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For Strayed, writing 'Wild' was just the beginning

...big checks started coming in about nine months after "Wild" hit bookshelves and started its climb to the top of The New York Times best-seller's list. To Oprah's Book Club. And, as of this coming week, to movie theaters nationwide.The...
My Turn: Torture of the American conscience

This week, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released the executive summary of its report on the CIA torture program authorized during President George W. Bush's administration. As expected, it's become a raging partisan dispute.
Juneau Jazz & Classics Winter Series announced

Juneau Jazz & Classics has announced its plans for the coming season. THe action begins Wednesday, Dec. 31, with Swing in the New Year, a popular annual event featuring the Thunder Mountain Big Band with the Mis' Ain't Behavin' Trio.
Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for Nov. 24, 2014

...given a pair of examples as a grand jury criminally indicted the operators of a platinum mine in Western Alaska and the New York Times published a damning expose of environmental practices in North Dakota's shale oil fields. Development can be good...
My Turn: Let's talk honestly about oil

...last year. 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...
A New York Times review of "A Wolf Called Romeo"

...Nick Jans' latest book "A Wolf Called Romeo," released July 1 with Houghton Mifflin, was recently reviewed by the New York Times.Reviewer Brownen Dickey writes in the review, published Oct. 17: "For Jans, the desire to understand Romeo...
My Turn: Let's not cook the goose that lays the golden eggs

...subsidizing the export-oriented Tongass timber program at $20 million per year - $130,000 per Tongass timber job - as the New York Times recently reported. While our taxpayers swallow a net economic loss, our old-growth forests are shipped back to...
J. California Cooper, prolific writer, dead at 82

...didactic.Her collections included "A Piece of Mine" and "Homemade Love."Reviewing her novel "Family" in The New York Times in 1990, Roy Hoffman called it "the sort of book that ought to be read out loud.""Never mind that the narrator...
Slack Tide: Come with me if you want to live!

Alaskans live here for all sorts of reasons: outstanding seafood, no income tax, relaxed attitudes about personal grooming, they lost the 2008 Vice-Presidential election, their ancestors crossed a land bridge from Asia 10,000 to 20,000 years ago.
Empire Editorial: Protect Alaska seafood by banning Russian imports

...they can sell their fish.We do not believe this new cool war - it isn't quite "cold" yet - will thaw soon. As the New York Times reported Wednesday, Russia is moving soldiers and weapons into eastern Ukraine, and relations between the United...


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