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 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.
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.