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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.

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.

May 10, 2015

Had the opportunity to listen to a budget presentation on the State of Alaska budget wars by Jeff Jessee, CEO of the Alaska Mental Health Trust. It had about the content and tone that we have come to expect during the current budget wars, but it did set me to thinking (usually a painful process) about who pays for what around here.

Had the opportunity to listen to a budget presentation on the State of Alaska budget wars by Jeff Jessee, CEO of the Alaska Mental Health Trust. It had about the content and tone that we have come to expect during the current budget wars, but it did set me to thinking (usually a painful process) about who pays for what around here.

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.

February 13, 2015

Representative Harriet Drummond (D, ANC) introduced legislation last week to allow physician assisted suicide here in Alaska. She calls it Death with Dignity and dresses it up in all the usual leftist claptrap about choice.

Representative Harriet Drummond (D, ANC) introduced legislation last week to allow physician assisted suicide here in Alaska. She calls it Death with Dignity and dresses it up in all the usual leftist claptrap about choice. http://www.ktoo.org/2015/02/11/rep-drummond-says-death-dignity-not-suicide/

February 13, 2015

I always find it interesting to look at the foundation documents justifying any expansion of state power, authority and welfare. The Healthy Alaska Plan for Medicaid makes some very interesting reading and raises many questions.

The Walker administration Friday, February 6 floated their first justification for Medicaid expansion here in Alaska. The announcement was accompanied by a pair of documents, one by a consultant and one by the State. You can find the documents here. http://dhss.alaska.gov/HealthyAlaska/Documents/Evergreen_Medicaid_Expans...

February 8, 2015

The first slice of Walker proposed budget cutting goes after the elderly, corrections and state employees as early targets. The budget proposes cutting some 250 jobs (329 total positions), and cuts some $240 million out of a $3.5 billion budget deficit, or a whopping 7% of the deficit. whoopee.

The first slice of Walker proposed budget cutting goes after the elderly, corrections and state employees as early targets. The budget proposes cutting some 250 jobs (329 total positions), and cuts some $240 million out of a $3.5 billion budget deficit, or a whopping 7% of the deficit. whoopee. http://www.adn.com/article/20150205/walker-releases-proposed-state-budge...

January 28, 2015

With his action over the weekend on ANWR, President Obama announced that he has morphed from lame duck into troll, with Alaska as his first target. My experience with trolls is that he wants the appropriate thundering response from Alaskans and its elected leadership, while he moves on to the next target.

The Wiki defines an Internet Troll as:

January 11, 2015

Perhaps the new budget wars give us here in Alaska the opportunity to start deconstructing the education blob and replacing it with something more responsive to the needs of the parents, students and the working world our children (and ourselves) are having to deal with.

The budget wars have been joined with the new administration gleefully cancelling infrastructure projects regardless of cost and regardless of positive future economic impact.

December 19, 2014

One of the refrains we hear from the Walker-ites and on the talk shows these days is that the fiscal crunch puts “everything on the table.” I would submit that everything is most certainly not on the table, as decisions by the new Walker administration will be driven by their worldview and prejudices just like those before they came into town.

With the crash in the per barrel price of oil to the $60/bbl range, we here in Alaska are faced with the latest round of fiscal crises. That level is about half the per barrel forecast that former Governor Parnell’s budget was based upon.

November 11, 2014

Interesting election here in Alaska. All four of the democrat sponsored ballot initiatives passed. Three required a yes vote. One required a no vote. Unfortunately for the democrats, the positive outcomes on the initiatives did not drag their candidates across the finish line with them for the most part.

Interesting election here in Alaska. All four of the democrat sponsored ballot initiatives passed. Three required a yes vote. One required a no vote. Unfortunately for the democrats, the positive outcomes on the initiatives did not drag their candidates across the finish line with them for the most part.

November 3, 2014

Unlike bureaucracy the capital formation process necessary to both private and public endeavor is similar to walking a tightrope with no net. There is only ruin if the endeavor is not successful.

Unlike bureaucracy the capital formation process necessary to both private and public endeavor is similar to walking a tightrope with no net. There is only ruin if the endeavor is not successful.

October 18, 2014

Democrats found themselves quite a candidate to run for House District 13 in East Anchorage. Laurie Hummel is a 30-year Army Colonel who is painting herself as the very picture of fiscal restraint. She claims to be running because the last Legislature and LeDoux in particular simply spent too much money.

Democrats found themselves quite a candidate to run for House District 13 in East Anchorage. Laurie Hummel is a 30-year Army Colonel who is painting herself as the very picture of fiscal restraint. She claims to be running because the last Legislature and LeDoux in particular simply spent too much money.

