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A good start

Anchorage should pay attention. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough may consider waiving registration costs for old-car owners under the state’s new permanent vehicle registration law. The law, based on Montana’s law and sponsored by Chugiak Republican Rep. Bill Stoltze, has been several years in the making and it allows local governments to waive biennial fees and taxes […]

Tin ear

The six-figure retention bonus offered UA President Pat Gamble is causing quite a stir and is emblematic of a governmental tin ear in a time of budget cuts and layoffs. Gamble, by all accounts an excellent university chief, would get $320,000 – equal to one year of salary – if he stays until 2016. The […]

Good news

If you are among the sadly misinformed who think Senate Bill 21 oil tax reform – the More Alaska Production Act – has had no effect, think again: ConocoPhillips and Doyon Drilling have announced a five-year deal for a new $100 million drill rig to operate in the Kuparuk oil field starting in 2016. And that is only […]

Did she or didn’t she?

By one account, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell had the chutzpah to tell Alaskans to “get over” their pursuit of a road that would link the Alaska Peninsula village of King Cove to the all-weather runway at Cold Bay. On the other, her staff says she said no such thing. A state lawmaker, House Majority Leader […]

Still nothing for King Cove

It has been seven long, shameful  months since Interior Secretary Sally Jewell nixed a road that would have connected the Alaska Peninsula Aleut fishing community of King Cove to an all-weather runway at Cold Bay just a short distance away. The village for decades has been seeking the 9-mile road – a single-lane gravel track, […]

Ted Stevens Day

Today marks the fourth annual Ted Stevens Day, a day to head outside to play – to walk, run, hike, climb, fish, bike or do anything you like to enjoy an Alaska summer day and celebrate Uncle Ted’s legacy and dedication to the state he loved. He was named Alaskan of the 20th Century for […]

Murkowski to Begich: Take a hike

As Mark Begich continues his bid to metamorphize into a version of Lisa Murkowski, she apparently has had enough. A Politico piece says while Begich views Murkowski as a valuable member of his “team” on Alaska issues, she is not so eager to be his BFF. She wants off the team; she even wants it […]

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