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Jenkins: Justice delayed…

By Paul Jenkins | Armed with federal grant money, Alaska belatedly is beginning to address its shameful backlog of so-called “rape kits” — a shocking 3,484 of them — collected by authorities in various jurisdictions over the years and untested for a variety of reasons. Alaska is not the only state struggling with a backlog. […]

Jenkins: Moose calving season requires DEFCON 1 vigilance – or risk being stomped to goo

By Paul Jenkins | By habit learned the hard way, leaving our house requires a quick look around for “bears, beavers and other critters,” as Jeremiah Johnson might say, before shutting the door — particularly nowadays. This is the time of year when moose tend to forage in the woods behind the house, fattening up […]

Jenkins: Using the Permanent Fund – courageous or nuts?

By Paul Jenkins | They are either courageous or nuts, take your pick. In an historic vote, 36 of Alaska’s 60 lawmakers waded into the deep end of the pool to use, for the first time, the state’s $64.6 billion Permanent Fund for its long-established purpose — underwriting government when oil revenues go “kersplat.” After […]

Jenkins: Vote by Mail – a lot of money for not much

By Paul Jenkins | It is always instructive, and a hoot, to sit back and watch our betters laboring mightily to improve our lives the only way they know how — by unabashedly spending more of our money. Anchorage’s first-ever vote-by-mail election is a case in point. It was touted as a surefire way to […]

Jenkins: Time to look hard at school board and at-large voting

By Paul Jenkins | How many befuddled Anchorage voters in the last election opened their voting packet and stared blankly at the enclosed ballot, wondering: Who in the heck are these people running for School Board? Are they conservatives? Liberals? Have I ever heard of them before? While sources of information readily were available about […]

Jenkins: Anchorage can be ugly … and could be even uglier

By Paul Jenkins |   Anchorage is not always beautiful by any stretch of the imagination, especially in the spring when mounds of trash and filth pop out from melting snow. It could be argued the city’s frontier cachet, its edge-of-the-wilderness appeal and the eye-popping mountains looming on its outskirts make up for some of […]


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