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Alice Rogoff

As Bill Walker and Byron Mallott prepare to lead we Alaskans for the next four years, I humbly share my experience based on watching changes of administrations over the years, be it in Washington D.C., or in Alaska.

The honeymoon will be painfully short. And the window for the “Unity” ticket to make big change will only stretch slightly longer. So being decisive will be important for the Walker administration, from the first day, from the inaugural speech...

Alice Rogoff

This election season is turning out to be one of the most crucial in Alaska's history. Some even call it “Statehood II” because to them, the fights over shares of resources and political self-determination recall battles that many thought were resolved.

In the early years of statehood, I’m told, most Alaskans thought of themselves as familiar with their neighbors, with their viewpoints and aspirations. Even if they didn't agree with one another, people at least agreed that building a young state would demand more of its residents, politically as well as physically. Disagreement was accepted; disrespect was discouraged...

Alice Rogoff

Some of you will be understandably surprised as you pick up your Sunday newspaper. It looks similar, but the name has changed. The Anchorage Daily News has now become Alaska Dispatch News.

For those of you who also read us online, you’ve watched over the past 12 days as we combined the old Daily News website with our online-only news source, Alaska Dispatch. As of this weekend, we are known as Alaska Dispatch News in print too. The name "ADN," by which many people have come to call the Anchorage Daily News over the years, lives on at adn.com ...

Alice Rogoff
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After weeks and weeks of nonstop rain and wind, a blue sky and light breeze beckons to the Alaskan pilot: VFR Flying Day!...

Alice Rogoff

We now have a national Arctic strategy document issued by the White House. Of course, it doesn’t say everything Alaskans had hoped for. But it is a big step, all very constructive, and an invitation to us to “put meat on the bones."

As a resident of this great state, the potential of this subject strikes me as so important that we should focus on it while taking our minds off the narrower subject of our oil and gas economic lifeline. I believe Arctic development IS the future of this state, much as it surely will encompass oil-and-gas development for some decades...

Alice Rogoff

We are safely home and snug in the big city of Anchorage. All of us -- your pilot scribes and our two journalists -- feel a bit wiser for the experiences of the last 10 days, as well as humbled. The kindness of strangers was overwhelming. Visits with friends scattered across 1,000 miles were always enriching. And the welcome given to us in every village was uniformly wonderful.

The trip west had been bursting with activity and a sense of anticipation. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race felt different each time the terrain and climate changed, and that frenetic quality drove our timetables...

Alice Rogoff,Burke Mees
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The trip west had been bursting with activity and a sense of anticipation. The race felt different each time the terrain and climate changed, and that frenetic quality drove our timetables...

Alice Rogoff

With a busy flying schedule, we’re a few days behind in writing. At last posting, it was Friday, when we had negotiated bad weather all day to get to the Bering Sea coast at Unalakleet. Our journalists were stranded back on the Yukon River at Anvik. Saturday’s first task was to retrieve them...

Alice Rogoff

UNALAKLEET – Over the past few days, as a dreaded Bering Sea storm moved north, all Iditarod flying felt the consequences. Dog food deliveries arrived late to checkpoints. Officials and race-watchers were grounded. And it hammered home the old Alaska flying adage, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait” while reminding everyone how dependent “The Last Great Race” is on aviation.

Earlier this week, we were pleased our airplane was tied down on the exposed Anvik airstrip firmly enough to withstand a hurricane. But at 2 a.m. Thursday, when Martin Buser arrived in the village and sat down to a five-course gourmet dinner as the first musher to the Yukon River, the wind was dead calm.

That was the last calm we’d feel for a while...

Alice Rogoff,Burke Mees

Thursday, March 7, 2013

ANVIK -- Day four of race flying was spent waiting for snow to stop falling in the Iditarod checkpoint community of McGrath. An early morning pickup of the journalists in Nikolai (they had slept there in the school/checkpoint) was followed by a very long weather delay in McGrath for all four of us...

Alice Rogoff,Burke Mees

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