Alaska journalist Dermot Cole reflects on grief and the holidays during his second Christmas without his twin brother, who he describes as a prankster and an angel.
Commentary from Jason Brune: Walt Disney drilled for oil in Alaska in 1938. He and his associates wildcatted a second well on the Iniskin Peninsula on the southwestern end of Cook Inlet decades later, five years before Alaska became a state, and just months before he opened Disneyland. Unfortunately, Disney and his gang of Mickeys left much of their exploration hardware, including countless barrels of oil and lubricants on those federally owned lands to rust and leak contaminants into the ground. And the worst part — it’s all still there.
Christmas greeting from Rev. Michael Kim: During this pandemic, many of us experienced frustration, but we need to be supported by the hope that Christmas grants us. We know that the Wise Men were guided by the Star to Bethlehem.
Anyone who’s ever fished in Alaska knows that it’s about much more than putting dinner on the table or making a profit. For most Alaskans, fishing is about providing for our families, keeping traditions alive, and ensuring the economic health of our state.
Commentary: Permanent Fund invites political corruption with unwarranted secrecy on in-state investments
With no public review or public discussion, the state bought part of Peter Pan Seafood Co. a year ago, through an investment fund largely bankrolled by the Alaska Permanent Fund.
By now, Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s “creative” use of his office is well known. Like him or not, it’s clear he uses public resources in ways that none of his predecessors have. He’s directed jobs and lucrative no-bid contracts to wealthy donors and their families.
Small businesses around the state are still experiencing the harmful economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Alaskans can help their neighbors’ businesses keep their doors open by choosing to shop within their communities this holiday season.
Do you offer gift cards to your customers? If not, this may be the season to start.
While billion-dollar corporations and their very public battles with issues such as ransomware attacks typically garner most of the headlines, small businesses are far from immune to cybersecurity troubles.
Despite 30 years of United Nations climate change conferences, global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and the climate crisis continues to worsen, writes Rick Steiner.