Joel Davidson, Author at Alaska Watchman
 
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Juneau residents with a hankering to make a foray into local politics have a golden opportunity next week. Three Juneau Assembly seats and two school board seats are on the ballot for the vote-by-mail election on Oct. 6. The window to file as a candidate is July 17-27. To file, candidates must submit a declaration of candidacy form with their nomination petition signed by at least 25 registered voters in Juneau. Those forms are here....

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The home of the Alaska flag and one of the most historically significant structures in the state may soon be reduced to rubble if the Seward City Council approves plans to demolish the Jesse Lee Home. Council members will consider the idea during a public hearing at their July 13 meeting. Long-time resident and former council member Iris Darling is hoping to raise awareness and stop the city from doing away with the national landmark....

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed an ordinance on July 7 declaring the borough a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.” Originally introduced by Mayor Charlie Pierce, the ordinance was amended by Assembly President Kelly Cooper to clarify that the borough has no authority to regulate firearms and has no criminal law enforcement powers. In a note on her amendment, Cooper said the borough “would not be in a position to prevent law enforcement officials from enacting criminal...

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The growing controversy of renaming sports teams around the nation and eliminating what some view as culturally insensitive mascots has reached Wasilla High School – home of the Warriors. An online petition to remove the long-standing Warrior mascot was posted July 3 on Change.org by Wasilla resident R.J. Fontaine and has garnered more than 780 supporters, although it is impossible to tell how many are actually from Alaska. Fontaine, who likes a number of LGBT...

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will hold a public hearing on July 7 to consider an ordinance that would establish the area as a Second Amendment sanctuary. Written by Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, he says the measure adds an additional layer of protection should the state ever adopt a law that violates the Second Amendment. “Nationally we see everyday attempts to infringe on this constitutional right,” Pierce told the Watchman last month. “Through these infringements,...

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The attempt to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy has fizzled in the wake of COVID-19. Since its last report in May, the governor’s opponents have added just 7,200 signatures, and still need 30,000 more to reach the 71,252 needed in order to take the issue to voters. When COVID-19 restrictions began closing stores and retail outlets across Alaska, the recall effort took a hit as signature gatherers were no longer able to stand outside of heavily...

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A newly released survey of young Americans shows that patriotism and a favorable view of American history plummets once high schoolers head to college. The 2020 Youth Patriotism Index takes a look at the rising generation’s opinions of America, its institutions, and its values. A dramatic change occurs after high school. Here are some of the findings. 66% of high school students believe America is exceptional, compared to 47% of college students 55% of high school...

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Senator Dan Sullivan plans to hold campaign rallies in five Alaska communities over the next week. He will make stops in Fairbanks, the Mat-Su Valley, Anchorage, Soldotna and Juneau in an effort to kick off his reelection campaign. Sullivan’s main challenger for the U.S. Senate is Al Gross who is running in the Democratic primary. He is endorsed by Planned Parenthood, the company that performs the majority of abortion in Alaska each year. They hail...

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Private citizens in communities across Alaska came together to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. From water parades on Nancy Lake and Big Lake to a rolling automobile caravan in Anchorage and a beach party in Seldovia, Alaskans took up the patriotic mantle from local governments that cancelled events due to COVID-19. While cities declined to hold official events, Alaskans would not be denied a chance to wish America a happy 244th birthday. The Alaska Watchman...