Time is now to resolve Alaska’s great contradictions

We have the largest reserves of natural gas and renewable energy potential in the United States, yet we have the second-highest energy costs in the nation, Gov. Mike Dunleavy writes.

Dermot Cole: Dunleavy bill on Russian ‘profiteering’ by financial companies is a slapdash campaign...

Dermot Cole writes: A new bill by Gov. Mike Dunleavy might appear to be an honest expression of indignation about private companies attempting to earn a profit in Russia despite the unprovoked attack on Ukraine. But closer inspection shows that Senate Bill 235 is little more than a slapdash campaign ad, printed and promoted at state expense.

Commentary: Revisiting Ambler decision contradicts White House clean energy targets

Corri Feige of the Alaska DNR writes: Alaska needs infrastructure and it makes sense to place that infrastructure where it will enable job creation and economic growth for the state.

Commentary: Alaska cannot afford to sit out this war

Larry Persily writes: The state of Alaska, Congress and the president, individual companies and people do not all have the same capabilities and authority to show their disgust and dismay at Russia’s unprovoked, murderous attack on Ukraine, a sovereign nation at war with no one until Russian President Vladimir Putin decided he had to prove that he is the toughest, meanest kid on the planet.

Guest Commentary: 10 reasons to become a substitute teacher

Cathy Pegau writes: We moved to Cordova in June 2007. In August, when I registered the kids for school, I was asked if I’d be interested in working as a substitute. I said sure, but thought little of it as we settled into our new home. Before long, I received a phone call. Could I start work at the school ASAP? Like, within the next two days?

Commentary: Dunleavy’s super-special election year bycatch task force

Commercial fisherman Alexus Kwachka writes: The abundance of species like king salmon, halibut and crab have plummeted far faster than the allowable trawl bycatch of them has been reduced. There is no denying the harmful, cumulative impacts of this practice on the people and communities of Alaska.

Commentary: Legislators will dig into sudden termination of Permanent Fund Director Angela Rodell

Tim Bradner writes: State legislators will be digging into the sudden termination of Permanent Fund director Angela Rodell with the House-Senate Budget and Audit Committee examining the matter.

Commentary: To save our democracy

Kevin McGee writes: January 2022 marks the one-year anniversary of the greatest internal threat our democracy has ever faced: A carefully planned attempt to overturn a Presidential election, which included plotting from high-ranking officials and unleashing a violent mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol.

Reporting for Alaska: Legislators must do more than write letters to Permanent Fund trustees

Dermot Cole writes: I must confess I didn not know about an old state law that requires the Legislative Budget & Audit Committee to conduct an “annual operational and performance evaluation of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation investments and investment programs.”
Gov. Bill Walker delivers his fourth State of the State address in Juneau. Photo courtesy of the governor’s office

Walker: Alaska cannot afford to let Dunleavy kill its golden goose for political gain

Former Alaska Gov. Bill Walker writes: "I fear the recent decision by the Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees to fire Executive Director Angela Rodell, abruptly and without explanation, is an example of a pivotal decision that threatens to derail progress in Alaska with wide-ranging implications for the fund and the dividend going forward."

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Law & Order: May 9-15

The following is a summary of incidences that occurred or were reported to the Cordova Police Department May 9 through May 15, 2022. Defendant(s) are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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