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 By Representative Dan Ortiz    Opinion    February 4, 2016 

Dan's Dispatch

Our Alaska State Constitution requires the Alaska State Legislature to ensure our natural resources are managed for the maximum benefit of Alaskans. In the interest of managing our seafood resources, our state fishing institutions should reflect our...

 
 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    February 4, 2016 

Editorial: Divert funds for Kake Road Project

Since the Department of Transportation continues to push ahead on the Kake-Petersburg Road, it’s appropriate that the Borough Assembly takes action to divert funds from the project. Nothing kills a road project quicker than taking the money off...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    January 28, 2016

Dan's Dispatch

Legislators should be held to a high standard. They should lead by example in this fiscal crisis by cutting their own per diem and getting their work done in a timely manner. Legislators will primarily need to address our fiscal situation this...

 
 Opinion    January 7, 2016

Reflections

We get used to it. It happens every year. As winter approaches in our northern hemisphere, daylight hours grow shorter. (What a strange way of saying that - grow? shorter???) But it’s true. Summer turns to autumn. Long afternoon shadows and...

 
 By Representative Dan Ortiz    Opinion    December 24, 2015

Dan's Dispatch

To me, government by the people and for the people is more than just a theoretical concept. I believe this famous phrase from President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address must be put into practice for government to work. That’s why I’ve been going...

 
 Opinion    December 10, 2015

Letters to the Editor

Sealaska has shamed themselves To the Editor: Last week in Petersburg, Alaska’s newest environmental group ‘The Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community,’ (gsacc.net) gave a slide show on the latest industrial logging now taking place...

 
 Opinion    November 19, 2015

Reflections

Some years back, when the Lehman Brothers financial institution collapsed, a friend of mine lost his retirement. To get through the financial crisis my friend relied heavily upon guidance from the Tao Te Ching, an ancient Chinese text. In many respe...

 
 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    November 19, 2015

Editorial: Revive the rural guard forces

It’s appalling that since 2006 the ranks of the Petersburg Alaska Army National Guard (AANG) have dropped from 11 members to 2. Worse yet, as in Petersburg and Wrangell, the AANG facilities in many rural communities across the state sit empty. How...

 
 Opinion    October 15, 2015

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I am not an active member of the Wrangell Landless, having stepped away in the year 1996. On August 1, 2015, I formally submitted my Letter of Resignation as an Officer of Wrangell Landless, as apparently I was incorrectly listed as su...

 
 Opinion    October 8, 2015

Dan's Dispatch

By Representative Dan Ortiz Governor Walker once said Alaska is “a resource rich, but currently cash poor, state.” I have the honor of representing our district in the Alaska State Legislature. My fellow legislators and I will need to do heavy...

 
 Opinion    October 8, 2015

Letter to the Editor

A Wrangell Landless meeting was called on August 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. It was chaired by Brad Fluetsch with Bill Willard, Marzieh Schenk, Tis Peterman and Carol Snoddy. This meeting was called to hold an election according to the bylaws. These...

 
 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    October 1, 2015

Editorial: No need for financial disclosure

A significant benefit to living in a small town is that everyone knows everyone’s business. Some consider this a detriment, but in the case of Proposition 1, which appears on October’s election ballot in Petersburg, and as Proposition 2 in...

 
 Opinion    October 1, 2015

Letter to the Editor

Hospice is a Non-Profit organization whose primary purpose is to be helpful and supportive for Wrangellites and their families through the final stages of life. Hospice maintains and makes available durable medical equipment from the Community Loan...

 
 Opinion    September 10, 2015

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Can Alaskans trust the government of British Columbia to act honestly, responsibly and openly as B.C. authorizes and proposes to manage a series of mines (up to six of them) in the watersheds of some of the greatest, wildest and most...

 
 Opinion    September 3, 2015

Letter to the Editor

Mine ‘dots’ become lines in B.C. To the Editor: As I look east from Southeast Alaska, I see a picturesque, pristine landscape of mountain peaks, often snow covered - Canada. I was shocked to see a B.C. development map and learn that just beyond...

 
 Opinion    August 27, 2015

Letters to the Editor

Dear Parents and Students of the Wrangell Public Schools, Welcome back to a new school year in the Wrangell Public School District! It seems as though our summer has flown by, but what a gorgeous one it has been. Over the summer we have hired...

 
 Opinion    August 20, 2015

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: On September 1, 2015, the United States will fully complete its broadcast transition to digital TV. What effect will this have on Wrangell? Sadly nothing. As a community, Wrangell was once served by a free television broadcast service...

 
 Opinion    August 13, 2015

Reflections

Have you ever visited with a friend and as you start to leave, something like this is said, “Well now that we have solved the problems of the world I will say good-bye.” I wonder what sort of conversation and how long of a conversation it would...

 
 Opinion    August 6, 2015

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:  I have been given more information concerning my 16 July letter to the editor. Several people have told me that one of our U.S. senators wants there to be a dock at Anan to please a few airplane operators from Ketchikan. Therefore...

 
 Opinion    July 30, 2015

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I would like to thank all of the community involved in the planting and upkeep of the flower beds downtown. They are beautiful and really spruce up the downtown area. I really enjoy them. Thank you so much. Olinda W...

 
 By Submitted by Frank Murkowski    Opinion    July 23, 2015

Guest Commentary: Shell exploration cause for optimism in Alaska

A dynamic event is underway in Arctic Alaska today: one that, if successful, could have a profound effect on our state’s economy. Shell Alaska is preparing to drill for oil this summer in Alaska’s offshore continental shelf. To date, Shell has...

 
 Opinion    July 23, 2015

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: The Public Library provides such a welcoming and warm environment for our community and especially for the Summer Reading Program. Anyone would want and would enjoy hanging out there. There is always a smiling and friendly staff to...

 
 Opinion    July 16, 2015

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: On the KSTK radio program on July 6 was an article about Southeast businesses requesting more Tongass recreation funding. Wrangell’s ranger said that he could only afford one seasonal worker this summer. Now that is a safety issue. I...

 
 Opinion    July 9, 2015

Reflections

Summer has come! Summer is a time of plenty. Flowers have bloomed. Our gardens are growing in the summer sun. We feel energized by the sunlight. We celebrate the return of the salmon, a blessing which in large part supports our town and region. We...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    July 2, 2015

Dan's Dispatch

I have previously written and spoken about how important the seafood industry is to Alaska’s economy, especially to those of us who live in Southeast Alaska. The industry accounted for 18% of all private sector resident earnings in Southeast...

 

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