Murkowski touts Alaska benefits in bipartisan legislation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, advanced debate on her broad, bipartisan energy bill by providing a synopsis of how it will benefit her home state of Alaska. She focused on how the bill will help the state produce more energy and help consumers use less energy, creating new opportunities and lowering costs — especially in rural areas.

Letters – Feb. 3

A little kindness goes a long way About two weeks before Christmas, my 99-year-old mother, Nadine Pence, was at Safeway admiring the poinsettias. As she was buying her groceries, a woman she did not know gave her a beautiful poinsettia. I would like to thank this woman for her kindness. My mother is still enjoying […]

From the desk of Representative Paul Seaton:

Greetings from Juneau on the 14th day of the Second Legislative Session.
Rain, rain, rain; it matches the mood around the capitol. The intensity and frequency of various caucus meetings is already at the level we usually only see at the end of session.

Recognition is growing that we must do a more comprehensive fix to the structural deficit than just cuts.

Letters – Jan. 27

Legion donation boosts reader packets Thanks to the generous donations of American Legion General Buckner Post 16 to Homer Homemakers FCE for the past few years, the club has been able to expand its outreach to families in the Homer area. Prior to receiving funding from Post 16, the club provided Raise-a-Reader packets to parents […]

Homer’s cannabis industry faces some obstacles

Over the next month, the city council will discuss and decide on an ordinance that will create some obstacles for cannabis entrepreneurs wishing to enter the legitimate industry — if it were to pass in its current form.

State blows through savings, then proposes dividend cap

Other than being the farthest north, west and east state, why is Alaska so different from the other 49 members of our Union? Upon becoming a state, we received a 100-million-acre land grant, much like the land grant schools and some colleges received in the Lower 48. This was to help provide an income base for a large area with a small population.
Upon statehood, our new Commissioner of Natural Resources Phil Holdsworth set out to select lands of value for our state.
Prudhoe Bay was one of his picks.

Letters – Jan. 20

Another holiday season has passed, and once again our Homer community looks forward to a new year. Though these types of letters have been consistent through the years, it remains ever worthy of redundancy. Once again, the people and businesses of Homer have reflected the very essence of what Share The Spirit is all about.

What we heard during 6 AMHS community engagement meetings

The Alaska Marine Highway System held six community engagement meetings across coastal Alaska last month. During this time, the department also held numerous meetings with AMHS vessel and terminal staff. The purpose of the meetings was to involve Alaskans in the decision-making process AMHS is facing due to the reality of a declining operating budget.

Letters – Aug. 19

No beach party I was on the first Beach Policy Task Force 14 years ago. As a result, I would like to share the thoughts below: We studied for more than a year and learned that Bishop’s Beach to the right (or west — heading toward Anchor Point) is a traditional road. Therefore, there is […]

Let’s make Alaska government work smarter

Ever had an old car start to break down?
Maybe the filters get clogged and the tires wear down and you find yourself burning money as your gas mileage deteriorates. The brake pads start to squeak, “check engine” lights flicker on, and you begin to notice that ominous clicking sound from what you think is probably the radiator.
If you’ve spent at least a couple winters in the 49th state, chances are good this has happened to you. You’d like to ignore the warnings, but you know if you don’t get under the hood, the problems with the car are only going to get worse — and more expensive.

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