The newspaper notice was published some weeks after the earthquake, saying that the road to the Kenai Peninsula from points north would open— but travel would be by convoy only. The first group of cars had to be on the Seward Highway past Indian by early evening to take advantage of the low tide. Bridges along the route were now—like the quake—history. They had crossed rivers whose snowmelt waters were gushing fro the mountains to meet this tidal arm of the sea. They had washed out when Turnagain Arm had been shaken during the upheaval, a misnomer, since the area had dropped considerably. So how were we to cross when the land was lower than it had been, and with the bridges out, too?
A little over three years ago, the Department of Natural Resources recognized that the status quo for permitting wasn’t working. More than 2,600 of our permits and authorizations were backlogged, to the detriment of many businesses and individual Alaskans seeking to access state lands and resources, and to the detriment of our economy.
Growing up, no one I knew played hockey. We were farm people and knowing our way around horses was valued. Skating across an icy pond, not so much. There were no ice rinks in our depressed agricultural community and those of us lucky enough to have skates received them from S & H Green Stamps or from the J.C. Penney Christmas catalog.
Your right to know what’s happening in your local government and in your community is at risk. And while it’s in a holding pattern today, that risk still is there. First the context.
William “Top” Dill is an extraordinary human being who selfishly pours himself into every student within the NJROTC program at Chugiak High School. He has been a Naval Science Instructor there since 1992, which has resulted in dramatically impacting the lives of over 5000 students.
The past two and a half years have been some of the most enjoyable in my career. The Chugiak-Eagle River community is home to some of the most genuinely nice people I’ve ever met. It truly has been a pleasure helping to report the goings-on of the area. And it’s a job I’ll sincerely miss.
Sen. Ted Stevens remains in the hearts and minds of Alaskans and always will. The Alaska National Guard has a tradition of recording its heritage in paintings. The latest in the heritage series was unveiled Friday, Jan. 31 at the National Guard Armory in Anchorage.
Everyone wants to make more money. It’s the reason why millions of people decide to invest their time, money and energy in higher education and specialized training. Nobody wants to be at the bottom of the pay scale, and one could argue that minimum wage in and of itself is motivation for U.S. workers to aim higher and strive to achieve more than the earning $7.25 per hour ($7.75 in Alaska).
A half century ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that “content of character” would outweigh the color of a person’s skin. Strides have been made since King delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963.
The Alaska Gasline Inducement Act is dead, six years, 10 months and 14 days after the publication of this column by then-Gov. Sarah Palin, who put forward the act three months after taking office.