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Ketchikan: Ketchikan Walmart Requires Face Masks Starting July 20th; Safeway Requires Face Masks Starting July 21st By MARY KAUFFMAN - Walmart announced Wednesday that Walmart and Sam's Clubs will be joining other companies nationwide requiring cusumers to wear masks starting July 20th. Yes, the includes Ketchikan Walmart.

The move comes two days after Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said a mask mandate in stores nationwide was "obviously something that's on our minds."

A blog posted Wednesday by By Dacona Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S., and Lance de la Rosa, Chief Operating Officer, Sam’s Club said, "As the number of confirmed cases has spiked in communities across the country recently, so too have the number and types of face covering mandates being implemented. Currently about 65 percent of our more than 5,000 stores and clubs are located in areas where there is some form of government mandate on face coverings. To help bring consistency across stores and clubs, we will require all shoppers to wear a face covering starting Monday, July 20. This will give us time to inform customers and members of the changes, post signage and train associates on the new protocols."

Quoting the blog, "While we’re certainly not the first business [Walmart] to require face coverings, we know this is a simple step everyone can take for their safety and the safety of others in our facilities. According to the CDC, face coverings help decrease the spread of COVID-19, and because the virus can be spread by people who don’t have symptoms and don’t know they are infected, it’s critically important for everyone to wear a face covering in public and social distance."

To help ensure consistency with this new process, all Walmart stores will continue to have a single entrance.

In addition to posting clear signage at the front of Walmart, Walmart has created the role of Health Ambassador and will station them near the entrance to remind those without a mask of Walmart's new requirements. Walmart's ambassadors will receive special training to help make the process as smooth as possible customers. The ambassadors, identifiable by their black polo shirts, will work with customers who show up at a store without a face covering to try and find a solution. Walmart is currently considering different solutions for customers when this requirement takes effect on Monday, July 20. - More...
Saturday PM - July 18, 2020

Alaska: Alaska Division of Employment and Training Services launches AlaskaJobs, a new comprehensive employment system - Yesterday, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Dr. Tamika L. Ledbetter announced the launch of AlaskaJobs, a comprehensive employment system that will modernize access to employment and training opportunities throughout the state.

“AlaskaJobs is a multidimensional tool to assist Alaskans with all their workforce needs,” said Commissioner Ledbetter. “AlaskaJobs is a valuable asset for our state, efficiently matching job seekers, employers and training providers while also improving delivery of grant funded workforce development services. This means more jobs for Alaskans and a brighter future for us all.”

AlaskaJobs replaces six disparate systems, making it easier for employers to list jobs, job seekers to find job postings, training information, educational opportunities, and financial aid resources. Users can log in through their myAlaska account, eliminating the need to maintain additional credentials.

AlaskaJobs provides enhanced services to four constituencies: job seekers, employers, training providers, and grant recipients. - More...
Saturday PM - July 18, 2020

Alaska: U.S. Attorney Appoints Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator for Alaska - U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced this week the appointment of E. Ingrid Cumberlidge to serve as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) Coordinator for the District of Alaska. 

As the District of Alaska’s MMIP Coordinator, Cumberlidge will gather reliable data to identify MMIP cases connected to Alaska; conduct outreach with tribal communities to assist in the creation and implementation of community action plans; coordinate with tribal, local, state, and federal law enforcement in the development of protocols and procedures for responding to and addressing MMIP cases; and promote improved data collection and analyses throughout Alaska.  Working in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage, Cumberlidge will serve tribal communities and victims throughout Alaska.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office remains committed to improving public safety in rural Alaska, and we are fortunate to have Ms. Cumberlidge join our team in this critical role,” said U.S. Attorney Schroder.  “For far too long, Alaska Natives have experienced disproportionate rates of violence, which has lasting impacts on families and communities.  Cumberlidge’s expertise will further strengthen our public safety partnerships in rural Alaska, so that we can maximize efforts and develop solutions to address this crisis.”

