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A voter guide detailing Alaska candidates’ positions on abortion, marriage, LGBT issues, religious freedom, educational choice and judicial reform has been released for Alaska’s Republican primary races. Absentee voting has already begun for the Aug. 18 primary. While the Alaska Family Action voter guide is not comprehensive in that not all candidates responded, including some who support prolife efforts and traditional family values, it does give voters a sense of where many candidates for Alaska...

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In the race for the Alaska House seat in District 10 (Wasilla), the Alaska Watchman is not making any endorsements. In order to give voters a better idea of how the candidates differ, we sent questions to both incumbent Rep. David Eastman and his Republican primary challenger Jesse Sumner. Their responses are printed below. Your positions on many key issues for conservatives are very similar to that of your opponent. What do you see as...

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Parents are petitioning the Anchorage School District for financial help as they take on the task of homeschooling their children this year. The district notified parents last week that schools would not be reopening for at least the first quarter of the upcoming academic year due to COVID-19 concerns. A petition at Change.org is now asking the district to send a homeschool stipend of $2,000 for each elementary student and $2,400 for each high school...

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The University of Alaska Southeast, which has campuses in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan will impose mask mandates for all students, staff and visitors as it provides both online and in-person classes this fall. According to the university’s newly released orders, masks are required for anyone in a shared enclosed space such as a classroom or lab or any time a person can’t consistently maintain six feet separation from others. The university will provide cloth face...

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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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Editor’s note: The following testimony was delivered on May 6 to the Mat-Su Borough School Board during its deliberation on whether to rescind its April 22 vote to remove five controversial books from a list of recommended reading for an elective high school literature class. It is reprinted with permission. Hello. My name is Carol Carman and I live in Mat-Su Borough, District 6. I am a retired Alaskan teacher, parent, grandparent and 66-year Alaskan...

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Editor’s note: The following testimony was delivered on May 6 to the Mat-Su Borough School Board during its deliberation on whether to rescind its April 22 vote to remove five controversial books from a list of recommended reading for an elective high school literature class. It is reprinted with permission. Hello. My name is Carol Carman and I live in Mat-Su Borough, District 6. I am a retired Alaskan teacher, parent, grandparent and 66-year Alaskan...

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After three hours of call-in public testimony, including name-calling, half-truths and some thoughtful insights, the Mat-Su Borough School Board gaveled out of its May 6 meeting at 10 p.m. National interest in the meeting arose based on a false report that the school board had “banned” five modern American classics from an elective high school English class at its April 22 meeting. In reality the board merely pulled the titles from the class’ “recommended” reading...

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Alaska’s second largest school district is about to announce the top finalists in its search for a new superintendent who will oversee 46 schools and the education of 19,000 students. The Mat-Su School Board hopes to announce their leading two or three candidates later this week. “Because they are in charge of overall operations for the district, they are pivotal,” School Board President Thomas Bergey said on May 5. “Who they place under them directly...

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There’s nothing like national media coverage over a local controversy to liven up a school board meeting in Alaska. In the wake of the Mat-Su Borough School Board’s April 22 decision to pull five controversial books from the list of recommended reading in an elective high school English class, board president Thomas Bergey expects robust and passionate public comment at the May 6 meeting. “I’m hoping for a lot of public testimony – the good,...