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The Alaskan Idiot's Guide To: The 2014 midterm elections

...of that keychain LED flashlight they throw in for free.In Alaska, the lieutenant governor's authority - as Alaska Ear columnist Sheila Toomey liked to state - extends to keeping the state seal safe, approving ballot measures, and that's about it...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-11-03
State
Extraordinary Wolf: A Conversation with Seth Kantner

...occupations: "fisherman, trapper, gardener, mechanic, igloo builder and adjunct professor." He's also a regular columnist for "Orion" magazine - "sort of a 'voices of the Arctic' kind of thing" - in addition to working on an as-of-yet...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2014-11-13/extraordinary-wolf-conversation-seth-kant
Art
Montessori makeover?

...Montessori Borealis Site Council had talked to Juneau Montessori about the plan over the years. Kirsch is a longtime humor columnist for the Juneau Empire.Kirsch said he cautiously encourages the expansion of Montessori Borealis, as long as the school...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-11-21/montessori-makeover
Local
My Turn: Let's talk honestly about oil

...If we as a state seem to be doing well financially, why is it that the conversation is so alarmist?The New York Times columnist David Brooks has a fascinating answer: "The core functions of government are negative - putting out fires, arresting criminals...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-10-27/my-turn-lets-talk-honestly-about-oil
Opinion
Fall books: 37 new titles to add to your reading list

...the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped 2,000 feet underground for 10 weeks in 2010, by a prizewinning Los Angeles Times columnist."The Meaning of Human Existence" by E.O. Wilson. One of the world's pre-eminent biologists and naturalists examines...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2014-10-09/fall-books-37-new-titles-add-your-reading
Art
Begich battles partisan undertow

...of genetically modified salmon.Sullivan initially passed taking part in the fisheries debate, only to reschedule after a columnist noted that no candidate had ever skipped it and won a race for Senate in the state. Still, Sullivan didn't have a table...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-10-07/begich-battles-partisan-undertow
State
Empire Editorial: Mallott, Walker and the sprint to November

...Hickel staff "treat(ed) me as if I'm the second janitor on the third floor," he told a reporter later in the term.As columnist Dermot Cole pointed out, former House Speaker Mike Bradner used to joke that all the lieutenant governor has to do is sit...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-09-14/empire-editorial-mallott-walker-and-s
Opinion
My Turn: The fantasy of 'American Exceptionalism'

...It's very hard for Americans to accept that we are not the root cause of all the world's good or evil," New Yorker columnist George Packer wrote in his recent analysis of Obama's efforts to combat ISIS. He referred to this as "a kind of nationalistic...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-10-10/my-turn-fantasy-american-exceptionali
Opinion
Hickel: Columnist missed my legacy

In the Sept. 7 Juneau Empire, columnist Gregg Erickson missed most of my accomplishments in two terms as governor. Here is a partial list. Demanded that Atlantic Richfield...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/091408/let_332203664.shtml
New and recently published summer books

Editor's note: Longtime Arts columnist Kathy Ward, of "In the Stacks," is on vacation this week. In her absence, here's a look at new and recently published summer...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2013-05-30/new-and-recently-published-summer-books
Art

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