Commentary: To end the pandemic, let’s return to sanity

To end the pandemic, politicians must first stop using outrage-mongering rhetoric and drawing false comparisons between COVID-19 vaccination campaigns and the Holocaust, writes Les Gara.

Commentary: Last best chance for spill Trustees to protect Bering River

Alaskans may recall recent efforts by a group convened by the Rasmuson Foundation proposing its “New Vision for EVOS” to end the government Exxon Valdez oil spill restoration program, with all remaining funds from the 1991 billion-dollar government environmental damage settlement (then about $188 million) being turned over mostly to their own organizations via the Alaska Community Foundation.

Alaska will greatly benefit from historic infrastructure bill

Several years ago, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Alaska’s infrastructure a C-minus grade. Their report reiterated what too many Alaskans know and face every day: our still-young state is deficient in water and wastewater, ports and harbors, marine transportation, energy and power infrastructure, and more. Even in our highest-graded areas – like roads and airports – Alaska still has plenty of room for improvement.
Captain Brett Merrill commands the M/V Aurora during its final 2019 run out of Cordova. (Sept. 19, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Commentary: Six communities take measures to fight pandemic

As mayors of islanded communities, we have responded through this pandemic in ways that may be different than others but were directly responsive to the needs of our residents and businesses.

Commentary: An alternative to the Dunleavy disaster

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has taken a wrecking ball to the Alaska economy, writes gubernatorial candidate Les Gara.

Better Business Bytes: How can small businesses cope with changing mask and vax rules?

Stances on mask mandates and vaccination requirements vary across the country. So where does that leave business owners?

Better Business Bytes: Giving in times of disaster

Amidst a pandemic and economic uncertainty, charitable contributions topped a record-breaking $471.4 billion in 2020. Of that staggering total, $324.1 billion was contributed by individual donors.

Chugach Corner: Fungus Festival is underway

The 15th annual Cordova Fungus Festival, “Fungus, Forest, Sea,” invites all foragers to delight in several activities via in-person events as well as virtual this year.
Tongass National Forest. Photo courtesy of Alan Wu/Flickr

Commentary: Roadless Rule will hinder mineral exploration in the Tongass

Southeast Alaska is at a unique crossroads in its management of the Tongass National Forest. How will reimposition of the 2001 Roadless Rule impact development of natural resources like geothermal, hydroelectric and mineral resources?

Commentary: Our land sustains us

Since the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898, the Ahtna people have learned and applied new ways of managing the food and resources that sustained them for a millennium.



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