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    Joel Davidson

    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.
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    Anchorage to rally ‘against tyranny’ on eve of lockdown

    On the eve of a month-long citywide lockdown mandate, Anchorage residents will circle the wagons around city hall for a “rolling protest...

    Anchorage should consider advice of 50,000 health professionals before imposing a lockdown

    On Dec. 1, many Anchorage businesses will either be forcibly closed or severely limited for the duration of 2020. This decision rests...

    Palmer mask mandate proposal still in limbo after seven-hour meeting

    After spending seven hours reading aloud more than 250 letters dealing with a proposed citywide mask mandate, the Palmer City Council ended...

    Santa headed to Mat-Su holiday event

    Santa and his reindeer are headed to a family friendly holiday event in the Mat-Su next month.

    Workshop to explore states’ rights in Alaska

    The Alaska Policy Forum, a conservative Alaska think tank, is hosting a workshop that promotes economic freedom and natural resource development in...

    Much of Anchorage headed to lockdown for all of December

    Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson has issued a stringent new emergency order that will shut down or severely limit scores of Anchorage businesses...

    State responds to questions about the integrity of Alaska’s vote

    The Alaska Division of Elections, under Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer, recently posted answers to frequently asked questions it has received about the...

    Court ruling may doom Anchorage’s ban on LGBTQ counseling

    Last week, the 11th Circuit struck down a South Florida ban against counseling that help youth overcome unwanted same-sex attraction or gender...

    Freedom loving Anchorage diner owner giving out free Thanksgiving meals

    Restaurant owners in Anchorage have had a hard go at it this year with various city mandates that have shuttered in-person dining...

    Palmer mayor welcomes more public comment on controversial mask mandate proposal

    If last week’s Palmer City Council meeting is any indication, local residents have strong opinions over a proposed citywide mask mandate.

    CORRECTION: Mat-Su Borough Assembly is not seeking to impose a mask mandate

    On Nov. 19 the Watchman published an article which suggested that the Mat-Su Borough Assembly was seeking approval from Alaska’s attorney general’s...

    Here’s how Alaska could actually appoint constitutionalist judges

    William Satterberg, a longtime Fairbanks attorney and former assistant attorney general for Alaska, has laid out a compelling argument for how to...

    Some Alaska recounts underway, but voters can request more

    A number of Alaska contests were razor close in the recent general election, leading many to wonder whether the state will conduct...

    Anchorage residents gathering to pray for city outside Loussac Library

    Today, Nov. 20, at 4:30 p.m., a group of Anchorage residents will gather at the Loussac Library, home of the Anchorage Assembly...

    Mat-Su asks attorney general to clarify why he thinks 2nd-class boroughs can impose mask mandates

    Editor's note: This article has been changed to remove any suggestion that the Mat-Su Assembly was seeking approval from the State's Attorney...

    Palmer delays mask mandate vote to next week after hearing massive opposition

    Hundreds of Palmer area residents stood in bitter cold weather outside the Palmer City Council chambers on Nov. 18 for a chance...

    Fairbanks approves LGBTQ class in narrow 4-3 vote

    After a year of unprecedented public comment over highly controversial changes to the Fairbanks School District’s curriculum, the final piece of the...

    Seward considers mandatory face masks for indoors

    Seward is the next in a series of local Alaska towns weighing or adopting mask mandates in recent dats. The Seward City...

    Historic Fur Rondy sled dog race cancelled due to COVID

    The Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race is cancelled this winter. The...

    Anchorage Assembly chair belittles public comments, votes to extend emergency declaration

    After two hours of public testimony which overwhelmingly opposed extending the emergency declaration in Anchorage, the Assembly voted 7-3 to keep it...

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