Guest Commentary


Commentary: Alaska’s working families need the PRO Act

Updating the Protecting the Right to Organize Act will help create a better future for the next generation of workers, writes Joelle Hall.

Business Spotlight: A chat with Acupuncture & Wellness of Cordova

Business Spotlight is an ongoing series of local business profiles contributed by the Cordova Chamber of Commerce. This Business Spotlight features an interview with Shelly Kocan, owner of Acupuncture & Wellness of Cordova.

Commentary: Calling all Salmon Jam artists

Teachers, crafters, painters, and artists of all kinds are invited to participate in this year's Copper River Salmon Jam.

Commentary: This summer, let’s eat healthy and get active

We know the value of playing together, staying active, and feeding our families healthy meals — but that doesn’t mean it’s been easy this past year.

Commentary: Now is the time for prescription drug reform

Medical price-gouging harms American democracy, writes Dr. Al Gross.

Why we must make a case for the arts — Alaska style

The arts are woven into the fabric of society. We depend on the arts to connect us to an outside world, to be entertained or comforted, to learn about new cultures and ways of being, and to escape a current reality that itself can seem like a horror movie. Yet we constantly require the arts sector to prove its worth and indispensability, a fight it’s been at since much earlier than COVID.

Tribal council seeks reclaim of ancestral lands

Just south of Glennallen, Alaska, where the Tazlina River flows into the Copper River, there once stood a large Ahtna village called Tezdien Cae’e, which translates to “mouth of the swift-current river.”

Commentary: ‘Tongass Odyssey’ explores decades of research, politics and change

"Old-growth forests are not renewable," said scientist John Schoen. "You cannot clear cut a forest that has 800-year-old trees in it and expect it to come back in a hundred years to have the same structure and function of an old-growth ecosystem."

Commentary: Land bill would offer state allotments to Alaska Native veterans of Vietnam War

In the years leading up to 1971, the federal government urged Alaska Native families to claim their 160-acre land allotment before the program was terminated by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Commentary: State’s approach to federal relief is critical

Federal relief funding could help Alaska — but only if those funds are distributed properly, writes Nils Andreassen.



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