STATEMENT: A Strong Democracy Requires Safety and Civility

The Alaska Center stands in solidarity with those calling for respect and safety to return to our chambers of democracy. We urge Mayor Bronson and other government leaders to call for civil behavior regardless of political beliefs, and to condemn those that will not follow the rules of order.

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Restoring the Eklutna River is long overdue

As the weather gets warmer, many of us are pulling out our camping gear and dusting off our kayaks to get ready for summer. If you live in Anchorage, chances are you’ll be spending some time visiting the Eklutna Valley this season. Eklutna Lake is the go-to spot for many Southcentral Alaskans because it’s the perfect place to hike, bike, …

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Electric Co-op Directors Urge Member Input, Especially for Renewable-energy Proposals

Electric cooperative members aren’t just customers – they’re also the owners of co-ops that  boards of directors are supposed to serve. But directors from four Alaska Railbelt electric co-ops say it’s often hard to figure out what their members want, because usually only a few offer feedback, and even fewer participate in board elections and meetings. When the moderator of …

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Powering up Fairbanks: Solar initiative project is making it easier for homeowners to make the switch

For the Interior homeowners who want to switch to solar energy, a local initiative is looking for solutions to cut costs when making the switch. A community-led program, Solarize Fairbanks, makes solar more affordable by stacking up group discounts, purchasing solar systems in bulk and looking for federal and local financial incentives. When Bob and Sharon Baker approached Solarize Fairbanks, …

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LGBTQ State and Local Groups Praise the Introduction of the Equality Act and Call for Its Immediate Passage

We, the undersigned, a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) state and local organizations, make the following statement in response to the introduction of the Equality Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The Equality Act is a significant step forward for the LGBTQ community, and we are committed to mobilizing our communities to urge Congress to …

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The Alaska Center Statement on Climate Day Action from the Biden Administration 

Anchorage, AK- In response to President Joe Biden’s executive actions on climate today, The Alaska Center issued the following statements from Government Affairs Director Louie Flora, and Political Director Jenny Marie Stryker: “This is a huge day for climate action. We see real hope in the future of climate work in Alaska with a federal government who is willing to …

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REP. EASTMAN ATTENDED D.C. TRUMP RALLY, BUT BLAMES VIOLENCE ON ‘ANTIFA.’ NOW HE FACES CALLS TO RESIGN.

State Rep. David Eastman is facing a torrent of criticism for participating in the Washington, D.C. rally Jan. 6 that led to the storming of the Capitol. A coalition of nine progressive groups in Alaska are calling for the Wasilla Republican to resign or be removed from office, along with other legislators who they say used their official positions to …

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Groups praise Army Corps denial of Pebble permit, call for lasting protections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 25, 2020 Groups praise Army Corps denial of Pebble mine permit, call for lasting protections Groups advocating for the protection of Bristol Bay waterways, salmon, and communities applaud the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision today to deny a Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Pebble mine. “For decades now, the shortsighted proposal of Pebble …

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Alaskans Volunteer to Ensure Democracy is Working

For the last several weeks, a coalition of Alaskan organizations successfully organized statewide Election Protection programs to support generating historic voter turnout in our communities. This investment by the Alaska Civic Engagement State (AKCES) Table made Alaska the 40th state in the country to affiliate with the Election Protection Coalition – a national, nonpartisan coalition working to advance and protect …