“The Department of Public Safety is eager to continue our partnership with the DOJ; we are committed to assisting Ms. Cumberlidge with fine-tuning missing persons data and identifying better ways to combat violence against Alaska’s indigenous people through prevention and holding offenders accountable,” said Commissioner Amanda Price, Alaska Department of Public Safety. “Through constructive collaborations between all levels of government, we can break down barriers of distrust, foster positive change, and build a safer Alaska.” - More...
Saturday PM - July 17, 2020

Alaska: New Lawsuit Argues That Alaska Officials May Not Mail Absentee Ballot Applications Only to Older Voters - Yesterday, a coalition of advocacy organizations and individuals sued Alaska Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer and the Alaska Division of Elections over their decision to mail absentee ballot applications to all registered voters age 65 and older, while leaving all younger voters to navigate the absentee ballot system on their own. The lawsuit argues that the state’s actions violate the Twenty-Sixth Amendment, which categorically prohibits age discrimination in voting, as well as other state and federal laws, including the Alaska Constitution and the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

The suit explains not only that the selective mailing is plainly unconstitutional, but that it is irrational because the State’s mailing leaves out many Alaskans who would be prime candidates to vote by absentee ballot including individuals at high risk for COVID-19 complications, individuals with disabilities, and those, including Alaska Native people, that live in rural Alaska. The selective mailing also comes at a time when COVID cases are rising and when all Alaskans, regardless of age, are being asked to reduce in-person gatherings.

The plaintiffs are the Disability Law Center, Native Peoples Action Community Fund, Alaska Public Interest Research Group, and individuals Aleija Stover and Camille Rose Nelson. Collectively, they represent constituents that are negatively impacted by the state’s arbitrary decision to prioritize voting rights of older voters over the rights of their clients.

They are represented by Scott Kendall of Holmes, Weddle, & Barcott in Anchorage, Jason Harrow of Equal Citizens, and Michael Donofrio of Stris & Maher. Harrow and Donofrio are co-authors of a recent research report entitled “Age Discrimination in Voting From Home,” released last month and available at, that explained why age discrimination in absentee balloting violates the Twenty-Sixth Amendment.

“The Constitution does not permit states to pick and choose who can vote easily and who cannot,” Harrow explained. “The Twenty-Sixth Amendment prevents any age discrimination in the process of voting, including absentee voting. Alaska officials would plainly violate the Constitution’s other voting rights amendments if they mailed absentee ballot applications only to white people, only to men, or only to voters who pay a tax—so it is astonishing that election officials think they can get away with this move because the discrimination here is ‘only’ based on age.” - More...
Saturday PM - July 18, 2020

Fish Factor: Seafood, Alaska’s top export, omitted from federal trade data By LAINE WELCH - Most Alaskans are surprised to learn that seafood is by far Alaska’s top export, the source of the state’s largest manufacturing base and its #1 private employer.

More surprising is that those simple to find facts are not included in the official trade sheet for Alaska provided by the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

The information on the USTR website, for example, incorrectly claims that petroleum and coal were Alaska’s top exports in 2018. But seafood has been state’s top export by far for decades.

“Seafood comprises over half of Alaska’s annual export value, averaging $3.3 billion annually over the past decade, averaging $5.6 billion from 20170-2018,” reports the Alaska Resource Development Council (RDC) on its fisheries page.

The USTR states that “Alaska goods exports in 2016 (latest year available) supported an estimated 37 thousand jobs.” 

Wrong again. 

Alaska’s seafood industry alone supports nearly 60,000 direct jobs and an additional 10,000 secondary jobs.

And as the RDC points out, “seafood processing is the largest manufacturing sector in Alaska, accounting for 70% of Alaska’s manufacturing employment.”

But the federal trade reps have a different take.

Under the USTR category Made in America Manufacturing Exports from Alaska and Jobs, it states: “Other top manufacturing exports are transportation equipment ($68 million), food & kindred products ($23 million), computer & electronic products ($23 million), and machinery, except electrical ($23 million).

Who knew! 

For the category Agriculture in Alaska Depends on Exports, the USTR claims that: “Alaska is the country’s 50th largest agricultural exporting state, shipping $17 million in domestic agricultural exports abroad in 2017.”

Alaska’s top agricultural products listed are “other plant products” ($14 million), “other livestock products” ($1 million), followed by “feeds and other grains, processed grain products, and beef and veal” ($326,000).

But Alaska is not alone in the seafood snub.

A review of other states’ official trade pages shows contributions by the industry are not mentioned for fishing powerhouses like Maine, Massachusetts or Louisiana and more. 

And Hawaii will be surprised to learn that, according to the federal trade office, its largest exports also are petroleum and coal – although it has no reserves of either! 

Overall, the USTR state trade data is poorly defined, loaded with incorrect facts and figures, provides no attribution, and each page looks like a sloppy cut and paste job tossed together with no expertise or interest.

Hopefully, the issue will draw the attention of Robert DeHaan who on Friday was appointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee that covers trade in animal products. 

