Alaskans search for fiscal stability. In Alaska, there are essentially two major fiscal sources of revenue that come from oil: royalty and production revenue. These sources provide revenue to fund the basic operation of state government through the operating and capital budgets. Alaska Perma…

The University of Alaska’s serious budget challenges have led to discussions about a merger of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Alaska Southeast. On June 4, the UA Board of Regents moved to consider this merger as the only substantive structural option to save the univers…

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world that we live in upside down. It’s unbelievable to think that it was barely a year ago that our state was dominated by discussions on the budget and how entities were going to keep afloat. Now, COVID-19 has fundamentally altered our economy and socie…

Do you recall the tourism boycott of Alaska in 1992 that animal rights activists initiated to protest our states wolf control program? One clever Alaskan produced a T-shirt to counter the boycott featuring a masked man holding a wolf with a gun pointed in its mouth and the caption, “Visit Al…

This past week, no matter where you were or what you were doing, we all became aware of the protesting around our nation that was sparked by the death of Mr. George Floyd, an American now known across the globe. A police officer involved is now charged with murder. The actions of the officer…

Bigotry is all around us, intentional and unintentional. Today, one of my Facebook “friends” posted a meme. I have never met this woman, but we are both members of a Facebook group dedicated to the love of Scottish terriers. We both own Scotties and I enjoy her posts about her puppies. Her m…

I had the weirdest dream the other night. In my dream Governor Mike (as he preferred to be addressed) had moved out of his Juneau mansion and into a low-rent apartment downtown. As he mounted his bicycle to ride to a day of important meetings, Mike explained, “I ran as the governor of the pe…

The public needs to be urgently aware of the slaughter of its public institution, which is scheduled to take place Thursday and Friday of this week. The University of Alaska Board of Regents is about to eliminate programs and departments at the Fairbanks campus in a move that will save littl…

Recently, I sent a letter to our congressional representatives about living wages and wanted to share it here. What constitutes a living wage? See below. The numbers presented are with the 50-30-20 budget rule in mind. In that rule, take-home pay goes toward 50% basic needs, 30% is discretio…

On Feb. 7, 2020 Elwood Brehmer of the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported on continuing job loss in Anchorage “leading to a fifth year of recession…” In January of 2019 The Washington Post reported Alaska was in its fourth year of recession with the “nation’s highest unemployment rate” and “…

I am running for the GVEA board of directors to continue the progress I helped make in that position from 2011-2017. I lost the election in 2017 to my opponent by just 20 votes; every vote counts. My opponent in the District 1 race and I appear very similar in our statements you received wit…

I have lived, worked and walked through downtown Fairbanks just about every day for the past 40 years, and I’ve loved every minute of it. It is not as wild as it once was, but downtown Fairbanks has an amazing charm and charisma that everyone should get to know and embrace. There is a deep a…

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