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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

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.

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.

April 5, 2015

One of the rites of spring for my youngest and me is to take an afternoon in April and attend the Great Alaska Sportsman’s Show here in Anchorage. Part of the reason is to look at all the new toys. Part is to reconnect with people I know. Part is to take a look at the anti-development jackals and see what their latest pack of lies is.
 

One of the rites of spring for my youngest and me is to take an afternoon in April and attend the Great Alaska Sportsman’s Show here in Anchorage. It tends to refocus the mind from removing ice and snow from the driveway to preparing for the upcoming fishing and hunting season here in Alaska.

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 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/

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 16, 2015

It is always fun to speculate what comes next in the political world. Today’s episode concerns former US Senator Mark Begich and what he is going to do next.

It is always fun to speculate what comes next in the political world. Today’s episode concerns former US Senator Mark Begich and what he is going to do next.

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.

January 7, 2015

Now that Alaskan commercial fishermen have opted out of the Board of Fish process and started managing their and other resources via lawsuits and ballot initiatives, it is not surprising that local sport fishermen are now starting to use that same technique on them.

December 31, 2014

Governor Bill Walker issued an administrative order Friday, December 26, 2014 directing all state agencies to stop non-obligated spending on the following six projects: the Ambler Road, Juneau Access Road, Watana Dam, Kodiak Launch Project, Knik Arm Crossing, and the Alaska Stand-Alone Pipeline Project.

December 24, 2014

There is a 200 mile proposed road in Alaska starting near Fairbanks and stretching west and north to give access to a mining district in the region. It is called the Ambler Road and is in the midst of route selection. There are few roads in that part of the state.

There is a 200 mile proposed road in Alaska starting near Fairbanks and stretching west and north to give access to a mining district in the region. It is called the Ambler Road and is in the midst of route selection. There are few roads in that part of the state. http://www.ambleraccess.org/projects/ambler/index.html

December 14, 2014

Our “good friends” from NOAA (/sarc) in their effort to “assist” offshore oil and gas exploration and development in the Arctic and Bering Seas designated over 350,000 square miles of Barents, Chukchi and Bering Seas as critical habitat for the protection of the threatened ringed seal.

December 6, 2014

Sue Asplund of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association fired the next round of anti-development cage rattling on the editorial pages of the Dispatch Thursday, this one calling for cancelling oil and gas leases in Bristol Bay for all time. The excuse once again is any development will instantly and irrevocably destroy the fishery for all time.

December 2, 2014

When we elect a lawyer as governor and they bring their fellow lawyers into the new government, one would logically question whose interests are being pursued? Those of the people of Alaska or those of the law firms employing those lawyers? This is the very essence of crony capitalism.

 

 

 

 

When we elect a lawyer as governor and they bring their fellow lawyers into the new government, one would logically question whose interests are being pursued? Those of the people of Alaska or those of the law firms employing those lawyers? This is the very essence of crony capitalism.

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 31, 2014

The anti-mining beat goes on, this time in Southeast Alaska, where commercial fishermen and our close personal friends from Trout Unlimited and other greens are trying regulate into oblivion several new mines in British Columbia at the headwaters of several salmon rivers in Southeast.

October 23, 2014

Democrat candidate Bill Walker had himself a most interesting week this last one. Not only did he take mutually exclusive positions on budget cutting, but he covered up his own campaign incompetence with some good old Messenger Shooting.

Democrat candidate Bill Walker had himself a most interesting week this last one. Not only did he take mutually exclusive positions on budget cutting, but he covered up his own campaign incompetence with some good old Messenger Shooting.

First the budget festivities.

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 13, 2014

I have been scratching my head for a long time about the successful use of endless and fraudulent scaremongering by commercial fishermen, greens, other fishing groups whenever the resource development community wants to dig, cut, build, or otherwise rearrange the land and what is on it.

I am usually a “you break it, you own it” kind of guy in my daily life. I have been scratching my head for a long time about the successful use of endless and fraudulent scaremongering by commercial fishermen, greens, other fishing groups whenever the resource development community wants to dig, cut, build, or otherwise rearrange the land and what is on it.

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.