DeHaan is the Vice President for Government Affairs at the National Fisheries Institute and has worked at the senior government level in both trade and transportation. The committee advises the government on policy matters including existing trade agreements and the negotiation of new ones.

“This is a great opportunity for the seafood community to have a seat at the table where trade decisions are made,” DeHaan said in a NFI press release. “I’m thrilled to be able to bring our industry’s perspective and guidance to the people in charge of trade policy.”

China tariffs tank Alaska seafood: 

It’s been two years since President Trump started a trade war with China by imposing taxes on US seafood going to that country – taxes that are paid by Americans and not the Chinese, as he would have you believe. 

Seafood comprises well over 30% of Alaska’s export volume and the ongoing tariffs have added up to huge losses from our biggest trading partner. - And More...
Saturday PM - July 18, 2020


Alaska: Trooper Recruitment Advertisement Censored by Google/YouTube - This week, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) was notified that Google/YouTube canceled authorization of pay-per-click advertisement of a recently, nationally distributed recruitment video advertisement for the Alaska State Troopers. The action was taken as it was interpreted to be political and potentially an election advertisement because of Governor Mike Dunleavy’s comments supporting law enforcement and encouraging people to apply to the DPS ranks.

In the recruitment ad, Governor Dunleavy states, “I support law enforcement because our public safety depends upon it. If you are looking for a change, think about coming to Alaska. We’d love to have you.”

“This statement is not political,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “It is an encouragement to law enforcement officers across the United States to consider serving Americans in Alaska that value public safety and a call for more Alaska State Troopers so we can continue to combat the high rates of domestic violence, sexual assaults and other criminal acts that threaten a peaceful way of life.”

“At a time of extreme unrest in our country, having a platform like Google make a decision that a statement of support for law enforcement should be censored is wholly unacceptable,” said Commissioner Amanda Price, Department of Public Safety. “This effort from Google to hinder the efforts of the Alaska State Troopers to recruit qualified applicants to provide essential services puts Alaskans at risk.” - More...
Saturday PM - July 18, 2020

Alaska: Alaska’s Fair Report Showing Hundreds of Alaskan Donors; Opposition Group Funded Overwhelmingly by Big Oil - The campaign to pass Ballot Measure 1, Alaska’s Fair Share Act, filed their second quarter financial disclosure on July 10th with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The report shows Vote Yes for Alaska’s Fair Share has raised a total of $664,330.56 with 393 individual Alaskan donors representing 45 different Alaskan communities. During this reporting period, the campaign raised $232,906.81 and finished the quarter with $49,159.28 cash on hand.

“Momentum is building and every day more Alaskans join our cause,” said fundraising and outreach director Alice Myers. “From Pedro Bay to Petersburg, from Kotzebue to Kasilof, Alaskans from all walks of life are rallying to get a fair share for our resources.”

The report shows support for Alaska’s Fair Share is coming primarily from individual Alaskans, with their median contribution being $100. In contrast, a recent analysis by the Houston Business Journal showed over 96% of the funding for the main opposition group came from four international oil producers. While the primary opposition group, ONEAlaska, has not filed their quarterly report, regular 10 day reports show they have received only two contributions from individual Alaskans. While ONEAlaska claims several Alaskans as co-chairs, and has featured Alaskan business owners in their advertising, none of them have contributed financially to their campaign. - More...
Saturday PM - July 18, 2020

Alaska: Experts urge Dunleavy Administration to issue workplace safety standards; State of Alaska currently lacks plan to implement COVID-19 safety rules - During a joint hearing recently of the Alaska House Health and Social Services and House State Affairs committees, lawmakers heard testimony from frontline workers and workplace safety experts who urged the Dunleavy Administration to establish workplace safety standards as organizations across our state navigate the challenges of working during a pandemic. 

Alaska Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH) has the authority to create regulations and guidance ranging from best practices in physical distancing to air flow management in state and public buildings, but so far, these commonsense steps have not occurred. 

“I am alarmed by the lack of coordination between the Administration and Alaska Occupational Safety and Health – which sets workplace safety standards for businesses across the state –  to issue evidence-based guidance to safely reopen amidst a global pandemic,” said Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky (D-Bethel), chair of the House Health and Social Services Committee. “Businesses need clear, comprehensive standards to ensure Alaska is safely reopening our economy in a way that protects frontline workers and Alaskans who patron local businesses.”

“Both frontline workers and employers need clear and enforceable standards to keep workplaces safe during this pandemic,” added Rep. Zack Fields (D-Anchorage), chair of the House State Affairs Committee. “Alaska should follow actions other states have taken to address workplace safety for state employees and those interfacing regularly with the public.” 

