7:00 – 7:30 PM: Geoff Kirsch has written for Comedy Central, Huffington Post, and the Chicago Tribune, among others. His first book-length piece, Run For Your Life! Doomsday 2012! came out this past summer from Workman. For the last two and a half years, he has written a regular column, “Slack Tide,” for the Juneau Empire, hailed by critics as “in English” and “left-to-right, top-to-bottom.” www.geoffkirsch.com
7:30 – 8:00 PM: Nils Andreassen is the Managing Director of the Institute of the North. His background in rural and international development, Alaska policy issues and leadership development fit well within the Institute’s mission to research commonly-owned lands, seas and resources while educating and engaging Alaskans in the responsibilities of that ownership. The Institute has a legacy working on Arctic infrastructure priorities and policies that serve to strengthen and connect northern communities.
- This week two state lawmakers voiced very different opinions on government spending. Their comments illustrate the depth of the divide over Alaska’s fiscal and economic crisis.
- Alaska has another tool in the fight against opioids. Public health officials are distributing thousands of disposal bags that chemically react and leave no trace of the drugs.
- Alaska protesters are joining a national effort by Trump opponents who want Congress to act as a check on the president.
- Tim McLeod, AEL&P’s president, says the company thought heating with natural gas could save customers money but circumstances have changed.