Discussions are tied in with negotiations over who will lead the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska Senate, which convene Tuesday. The two legislative bodies have yet to announce who will be the speaker of the House and Senate president.

 In our personal and professional lives — or in our organizations — the difference in effort required to achieve excellent results rather than average is measured in inches rather than miles and in moments rather than years.

Alaska, with its daunting climate, endless wilderness, and remoteness from the world, is the ideal location for mystery and thriller novels. Start with a good plot built on questions that devolve into a maze of half-answers, maintain the hint of immanent violence, add some long dark winter n…