The joint hearing included testimony from teachers, hotel workers, and specialists who testified about dangerous working conditions. - More...
Saturday PM - July 18, 2020

Chinook salmon declines related to changes in freshwater conditions

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An adult chinook salmon swims in Ship Creek in Anchorage.
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Alaska: Chinook salmon declines related to changes in freshwater conditions By JEFF RICHARDSON - A new University of Alaska-led study provides the first evidence that declines in many of Alaska’s chinook salmon populations can be attributed in part to climate-driven changes in their freshwater habitats.

Alaska chinook salmon runs have decreased during the past decade, leading to fisheries closures and prolonged economic and cultural impacts to local communities. With Alaska’s climate warming twice as fast as the global average and experiencing changes in precipitation and streamflow, the research team set out to understand if changing conditions in fresh water — where salmon spawn and rear — played a role in recent declines of chinook populations in the Cook Inlet basin of Southcentral Alaska.

The study examined historic chinook populations and modeled environmental conditions to estimate how stream conditions affected salmon productivity from 1980 to 2009. By using fisheries catch and spawning abundance data collected by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, along with stream temperature data collected by Cook Inletkeeper, researchers were able to investigate how freshwater habitat conditions varied for 15 different chinook populations.

Heavy rains in the late summer and fall — when adult salmon spawn and their eggs incubate — led to less production. However, above-average rainfall during juvenile rearing was beneficial. Productivity also declined substantially when stream temperatures rose above 64 degrees Fahrenheit for a week or longer during spawning. In particular, chinook productivity was very low during a period of poor freshwater conditions, including hot, dry summers and heavy fall rains, from 2003-2007. Salmon spawning during that five-year span produced 57% fewer surviving offspring than the previous long-term average, leading to population declines and fisheries closures in the late 2000s and early 2010s. - More...
Saturday PM - July 18, 2020

Analysis: Pro-choice movement's big win at Supreme Court might really have been a loss By MARY ZIEGLER - When the Supreme Court handed down its ruling striking down a Louisiana law that would have limited abortion access in that state, progressives celebrated. Their reasoning on June 29 was simple: By joining the court’s liberal justices, Chief Justice John Roberts had proven his commitment to the principle of precedent.

But the court had also sent several cases – all big wins for abortion rights – back to lower courts for reconsideration.

Those moves, and a closer look at the decision in the Louisiana case, called June Medical v. Russo, made it far less clear who won. In my recent book “Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present,” I explore the history of the incremental attack on abortion that June Medical has supercharged. People who object to the landmark 1973 Roe ruling legalizing abortion have long planned to deal the decision a death of a thousand cuts, and June Medical makes that much easier.



What comes next

There is no shortage of abortion cases that might well land at the Supreme Court next – at least 16 are already in the pipeline. Let’s start with the ones that the court just sent back for reconsideration. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals now has to take a second look at its decisions striking down two restrictions in Indiana.

One required abortion providers to show a pregnant woman her ultrasound, let her listen to her fetus’s heartbeat and then wait 18 hours before having an abortion – unless the patient refused in writing.

The second state law beefed up the restrictions that applied to minors, requiring a judge to notify a young woman’s parents even when a court had already found that abortion would be in her best interests – or that she was mature enough to make her own decision.

Telling the lower court to look again at the case and reach a better result usually means the court was wrong – signaling that the regulations are likely constitutional. It also indicates that Chief Justice Roberts actually relaxed the rules governing abortion restrictions and just made it much easier for states to pass them. But the Indiana cases are not the only ones likely to land at the Supreme Court. - More...
Saturday PM - July 18, 2020

Analysis: Oklahoma is – and always has been – Native land; The US has violated every treaty it has made with Indian Tribes By DAWANNA L. MCKAY - Some Oklahomans are expressing trepidation about the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that much of the eastern part of the state belongs to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. They wonder whether they must now pay taxes to or be governed by the Muscogee.

In alarmist language, Sen. Ted Cruz of neighboring Texas tweeted that the Supreme Court “just gave away half of Oklahoma, literally. Manhattan is next.”

In fact, the landmark July 9 decision applies only to criminal law. It gives federal and tribal courts jurisdiction over felonies committed by tribal citizens within the Creek reservation, not the state of Oklahoma.

Any shock that tribal nations have sovereignty over their own land reflects a serious misunderstanding of American history. For Oklahoma – indeed, all of North America – has always been, for lack of a better term, Indian Country.

