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…

Residents and visitors will have the opportunity to shop for (or just enjoy viewing) Native arts and crafts from Oct. 17-19 at the Alaska Native Customary Art Fair. This is a wonderful opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind items, including clothing with beautiful beaded designs, baskets made from birch bark or baleen, sculptures made from ivory or soapstone, as well as a variety of pottery, jewelry and artwork. The best part about it is you can buy directly from the creator of the crafts and have the opportunity to engage one-on-one with talented artists from across Alaska.

Situated at the base of the Alaska Range in the northern reaches of the 26,500 square-mile Copper River Basin, the Gulkana salmon hatchery operates just a few miles north of Paxson on the Gulkana River. Since 2008, the Gulkana hatchery has provided about 19 percent of the catch, or 32,000 ad…

Later this month, Fairbanks will welcome the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. The theme of this year’s gathering is “Good Government, Alaskan Driven,” which reflects a call to work together for a state government that is in service to the needs of all Alaskans. This theme also unders…

I went to see my lifelong friend, Brian Bell. Brian has been dying of Parkinson’s disease for the last 10 years. He has waged a valiant battle against the effects of this disease and soldiered on. That is because Brian was a soldier and served valiantly in Vietnam. The horrors that he saw an…

On Sept. 20, the Senate State Affairs Committee heard from the University of Alaska Anchorage Senate Faculty. I was there and listened. I think, however, that the Board of Regents is still best suited to decide about the structure of the University of Alaska at this time.

Three things are clear from these and other stakeholder data. First, there are areas of common ground that represent a foundation on which to build. Second, in the debate on structure, there is not a clear majority. Third, there are options that can take into account the interests of all stakeholders, but it will require skillful negotiation.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, through its editorials, and former Deputy Commissioner Larry Persily, through columns published in the News-Miner and elsewhere, have called on Alaskans to ditch the historic Alaska Permanent Fund dividend formula. They advocate cutting the PFD in order to spe…

On Monday I joined attorneys general from around the country on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to announce Alaska’s participation in a multistate, bipartisan investigation of Google’s business practices. The attorneys general are assessing whether Google’s conduct violates federal and s…

The Bradley Lake project is so valuable to Alaska that AEA and its Railbelt utility partners decided in 2017 to increase Bradley Lake generation by building the Battle Creek diversion. That project, currently in construction, will divert water from the upper Battle Creek into Bradley Lake. It will cost $48 million and increase Bradley Lake hydro output by about 10%. AEA financed the Battle Creek project with bonds including New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds and Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds, saving the Railbelt utilities about $20 million in financing costs.

It is hardly surprising or news that Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Alaska’s congressional delegation asked President Trump to restore the exemption for the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless Rule. Every Alaska governor since the Roadless Rule was promulgated in 2001 has litigated its applica…

There was no great public outcry to change the funding for the Pioneers’ Homes. The Legislature did not suggest these cuts when it presented its 2019 balanced budget. This is a manufactured crisis as Gov. Dunleavy and Commissioner Crum attempt to impose their views of the role of government on our state. It is not the view of the role of government held by most Alaskans.

Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Whether you’re making life decisions or running a city, the same common sense applies. We need a business plan to move Fairbanks forward. This is one of the main reasons I’m running for Fairbanks city mayor, and as the mayor, d…

Probably the most egregious example of how little say we have in our government involves global warming. The coal, oil and gas extraction industries, refineries and pipelines have been active in protecting their profits. Like the Russians and Chinese, the Koch brothers, the CATO Institute, Americans for Prosperity, the American Legislative Exchange Council and many other conservative groups used every available method to disparage the scientific evidence supporting the facts about global warming by using social media.

One of the most confusing concepts in petroleum supply economics is how oil and natural gas can be both complements and substitutes in production. To guide understanding, consider agriculture. A rancher can sell both beef and leather products at the same time because they come from the same …

In the mid- to late 1800s, Disraeli and Gladstone battled each other to be prime minister of England. Once Disraeli was asked to explain the difference between “misfortune” and “calamity.” Disraeli responded, “If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragge…

The Community Perspective by Attorney General Kevin Clarkson in the Thursday, Aug. 29, Daily News-Miner has opened my eyes further to the real plan of the Dunleavy Destroyers. Now they are going after the core element of public employees’ capability to gain and protect their benefits, and al…

As news of a record-breaking 2,051-pound giant pumpkin caps another successful Alaska State Fair, it’s hard not to be optimistic about the future of farming in the 49th state. With over 85,000 acres of farmland in Alaska, the successful growth of farmers markets around the state, 40-plus far…

Understandably, these changes have resulted in a lot of talk and some anxiety about the future of Alaska Pioneers’ Homes and how older Alaskans will be served. Unfortunately, some of those concerns are based on inaccurate information or misunderstandings that need to be addressed so Alaskans can be assured they will continue to have options in our state as they age.

The Janus decision impacts Alaska because the Alaska Public Employee Relations Act assigns public employers, including the state of Alaska, the task of deducting from their employees’ wages any union dues, fees or other benefits and transmitting those funds to unions. Accordingly, at the direction of Gov. Mike Dunleavy, the Department of Law has examined whether the state is complying with the law established by the Janus decision. Unfortunately, we discovered that the state is only partially complying.

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