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My Turn: No more the best-managed in the world. We have used our resource income to build roads and schools, and to provide basic services that Americans elsewhere take for granted - such as running water and electricity. Knowing that resource revenue is...
My Turn: Alaska has given away the oil and gas farm - again

...and expanded so many tax breaks and earmarked so much money for special projects that there's no longer enough for basic services."Does this not sound familiar, considering how we watched the Alaska Legislature struggle with education funding...
My Turn: CBJ budget deficit a chance to reexamine our priorities

...believe the current budget challenges provide an opportunity to reexamine the spending by our borough and refocus on the basic services articulated in our city charter.? Frank Bergstrom is treasurer of the First Things First Alaska Foundation.
Empire Editorial: Keep the Internet neutral and equal for all

...Internet and its consumers need similar protection.As more of us turn to the Internet for our news, entertainment and basic services, the Internet must be kept neutral, a marketplace open to everyone equally.Thanks to the outpouring of public interest...
Farm bill includes payments to rural counties for federal land

...omitted from a budget deal approved this month. The bill authorizes $425 million to help rural communities pay for basic services such as police and fire protection and road maintenance.The House approved the farm bill Wednesday on a 251-166...
Homer News celebrates 50 years

...big issue of the time: How should Homer be governed? A civic entity called the Public Utility District provided basic services, but in the early 1960s a move toward incorporation built up steam.That was the front page story of the Jan. 7...
Wrangell considers sales tax reduction

...that's the highest, along with Kodiak, in the state.The sales tax brings in about $503,000 a year. It supports basic services such as police and public schools plus extras such as the spring health fair and Fourth of July fireworks, KSTK-radio...
My turn: High and dry out Thane

...sewage and fire hydrant services to every community in the borough within the past 25 years or so, but denied these basic services to the community of Thane? We pay the same property tax rate as everyone else. My land assessment more than doubled...
139 Alaska kids lose Head Start access

...Because Head Start is federally funded, programs can't make cuts that would affect their mandated goals."The basic services you can't cut because you still have to meet the standards for head start," Pruce said. "We're used to that...
Government shutdown's hit magnified for tribes

...said Tracy "Ching" King, president of northern Montana's Fort Belknap Reservation.But for other tribes, basic services stand to take a direct hit. That includes programs heavily subsidized by federal agencies and others paid for with...


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