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.

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.

Why not start the new year by going social?

Why Go Social? Social media as we know it was birthed 10 years ago, and while it seemed like a fad, it doesn’t look like it will be going away anytime soon. With its ever-changing layouts and rules, the social media landscape can be  a daunting frontier. If you’re like most business owners/entrepreneurs/mothers, you’re too […]

Time goes by fast at the Homer Food Pantry

by Donna Wells It is amazing how quickly fall slides into the end of the year — and what a year we’ve had! We want to mention as many contributors as possible. In September, the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union Members and staff teamed up with the Alaska USA Foundation to conduct the “Cash for […]

Voter registration initiative could enfranchise thousands

By Victor Joseph Recently, the News-Miner has featured articles both in print and online of political debates and terrorism, budget strife and unemployment. Despite the political doom and gloom this holiday season, Alaskans have the feel-good option of supporting an initiative that would wipe away the most common barriers to access to our most sacred […]

An open letter to parents of teenagers

Come spend an evening with Homer’s Sexual Health Peer Education team who teach in the health classes at middle and high schools on the Kenai Peninsula. If you are a parent or adult in the life of an adolescent please take advantage of this evening to meet our presentation staff and learn about what has […]

How to keep friends and influence people (at Christmas dinner)

Everyone has that crazy uncle who insists on making every family gathering a soapbox on which he can stand and proclaim his way or the highway. (Yes, I might be the very uncle of which I speak). Or perhaps it’s a family friend that, when you hear they are coming to the festivities, you immediately […]

Don’t steal from Alaska’s future

First, I must compliment Gov. Bill Walker for taking a crack at suggesting a solution to the fiscal crisis Alaska is facing; not that I am in agreement on all points. I, for one, would tax but never reduce the amount of the Permanent Fund dividend, for to even consider capping it is in itself […]

Dance with the people who brought you, governor

There’s an old saying in life and politics: “You dance with the one who brought you.” The more I look at Gov. Bill Walker’s state budget plans, the more I think he’s trying to ditch his dance partners. Walker, you may recall, was elected by a core of Democratic, Native and working-class voters. He did […]

Young, DeFazio: ‘FDA wrong on Frankenfish decision’

  Weeks ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its misguided decision to approve the nation’s first-ever genetically modified animal for human consumption: genetically engineered salmon. Despite overwhelming opposition from scientists, consumers and fishermen, the product commonly referred to as  “Frankenfish”  could unknowingly be your choice for dinner as early as 2017. For those […]

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