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Alaska New Brief March 2021: A year can change everything… and nothing

It’s hard to believe it has been a year since we first hunkered down due to the pandemic.

The concept of time has been unreal—it dragged, it sped up, it stood still. And in the midst of it all, we faced an existential crisis to our democracy, an ongoing racial reckoning, and so much loss—the loss of so many lives to COVID and racist violence and injustice. The loss of connection to family, friends, coworkers, social gatherings, and even purpose and meaning. A year can change everything and nothing at all. The months from last March to this March certainly proves it.… Read More

Our 2021 view of the lawsuits and issues

Things look far rosier now than a year ago when it comes to public lands management, clean air and water, protecting wildlife and tackling the climate crisis. The Biden administration came out of the gate with clear actions that make climate and environmental health a key component of every decision-making process across all departments. But prior federal actions and lawsuits mean the work has in many ways just begun.… Read More

Shining light on the Arctic

Despite four years of intense arm-twisting by political players and industry insiders to put drilling rigs on the sacred calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, there are no rigs. Protected areas in the western Arctic also remain mostly unscathed, despite hasty attempts to push project and management plan approvals through processes devoid of scientific integrity or compliance with the law.… Read More

We’re taking Trump to court over bogus Ambler decision

We sued the Trump administration to challenge its illegal approval of the proposed Ambler road. The 211-mile state-subsidized industrial gravel road to benefit private mining companies would destroy and pollute Arctic land and water, further degrade permafrost, and harm the health of wildlife and people across a broad range of the southern Brooks Range.… Read More

The road to a budget black hole

What does Alaska’s budget chaos have to do with a proposed private industrial gravel road?  Well, it spotlights a political agenda that will slash long-term health care and education jobs while claiming to create short-term work in rural Alaska by … Read More

Alaska Brief–December 2018

  Happy holidays! I hope you are gathering in this celebratory season with friends and family to share the warmth of good cheer, conversation and storytelling, and to reflect and prepare to make the year ahead what you want it … Read More

Ambler road rears its head

A Canadian mining company wants Alaska to finance a private industrial road in the Brooks Range of northern Alaska and the State intends to lead the charge through the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. The Ambler road rears its … Read More