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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Governor reflects on a year dominated by COVID fallout

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s second year at Alaska’s helm was utterly preoccupied with COVID-19. His ruminations on what he’s accomplished in 2020 reflect this. The governor’s Dec. 7 statement about his 2020 accomplishments opens by saying he hopes to get

‘Why are masks so political? What’s the big deal?’

A good friend recently asked, “Why are masks so political? What’s so controversial about wearing a little face covering?” The answer to the first question is straight forward. Masks are political because local and state governments have passed laws

Palmer mask mandate defeated after overwhelming public outcry

After listening to 20 hours of public testimony from more than 700 Mat-Su residents over a three day period, the Palmer City Council voted down a citywide mask mandate, 4-3, on Dec. 4. Nearly 70% of comments – both in-person and written – opposed the idea

12.5 > Politicizing Masks

Recently, an old friend posed the question to me, “why are masks so political? It’s just a piece of cloth…” and so today we unpack this