No one has kept an exact count, but the state has invested about $1 billion in recent years to promote oil and gas development in Cook Inlet through tax breaks and direct cash payments to companies.

The result, supporters say, is a record of investment and development that has transformed the energy industry in Southcentral Alaska. As Anchorage Republican Sens. Anna MacKinnon and Cathy Giessel wrote in a recent opinion column , “in just the last three years, Cook Inlet tax credits have taken us from brown-out drills in Anchorage to affordable energy for another decade.”...

Dermot Cole
Skin color is God-given

I, personally had no choice as to where I was born, or the color of my skin.

This was done by the creator I call God.

If you have a problem with this, please take it up with him.

Stop killing the innocent.

— Eva Aulston Anchorage

Thomas rings hollow

It’s nice Cal Thomas applauds those who forgive the South Carolina terrorist who murdered nine Americans for being black (Commentary, June 23). Cal even showed compassion for the terrorist whom he described as a “troubled young man,” but Thomas didn’t specify what the troubles were. Was Roof traumatized because some Americans are black?...

Don’t erase indigenous name

I disagree with Jim Lieb’s article titled “Let voters decide Mount McKinley, Denali debate” (ADN, Wednesday).

The highest mountain in the Northern Hemisphere should reclaim the name given by the indigenous people, thousands of years before we changed it. It will be welcome news when Anglo-Americans no longer feel the need to erase the knowledge, names, and traditions of all others.

Common decency dictates we return it to its true name, Mount Denali.

— Philip Labay Mikes Anchorage

Give me my PFD, or death

Cut the fat. Bring in more. Spend less. Get quality, not quantity — and until then you’ll have to rip the PFD from my cold, dead hands. But that would presuppose you were still in a position to do so...

Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska has the best resource management system in the world.” If you’ve been here a while, you’ve heard that statement in some form or another. But in Cook Inlet, it’s increasingly hard to believe we’re managing our resources in a sustainable fashion. In the 1970s, Kachemak Bay was thick with shrimp, and king and tanner crab, but those populations crashed and have never come back.

While oceanic regime shifts – specifically, temperature – probably played a leading role moving Kachemak Bay from a habitat more conducive for fin fish, like halibut, pollock, and cod, than shellfish, the harvest pressure just before the shrimp and crab populations crashed was significant...

Bob Shavelson

The “Imagining Anchorage” centennial celebration just completed at the Anchorage Museum should direct attention to the importance and the success of one of the city’s oldest and most significant civic organizations, the Cook Inlet Historical Society.

A volunteer, private, nonprofit agency, the Society was established in 1955, primarily by Evangeline Atwood, civic leader and wife of the publisher of the Anchorage Daily Times, then the largest circulation newspaper in the territory, and Elmer Rasmuson, owner and president of the National Bank of Alaska, who would later become the greatest philanthropist in the state...

Steve Haycox

In 1910, the head of the computing division of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey offered a detailed set of careful calculations about the height of the biggest mountain in North America, three years before anyone set foot on the summit.

“It is believed that the value (20,300 feet) for the elevation of Mount McKinley is correct within 150 feet,” William Bowie wrote in a government report.

We’ll soon have a good idea of just how close the early surveyors came to the mark when they took the measure of Denali from afar...

Dermot Cole
Reasonable people doubt reason on climate change

“Why deny?” That’s my new mantra. Instead of seeing climate change as simply some vast “liberal” conspiracy,” why deny? Can we ever determine exactly how much humans have contributed to climate change? No. Is our climate changing — for the “relative” worse? Yes. So, why deny?

And whether or not you are Christian — whether or not you are a Catholic Christian — you don’t even have to look Outside to confirm Pope Francis’ assertion that the impact of climate change is greatest on those least able to absorb it. I spent two weeks in Shishmaref last summer and saw the evidence first hand...

Alaska Dispatch News

At the fire retardant supply depot on the east end of the Fort Wainwright runway, the pilot of an Erickson Aero Tanker plane received the coordinates for a new blaze requiring a 4,000-gallon bath on a hot and smoky afternoon.

“Tanker one-zero-one, you’ll be rolling west of Fairbanks,” the dispatch center said, and the twin-engine MD-87 jet was soon roaring toward its next target.

In a nearby one-story office the other day, Rick Thompson monitored radio traffic and air traffic, governing a bombing campaign aimed at the flaming forests of Interior Alaska...

Dermot Cole

In the wake of highly publicized officer-involved shootings, the White House formed a task force made up of police, academicians, community activists and youth leaders. Among the recommendations of their final report, issued just last month, they urged,

“Law enforcement should embrace a guardian -- rather than a warrior -- mindset to build trust and legitimacy both within agencies and with the public.”...

Val Van Brocklin

NEWHALEN -- The first time I fished the Branch was late in the summer of 1974. Cal Martin, his son Danny, and I teamed up that summer to commercial fish for pink salmon near Graveyard Point in the Kvichak district on Bristol Bay. When the season was over, Cal wanted his setnet skiff taken to Newhalen, on the north shore of Lake Illiamna.

The distance from Graveyard Point to Newhalen is approximately 150 miles, and it is home to some of the best rainbow trout fishing in Alaska -- perhaps the world. The Kvichak River, near its outlet on Illiamna at Igiugig, is known for huge rainbow trout...

John Schandelmeier