The Juneau Economic Development Council recently released its 2015 Economic Indicators report, showing that if it were not for the loss of government jobs, Juneau's economy would be growing.
Another Veterans Day has come and gone. The parades are over, and so are the countless speeches expressing gratitude to all the men and women who have worn the uniform of our armed forces.
Trapping season has officially begun in Alaska.
Gov. Bill Walker made an appointment a few weeks ago that has received little attention but that produced great benefit to the state and its people. I refer to the governor's appointment of Loretta Bullard of Nome to the Alaska Judicial Council.
Gov. Bill Walker recently signed Administrative Order 278 to expand use of registered apprenticeships on state construction and resource development projects on state lands.
"The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise - with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew.
HB217 was passed and signed into law by the 28th Alaska State Legislature in 2014, "an act establishing November 14 each year as Dr. Walter Soboleff Day". Dr. Walter Soboleff was an active and influential member in our community and Alaska.
Late October was an interesting time for Alaskan fiscal issues with Governor Bill Walker revealing more details about his fiscal plan.
With the passage of the Marijuana Initiative (Ballot 2) in November 2014, Alaskans participated in bringing to pass a panoply of possibilities and challenges that I believe will affect the people, families, businesses, economy and social structure of our state. I've heard, "It's a cash cow waiting to be milked to provide human kindness all over," to "Dante's Inferno has opened," to "It's the right thing to do." Go figure. We are not exactly together on this. Maybe it's because we don't quite understand where folks are on either side of the divide.
This was an historic week for Alaska. Thanks to our state legislators, we took a significant step toward controlling our own destiny.
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