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Is it a coincidence that I have walked down the same path nearly every day for 15 years or so, and have never seen the root holding the big rock, bigger than a bowling ball, skyward, just a few feet off the trail, until two days ago? And now I cannot miss it. Even odder, my dog-walking friend noticed it the same day -- and we even wondered if high tides could have tossed the log up. Or the wind. Or a bear. But when we investigated, it clearly has been on that spot a long, long time...

Heather Lende

Bristol Bay is about salmon, and one of the few fisheries of its kind remaining in the world. This is an indisputable fact I’ve witnessed firsthand over my almost 40-year career in the fishery business in the bay. In my current capacity as President/CEO of the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp. I remain, more than ever, committed to the economic health of our region...

Norm Van Vactor

I bet you didn’t know that there were two justice and personal accountability systems in Alaska for lawbreakers -- one for citizens and a special, secret one for us lawyers.

The first, of course, is the criminal justice system where any of us can be arrested if a law enforcement officer believes we probably committed a crime. That’s called “probable cause” and it’s a fairly low standard of proof. The next higher standard of proof is pretty much the same. If a jury in a civil case thinks that you are probably right on the law and the facts, you win. In a criminal case the prosecutor must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that you committed a crime. That’s the highest standard in the law and it makes sense because your freedom is at stake...

Brant McGee

A recent opinion piece by John Pletcher raised questions about the Alaska Railroad right-of-way. Mr. Pletcher suggests the Alaska Railroad Corp. -- the public corporation that owns and operates the state’s railroad -- has overstepped its authority over the ROW and is attempting to undermine private property rights. That is not the case, and the railroad appreciates this opportunity to set the record straight...

Linda Leary
Poetic crash landing

In honor of Bad Poetry Day (Monday) and National Aviation Day (Tuesday):

Alaska pilots are bush. They fly by the seat of their tush. But the weather gets crazy. And they surely aren’t lazy. So they walk when they’re in a real rush.

— Val Van Brocklin Anchorage...

Alaska Dispatch News

Editor's note: The commentary below differs from the version that was first published here. An earlier draft was accidentally published in this space first. We regret the error.

Polling shows that Bill Walker is the only candidate who can beat the incumbent governor in November. As a result, a target has been slapped on Bill's back...

Donna Walker

About a month ago, I got hit by a car while riding my bike.

The car drove away immediately. Incredibly, I wasn’t hurt or even knocked off my bike. (Later, the only evidence I found was a cracked Tupperware in my bike pannier, which is incredible when you think about other possible outcomes of cyclist versus car.) This experience, coupled with the knowledge of three tragic bicycling deaths already in Anchorage this year, led me to reflect on what it means to safely ride a bike and drive a car in this town...

Alli Harvey

Alaska is big place that offers big opportunities, but also presents some big challenges. For too long, high energy costs have put strains on family budgets and continue to push businesses from profitability to bankruptcy. The rising price of fuel, remote locations, and lack of statewide infrastructure requires creative, reliable solutions. And while there may be no silver bullet to solve the high costs of energy, there sure is a lot of silver buckshot...

Greg Porter

This column’s deadline is before the results of yesterday’s primary are announced. So congrats to the winners, better luck next time to the runners-up and to the rest of Alaska, enjoy the brief 20 minutes of silence we will have before the onslaught of political noise leading up to the general election...

Elise Patkotak

The election is over -- well, for now at least.

Our summer has been inundated with phone calls, knocks on our doors and full-color glossy photographs with a paragraph on each one telling us why to vote for their particular candidate. At this point, we should all be experts on the very finite details of oil taxes -- instead we are likely more overwhelmed by the minutiae.

Well, it’s over, we have survived, what Alaska Dispatch News reported yesterday as the most expensive primary election in Alaska’s history , and we don’t have to do this again until November, which gives us plenty of time to enjoy the fall...

Mike Dingman

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