It’s no mystery that our University of Alaska has been under siege for several years now. I am, of course, closest to the university in Fairbanks where I have a long history, first as a graduate student, then a research associate, a faculty member, and now as a professor emeritus. My purpose…

Normally, with friends on every side of the issue, we prefer to stay away from fish politics. Between all the different user groups, there always seems to be unlimited demand for a finite resource like salmon. Maximizing the benefits of the fishery for all Alaskans is a difficult task, but i…

On Friday, a group submitted an application to once again change the rules when it comes to Alaska’s tax structure. This is yet another attempt to write legislation by ballot measure. Those who lent their signature to the cause have our state’s best interest in mind. After all, couldn’t the …

Local governments annually deal with the question: Do we have the revenue necessary to match our planned expenditures? The budget process is straightforward, based on community needs and resident expectations and relative to a level of tax that doesn’t negatively impact growth and economic d…

In 1947, with Alaska well on the road to statehood, voters overwhelmingly adopted a blanket open primary by referendum. They confirmed the beliefs that every Alaskan deserves the right to vote and choose among every candidate and that politicians are accountable directly to the people, not t…

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation recently finalized its air quality plan, known as the Serious Statewide Implementation Plan, as required by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to address fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution in the Fairbanks North Star Bor…

Safe work happens because people are committed to sending their friends and colleagues home in the same condition they showed up in. Hilcorp, along with other exploration and production companies in Alaska, has introduced new technology to expand training, improve comprehension and verify in…

Early in 2019, Mayors Bryce Ward, Jim Matherly and Michael Welch proclaimed every Friday in Fairbanks to be Blue and Gold Day. In their resolution, the mayors “encourage all residents to recognize the positive impact of UAF in our community and to personally support our UAF by wearing blue a…

Have you been to a public meeting held by federal land managers in Fairbanks? Or submitted written comments? What did you think of the process? Did it seem to you that your input was valued and would be meaningfully considered when making these decisions about public resources? Or did it see…

The sternwheeler Nenana in Pioneer Park needs repair. There’s no wooden boat that doesn’t, especially after years of neglect. But, despite what you may have heard, there’s no reason the cargo deck of our National Historic Landmark can’t be reopened next summer for the enjoyment of borough ci…

Alaska state prosecutors brought nearly 29,000 criminal cases in 2019, over 6,000 of them felonies. There is one particular felony (so far uncharged while the assailant is on the lam) that cannot be properly sanctioned due to the inadequacy of our sentencing code. Recently, evidence supports…

At the beginning of his administration, Gov. Mike Dunleavy observed, “Alaska’s current troubles are ‘equal opportunity problems,’ because all our residents are negatively affected.” Unfortunately, due to the state’s high crime levels, a weak economy, imprudent government spending, and underp…

There is nothing like the December sky. It causes pause, at times, and moments of reverence. The moon floats above the mountains in a deep sea of midnight blue, in stark contrast to the snow covered earth below. The trees are regal in their layers of frosting. The land is aglow. Shimmering. …

With the holiday season in full swing, like many, I reflect on the things in my life that I’m grateful for. Family, friends, good health and a host of other things come to mind, including the great people of Kenai I have the privilege of serving. I’ve called Kenai home for decades and there …

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