Commentary

The Yellow River in China winds past aquaculture and an oil and gas field on its way to a newly formed channel. (Photo provided by NASA)

How satellites revolutionized the way we see – and protect – the natural world

BY: - August 8, 2022

Fifty years ago, U.S. scientists launched a satellite that dramatically changed how we see the world. It captured images of Earth’s surface in minute detail, showing how wildfires burned landscapes, how farms erased forests, and many other ways humans were changing the face of the planet. The first satellite in the Landsat series launched on […]

Anchorage Superintendent Jharrett Bryant (Photo provided by the Anchorage School District)

Anchorage schools are ready to start the climb

BY: - August 6, 2022

Hello, Anchorage! I hope you are enjoying this last stretch of summer break. My name is Dr. Jharrett Bryantt. I am humbled and eager to work alongside you as your new superintendent. I’d like to thank the community for welcoming me to the Anchorage community. You’ve given me great advice on restaurants, challenged me to […]

Zebra mussels encrust a boat propeller. (National Park Service photo)

The westward spread of zebra and quagga mussels shows how tiny invaders can cause big problems

BY: - August 4, 2022

The zebra mussel has been a poster child for invasive species ever since it unleashed economic and ecological havoc on the Great Lakes in the late 1980s. Yet despite intensive efforts to control it and its relative, the quagga mussel, these fingernail-sized mollusks are spreading through U.S. rivers, lakes and bays, clogging water supply pipes […]

What the Alaska primary election results will tell us

BY: - August 4, 2022

On Aug. 16, 2022, Alaska voters head to the polls to cast votes in two key elections. The first is the regular primary, which determines which candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Alaska governor and some legislative races will move on to the general election in November. The second is the special general, which will […]

Jim Cockrell, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Public Safety, with Gov. Mike Dunleavy, speaks in Wasilla at a May 3, 2022 press conference on opioids. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Historic investment in Alaska public safety will save lives

BY: - August 2, 2022

Since 2020, many states, cities and counties across the Lower 48 drastically cut law enforcement funding in their local jurisdictions – however in Alaska, Gov. Dunleavy and the Legislature have done the exact opposite and provided the Alaska Department of Public Safety with historic funding to combat crime and protect victims. In total, DPS saw […]

Kuskokwim River Chinook salmon dries on a rack near Bethel in 2001. (Photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Marginalizing concerns on Alaska salmon bycatch and the Yukon-Kuskokwim subsistence fisheries

BY: - July 30, 2022

The past two seasons and now this 2022 season, Chinook and chum fisheries have crashed to historical low-abundance runs on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers. Yup’ik and Athabascan peoples, villages and communities have relied upon each fishery from time immemorial for putting healthy foods on the table. Many Canadian First Nations and communities also rely […]

A map showing the course of the proposed road

West Susitna Access Project opens area for all

BY: , and - July 27, 2022

We support the proposed West Susitna Access Project. As full-time residents of the Mat-Su Borough, which stands to benefit directly, we believe opening the area to more Alaskans will provide real opportunities for recreation, jobs, and settlement.  Currently, the area is hard to get to, and only a handful of people have the means to […]

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Lives hang in the balance as time runs out for action on health insurance

BY: - July 26, 2022

Five years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Yet I’m the lucky one. I could afford to get treatment. Too many people in America don’t have the health care they need, even today. The 2021 American Rescue Plan included subsidies to make health insurance more affordable than ever, resulting in a record-breaking […]

Dunleavy declines to answer candidate questionnaire, later Walker also declines

BY: - July 25, 2022

Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy has declined to answer written questionnaires from the Alaska Beacon and the Anchorage Daily News that were intended to increase public understanding of candidates’ positions as they compete in November’s election.  Dunleavy’s campaign invited a Beacon reporter to interview the governor.  In response to Dunleavy’s decision, independent former Gov. Bill Walker […]

Female and cub polar bear walk on land near Kaktovik, Alaska, in an undated photo. (U.S. Geological Survey photo)

Human garbage is a plentiful but dangerous source of food for polar bears

BY: - July 22, 2022

More than 50 hungry polar bears invaded the Russian coastal village of Belushya Guba over a period of three months, attracted by the local dump. Some bears entered homes and businesses by ripping doors off hinges and climbing through windows. These invasions have been steadily increasing in Arctic settlements, though this case, in the winter […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: Abortion-rights activist Jamie McIntyre reacts to the 6-3 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization which overturns the landmark abortion Roe v. Wade case in front of the Supreme Court on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. The court eliminated the constitutional right to an abortion after almost 50 years. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

What happens when laws that suppress protests clash with our freedoms?

BY: - July 20, 2022

Americans have always held, as a matter of faith, that if they don’t like something, at least they have the freedom to raise hell about it. At a minimum, it makes them feel better – like they’ve done something. There’s even the possibility that it might lead to change. When it became clear that the […]

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Alaska employers should include salaries in job descriptions

BY: - July 19, 2022

When I applied to be a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News in late 2020, there was no pay listed in the job description. The number on our paychecks decides if we can feed our families, pay medical bills and breathe easier at the end of the month.  The ADN is not the only media […]