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I really enjoy the Eagle River Nature Center and the Chugach State Park (CSP) wild lands to the east. On almost every visit something extraordinary happens. Last October, my wife and I drove to the Nature Center to look for wildlife. A short distance down the trail, the vista opens up to a majestic view of the surrounding mountains and beaver built wetlands adjacent to a salmon spawning stream. Much to our good fortune, a brown bear was at the far end of an open area going in and out of view chasing fish.

 

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON – An uncontrollable cold chill bites your face, the dryness in your eyes increases with every stride and the occasional gust of wind sneaks past several layers of clothing and touches your skin like the cold water of a morning shower. But all of these unsettling sensations are merely part of the experience and excitement of playing pond hockey.

(JUNEAU) – When I consider Alaska’s budget situation, I remember my dad explaining what he called the First Rule of Holes: “When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.”

In the face of a budget shortfall now estimated at $4.1 billion, due to low oil prices, the Alaska Legislature has followed my dad’s rule. We’ve stopped digging a deeper fiscal hole, and reduced state spending as the essential first step in fixing our deficit.

March is National Noodle Month. Don’t believe me? Go here: www.nationaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance.

March is also: National Caffeine Awareness Month, National Celery Month, National Cheerleading Safety Month, National Craft Month, National Credit Education Month, National Flour Month, National Frozen Food Month, National Kidney Disease Awareness Month, National Nutrition Month, National Peanut Month, National Sauce Month, National Umbrella Month, and National Women’s History Month.

Many of us remember the famous line, “there you go again!” used by Ronald Reagan during his campaign against incumbent President Jimmy Carter on October 28, 1980, during a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters.  That statement applies in Anchorage this election cycle as we have come to expect the same efforts to overspend a mandated tax cap every time a liberal mayor takes over. There THEY go again…

Results of this year’s election will impact Eagle River-Chugiak homeowners and parents for at least 20 years.

“Ker-thwap!”

I landed on my bum, and looked down to see my right leg pointed in an odd direction.

I think the only thought I could have after that, was, “I’m not going to get out of this that easy.”

In other words, when your legs are supposed to be pointing east, but one of them is pointing north, there’s no shaking it off and heading for home.

That was the beginning of my broken leg adventure, which of course, still continues. I hope to be back on both feet again soon, but the body needs time to heal.

As law enforcement officials, we earn public confidence not just by being professional, but by evolving and working smarter. That’s why we are encouraged by the smart justice reforms laid out in Senate Bill 91.

By advancing evidence-based reforms to the state’s systems for bail, sentencing, and community supervision, Senate Bill 91 aligns our justice system with the best knowledge in the field on what works to prevent crimes and change criminal offending behavior.

The Alaska Democratic Party might be a little less democratic if party delegates decide to adopt a rule change at their May meeting.

A spokesman told The Associated Press (last) week that the party will ask the state’s Division of Elections to implement a change that would allow independent candidates to run in the Democratic primary. The change would be in place for the 2016-17 election cycle, at which time party delegates would have to then renew it in 2018.

In deciding a lawsuit by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough over required local contributions to schools, an Alaska Supreme Court ruling dealt with one can of worms and left another wide open.

The suit, which alleged the state’s requirement for local governments to put up a portion of education funds violated the Alaska Constitution, was decided in the state’s favor, sparing Alaska’s government a judgment that would have exacerbated the budget crisis.

Let’s just pull the tooth and get it over with.

It’s that or continuing pain and crying over it. Plus, a delay in and a longer recovery.

That’s how we see the best way to approach the state budget deficit.

It begins at the top, with the Walker administration and the Legislature, and trickles down to all Alaskans.

It’s time to reduce spending, spend wisely and continue to save, too.

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