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Alaska Railroad Board Rescinds Employee Vaccine Mandate

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The board of the Alaska Railroad has voted unanimously to rescind a requirement for all of its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Initially, railroad employees were supposed to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 to comply with vaccine requirements ordered by President Joe Biden that, in part, required vaccination for employees of contractors doing business with the federal government. The railroad is a federal contractor, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
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Podcast: Dunleavy and Bronson want to break government, not shrink it

“With All Due Respect” is a podcast featuring Andrew Halcro with strong opinions about Alaska politics, life and entertainment. It can be heard here and wherever you listen to podcasts, with new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Episode 39 (22:16) While we continue to be alarmed at the behavior of...
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State Drops Open Container Citation Against Alaska Lawmaker

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An open container citation issued to an Alaska state lawmaker has been dismissed because the trooper who issued the citation is no longer in state employment after being accused of sexual abuse of a minor. State Sen. Josh Revak, an Anchorage Republican, was cited in August...

Alaska joins other red states inviting officers facing vaccination mandates to relocate

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska just became the third state that is openly inviting police officers who are facing COVID-19 vaccination mandates to relocate to their homefront. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy spelled things out for the general public, as they are not putting any “new” policies in place. They are simply maintaining what has been their normal operating procedures, Post Millennial reported.

Welcome Silence: Biden Administration Passes on ConocoPhillips Alaskan Drilling Appeal

In a victory that puts climate science and Indigenous voices over Big Oil, the Biden administration declined to appeal revoked permits for ConocoPhillips to drill in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve. The fossil-fueled Trump administration had hastily approved the permits for this plan, known as the Willow project, and the Biden administration had originally backed them despite its net-zero pledges on global warming emissions, possibly to curry centrist support for other legislation on Capitol Hill.

Mayor Bronson talks future of port repairs in State of the City address

Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson says his administration is working to bolster economic development in the city through upgrades at the Port of Alaska. “Today, we are one seismic event away from catastrophic failure of our port,” Bronson said Monday during his State of the City address to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Bronson delivered his remarks virtually because he was quarantining after being exposed to someone with COVID-19, a spokesman said.
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This Week in Sanity: Meg

Last summer, the Anchorage Daily News mentioned Save Anchorage almost as an aside when David Bronson launched his campaign for mayor. In the 14 months since that article, ADN has not written a word (that I’m aware of) about a group that has worked so diligently to weaponize anger, fear and disinformation in an effort to influence and reshape Anchorage politics.

Kenai Conversation: Tom Kizzia

Tom Kizzia first arrived in McCarthy, Alaska in 1983, on assignment for the Anchorage Daily News. The Homer author is still writing about McCarthy — most recently in his new book, Cold Mountain Path. The book was released earlier this month by McCarthy-based Porphyry Press. Tom is also the author...

Alaska Railroad board rescinds vaccine requirement

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Railroad has rescinded its mandate for employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccination following a Tuesday vote by the state-owned railroad’s board of directors. The Anchorage Daily News reports the board voted unanimously to rescind the mandate, announced Friday in an email from CEO Bill O’Leary to...