‘Indian Country’

As both an educator and scholar, I work to correct the erasure of Indigenous histories through my research and teaching.

North America was not a vast, unpopulated wilderness when white colonizers arrived in 1620. Up to 100 million people of more than 1,000 sovereign Indigenous nations occupied the area that would become the United States. At the time, fewer than 80 million people lived in Europe.

America’s Indigenous nations were incredibly advanced, with extensive trade networks and economic centers, superior agricultural cultivation, well developed metalwork, pottery and weaving practices, as historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has comprehensively detailed.

Unlike Europe, with its periodic epidemics, North America had little disease, Dunbar-Ortiz says. People used herbal medicines, dentistry, surgery and daily hygienic bathing to salubrious effect.

Historically, Indigenous nations emphasized equity, consensus and community. Though individualism would come to define the United States, my research finds that Native Americans retain these values today, along with our guiding principles of respect, responsibility and reciprocity.


Broken promises and stolen lands

European and American colonizers did not hold these same values. From 1492 to 1900, they pushed inexorably westward across the North American continent, burning Native villages, destroying crops, committing sexual assaults, enslaving people and perpetrating massacres. The government did not punish these atrocities against Indigenous Nations and their citizens.

Citing the so-called “Doctrine of Discovery” and Manifest Destiny, U.S. policymakers argued that the federal government had a divine duty to fully develop the region. Racist in language and logic, they contended that “Indians” did not know how to work or to care for the land because they were inferior to whites.

Oklahoma was born of this institutionalized racism.

Under the Indian Removal Act of 1830, the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole nations – known as the Five Tribes – were forced from their ancestral homelands in the southeast and relocated to “Indian Territory,” as Oklahoma was then designated. Half of the Muscogee and Cherokee populations died from brutal and inhumane treatment as they were forcibly marched 2,200 miles across nine states to their new homelands in what most Americans call the Trail of Tears.

Indian Territory, which occupied all Oklahoma minus the panhandle, was almost 44 million acres of fertile rolling prairies, rivers and groves of enormous trees. Several Indian nations already lived in the area, including the Apache, Arapaho, Comanche, Kiowa, Osage and Wichita.

Legally, Indian Territory was to belong to the tribal nations forever, and trespass by settlers was forbidden. But over the next two centuries, Congress would violate every one of the 375 treaties it made with Indian tribes as well as numerous statutory acts, according the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

By 1890, only about 25 million acres of Indian Territory remained. The Muscogee lost nearly half their lands in an 1866 Reconstruction-era treaty. And in 1889, almost 2 million acres in western Oklahoma were redesignated as “Unassigned Lands” and opened to “white settlement.” By 1890, the U.S. Census showed that only 28% of people in Indian Territory were actually “Indian.”

With statehood in 1907, Oklahoma assumed jurisdiction over all its territory, ultimately denying that the Muscogee had ever had a reservation there. That is the historic injustice corrected by the Supreme Court on July 9. - More...
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Metlakatla Veterans Memorial Cemetery By Rep. Dan Ortiz - On Friday, July 10, I had the honor of attending and participating in the virtual Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Metlakatla Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The project was made possible by the joint efforts of the Metlakatla Indian Community; Metlakatla Veterans Association; former Metlakatla Mayors Audrey Hudson, Karl Cook, and current Mayor Reggie Atkinson; the United States Veterans Administration; and U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski.

Once completed, the Veterans Cemetery will serve as a memorial to Veterans from Metlakatla. Nearly 400 men and women from Metlakatla have served in the U.S. Armed Forces since 1922. In the Vietnam War alone, 61 people from Metlakatla served our country. Metlakatla has the highest percentage of people who have served in the Armed Services per capita of any community in Alaska. The Alaskan Native Community has served in the U.S. Armed Forces at a higher percentage of participation per capita than any other ethnic group within the United States of America, and I am grateful that this cemetery will be a reminder of their sacrifices.

“Since our nation’s founding there has been no greater sacrifices made on our journey to form ‘a more perfect union’ than the sacrifices made by those whom have served in the United States Armed Services,” remarked U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan during the Ceremony. - More...
Sunday AM - July 19, 2020

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A COVID-19 Solution for Alaska By Bev Davies and Dr. Diane Liljegren MD - In Alaska and most of the United States there is debate about when and how much to “open up” communities effected by COVID-19.  Covid infections are surging down south in most states that have opened up partially and/or opened completely.  Alaska Covid infections are also increasing dramatically since the economy was and travel restrictions were eased.   We had a 53% increase in active cases between July 7 and July 15.  Alaska’s current approach is obviously not working.  It is time for the state to take a different approach to protect our people and our economy.  Instead of going back to lockdowns, as they are in California, Alaska’s geography makes it especially amenable to effective quarantine and the elimination of COVID-19 community spread.   Stop it at the borders.  Until we can get it under control again stop it between towns.

