On March 15, 2021, Joe Biden signed into law the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Act. Not a single Republican in the House or Senate voted in favor of this legislation, as only 9 percent of which had anything to do with the Wuhan China Virus. This in light of the fact that a trillion dollars was not yet spent from the money previously allotted for COVID relief.

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Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you know that the State of Alaska is in a fiscal crisis. State expenditures have been cut, and other revenue sources have been explored. Unfortunately, our elected leaders have failed to come up with a long-term plan to address the state’s fiscal woes.

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The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) has spent millions of dollars upgrading the Richardson Highway. For those of us in Delta who travel to Fairbanks, the elimination of an at-grade crossings has been a huge benefit – not just the railroad crossings, b…

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While the Pogo Mine operates quietly in the hills, a two-hour drive from Delta Junction, Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC clearly recognizes our responsibilities to Alaska’s interior. The company’s commitment doesn’t end with operating in an environmentally responsible manner and providing hun…

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Last week’s executive session by the Delta Junction City Council is a little confusing. The Council moved to go into executive session, citing Alaska Statute 44.62.310(c)(1), “matters, the immediate knowledge of which would clearly have an adverse effect upon the finances of the public entity.”

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I have been working in or around government for over 50 years, and if you asked me to boil down what I’ve learned to one sentence, it is this: Governing is much harder work than most people imagine. This doesn’t excuse its lapses or sluggish rate of progress, but it does help explain them.

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Our local Troopers have been busy, unfortunately, trying to solve some pretty serious criminal activity in our community. I’d like to thank them for their efforts and hope they are successful in putting together a case that will stand up to the rigors of our court system.

On March 15, 2021, Joe Biden signed into law the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Act. Not a single Republican in the House or Senate voted in favor of this legislation, as only 9 percent of which had anything to do with the Wuhan China Virus. This in light of the fact that a trillion dollars was not yet spent from the money previously allotted for COVID relief.

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Sixty-two years ago, Alaska traded its status as a territory for full statehood and a promise – the promise of a prosperous future grounded in the freedom to access and develop our common natural resources.

Tuesday night, I announced that coronavirus vaccines are now available to any Alaskan who wants one.

Following up on last week’s piece about the pandemic, the conflicting answers to questions continue to exist, as well as how people are responding to mandates and their general behavior.

It’s been interesting to watch the progression of information concerning the coronavirus pandemic this year. Dedicated scientists are working to figure out what the virus is all about. In no way do I want to insult these people that are way smarter than I am, I just continue to have question…

I have been honored to represent the community of Delta in Juneau for a little more than three and a half years. In that time, a lot of great things have happened. I would like to take this opportunity to re-visit a few. 

The last few decades have been a whirlwind. Globalization has redrawn boundaries we've long lived by and counted on. Technology has transformed everything about how we work, shop, and even socialize. There's turmoil on the political front. At times it's easy to feel a little lost. But here's…

Anyone who knows me knows I am passionate about emergency services. It’s one area where a community needs to come together to prepare itself and be able to respond when needed. Whether it is routine calls, or a major event, organizations must work together to be prepared to provide the servi…

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March 24, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the day Exxon Valdez fetched up on Bligh Reef and spilled almost 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska. Like most Alaskans and Americans, the disaster shocked and angered me. The massive harm to the marine ecosystems of Princ…

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We all have a life to lead, and part of that life is fulfilling our civic duty. Voting in elections, serving on juries, and other activities that we participate in are part of what makes for a good society.

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As a student, and a lifelong community member of Delta Junction, I have been hearing endless amounts of grumbling about the proposed four-day school week. Both positive and negative. It has become difficult for me to even formulate my own opinion because whenever I voice my opinion it gets s…

Some supporters of Hillary Clinton are taking out their frustrations in a vigorous campaign to, as they say, “Abolish the Electoral College.” Their mantra is that since Clinton had a larger share of the popular vote than Donald Trump, she effectively won the election. Democrat Senator Barbar…

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Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you know that the State of Alaska is in a fiscal crisis. State expenditures have been cut, and other revenue sources have been explored. Unfortunately, our elected leaders have failed to come up with a long-term plan to address the state’s fiscal woes.

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The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) has spent millions of dollars upgrading the Richardson Highway. For those of us in Delta who travel to Fairbanks, the elimination of an at-grade crossings has been a huge benefit – not just the railroad crossings, b…

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Earlier this week, the Delta/Greely School Board voted to expel a student from the school district. The action brings a question to my mind – what happened at the school to result in an expulsion? Expulsions are not common events.

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Last week we saw what should be the beginning of closure to one of the most significant events that has happened in our community in many years – the conviction of Vasilyi Malyk on an arson charge for burning of the Clearwater Lodge and a home in the community.

Last week, I sent a letter to the Legislative Budget & Audit (LB&A) Committee, giving members the required 45-day notice of my intention to accept additional federal and Mental Health Trust Fund Authority funds to expand Medicaid. Before signing the letter, I met with the LB&A ch…

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While the Pogo Mine operates quietly in the hills, a two-hour drive from Delta Junction, Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC clearly recognizes our responsibilities to Alaska’s interior. The company’s commitment doesn’t end with operating in an environmentally responsible manner and providing hun…

How do we define America? Is it the land of the free, home of the brave? That characterization has been used so much it’s wore our thoughts thin to the point of complacency. If one could really bask in the meaning, they’d understand this great land is beyond definition or words. In brief, Am…

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As a student of government, I have always found the structure of local government in Alaska to be very interesting. The concept of an “unorganized” borough is intriguing. I believe the use of the term “unorganized” was inappropriate and creates confusion about what the Unorganized Borough is.

This week I heard of a place that always greeted people with, "Have a blessed day." I have heard that addressed to me, and I have said it back many times. On the surface, this looks like a very wonderful, encouraging, and positive thing to do, and I am all for it. I want everybody to have a …

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Last week’s executive session by the Delta Junction City Council is a little confusing. The Council moved to go into executive session, citing Alaska Statute 44.62.310(c)(1), “matters, the immediate knowledge of which would clearly have an adverse effect upon the finances of the public entity.”

With the 114th Congress just underway, the political world is focused intently on the road ahead. Taxes, trade, immigration, climate change, job creation, the Affordable Care Act – there’s a long list of issues and one burning question: whether a Republican Congress and a Democratic Presiden…

In the State of the Union address, President Obama declared: “We can't put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we've got a system to fix. And if a bill comes to my d…

During this time of year, I make it a practice to stay away from the kitchen area as much as possible. This past week, I do not know what I was thinking, but I went into the kitchen to pour myself a cup of coffee.

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is “widespread” in government had risen from 59 percent in 200…

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I have been working in or around government for over 50 years, and if you asked me to boil down what I’ve learned to one sentence, it is this: Governing is much harder work than most people imagine. This doesn’t excuse its lapses or sluggish rate of progress, but it does help explain them.

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