October 2, 2014

Young Alaskans voting for the minimum wage act a lot like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders, as they are going to get a most unpleasant surprise in the days, weeks, months and years to follow their vote in support of this initiative.

Why would a national, very well-funded union-backed outfit based in Washington DC calling itself Working America be advertising campaign jobs to “Fight to raise the minimum wage” here in Anchorage? I found out about this one via a glossy color printed insert in the printed Alaska Dispatch News a few weeks ago.

September 24, 2014

Last Wednesday, a lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court for the State of Alaska, Third Judicial District at Anchorage by one Steve Strait challenging a regulation written by LtGov Mead Treadwell allowing the so-called unity ticket to proceed in November’s election.

Last Wednesday, a lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court for the State of Alaska, Third Judicial District at Anchorage by one Steve Strait challenging a regulation written by LtGov Mead Treadwell allowing the so-called unity ticket to proceed in November’s election. http://www.adn.com/article/20140917/lawsuit-challenges-decision-leading-...

August 31, 2014

The following was submitted to Fish Alaska Magazine in response to an article in their Aug/Sept 2014 issue by Dave Atcheson, an author who works with Trout Unlimited. It was entitled “A Pebble Mine Update” and was printed on page 6 of the issue.

August 10, 2014

Regulatory capture has taken place right now, today when a group of extremely wealthy Americans and their tax exempt foundations end up controlling a government agency – in this case, the EPA.

Regulatory capture takes place when the government regulator / taxation agency or authority becomes part of the industry it is charged with regulating, advancing the interests of the industry rather than the interests of the citizenry at large. The regulator acts as a monopoly owner of the industry which in turn owns and controls it and its actions.

August 10, 2014

We’ve had a flurry of columns in Anchorage claiming the FairTax hurts low-wage workers or benefits only the rich. The real story is a lot more positive and the low-wage worker should look forward to the replacement of the grossly unfair payroll and income taxes with the FairTax.

August 3, 2014

We hoped here in Anchorage was that the Alaska Dispatch would improve the quality of their climate change hysteria. Sadly the new operation is a lot like the old one, with most recently a breathless piece about ocean acidification (caused once again by manmade CO2 emissions) and its impact on Alaska communities.

July 29, 2014

The EPA announced proposed performance standards that must be met by the Pebble partnership should they proceed with a mine in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. This marks the first pre-emptive veto of mining here in Alaska by the EPA. Now that this precedent has been set, expect it to be vigorously used and abused by the EPA to shut down future mines throughout the rest of the U.S.

July 18, 2014

If any of us needed another reminder that the US Senate is being led by a bunch of clueless demagogues comes a failed vote to overturn the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby opinion.

If any of us needed another reminder that the US Senate is being led by a bunch of clueless demagogues comes a failed vote to overturn the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby opinion.

June 28, 2014

The Center for Immigration Studies released a report on immigration since the year 2000 late this week. The basic conclusions of the report, created using government supplied data, finds that over the last 14 years, there has been no increase in the number of Native Americans holding a job while 5.7 million immigrants hold new jobs over that period.

A pair of stories hit the Internet tubes this week about immigration. Individually, each would be sufficiently infuriating. Taken together, they paint an awful picture of a completely out of control administration, a cynical attempt to create new democrat voters, and an equally spineless congress.

June 28, 2014

Now that the IRS has demonstrated itself fully partisan in nature and wholly unaccountable, what do we do? This is not the only agency that has chosen sides in the political wars, though it is certainly the worst, as it is the agency with the most power over our daily lives (though the EPA , DHS, (In)Justice, and FDA are certainly vying for that designation).

Now that the IRS has demonstrated itself fully partisan in nature and wholly unaccountable, what do we do? This is not the only agency that has chosen sides in the political wars, though it is certainly the worst, as it is the agency with the most power over our daily lives (though the EPA , DHS, (In)Justice, and FDA are certainly vying for that designation).

May 17, 2014

The most important thing about this fight is what the EPA is not publicly saying. The entire anti-Pebble action is an attempt by the EPA to subvert existing public law so as to set itself up as the sole regulator of watersheds nationwide, usurping statutory authority given the Army Corps of Engineers and the states.

April 13, 2014

The EPA assessment of the impact of the proposed Pebble mine in 2011 claimed to address local concern about the project, which the EPA simply couldn’t ignore. As it turns out, that was all a big lie. The results were pre-ordained and anti-mining groups worked closely with the EPA well before the assessment process was announced.