SB 23 puts Naloxone in the hands of overdose lifesavers We all know heroin is killing more of our loved ones. Sen. Johnny Ellis of Anchorage and cosponsor, Sen. Dennis Egan of Juneau, have a bill, Senate Bill 23 that would allow a medication that stops overdoses, Naloxone, to be distributed at pharmacies over the counter and by trained agencies. It has already passed the Senate. Please email your House member. Ask them to support SB 23 in its entirety. Other states have already passed the same laws. Those states include Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Naloxone is a medication that blocks the effects of opioids (heroin and other opiate painkillers...Alaska Dispatch News
Why is it that each time I see a proposal to solve Alaska’s fiscal problems, it includes a raid on the Alaska Permanent Fund? The Permanent Fund receives only a fraction (25 percent of the state’s royalty share) of the money Alaska receives from the companies that tap the oil found on state lands at the North Slope. That’s land we the people of Alaska own in common. It’s as if those who would plunder the Permanent Fund have bought retirement homes far from Alaska and want to spend our last hope for our own future rather than pay their share before they leave. When the Permanent Fund was proposed, I was the president of the state Senate and a close friend and ally of Gov. Jay Hammond, one of the true champions of the fund. We proposed that 25 percent of all money received from oil bonuses...Clem Tillion
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker’s scolding of the state’s industry partners in the large Alaska LNG Project has opened a rare window into the kinds of often-difficult commercial negotiations that always accompany large industrial ventures involving several partners. The big oil and gas companies always speak politely about cooperating (the public believes they’re in collusion) but in reality, behind the scenes, they argue a lot. The final result, while messy, is usually agreement, but there are often wounded feelings. Walker unloaded his frustrations over the glacial pace of negotiations during a press conference following his call for a special session of the Legislature in late October to deal with the gas project. The governor had hoped to include completed agreements on the special session...Tim Bradner
“ Alaska’s police get on board body camera trend ,” read the headline of an Alaska Dispatch News story on October 4th. The trend is national in scope with the Justice Department announcing last May a $20 million grant program for police body worn cameras -- and that’s just part of an ambitious $263 million program to equip 50,000 officers. Departments around the country are scrambling for the federal money. The Dispatch story also reported that police officials here say implementing body cameras isn’t a big change given the long-standing use of vehicle dashboard cameras and audio recorders. That position is contradicted by national headlines heralding numerous thorny legal and legislative issues raised by police body cameras. Alaskans might want these issues addressed before the first...Val Van Brocklin
Cox’s view lacks perspective I can’t help but comment on Dr. Cox’s callous observations about the plight of the citizens of King Cove (ADN, Oct. 5). The cannery has been active there since the early 1900s and the Aleuts have been there for at least 4,000 years. King Cove was locked in place (forever to be roadless) by the passage of the 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. These weren’t Alaska people pushing that legislation through. The state of Alaska has offered to trade about 43,000 acres in exchange for the 17-mile corridor (approximately 103.8 acres assuming a 50-foot wide corridor). Not a bad trade. All of this is apparently about the black brant. I suppose while Dr. Cox is walking down a plowed sidewalk from his heated office, to his favorite latte shop in Nome,...Alaska Dispatch News
I have lived in King Cove for all of my life. My husband and I are raising our family here. I hope that our daughters will want to do the same. So it is astounding to me that someone with Dr. Cox’s medical training and lack of knowledge about this region of Southwest Alaska, would write a commentary so filled with anger and so lacking in human compassion. As far as anyone here knows, Dr. Cox has never set foot in King Cove, much less visited our clinic or seen what our fierce weather is like firsthand. He seems to have talked to someone from Cold Bay, and from his own words, he knows a lot about the villages around Nome. It’s equally clear that he has no idea what it’s like to wonder whether he or his loved ones will die while waiting for help to arrive. I don’t wonder what that feels...Etta Kuzakin
So, this week, I suppose I should be outraged that Gov. Bill Walker spent $50,000 to hire consultants ahead of President Obama’s trip to Alaska. I just can’t get there. Granted, I did write that I was upset that the Legislature spent more than $90,000 to travel to a conference in Seattle, but it wasn’t the $90,000 total that bothered me so much as the outrageous individual costs that staffers clearly spent with no concern as to how those expenditures would play in the public sphere. The problem is when they were booking $400-a-night hotels, renting cars to drive around downtown, summoning Uber Black, hailing taxis and eating steak and lobster, or whatever it is they did in Seattle, the budget crunch was clearly the last thing on their mind. They had to know that the Alaska Dispatch News,...Mike Dingman
About 100 years ago, Jack London wrote a classic tale of a cheechako who tried and ultimately failed to get a fire started to keep himself from freezing in his short story, “To Build a Fire.” The guy in the story makes some rudimentary mistakes, but how many of us would be thinking clearly when hypothermic and freezing at 50 below? For that matter, how good are most of us at starting a fire in a wood stove at home? I have used wood fires as my only household heat the past 45 or 50 years. I can build you a fire in a hurry at home, but put me in the woods, with cold rain soaking everything, and it gets more challenging. I recall a trip in Prince William Sound a few years back that Ray Akvik and I took. We spent 10 days in May in an open skiff cruising the Sound. It rained nine and a half of...John Schandelmeier
Between you and me, what is supposed to happen on Oct. 17 is absurd. I don’t believe it can happen. My disbelief is supported by various reactions to my goal, which is to complete an Ironman triathlon (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile run). Friends have called competing in this kind of race “narcissistic.” One friend joked, “Are you doing this just so you can write about it?” My father called it “meshuggeneh” (meaning crazy in Yiddish), then asked, “Is that even healthy, honey?” Others just stare and nod slowly as I list the distances. Despite my skepticism, I’ve plodded along through my training plan since April. The plan promises to culminate in completing the race, if only I follow it as best I can. And I have. The hardest part is not the actual work. The hardest part is...Alli Harvey
FAIRBANKS -- Something’s wrong with the gasoline price signs in Fairbanks. Instead of prices close to those in Anchorage, the signs are showing a 60-cent premium in Fairbanks. The powers that be at our premier gasoline dealers -- Fred Meyer, Safeway, Sam’s Club, Tesoro, etc. -- might want to check their numbers. Perhaps it’s a math mistake or an electronic glitch from the power outage last week. More likely it just proves the adage that gas prices never drop as fast as they rise. Until one of the big retailers drops the price, the others are not going to move. There is nothing illegal about keeping prices high -- or cutting them -- unless the companies communicate with each other. Of all the daily pricing decisions store owners and managers make, this one has the highest local profile...Dermot Cole