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October 22, 2015

Alaska DNR released its determination on the water reservation requests for the Chuitna carefully crafted to obstruct the construction and operation of PacRim’s proposed coal mine. The determination was signed on October 6, 2015 and can be found at the following links. The short story is that DNR tossed the two most restrictive reservations while granting the least restrictive.

September 27, 2015

In his call for a Special Session of the legislature to discuss a natural gas pipeline project, Governor Bill Walker surprised all the players by proposing a reserves gas tax on oil and natural gas. Such a tax would slam leaseholders on the Alaska North Slope for not bringing projects online.

September 4, 2015

One of the backdrops used by the Obama WH in his recent trip to Alaska was the plight of Bush communities built on barrier islands. One such village of Kivalina. It is a village in far NW Alaska. It has a population of around 380.

One of the backdrops used by the Obama WH in his recent trip to Alaska was the plight of Bush communities built on barrier islands. One such village of Kivalina. It is a village in far NW Alaska. It has a population of around 380.

September 4, 2015

Incumbent US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, AK ) is up for reelection next year. Given the absolute mess that the US Senate has turned into, perhaps it is time to explore a few observations and rumors about the upcoming campaign.

Incumbent US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, AK ) is up for reelection next year. Given the absolute mess that the US Senate has turned into, perhaps it is time to explore a few observations and rumors about the upcoming campaign.

September 4, 2015

While it is always a positive to see the Chief Executive visit the state, given the Obama regime’s hostility to resource development had a lot of us worried. So far, there are no new National Monuments (yet).

August 26, 2015

Fish counts on the Kenai for the second run of red salmon are particularly important for all user groups in Cook Inlet, unfortunately the resource appears to be managed so as to maximize the number of red salmon in the nets of the 1,404 commercial fishermen making up the drift fleet in the Inlet.

August 24, 2015

The State Department of Natural Resources held a hearing last Friday on the water reservation filed to obstruct PacRim’s construction of a coal mine west of Tyonek.  At the hearing were all the usual anti-development suspects including Trustees for Alaska, Cook Inletkeeper and the Chuitna Citizens Coalition.

The State Department of Natural Resources held a hearing last Friday on the water reservation filed to obstruct PacRim’s construction of a coal mine west of Tyonek.

August 16, 2015

Looks like Governor Bill Walker is going to do his best impersonation of Tony Knowles by allowing the Department of the Interior to create Indian Country here in Alaska. The vehicle appears to be response to a 2013 Parnell lawsuit against tribal trust lands.

August 11, 2015

While the rest of the state is out chasing salmon and filling freezers, former Backbone member Bill Walker is busily “nationalizing” natural gas utilities here in Alaska, reversing a decades old move to privatization that has all but solved recent Railbelt natural gas shortages.

While the rest of the state is out chasing salmon and filling freezers, former Backbone member Bill Walker is busily “nationalizing” natural gas utilities here in Alaska, reversing a decades old move to privatization that has all but solved recent Railbelt natural gas shortages.

August 5, 2015

In a time of tight budgets, it is always gratifying when a University Chancellor self-identifies as a world-class PC idiot and volunteers his University for a 40 – 50% budget cut. Such was the case last month as UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers ordered the removal of the Mississippi state flag from a display of all 50 state flags.

July 23, 2015

Last week a Muslim immigrant shot up a military recruiting station and Reservist base in Chattanooga, TN, killing five active duty military. The now deceased jihadi had gloried in the discomfort of others as he attended public schools and college. He eventually embraced his inner demons and decided his way into Heaven was to murder his neighbors.

Last week a Muslim immigrant shot up a military recruiting station and Reservist base in Chattanooga, TN, killing five active duty military. The now deceased jihadi had gloried in the discomfort of others as he attended public schools and college. He eventually embraced his inner demons and decided his way into Heaven was to murder his neighbors.

July 14, 2015

Interesting confluence of economics and jobs news over the last week here in Alaska. First there was the news that the red return into Bristol Bay may be only half what was expected. Late last week, the Army announced that they would be cutting some 2,600 troops at join Base Elmendorf – Richardson (JBER). Cue the expected wailing, lamentations, and rending of garments.

Interesting confluence of economics and jobs news over the last week here in Alaska. First there was the news that the red return into Bristol Bay may be only half what was expected. Late last week, the Army announced that they would be cutting some 2,600 troops at join Base Elmendorf – Richardson (JBER). Cue the expected wailing, lamentations, and rending of garments.

