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It looks like the start of the spruce bark beetle kill of the 1990s, when mountainsides across the Kenai Peninsula turned gray, the biggest tree blight in North American history to that time. But it started just last year. Comment?
Former Senate president Clem Tillion of Halibut Cove, center, shares a story with former Senate president Rick Halford, left, and Rep. Kay Wallis, as former Alaska state legislators gathered for a Plan4Alaska conference in the Rasmuson Foundation Board Room on Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2016, to discuss Alaska's fiscal future. Former Alaska House Speaker Joe Hayes, left, and Sen. Dave Donley were among the former Alaska State legislators who gathered for a Plan4Alaska conference in the Rasmuson Foundation Board Room on Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2016, to discuss Alaska's fiscal future. Comment?
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. Comment?
This week, a reader pointed me back to " Alaska: The Last Frontier ." For those of you who haven't been following the Alaska reality TV beat closely, let me recap for you. Comment?
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 a major tax, and a tax paid only by Alaskans. Comment?
Writer Dawnell Smith explores the idea of making room for art, literature and original thought in our busy everyday lives. Alaska's Percent for Art program has a 30-year history of adding art, color and community spirit to what could be no-frills architecture -- schools and government buildings. Comment?
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