Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan recently introduced a bill to create a new “Ted Stevens Arctic Security Studies Center” within the Department of Defense. Its primary goals “would be to find solutions for the greatest security challenges of the Circumpolar Arctic region while pro…

Former Natural Resources Commissioner John Shively disagrees with my call for a public charter with Hilcorp, and I welcome his criticism. His column (News-Miner, Nov. 19) is precisely the kind of public discourse and debate Alaskans should be having. We should be asking: How do we protect Al…

Investing in American infrastructure is one of President Donald Trump’s top priorities, and his commitment is clear: to “build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways all across our land.” What’s more, he has promised that “we will do it with American heart, and Americ…

I guess that the president would classify me as a “Never Trumper.” I had seen with my own eyes and read enough about him to know that I didn’t like what I saw even before the election. Since he has been president, I have only seen more reasons to dislike who he is as a person. He obviously h…

So glad to see Pete Kelly trot out his fiscal acumen (News-Miner, Nov. 18) to better inform us on the potential sale of BP to Hilcorp. Who better than the person who rode herd over the Alaska Senate during the years he steadfastly protected us from the “t” word (taxes) while depleting the Co…

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 …

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