June 26, 2015

It took the left a week or so to crank up the outrage machine to a fever pitch following the church shooting in South Carolina last week. Target this time around, the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, otherwise known as the Stars and Bars or the Confederate Flag. Completely forgotten have been both the dead and wounded.

It took the left a week or so to crank up the outrage machine to a fever pitch following the church shooting in South Carolina last week. Target this time around, the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, otherwise known as the Stars and Bars or the Confederate Flag. Completely forgotten have been both the dead and wounded.

June 18, 2015

There is an old question that Abraham Lincoln asked while in office. Paraphrased, it goes “How many legs does a calf have if you call the tail a leg?” The respondent typically does the math and responds five. Lincoln corrects them by noting that the actual answer is four, as calling a tail a leg does not make it a leg.

There is an old question that Abraham Lincoln asked while in office. Paraphrased, it goes “How many legs does a calf have if you call the tail a leg?” The respondent typically does the math and responds five. Lincoln corrects them by noting that the actual answer is four, as calling a tail a leg does not make it a leg.

June 7, 2015

There are events with significant environmental impact that take place from time to time. They are all natural and generally not predictable. The more energy we spend lighting our hair on fire, running around waving our arms and whining about things with no demonstrable environmental impact, the less we will have available when something real, serious, and devastating happens.

June 2, 2015

What if the opposition to the use of coal here in the US is stopping continuous improvement in cleanliness and performance of coal-fired plants here in the US while the rest of the world continues to make rolling improvements in new plants, taking the older, dirtier, more polluting plants out of service as the new generation comes on line?

May 21, 2015

One of the really ugly pathologies falling out of the welfare state is the destruction of civilized behavior by those who have been on the public dole for generations. Here in the US, it is most apparent in the primarily black inner cities where only 17% of children are raised by two parent families.

One of the really ugly pathologies falling out of the welfare state is the destruction of civilized behavior by those who have been on the public dole for generations. Here in the US, it is most apparent in the primarily black inner cities where only 17% of children are raised by two parent families.

April 26, 2015

Question: What happens when the Governor decides he really wants to be Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G)? Answer: He starts recommending “cost effective” wildlife control techniques to his appointees.

Question: What happens when the Governor decides he really wants to be Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G)? Answer: He starts recommending “cost effective” wildlife control techniques to his appointees.

April 16, 2015

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing time after time and expecting different results. We see that once again with Senator Bill Wielechowski’s (D, IBEW) op-ed over the weekend decrying senate budget cuts as somehow being against Alaskan values.

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing time after time and expecting different results. We see that once again with Senator Bill Wielechowski’s (D, IBEW) op-ed over the weekend decrying senate budget cuts as somehow being against Alaskan values.

March 24, 2015

We finally have a moderately rational argument in favor of the water reservation file for Middle Creek, a tributary of the Chuit River 45 miles west of Anchorage.

March 9, 2015

Alice Rogoff’s fish wrapper decided late last week their axis of attack on the Republican majority in the legislature was to go after conservatives, particularly those with some connection to mining on vague claims of conflict of interest.

Alice Rogoff’s fish wrapper decided late last week their axis of attack on the Republican majority in the legislature was to go after conservatives, particularly those with some connection to mining on vague claims of conflict of interest.

March 4, 2015

The latest trick used by the anti-development, anti-resource extraction, and anti-job crowd is the use of exclusive water rights as a vehicle to shut down projects. The current example is the Chuit River west of Anchorage where PacRim Coal wants to build a coal mine.

The latest trick used by the anti-development, anti-resource extraction, and anti-job crowd is the use of exclusive water rights as a vehicle to shut down projects. The current example is the Chuit River west of Anchorage where PacRim Coal wants to build a coal mine. http://www.chuitnacoalproject.com/

February 23, 2015

13700 Specking Ave.

Anchorage, AK

http://www.coffeyforanchorage.com/

13700 Specking Ave.

Anchorage, AK

http://www.coffeyforanchorage.com/

February 23, 2015

Petroleum Club of Anchorage

3301 C St., Anchorage AK

http://www.coffeyforanchorage.com/

Petroleum Club of Anchorage

3301 C St., Anchorage AK

http://www.coffeyforanchorage.com/

February 23, 2015

The Federal Subsistence Board met here in Anchorage Jan. 21 – 23 at the Dena’ina Center. During the meeting, it entertained three proposals for subsistence fishing in SouthCentral Alaska. Two proposals for a pair of gill net locations across the Kenai and one for a set net location across the upper Kasilof were approved.