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Pot fumigation sickening

I’m sure I am in the minority on this, but has anyone considered that marijuana can make people sick? I have never had a pleasant experience with marijuana, I do not even get a contact high. I simply get nauseated. Unfortunately, my condo building neighbors tend to enjoy it. Last December, I could not walk to my units door without walking through a cloud of it, and I don’t rent, I own. Moving is not exactly a feasible option. If it passes, my building will smell like Christmas in the worst way all the time.

Where do you draw the line between the people who want the freedom to enjoy pot, and the people who want the freedom to breath clean air in their own home without becoming ill?

— Cory Arlian Anchorage...

Alaska Dispatch News

My name is Wally Page. I’ve been a Cook Inlet commercial fisherman since before statehood. I’m nobody special, just a regular Alaskan working hard to support my family. I’m not someone “in the news.” Nevertheless, on July 21 of this year, the Alaska Dispatch News published a long article entitled, " Fish wars obscure need to manage for economic yield ." It was written by regular Dispatch columnist Craig Medred and focused on me...

Wally Page

The signs on the Glenn Highway say “Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson” today. But when my family drove the Alcan and arrived in Anchorage the sign said “Welcome to Fort Richardson.” We spent the next five years on post and my first job was bagging groceries at the commissary for tips. When I drive past one of the signs today, I still remember being young and having my father put in a long day at “Fort Rich.”

Political campaigns can take some startling turns, and my family is familiar with the ups and downs of the campaign trail. As my husband Mark Begich campaigns across Alaska for the U.S. Senate in this November’s election what I miss the most is my father, U.S. Army Col. Lou Bonito...

Deborah Bonito

I would like to take this opportunity to clear up a few misconceptions about the proposed Juneau road, the Lynn Canal Highway.

First, a bit of history.

When Gov. Bill Egan initiated the ferry system in 1962, it was never meant to provide a permanent solution to transportation in Southeast Alaska.

In fact, the marine highway was conceived as an interim service to coastal communities. Road links were always envisioned as the young state developed its infrastructure and began to plan for future growth...

Sandy Williams

During our planet's most recent cold period, a slab of ice smothered Manhattan. Canada looked like Antarctica but with no protruding mountains. When the last glacial maximum peaked about 20,000 years ago, most of the continent -- from the Arctic Ocean to the Missouri River -- slept under a blanket of white.

Alaska was different. The area that would become Anchorage and the rest of Southcentral, Southeast, and the Alaska Peninsula were under ice, but Interior Alaska was green. Why, when blue ice buried North America, was Fairbanks ice-free?...

Ned Rozell

Recently Alaska Dispatch News published an essay by John Schandelmeier regarding BLM's opening of the Paxson Closed Area to subsistence hunting. John and I have spent countless wasteful hours over the past two decades disagreeing on almost everything conceivable. On this issue, however, we could not possibly be more in agreement...

Audubon L. Bakewell IV

The governor's race in Alaska has taken an interesting turn with independent Republican Bill Walker jumping out of his party and platform to team with Byron Mallott, the Democrats' candidate aligned with Begich and Obama. If this alliance wins, then it will have a major impact on the ongoing gas line projects. Some say that this race is now reminiscent of the Palin or Hickel races, but there are major differences...

Lance Roberts
NPS right to limit predator controls

It is with great concern that I have followed the recent debate regarding the Alaska Board of Game decision to extend predator controls across the boundaries of national parklands in Alaska. The rationale for this move is that wolves and bears are substantially reducing the opportunity for Alaska residents to harvest moose, caribou and other prey animals. The National Park Service has repeatedly requested that the control program not be applied to national parklands as it runs directly counter to the basic resource management policies and principles of the National Park Service Organic Act and to the intent of ANILCA, the founding legislation that brought these parklands into existence. To date, the Board of Game has denied the NPS request...

Alaska Dispatch News

It's with genuine sadness that I've recently learned of the threat to the Alaska Quarterly Review's continued publication. My first published story appeared in AQR, a piece called "Gaining Ground" that went on to be shortlisted for a Pushcart Prize and to appear in my collection, "If I loved you, I would tell you this,"​ a book shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor Short Story Prize. It's a story that more than a decade later, remains one of my own favorites among my work...

Robin Black

Four years ago, a man named Bill Fulton -- Drop Zone Bill to many -- became a hero to Alaska's ultraconservative right after he manhandled and handcuffed Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger at a rally for Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller.

The move put the media and media behavior smack in the middle of the 2010 state Senate race.

Flash forward four years to the next statewide Alaska election and guess what? The media is smack in the middle of a statewide election debate once again, though the circumstances are decidedly dissimilar this time...

Craig Medred