Alaska voters win. The Superior Court ruled in Patrick v. Interior Voters that the Alaska Public Offices Commission erred by failing to enforce Alaska campaign finance law without first obtaining guidance from the Alaska courts. It is one of the strictest laws in the country, and we want it …

The sale of BP Alaska to Hilcorp is great news. Though BP was a good neighbor, its business model is no longer the perfect fit for Alaska that it once was. So what changed? Well the nature of the Prudhoe Bay field changed. As more oil was taken out of the field, what was left became harder a…

The week of Thanksgiving marks a marathon of getting: getting the turkey basted and the stuffing made, getting the family together, getting in the holiday spirit, getting a good spot in line at the Black Friday sale, getting everything on your shopping list, getting the kids back to school a…

The proposed BP-Hilcorp deal is unprecedented, but few Alaskans seem to appreciate the gravity of the situation. This is the biggest Alaskan business deal in a generation. It’s not simply a “private” transaction between two companies — the deal will likely affect Alaskans more than any other…

This past September, the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard participated in a major amphibious exercise where Marines stormed the beaches of Adak. It was the military’s first return to Adak in more than 30 years. This exercise is one of many examples of how the Alaska congressional delegati…

Collateral damage is defined as “unintended damage or harm.” While no one thinks anyone in the Fairbanks North Star Borough intends to hurt others with air pollution, the fact remains that collateral damage to people from polluted air in our community continues to happen. One of government’s…

Every year on Veterans Day, Americans across the nation wrap themselves in the flag, listen to patriotic music, and thank veterans for their service. But when the music stops, sadly so do the expressions of gratitude to those who wore the uniform. It is said so frequently in our country that…

This week, approximately 1,000 miners are convening at the Dena’ina Center in downtown Anchorage for the Alaska Miners Association Annual Convention on the association’s 80th anniversary. They are taking an in-depth look at the responsible operations and the amazing people that make up a gre…

The University of Alaska could have avoided all these cuts had it recognized years ago that we Alaskans, unlike any other state, have a collective responsibility to manage a cornucopia of valuable resources that were given to the people of Alaska to develop and sell on the world market to pa…

I’ve learned that getting old is much like a mature oil field. There comes a time to pass the reins in order to remain competitive and productive, a time for the younger and more energetic to take the lead. That’s how we keep our businesses — and our oil fields — competitive and productive.

In Federalist No. 26, Founding Father Alexander Hamilton writes about the “Energy of government with the security of private rights.” The idea is that government must balance private enterprise and the public good. Normally, a state’s income tax would do precisely that since people would fee…

I was surprised to read a News-Miner editorial extolling the benefits of building mega-hydroelectric projects in Alaska that included a reprint of a 60-year-old article about the Rampart Dam. While I understand and support the need to address Alaska’s energy needs, I do hope that the News-Mi…

The University of Alaska Board of Regents’ decision to suspend work on restructuring the university makes sense for various reasons. Most importantly, long-range planning is impossible right now, primarily because of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s ongoing blackmail of the UA system. But the University…

Supposin’ I was to create a hell on Earth, especially in America. I’d do just about everything that’s a happ’n’ right now. Ignore climate change. More guns for every “yahoo.” More spilt blood of schoolchildren. Cold hearts ignoring their sorrow and tears.

We are near the end of October, and as each day passes, I see the snow progressing down the mountains. As I watch the leaves change from green to vibrant yellow, I also know that October represents something other than the changing of the seasons. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

In 2017, the Legislature heard a bill in Juneau regarding the installation of residential satellite dishes. It would have allowed a technician to install a satellite dish without getting signed off by a licensed electrician. The reasoning was that there were limited licensed electricians in …

We at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources share Guthrie’s belief that “this land was made for you and me.” That’s why I’m proud to share some of the ways we’re using our land and resources to benefit both Alaskans and visitors alike.

This week, thousands of individuals from throughout our state are gathering in Fairbanks for the annual First Alaskans Institute’s Elders and Youth Conference and the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. As the regional organization that advocates on behalf of Interior Native elders, Den…

The earth makes another revolution around our sun and Alaskans become more aware of cooling weather and the sheer beauty of this time of year in Alaska. It is also time for the largest annual gathering of indigenous people in the United States, set to take place here in Fairbanks — the Alask…

Young people around Alaska have been at the forefront of recent climate-change actions: Over 300 people in Fairbanks joined 4 million people globally as part of the youth climate strikes, and 16 young Alaskans are suing the state for contributing to climate change. Young people are mobilizin…

Perhaps you have seen our ads thanking Sen. Lisa Murkowski for standing up for the permitting process for Pebble. The theme of our ads is “We need jobs” and “We want hope.” While the coastal communities in our region see some benefits from the short commercial fishing season, many in our hom…

He is the monster under my bed, saboteur of my dreams. His résumé includes schoolteacher, felon and, more recently, retired country “gentleman.” He is a specter of my past, a stalker who lurks within waiting to spring into view and set my heart pounding. He is the Devil at my doorstep, proge…

In June 2018, the United States Supreme Court held in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31 that state governments violate the First Amendment when they deduct union dues or fees from non-consenting state employees. The court made clear that a union’s act of collective bargaining with the government i…

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