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My Turn: The changing Arctic presents opportunity to thrive, if we act now

The U.S. has been an Arctic nation since it purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, yet no sitting President has ever ventured to the Alaskan Arctic. That changed when President Barack Obama arrived this week to address a conference on Arctic issues.

by RON DUNCAN and REGGIE JOULE

My Turn: Young leaders lend voices on culture and climate change

On Sunday during the opening of the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic (GLACIER), I had the opportunity to meet some extraordinary young Alaskans who are taking important steps to make a meaningful impact on the future of their communities.

by SALLY JEWELL FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE

Monday, Aug 31, 2015

My Turn: A model for Alaska's road to economic growth: Boutique steps

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, or the most intelligent; it is the one most capable of change" - Charles Darwin "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and ...
By DR. ASHOK K. ROY AND DR. SHIVA HULLAVARAD FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up to a rescue that concluded with a happy ending. On Friday, a 23-year-old hiker from Colorado was rescued by SEADOGs and Juneau Mountain Rescue near Sunny Cove.

My Turn: Climate change impacts Alaskan life

Our wild fish - especially salmon - are a big part of my life. My family moved to Craig seven years ago, and in this short time fishing has become an integral part of my teenage years.
By PATRICK MARSHALL FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE

My Turn: Location, expertise and timing: Three reasons Northwest Alaska is ready for an opening Arctic

The State Department's Special Representative for the Arctic, Admiral Robert J. Papp (USCG ret.), came to Anchorage a year ago this month.
By WAYNE WESTLAKE

Sunday, Aug 30, 2015

Alaskans have opportunity to share arts stories with NEA chairman

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a federal agency poised to celebrate its 50th anniversary next month, and Alaska is fortunate to have a very special visitor on the eve of that ...
By Benjamin Brown

Empire Editorial: We wish you were here, Mr. President

Welcome to Alaska, President Obama! We wish you were here. Sure, we're happy to send a reporter and photographer to welcome you to Anchorage, but we think you'd be much happier here in Juneau.

My Turn: Is Murkowski voting her conscience on the Iran deal?

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has joined the GOP chorus that will vote against the Iran nuclear agreement. It's conceivable that, as she claims, her decision was based on an objective examination ...
By Rich Moniak

My Turn: President has the right spotlight on climate change

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska said last week that she hopes President Barack Obama does not merely use Alaska as a backdrop to talk about climate change and that the trip will highlight the ...
By Kate Troll

Friday, Aug 28, 2015

Empire Editorial: Bennett's visit reason for cautious optimism

It's no secret that when it comes to the topic of transboundary mining issues, the opinion pages of the Juneau Empire have flowed one direction.

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

My Turn: Sullivan: President must experience 'real' Alaska through its people

Alaska has benefited from many Presidential visits, and it's always good to have the national spotlight shine on us.
By SEN. DAN SULLIVAN

My Turn: Murkowski: President's Alaska goal should be partnership

As Alaskans, we take great pride in welcoming visitors to our beautiful state. That is especially true when our guest is the President of the United States.
By Sen. Lisa Murkowski

My Turn: Rural energy solutions an opportunity for US Arctic leadership

Energy underpins the health, economic vitality and overall sustainability of communities and has been identified as a focus area and priority during the U.S. leadership of the Arctic Council.
By MEERA KHOLER and GWEN HOLDMANN

My Turn: Obama's visit to the arctic

In less than a week, President Barack Obama and a massive team of White House officials will touch down at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson for their first official visit to Alaska and the U.S. Arctic.
By CONGRESSMAN DON YOUNG

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015

My Turn: Are you ready for back to school?

The days are getting shorter and summer activities are winding down. School supply lists are appearing in stores and your inboxes. Kids are (hopefully) finishing their summer reading lists.
By SUSAN JOHNSON FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015

Alaska Editorial: Fighting the fires

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: Fire season is bad enough in Alaska and the West that Washington, D.C., must act when it comes to forest management.

My Turn: A cautionary 'tail'

I, and a number of other interested Montanans, have been following the proposals for a large number of mines in the British Columbia portions of the Taku, Stikine and Unuk River watersheds.
By JACK A. STANFORD

Letters to the Editor

Monday, Aug 31, 2015

Letter: Marijuana control in commercial and residential areas

City and Borough of Juneau committees are currently deciding how to accommodate and encourage a new economic and commercial activity in Juneau - marijuana cultivation, processing and selling.

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015

Letter: Let Medicaid expansion come to a vote

Political differences shouldn't create a political stalemate. The decision to spend $450,000 on law firms, to block the millions in state budget savings we'd get from Medicaid expansion, unwisely ...

Letter: Every vote counts

On Aug. 21, 2015, I attended my first naturalization ceremony at the Robert Boochever Federal Courthouse in Juneau.

Letter: Protect our waters, home

I grew up in Juneau as a third-generation Alaskan, and have returned to begin a career in my beloved hometown.

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