Alice Rogoff

Mr. President, thank you for planning to spend three days visiting and exploring our great state of Alaska. No sitting president has done this since Warren Harding in 1923. We think it could be transformative for us Alaskans, as well as the nation. You’ll have the chance to see and experience the Great Land as few Americans do, and hopefully you will fly away with a new appreciation of how important Alaska is to the future of America. This is a place so fundamentally different from the rest of our nation that there is no way to grasp its people and qualities except by visiting it in person. We understand your trip is intended to showcase the face of climate change. Alaskans are sitting on the front lines of this international challenge, and we want to help find solutions. But in your time...Alice Rogoff
I am embarrassed for our state. Our Legislature seems to have caught the disease of the U.S. Congress, of gridlock and political posturing as a goal and threats of government shutdown as a solution. That isn’t the way Alaskans solve problems. This is a state of proud, self-sufficient and practical people who fix things when they’re broken. The underlying problem – the need to change our state’s financial picture – isn’t going away. While oil prices may be rising now, no one in the oil industry believes that total oil production will grow meaningfully in the next decade. We have to supplement oil revenue with other sources for the next chapter of Alaska’s future, using our own wealth and savings somehow, raising taxes of some sort, and perhaps borrowing against our wealth for long-term...Alice Rogoff
You may have recently noticed in the newspaper a larger emphasis on economic coverage. We are as concerned as you are about the severe downturn in oil prices and the uncertainty of Alaska’s future economy. Providing in-depth reporting and diverse public opinion on this topic is one of the main reasons I bought this newspaper a year ago. An honest, informed conversation about our economy is one of the best contributions we can make to Alaska. To that end, we have ramped up our daily coverage of the state fiscal crisis and launched an Economy section that appears on page A-3 every day except Mondays. Look for even more to come. Today, I want to share with you one idea that could help fund state government. Some in state government and the business community have talked about it, but there...Alice Rogoff
HUSLIA -- It's not often that a newspaper publisher wants to write a public thank you note. This is one of those times. I am lucky enough to be able to fly a Dispatch team every year in my airplane to cover the Iditarod from the air and on the ground. And that is how we came to be visitors in the Interior village of Huslia last week. (By the way, I'm told that "Huslia" is of Norwegian derivation, meaning something like "houses on a bank high above the river.") Huslia has set a new bar for hospitality and friendship. This village is home to 316 residents (the most recent of whom was born just last week) and unlike most Bush villages, its population is actually growing. Families are digging deeper roots and having more children here, and you can feel new life in the air. More importantly...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. The campaign committed to “Putting Alaska First,” a clear, simple message that resonated with a majority of voters. Alaska will hold Walker to that. Because some skeptical uncertainty will greet a nonpartisan executive branch, Walker will need a simple and clear organizing principle for his priorities. Clear messaging is the most...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. Somehow, now it feels as if larger forces have crept into our mix and are magnifying our differences. We seem more polarized; our messages seem oversimplified and...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 . For decades, the Anchorage Daily News has been a leading source of news across Alaska, its reporters crafting beautiful features about the people and places in our state, uncovering corruption and winning awards and praise for their hard work. They...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! Today I fly just for the joy of it. Destination: navigate through Lake Clark Pass from Cook Inlet and onto the magnificent lake, some 100 air miles into Southwest Alaska...
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. I am not an academic expert and I certainly don't claim to be clairvoyant. I'm just someone who cares deeply about the future of Alaska and sees the Arctic as offering us an enormous opportunity -- for better, for worse, or both...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. With the race over, the trip back east made the country below seem almost desolate by comparison. No dog teams to look for; race checkpoints already taken down; even the Iditarod Air Force pilots' radio...Alice Rogoff,Burke Mees