Voices

I think I’ve developed new muscles in my forearms. I’ve been dragging around this massive suitcase for three weeks, from baggage claim to taxi, up and down flights of stairs, from a hotel to the trunk of a friend’s car. If only I were satisfied with this amount of exercise while traveling then I’d relax. I’m not -- and I’m glad!

Traveling, whether for work or play, throws my normal sleep, eating and exercise schedule for a loop. On the one hand, it’s healthy because variety is important. However, I have also found myself seriously off track while on the road, returning home sick, to a typical running route that is suddenly exhausting.

Along with my forearms, I’ve been strengthening my travel skills. Here are some ways to stay active while you’re on the road:...

Alli Harvey

The last dog race of the season on the highway system was this past weekend at Tolsona Lake near Glennallen. The snow is still good, but going fast. The weather was a bit warm for racing dogs, but ideal for recreation...

John Schandelmeier
Dan’s an embarrassment

Brett Scruton’s commentary (March 26, Opinion page) was spot on. Sen. Dan Sullivan is an embarrassment to Alaska. Dan is not Alaska’s senator; rather, he represents those who bought and paid for his seat, and votes with the obstructionist party.

— Tony Lopez Kasilof...

Alaska Dispatch News

The Alaska Board of Fisheries is made up of seven individuals from throughout Alaska. They serve all of Alaska, regardless of where they live. However it is important to have BOF members come from diverse backgrounds and geographical locations so their individual knowledge can help members who might be unfamiliar with the needs of communities other than their own. Anchorage has nearly half of the state's population with nearly as many individual users of Alaska’s fisheries resources as the total from the rest of the state. Yet it is about to be disenfranchised from representation on the BOF...

Karl Johnstone

Editor's Note: The following is the text of Gov. Bill Walker's March 26 letter to Sen. Cathy Giessel, chair of the Senate Resources Committee, making his case for a backup gas line plan and for his opposition to House Bill 132, which would limit his options in negotiating a gas line deal. A commentary from Speaker of the House Mike Chenault and Mike Hawker, chair of Senate Finance Committee, was published on the heels of Walker's letter below and is available online .

Dear Senator Giessel:...

Gov. Bill Walker

I am a full-time Alaskan farmer, husband and dad. I love being part of the agriculture industry and contributing to my community. I'd like to think I live a purpose-driven life; growing fruits and vegetables for people to consume has become my life’s work...

Arthur Keyes

It’s a heartbreaking story full of tragedy, sadness and pain. It’s the story of alcohol in Alaska, and specifically the attempts of people in small Alaska villages to mitigate the damage by controlling the flow. Unfortunately, decades after the passage of Alaska’s local option laws, liquor in one form or another is available throughout Bush Alaska. And the recent pictures on the front page of this paper of people in Bethel speaking out against a liquor store just brought to mind once again how difficult a situation it is...

Elise Patkotak
Hey, politicians, pot is legal in Alaska

Cannabis is now legal in the state of Alaska as of Feb. 24, as approved by a majority of Alaska residents via Ballot Measure 2, which states that we will regulate cannabis like alcohol. Aside from a handful of rural villages alcohol is fully legal in the state of Alaska. It can be purchased literally anywhere there is a population. You can buy and consume alcohol at many public events. Some of these events are beer, wine and alcohol trade shows...

Alaska Dispatch News

Like many who oppose protecting Denali National Park’s wolves, Pete Buist misrepresents those who support protection ( ADN, March 30 ). He argues that proponents want to increase wolf numbers in and near the park, but the real issue is preserving the opportunity to see and hear wolves...

Vic Van Ballenberghe

Anchorage has a chance to support trail bridges for $1.5 million on the bond April 7. We urge the public to invest in bridges and our economy by voting yes on Proposition 4.

There are six bridges on the Coastal Trail built in Project 80's that are in need of attention. Eleven bridges on the Chester Creek Trail and 20 on the Campbell Creek Trail are 30 years old. We must maintain our valued system of trails to keep it functional and vital.

Trails make Anchorage a great place to live, work and play. Trails connect us to recreation, jobs, fitness, nature, and community events; trails are a year-round part of our lives in this urban wilderness. Where else can you see beluga or the northern lights on your way to work in the morning?...

Eleanor Andrews,David Wight