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­Dear Friends and Neighbors: After roughly 24 hours of debate and consideration of 137 amendments, the House passed the operating and mental budgets...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    April 18, 2024 

Guest Editorial

The Permanent Fund dividend is important to a lot of Alaska households, but so is education, public safety, ports and harbors, roads and more. The sta...

 

Guest Editorial

Who better to talk about education in Alaska than students. They could continue leaving it to school administrators, elected officials, their parents...

 

Capitol Updates

­Dear Friends and Neighbors: The House Finance Committee wrapped up debate on amendments to the operating budget Thursday evening and moved the...

 

To the Editor

Youth education in shooting sports To the Editor: The weekend of March 22-24 three Petersburg students with Devil’s Thumb Shooters participated in t...

 

Capitol Updates

­Dear Friends and Neighbors: After a lovely and restful Easter weekend the House is continuing to debate the operating budget. The House Finance...

 

Commentary: Alaskans families want and deserve education reform

If you read the mainstream papers and blogs and spend just a little bit of time on social media these days, you will see, read, and be told that the...

 

To the Editor

A huge thank you! To the Editor: Humanity in Progress (HIP) would like to give a huge thank you to our Local Moose Lodge #1092 for choosing HIP to...

 

Guest Editorial: Tax credits no substitute for state responsibility

Tax credits have long been popular, growing more so every year. Supporters push them to provide government backing for new initiatives or ongoing...

 

Capitol Updates

­Dear Friends and Neighbors: In a frantic week last week, and a busy day Monday, the House met twice in joint session with the Senate. Yesterday we...

 

Guest Editorial

Even in winter, there are hot opportunities. And since the state’s prospects for economic well-being are in short supply these days — like being sho...

 

To the Editor

Love thy neighbor as thyself To the Editor: Dear Borough Assembly: My name is Almont Lindsey. I own lot 6 block 2 in the Frederick Point East...

 

Commentary: Seeking a new model of education

In 1986, two linguists, Ron and Suzie Scollon, drafted a proposal for the Sealaska Heritage Foundation to inaugurate a new kind of education, which...

 

Capitol Updates

­Dear Friends and Neighbors: It feels like everyone in the Capitol is holding their breath as we count down the days until March 14, the deadline...

 

To the Editor

Pharmacy Corner To the Editor: We would like to thank the community of Petersburg, and especially our patrons over the past two weeks, for your...

 

Capitol Updates

­Dear Friends and Neighbors: Last week the House debated amendments to House Joint Resolution 7, which would add language to the Constitution that...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    March 7, 2024

Guest Editorial: Alaska needs to control its PFD politics

It was a perplexing week in the Legislature. While the Senate Finance Committee was reviewing honest numbers about real budget needs hitting up...

 

To the Editor

Petersburg has been blessed with great Teachers To the Editor: Last Saturday, the town celebrated a prince of a man, an amazing and caring educator....

 

The right to protest is enshrined in the constitution by Orin Pierson, Petersburg Pilot publisher

A crowd of hundreds marched through downtown Anchorage last month calling on the governor and the legislature to increase funding for public...

 

Wake Up Southeast the Economy is Starting to Leak, So It's Time for Some Action

The recent dictate that our Governor sent to our legislature as well as the residents of Southeastern Alaska was clearly the wrong message. The...

 

Make all schools better, not just some

The governor’s growing obsession with charter schools is frightening for the future of public education in Alaska. He talks as if charter schools a...

 

To the Editor

Blind Slough King Salmon To the Editor: ADFG will not be opening Blind Slough freshwater king salmon sport fishery in summer 2024. They are expecting...

 

Guest Editorial

Risky business not the state’s business The advice for Las Vegas gamblers is don’t bet more than you can afford to lose. It’s generally the same...

 

Editorial: Local news. Local jobs. Local accountability

Today, Feb. 8, 2024, the Petersburg Pilot turns 50 years old, and the occasion calls for some reflection on what it takes for a newspaper like ours to...

 

Guest Editorial: National group works with Forest Service for new cabins

Alaskans often like to complain — a lot, and loudly — about national groups sticking their noses and opinions into the workings of the 49th sta...

 

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