In Australia, the state of Western Australia (71% larger than Alaska), which has 2.6 million residents compared to Alaska's 745,000, never closed its schools, even at the height of concern over coronavirus.  It instituted a “hard” border:  a quarantine for ALL incoming travelers for 14 days.  It briefly divided the State into zones and travel was restricted between zones, but it eliminated the zones when there was no intrastate spread.  Its citizens are free to live normal lives with schools and businesses open and people are now even encouraged to be tourists in their own State. - More...
Sunday AM - July 19, 2020

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Presidential Abuse Of Power By Donald Moskowitz - President Trump has shown how fragile our democracy is when we have a president who abuses his power and threatens the Constitution of the United States.

During protests in June Trump wanted to deploy 10,000 troops from the 82nd airborne division and other units to Washington D.C. to squelch the protests. The rational thinking and recommendations of Defense Secretary Esper; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Milley; and Attorney General Barr avoided the deployment.

Trump abused his power when he asked the Ukrainian President to interfere in our election, and Trump was subsequently punished with impeachment by the House of Representatives. Trump asked China's President, Xi Jinping, to help him in the 2020 election. - More...
Sunday AM - July 19, 2020

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Tackling Alaska’s High Health Care Costs By Bethany Marcum - Unfortunately, many Alaskans have personally borne the brunt of our state’s extremely high health care costs in recent years. But having some of the most expensive health care in the nation wasn’t always the case for Alaska. In fact, per-capita expenditures on health care used to be about the same as the national average.

A new report, authored by a nationally-respected health care economist, shows that Alaskan per-capita expenditures on health care have been growing significantly faster than the national average over the last 30-some years. Nationally, spending on health care has been fairly stable over the past two decades, but Alaska’s has continued unabated. The report found that Alaska’s annual per-capita health care expenditures were more than $11,000—higher than any other state.

Thirty years ago, Alaska’s per-capita spending on health care was about the same as the national average. In the early 2000s, however, expenditures in Alaska began to grow . . . and kept growing. In particular, Alaska’s per-capita expenditures on hospital care are now 50 percent higher than the national average, and 80 percent higher for physician and clinical services. Let me repeat that – per-capita spending for physician and clinical services in our state is up to 80 percent more than the national average. - More...
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Acknowledging the existence of racism in our community both past and present By Sid Hartley - Ketchikan’s rich cultural roots, not surprisingly, are jungled with the noxious weed that is oppression and systemic racism. As we examine this historical truth, we also singe the idealist illusion that, the so-called “American Dream” buries the past, and that the integrity among some first responders might exempt the acknowledgement of horrific history inflicted by their predecessors. While this reality can be hard to accept by first responders that commit their lives to the safety and welfare of modern-day Ketchikan, it is vital that we address these generationally lingering traumas, if we are going to walk alongside the footprints of decolonization and equity.

On Ketchikan City Council’s committee led by Councilwoman Emily Chapel, a letter was drafted with the intention of collaborating with Ketchikan Police Department, as well as seeking counsel from oppressed populations in Ketchikan, and the advisement of Clan Leaders of the regions First Peoples. City Manager, Karl Amylon rejected Councilwoman Chapel’s request for collaboration, responding that the committee-drafted letter should redundantly be approved by the Council. Again, the proposal was put in front of the Council, this time with an explicit outline of its intention: - More...
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THE GRATUITOUS AND GRANDIOSE FRAUD THAT IS ONEALASKA.COM By David G Hanger - There is an initiative to claw back a pittance of the theft of the oil that is the property of all citizens of this state that is on the ballot in November. Despite, indeed in part because, of the very subliminal intent of the advertising by I doubt many of you even realize there is such a ballot initiative. What pretends to be a state government has no real intent of informing you about this ballot measure. They are owned lock, stock, and barrel by our true masters, the biggest thieves in the history of the world, these rotten, filthy, and totally corrupt oil companies.

You might recall their first wave of BS back in February and March. There was the one about the $2.7 billion they had paid to the state in the past roughly ten years, pointing out what good guys they were for paying this; yet the reality is that is less than one-tenth what they should have been paying. - More...
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