor at that time because there was enough money to give everybody everything they wanted!” Unfortunate…

Remember how terrible last summer's wildfires were — the smoky skies, the traffic jams, the evacuations, the damaged homes and property? Now, imagine having to battle such fires while fighting the coronavirus at the same time!

The University of Alaska has demonstrated resilience and resolve over many years and across many challenging issues. Alaskans support the university in helping our students, employing our graduates, providing generous contributions, and offering their time and expertise on advisory and gover…

Last week, Gov. Dunleavy signed a budget for the Alaska Marine Highway System that represents a significant increase over last year’s enacted budget. At $108 million, this appropriation provides for 23 weeks of additional service over the governor’s original budget request.

My thoughts here don’t have extraordinary insight other than what I’ve gained as a Ketchikan citizen and businessman, through research, and discussion with other Ketchikan residents.

Alaska is in the midst of a perfect fiscal storm. The coronavirus has forced the temporary closure of many businesses throughout the state, and global events have pushed oil prices — and state revenues — to near historic lows. Even before the present crisis, our state faced large budget defi…

Unfortunately, price gouging reappears regularly with natural disasters, including earthquakes, wildfires, and hurricanes. As citizens try to prepare for, or respond to, a disaster, they can be subject to skyrocketing prices for gas, food, and water. As deplorable as this is, profiteering at…

Alaska was just pulling out of a recession; the future was looking bright and then the invisible enemy attacked: COVID-19. Watching many businesses close and leave the state in the past few years was difficult. Let’s do what we can to keep those that stayed viable for the future. Our busines…

Congressman Don Young, 86, a world-famous non-epidemiologist, apparently learned all he needed to know about infectious diseases from “Doc” Adams on “Gunsmoke.” So maybe his medical education is sketchy and 150 years out of date. Perhaps that is why less than three weeks ago on March 13, You…

I urge the sponsors of the oil tax increase initiative to withdraw their support for it. Production from our legacy fields — Prudhoe, Kuparak and Alpine — will decline naturally at about 5% per year without investment. So, we need new investment simply to maintain the existing level of produ…

We understand what a challenging and unprecedented time this is for Alaskans. The COVID-19 virus has been an evolving pandemic, spreading worldwide and severely disrupting life across America and our state. Alaskans are worried not only about their personal health and the impacts that Alaska…

As reports of an illness began spreading across the United States, reactions were mixed. One city took it seriously, closing the schools, isolating the ill, advising citizens to “socially distance” themselves and wash their hands frequently. Another city, against the advice of health officia…

As our nation and the world experiences the life-altering impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic, I wanted to take a moment to speak to you directly. If you’ve followed our many press conferences this week, you know that Alaska is rapidly preparing for an outbreak, and that an emergency w…