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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…
Sixty-two years ago, Alaska traded its status as a territory for full statehood and a promise — the promise of a prosperous future grounded in the freedom to access and develop our common natural resources.
In the Ketchikan Daily News Weekend Edition of March 20-21, there was a column written by Finis Dunaway, listed as Special to the Washington Post. The “How the Gwich’in transformed the fight over oil” column was lengthy and well written, and described in great detail how the Gwich’in people …
The international challenges faced by our commercial fishing industry are immense. That’s why I wrote to Secretary of State John Blinken this week, urging him to address Chinese seafood tariffs during his summit with Chinese officials in Alaska.
On March 7, the Canadian government released its revised regulations on travel between Alaska and the Lower 48 through Canada. The release states that the government of Canada continues to strongly advise foreign nationals to postpone or cancel travel plans through Canada. A statement by Pat…
The GOP must soon make some major policy decisions, or it will become a split party with two factions — one a single-person party cult and the other a Republican party based on principles such as small government, free markets, low taxes, and individual freedom.
Travel and tourism took a hard hit everywhere, and Alaska was no exception. In-state travel was the difference maker for many businesses in 2020. Alaskans traveling in their own backyards kept many places going through the leanest of months. The effects would have been much worse without you…
This is in response to resident comments made during the Thursday, Feb. 4 Ketchikan City Council meeting on two topics: Implementing the approved 2019-2021 wharfage fee and formation of the Tourism Steering Committee.
Early in my career as a power-lineman, I never imagined I’d ever be talking about climate change and I certainly never thought those words would have anything to do with a career that involved climbing gear, heavy equipment, tools and hard hats.
Nowhere in Alaska is the high cost of energy felt more than in rural communities. While all Alaskans endure high energy costs, the impact is especially burdensome on our rural neighbors.
President Biden’s commitment to protecting 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030 (“30x30”) is one of the most significant environmental commitments of his early presidency. A central focus of this long-overdue effort must be Alaska’s vast, but troubled, offshore waters.
President Joe Biden has made clear that ending discrimination against LGBTQ people will be a priority under his administration. With a Democrat-controlled Senate, we have an opportunity to make significant headway on this issue within Biden’s first 100 days.
The first step in recovering from any addiction is to tell the truth — admit the addiction, admit its consequences. This is something we still seem unwilling to do with our addiction to oil, particularly here in Alaska.
In a year that robbed many Alaskans of their sense of routine – their quality time together, their health, their livelihoods — AmeriCorps members were given the greatest gift, the gift to serve. 2020 was hard on our state, our country, and on the entire world. We watched as any sense of norm…
On Dec. 11, I introduced a budget containing a $5 billion recovery package to get Alaska back on its feet. There is no doubt we are facing a once-in-a-generation challenge. With 40,000 Alaskans on unemployment and 90,000 having received assistance this year, we are in unprecedented territory…
Alaska’s economy has been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. While a full recovery to pre-pandemic levels will take time, there is reason for hope. As we look to Alaska’s future and work to make it the best possible, we can look back and reflect on past accomplishments, which ar…
I’m confident I speak for Alaskans everywhere when I say that our hearts go out to the people of Southeast Alaska. In past weeks, torrential rain and winds approaching hurricane speeds have caused widespread damage up and down the Panhandle.
The Gulf of Alaska is the site of a critical military training area where the U.S. Navy has trained safely and effectively for more than 30 years alongside our partner military services, particularly during the biennial training exercise known as Northern Edge.