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Immediate reporting was, is and will be the answer

While reverberations are rattling across Alaska after a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to toss three of Alaska’s main limits on campaign contributions, the ruling should not have come as any real surprise. The ruling, after all, is in line with the much-maligned 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling […]

Why make it harder?

You have to wonder why some of the folks surrounding Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy seem so eager to run afoul of the media on even the most mundane subjects. Take, for instance, the brouhaha over the salary of the governor’s new “statehood defense” policy adviser. Dunleavy announced recently he had hired his gubernatorial campaign manager, […]

Rigging the game?

It is good to see our august Assembly, after catching a fair amount of flak, trimmed the powers it had hoped to grant a new special assistant, powers that would have created a position akin to that of a shadow mayor. The position was created late Tuesday, but only after language was removed from the […]

Jacoby wins gold and Alaska’s heart

We join with all Alaskans in celebrating Lydia Jacoby’s major upset to bring home gold in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the Tokyo Games. The 17-year-old Seward high school senior is the first Alaskan ever to qualify for the Olympics in swimming and she did the state proud with her win, proving again that talent, […]


It is interesting that the city’s new $115,000-per-year equity officer, heading up the wholly unnecessary Office of Equity and Justice and put on the payroll by the city’s recent appointed mayor, cannot be fired or laid off without the Assembly’s consent. Clifford Armstrong III, late of Tacoma, Wash., was that city’s equity in contracting and […]

Fix it

Just a few words about the nifty new municipal website: It stinks. Nothing says, “Hey, we do not want you to figure out what we are doing” more than this new abomination, which is as clear and easy to navigate as James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” as clear and concise as a liberal’s thinking. The old website […]


U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is slated to visit with residents of King Cove during a visit to Alaska in September. During her confirmation meetings, she reportedly promised U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan she would meet with villagers to talk about a short, one-lane gravel road skirting the edge of the 330,000-acre Izembek […]

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