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Editor's note: Mike Doogan is an Alaska State House Representative, author and former newspaper columnist. This commentary appeared in his legislative e-newsletter on March 2, 2012.

We had big fun in the House of Representatives Wednesday...

Mike Doogan

Some folks from Texas want to strip-mine the Chuitna River watershed on the west side of Cook Inlet so they can send coal to China. To get to the coal, they want to destroy 11 miles of Middle Creek, a beautiful stream that is home to several species of wild Alaskan salmon.

This would be the first time in state history we would allow mining directly through a wild salmon stream. If our governor and the state agencies allow this project to proceed, it will set a horrendous precedent that will jeopardize wild Alaska salmon forever...

Jim Rearden

Editor's note: The following is an edited transcript of a speech delivered by Scott Minerd, chief investment officer of Guggenheim Partners LLC, at the 2011 Arctic Imperative Summit in Girdwood. He will be speaking to the Alaska World Affairs Council at noon Friday , March 2, at the Egan Center in Anchorage.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, there was an economic model which became very popular called Mercantilism. Under Mercantilism, the nations of Europe expanded their territories into new regions and extracted resources from them. Those nations then brought the resources and wealth back to their homes...

Scott Minerd

Alaska's current petroleum tax system, Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share (ACES), was an ill-conceived policy pushed through by then-Gov. Sarah Palin in 2007. When ACES was voted on in the Senate, I was one of only five senators who voted against it. My reason was simple: I felt then and I still feel that ACES is anything but "equitable" and that under ACES the government take at high oil prices is excessive...

Sen. Bert Stedman

Editor's note: The following commentary was first featured in Make-A-Scene , a monthly community publication serving readers in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. It is the fourth installment in a series through which Mr. Kohring intends to tell his own side of the federal probe of public corruption in Alaska...

Vic Kohring

Editor's note: The following commentary first appeared at Dr. Widerquist's Alaska Dividend Blog and is published here with permission...

Karl Widerquist

It’s time to build the Port MacKenzie Rail Extension, a 32-mile rail link that will connect the Alaska Railroad near the city of Houston to the deep draft facilities at Port MacKenzie. This nearly flat grade and shorter route from Interior Alaska to tidewater has the potential to deliver Alaska’s resources more economically than any transportation option available today...

John Moosey

Since my daughter was born 11 months ago, I have only gone to a movie theater one time until this last weekend, when I watched “On the Ice.” My wife Kiana kept telling me our daughter would get restless and disturb the other guest watching the film. I must say she was right, and I was able to watch two- thirds of the movie and had to listen to the rest from the hallway so my daughter could talk and play. The film was excellent to watch and was well worth making the effort with my energetic 11-month-old...

Jason Evans

Just one day after a drilling well explosion on Alaska’s North Slope, the House of Representatives voted to open 1.5 million acres of the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. Unable to find enough votes to pass drilling measures as part of a comprehensive transportation bill, House leadership has resorted to political gimmicks to further the agenda of Big Oil...

Dan Ritzman
To: U.S. Representative Don Young CC: Alaska Democrats; Alaska Republicans Subject: The Sun Rising

Dear Congressman,

Well, you've done it again. For the 21st time, you've jumped into the ring and dared all comers for a seat as Alaska's lone congressman. Although there was some speculation last year whether or not your current term would be your last, we haven't been concerned, for a change. We knew that you're in good health and haven't shown any decline in fighting spirit. Just as we know the sun rises in the East, and that your campaign logo will never change, we The Concerned know that as long as you draw breath, you'll keep bidding to represent everyone who votes for you. And probably then some...

Scott Woodham

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