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To the Editor: As a long-time Southeast resident, I continue to be amazed by the resiliency and determination of our close-knit communities. The preparation that is happening in advance of COVID-19...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    March 26, 2020 

Dan's Dispatch

The State of Alaska has been operating at a deficit. This is nothing new and has been the primary challenge for the Legislature over the past five years. However, this year, some new wrenches were thrown into the equation: decreasing oil prices and...

 
 By Mike Dunleavy    Opinion    March 26, 2020 

Guest Commentary

Where were you when the pandemic came to Alaska? Future generations will demand an answer from each of us. Did we change our habits to protect the vulnerable? Did we make sure our elderly neighbors had everything they needed? Long after the virus...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    March 19, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Last week, Alaska had its first case of the Coronavirus: a cargo pilot traveling through Anchorage. With the amount of travel that Alaskans have done over the last month, it is likely that there are more untested and unverified cases already here....

 

Guest Commentary

As our nation and the world experiences the life-altering impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic, I wanted to take a moment to speak to you directly. If you’ve followed our many press conferences this week, you know that Alaska is rapidly...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: There will be no public celebration of Mass across the Diocese of Juneau or other large gatherings effective through Friday, March 27. This includes all public Liturgies, Masses, Benedictions, Stations of the Cross, faith formation...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    March 12, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Earlier this week, the Alaska House of Representative passed the operating budget. It took the House 43 days of session to pass the budget, which is the fastest we have passed one since 1993. I am proud with how quickly, efficiently, and...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    March 5, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Thank you to everyone who spoke up during public testimony on the budget in House Finance last week. I need to hear from you in order to do my job, and I was incredibly impressed with the straight-for...

 

Reflections

Our human nature is like flesh. When you fall and scrape your knee, your body will scab it over and eventually, the scab will heal and there will be no record of that fall. This is like forgiveness. You can fall and scrape your knee a hundred more...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: On behalf of the 2020 Senior parent group we would like to send out a thank you to AML for the gracious freight donation on our raffle item. To the BayCo for getting us a 4-wheeler for our raffle. Thanks also goes to the chamber for...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    February 27, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Thank you to everyone who spoke up during public testimony on the budget in House Finance last week. I need to hear from you in order to do my job, and I was incredibly impressed with the straight-forward, intelligent, and passionate comments that...

 

Letter to the Editor

As residents of the towns near the proposed Kake Road, we firmly oppose it. The $40 million raised for this “road to nowhere” should instead support the return of the Alaska Marine Highway System to our coastal Alaskan communities struggling...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    February 20, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Each session, the Legislature’s biggest responsibility is to pass a budget for the State of Alaska. The House Budget Subcommittees - which examine the details of each department budget - have finished their budget recommendations. I serve as Chair...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    February 13, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Let’s talk about the prospects of this year’s legislative session and budget deliberations as they relate to the AMHS. Our ferry system has been at the forefront of many legislative conversations: On the very first day of the Alaska State...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    February 6, 2020

Dan's Dispatch- Standing up for Alaska's Pioneers

Last year, I cosponsored and voted for House Bill 96, which reverses massive rate increases at the Pioneer Homes. This bipartisan legislation passed the House 35-4 and now is being considered by the Senate. If the Senate passes HB 96, we can reverse...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    January 30, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

The Alaska State Legislature began its 2020 session on January 21st. Last Friday, the Legislature held a joint session to vote on overriding two of Governor Dunleavy’s vetoes of House Bill 2001 from August of 2019. The Legislature had five days onc...

 

Let Me Explain

I am almost a lifetime SE Alaskan and my wife and I are current residents of Wrangell. I moved to Ketchikan in 1943 when I was ten years old and have lived and worked in almost every major Southeast A...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Recently I traveled to Juneau to meet with Legislators to discuss the importance of the Alaska Marine Highway. Mayors and administrators from statewide coastal communities teamed up to...

 

Editorial: Lift the Roadless Rule on Tongass

Southeast Alaskans have been given the opportunity to lift the onerous roadless designation from the Tongass National Forest, and yet many have testified to leave it in place. We're astonished....

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Alaska Court System Jury notifications by email are legitimate. Please fill out the information online or contact our office at (907) 874-2311 for a paper questionnaire. Leanna Nash,...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    November 14, 2019

Dan's Dispatch - State Legislature Year in Review

As the House Representative for District 36, I’m writing to update you on some of the issues currently before the Alaska State Legislature. The 2019 legislative sessions were challenging – we continued to grapple with creating the budget,...

 

Reflections

Jesus said, “Wait here while I go into the garden and pray.” I’m sure that He did not enter into a garden in Alaska, all our gardens have gone to sleep for the winter. He did of course pray for us living in areas all over the world. We who...

 

Dan's Dispatch

As many of you know, the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) service to the port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia (B.C.) ended on October 1st. Although that ferry route is no longer running, there are ongoing developments in hopes of restoring...

 

Dan's Dispatch

Representative Ortiz visited Prince Rupert, British Columbia (B.C.) this week to meet with Canadian officials. He met with Royal Canadian Mounted Police Inspector Blake Ward Chief Financial Officer for Prince Rupert Corinne Bomben, Member of...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I’m Hispanic and I know growing up within your means was the rule. It’s discipline. We never relied on government assistance or felt like we were entitled to anything we couldn’t do for ourselves. This made us hard working...

 

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