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Brennan: Reporter helped nab Avery

By Tom Brennan Investigative reporting is still alive and its sometimes long arm helped put Mark Avery in the slammer. Avery, a one-time state and municipal prosecutor in Alaska, was sentenced this week to 13 years and four months in prison for a long list of crimes, including looting an elderly widow’s trust fund of […]

Brennan: Squirrel wrestling match

By Tom Brennan These are what you might call interesting times. Our state leaders are flailing away in Juneau trying to cobble together a state budget supported by revenue sources that hopefully won’t destroy our economy. A legislative session is always an unsettling time in Alaska, but this year the stakes are especially high. The […]

Brennan: Beaufort promise still high

By Tom Brennan Several major oil companies are throwing in the towel on Chukchi Sea exploration and many observers are reading that as giving up on the Alaskan Arctic. But hold the phone, folks. For those who are geographically challenged, the Chukchi is that big body of water off Alaska’s Northwest Coast. Industry did invest […]

Brennan: Windmill eagle limit hiked

By Tom Brennan Sometimes the hypocrisy of the federal government gets downright unbearable. For example: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to raise the limit on bald eagles killed by wind farms to 4,200 per year but keep the limit on Alaska Natives killed while being medevacked out of King Cove (or sickened while […]

Brennan: Fleeing the villages

By Tom Brennan | The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. board is opposed to development of the proposed Donlin Gold mine in its area. Some of its concerns relate to the possible environmental impacts of the mine and must be carefully considered. But one of its given reasons seems odd, if not horrific. The Y-K Health Corp. […]

Brennan: Climate needs a Hawking

By Tom Brennan Climate science could use a guy like Stephen Hawking, a brilliant man with great credibility. But Hawking is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist. His physical disabilities keep him off the speaking circuit but when he makes a pronouncement, people believe it. When Hawking and a colleague say black holes probably emit radiation, […]

Brennan: Phooey on tank report

By Tom Brennan The latest report from the Rasmuson Foundation on the state budget crisis makes you wonder if they read them before they send them in. The report, put together by a so-called nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C., called the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, snaps at Gov. Bill Walker about his […]

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