Gravel met the biggest national issues with brash, idealistic stands, some ahead of their time.
Alaska has arrived back where it was before its residents first showed the grit and vision that proved they deserved to be full American citizens with their own state.
If Alaska blows the money in the Permanent Fund Earnings Reserve on big dividends, there won’t be a basis upon which to grow a new economy.
Instead of making revenue fixes, legislators spent money for their own petty political benefit.
Today, we stand on the precipice of multiple industries being in trouble at once.
To figure out how we got here, we need to go back to the early 1980s, when Alaska made big decisions that reverberate today.
Last of four parts: Billions of dollars in new revenue, the birth of the PFD, the “Cheechako Tax,” a locked-door legislative coup, a bribery scandal. The shaky foundations of today’s Alaska were set.
Third of four parts: In the early 1980s, some Alaska leaders saw the issues we face now.
Second of four parts: How did our unique tax and dividend structure come to be? In 1980, funds began flooding from taxes and royalties on North Slope oil.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy only entered this drama in the final act. Alaskans wrote the script themselves a long time ago.
A reporter who was there recalls how the oil spill changed those who saw it, and the politics of oil. But then it changed back.
Alaska is ready for new beginnings. So is this ADN columnist.
Remembering Suzan Nightingale, who brought humor and empathy to Anchorage readers and won their love.
In a talk to a church, Chief of Staff Tuckerman Babcock outlined the new governor’s policy plans.
Claire Morton, who died last month, came up from poverty to become Alaska’s carnival queen.