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Shannyn Moore

These past few weeks have been bad ones for the Pebble Partnership and its attorneys.

Here’s the statement issued last week by Pebble Limited Partnership, the Pebble Mines Corp. and Jermain, Dunnagan & Owens, their law firm, the defendants, and the Renewable Resources Coalition, the plaintiffs, in a long-running lawsuit...

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“This culture of mistrust and failed leadership in the Guard ends now,” Gov. Parnell said.

It’s about damn time. There are a few victims -- both of rape and retaliation -- who wonder why it didn’t end when the governor first learned of it almost five years ago.

November 2010, the governor was made aware of the culture of victimization by the Adjutant General Thomas Katkus of the Alaska National Guard. Military officers had risked their careers to tell the governor personally that female soldiers had been sexually assaulted by other Guard members and that those assaults were not only not investigated, they were covered up by senior officers...

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There’s a game most of us play. It’s called “What Could Go Wrong?” You know, like, "I’m going to hand my 9-year-old an automatic weapon -- What Could Go Wrong?" Or, "Why not go bare-headed and drive a motorcycle really fast? What Could Go Wrong?" Then there is the always present, "Why don’t we build a giant mine at the headwaters of the largest sockeye salmon fishing run in the entire world? What Could Go Wrong?"

Many Alaskans have asked this question regarding the Pebble mine over the last decade. When the state government seemed to answer “nothing could go wrong,” tribes, fishermen and many others invited the Environmental Protection Agency to study and report...

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Congratulations, Alaska! Thirty-one percent of registered voters decided for 100 percent of us what is “best for Alaska” in an election this week.

Last week I knew we were in trouble when employees of oil companies were bussed to the early polls. Buses with gift baskets and snacks. Must be nice. The election worker balked when I asked for a Republican ballot. I smiled. I voted.

Voting early on Tuesday, I drove into town and kept seeing signs made of bed sheets on the overpasses. One in particular got to me. It was the eight gold stars with “Vote Yes” in that perfect Alaska blue...

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I listened to a public radio story this week about Anchorage neighbors and their sign war. They are friends who trade snow plow work for boat storage space but can’t talk about the most important vote for Alaskans in my lifetime. Instead, they keep making their signs taller and bigger.

Another woman had her “Yes on One” sign burned in her yard and a “No” one put beside it. I have friends who are on their fifth sign because they keep disappearing.

That’s what millions of dollars have bought and brought to our state. Sign wars -- millions of dollars' worth of printed ammo for neighbors to spar with. We’ve lost revenue as an owner state and now also the ability to discuss a topic vital to our communities...

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We all know that guy. You know, the one who no matter what story is being told, he’s got one up on it. If you got a mosquito bite he punched a bear.

I’m watching the Republican primary for U.S. Senate closely and they all seem like that guy. Who can out-crazy whom?

Case in point this week was the questionnaire filled out by the candidates for an organization that raises money on hating gays and trying to control the reproductive choices of women. The group claims to work for Alaskan family values but doesn’t weigh in on minimum wage increases or food and housing security for those in need. Their only questions pertain to women’s rights and the “sanctity of marriage.” (Please note they don’t ask if the candidates would vote to make divorce illegal.)...

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I was thinking of writing about less controversial things this week... you know, like fish allocation wars or immigration. I’m never sure what’s going to throw people down a rabbit hole of rage, so I’ve decided to focus on a Top 5 list that I would hope we Alaskans could all get in agreement with...

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Last week, I began my column by asking: “Ever fallen for a satirical story on the web? You know, it can be really hard to differentiate between made-up crazy and actual crazy.”

I got an answer. Turns out Craig Medred can’t tell the difference between reality and hyperbole...

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Ever fallen for a satirical story on the web? You know, it can be really hard to differentiate between made-up crazy and actual crazy. Satirists like Jon Stewart and The Onion have had to step up their game to out-crazy the wingnuttery that has become a daily reality in American politics. (Hat tip to you, Sarah Leadfoot.)

This week I saw a story I thought must be a joke. I have to hand it to Gov. Sean Parnell: he can still manage to parody himself. Truly impressive. He’s such a caricature of himself I couldn’t decide whether to laugh or cry.

Consider this paragraph fair warning: If you read on, your coffee may end up flying out of your nose and onto your newspaper or computer screen. You’re welcome...

Shannyn Moore

Do you remember the first time you saw a “No Pebble” sticker or heard of the fight against the largest open pit mine at the headwaters of the last great salmon fisheries?

I do. It was a decade ago. A David-and-Goliath story. One that has a new development.

Oh, if you listen to the national Chamber of Commerce, Sen. Lisa Murkowski or the newest paid mouth for the Pebble Partnership, Tom Collier, they portray the gargantuan mine as David.

Sorry, shills. Not so fast.

On Friday the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft of its plan to protect the watershed, the salmon and the people of Bristol Bay from the threat of large-scale mining like that proposed by Pebble...

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