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Editorial

Alaska Business Monthly, produced in Alaska for Alaskans and other U.S. and international audiences interested in the business affairs of the 49th state, aims to provide a thorough and objective analysis of issues and trends of interest to the Alaska business community. Featuring stories about individuals, organizations and companies shaping the Alaska economy, Alaska Business Monthly emphasizes the importance of enterprise and strives for statewide business coverage.

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Susan Harrington, Managing Editor
Susan Harrington, Managing Editor, Alaska Business Monthly

 

Letters to the Editor

Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police: Marijuana debate needs facts not propaganda

Sitka Tribe Takes Issue with Sheldon Jackson College Trustees over Redoubt Lake Area Land Claims

Trends in Arctic Policy Development Encouraging

Trends in Arctic Policy Development Encouraging

OP-ED Alaska Ballot Measure 1

Alaskans Face an Important Choice

Letter to the Editor: God bless Sen. Lisa Murkowski!

Hearing Sen. Lisa Murkowski say: "I am outraged to hear reports that the United States Government failed to address security needs in Libya," deeply moved me. Any objective citizen...

 

From the Editor

Party Time

Party Time

Pick a ballot and vote

By now I had hoped all those thirty-five thousand unregistered voters would have registered because it’s about time to vote. At press time, only about four thousand had, with less than two weeks left before the deadline on July 20 for the August 19 Alaska Primary Election. Much will be decided that day. There are eleven candidates for United States Senator; seven candidates for United States Representative; seven candidates for Governor; five candidates for Lieutenant Governor; and one Ballot Measure.

Danger Warning!

I failed my fire drill

After rushing to Over the Rainbow to get a last minute birthday gift for a neighbor’s party that started in half an hour, I returned home twenty minutes later to find the ground level floor of my home full of smoke.

In Memory

James C. Martin, 68, passed away at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage on April 11, 2014.

Ports and Airports: Funding falls short of needs

Two stories really stand out as we publish the May issue: “Alaska’s Ports, Harbors, and Docks: Integral to commerce and travel” (page 42) and “New and Improved Airport Runways: A key lifeline for rural Alaskans” (page 51). Both have the elements of transportation and construction at the forefront. Both get the point across that aviation and marine facilities are crucial to the movement of goods and people across Alaska, and although there are 4,900 miles of paved roads in the state, less than 20 percent of the communities in the state are connected by roads.

From the Editor: Making a Difference

From the Editor: Making a Difference

Though it’s hard to know if winter is really over this time of year, at least it’s light out, and that tells me spring is here, and with it is our annual Corporate 100 special section.

Tip of the Iceberg

Tip of the Iceberg

This month’s coverage of the Pacific Northwest-Alaska Connection is just the tip of the iceberg. We are going to spend the next year gathering stories to tell about this topic in the 2015 special section. I’m thinking of little vignettes, spotlights on companies that have been here for years, like Odom, Osborne, and Oles, Morrison, Rinker, and Baker. Connections with communities like Bainbridge, Bellingham, and Blaine. Investments by companies headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, as well as Seattle and Portland. We’ll try to identify, locate, and quantify the goods and services, the give and take.