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It was not totally unexpected, we suppose, but the double-digit jump in reported COVID-19 cases is disconcerting. With more businesses and offices opening in communities across the state, and more human contact, it seems logical there would be an increase in the number of reported cases as people begin moving around and coming into contact […]

What good is a brief delay?

Let’s see if we understand: Anchorage’s property tax bills have increased substantially this year. The city, in a spate of heady generosity, is pushing back tax payments for a month. Mind you, that is after it shut down businesses for an extended period of time because of coronavirus concerns. How does a brief delay in […]

Big ideas

Among the most lucrative and job-preserving lines of work in Alaska, other than instigating silly ballot initiative drives, surely must be promoting mega-projects that have absolutely no possibility of ever coming to fruition. The Frozen North’s history is littered with them. A proposed hydroelectric dam here, a pie-in-the-sky petrochemical plant there. For good measure, toss […]

It’s on us

As Alaska shakes itself awake and businesses struggle to regain footing lost in the battle against the coronavirus that closed much of the state, one thing remains crystal clear: How good or how bad we as a state do in the coming days and weeks depends largely on us. Now is the time to play […]

Memorial Day

For those who have died in America’s wars preserving our freedoms, we pause today to remember their valor, pay tribute to their sacrifices and offer our thanks. We do so because this is Memorial Day. A day to remember. A day to say thanks. A day to recognize that others gave their lives so that […]

Why no interest?

Just curious: With a shadowy effort underway to unseat Alaska’s duly elected governor for sins mostly imagined, why has the question of who is paying for it all not caused even a ripple in Alaska’s news media? Where are the investigative reporters, the questions, the answers? We have a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper. We have award-winning […]

Let’s be careful

There is a pent-up demand among Alaskans to get outside during the long-awaited and happily anticipated long Memorial Day Weekend. Many of us just need to escape the house. If you are going out among them this long weekend, remember Alaska mostly is open again, but you might want to check ahead and the 14-day […]

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