Voices

Alaskans came together to welcome our president to The Great Land. While we heard important points in the president's agenda, Alaskans hope that he has taken home a better perspective of our state and its resources.

The Arctic is a treasure house of natural resources which lie near or above the Arctic Circle. As a result of Alaska’s abundant Arctic land mass, the United States is an Arctic country. During the same week of the president's tour, the United States and the circumpolar nations of the North had the opportunity to address numerous causes, concerns and opportunities at the GLACIER Conference...

Frank Murkowski

When President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska at the end of August, he found the majesty and beauty of the Arctic. He witnessed the character of Alaska’s adventurous and individualistic people, and the challenges they face in stewarding a land in delicate environmental balance that is also rich in natural resources...

Kenneth Rogoff

The United States has been an Arctic nation since it purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, yet no sitting president had ever ventured to the Alaskan Arctic. That changed when President Barack Obama arrived here this week to address a conference on Arctic issues. While he has signaled his intent to focus on climate change, an important issue that affects us all, it should be one of many dimensions to our nation’s Arctic strategy...

Reggie Joule,Ron Duncan

For most of us, hunting is something we are passionate about. It brings us together with our families and friends and is part of our tradition as Alaskans. However, every responsible hunter knows safety must always be the No. 1 priority. Along the Railbelt, that not only refers to firearm safety and backcountry awareness but also to track safety...

Doug Engebretson

Alaska’s pink salmon catch is pushing 180 million fish, making it the second largest harvest ever; the 219 million pinks of 2013 remains the record.

Alaska’s humpy haul has been pushed by the record production of three regions – more than 15 million pinks were taken from the Alaska Peninsula, compared to less than 1 million last year. Kodiak’s record pink catch is nearing 30 million, triple last year’s take. And Prince William Sound’s harvest has already topped 97 million pink salmon.

All that fish goes into a competitive global market and, in a word, the pink market stinks. A glut of pinks remains from Alaska’s record 2013 catch, and devalued currencies bedevil sales overseas...

Laine Welch

The Wall Street Journal said a Chinese flotilla of five ships near Alaska " came within 12 nautical miles of the coast, making a rare foray into U.S. territorial waters, according to the Pentagon."

"Pentagon officials said late Thursday the five Chinese navy ships had passed through U.S. territorial waters as they transited the Aleutian Islands, but said they had complied with international law and didn’t do anything threatening," the Journal said...

Dermot Cole

Alaska is made up of some of the most remarkable landscapes that America has to offer, and on my three-day trip this week I made it a point to see as much as I could. But during my visit, I saw something else that has me planning a trip back as soon as possible: From Anchorage to the Arctic and from me to my advance team, you welcomed us with the warmth, generosity and kindness that makes Alaska truly beautiful...

President Barack Obama
Publisher’s private dinner list should be available to public

Whenever the president has a sit-down meeting or participates in a think tank, it’s considered public information and the White House releases the list of participants. Dispatch Publisher Alice Rogoff hosted President Barack Obama in her home on Monday night, but has refused to release the list of attendees to this secret dinner. Rogoff would only say it was “not political” and “a chance for the president to have a conversation with a diverse group of Alaskans.” Certainly it is important for the president to hear from Alaskans as he is crafting policy that affects our state. Those policies are, by nature, political. Shouldn’t Alaskans know who is informing him on them and what special interests they represent?...

Alaska Dispatch News

Last year it didn’t snow much at my favorite ski hill, and to start this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, mushers and dogs were trucked north to Fairbanks. Alaskans aren’t sure whether the meeting of diplomats and climate scientists Secretary of State John Kerry convened here this week could possibly fix this coming winter’s weather (my money’s on no), but we are hopeful the first-ever visit to the Arctic by a commander-in-chief will result in practical improvements here -- and for the world -- anyway...

Mead Treadwell

President Barack Obama’s visit to Alaska was inspiring. I eagerly watched everything I could see online : The official restoration of the name Denali, his powerful words on the climate , his visits to Resurrection Bay, and his interaction with Alaska’s Native communities. I especially loved the Yup’ik dancing (and the president showing his moves )...

Mark Trahant