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Mayor Ethan Berkowitz issued a strong warning to restaurant and bar owners that if they don’t follow a series of health suggestions, he may shut them down again. He had Sarah Oats CEO of the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant & Retailers Association lay out the “guidelines” which were developed after the mayor called representatives of the hospitality industry to the table. Oats said they are just trying to keep from being shuttered again. “I have...

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Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s employees are using public resources to promote all things LGBTQ. The municipality’s departmental Facebook pages are now being politically mobilized to stir up support for radical LGBTQ ideologies. Last week, a municipal employee got the green light to use the Health Department’s Facebook page to solicit responses to the question: “What does Pride mean to you?” Residents are asked to text their answers to (907) 830-7368, and if you send your address,...

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Palmer Police Chief Dwayne Shelton has returned to work following a full review by City Manager John Moosey. Shelton was placed on administrative leave last month after personal Facebook comments from 2018 were widely circulated in which he called the Black Lives Matter organization a “hate group.” Moosey’s decision to retain Shelton was posted June 22 on the city’s Facebook page. “It is a decision that I made after a full and careful review,” Moosey...

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The Juneau Assembly is set to discuss a list of demands from protesters who want to reshape the Juneau Police Department. The June 22 Assembly meeting will include discussion of demands issued at the June 6 Black Lives Matter protest in Juneau, and additional demands titled #8CANTWAIT, which is part of a national organization called Campaign Zero. Like many leftist and socialist groups around the nation Campaign Zero wants police departments defunded and disarmed, and they...

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski quickly jumped at the chance to show her support for the LGBTQ political agenda by praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to redefine sex to include gender identity and expression and sexual orientation when it comes to enforcing violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Conservative and religious groups worry that the court’s June 15 opinion will serve as a tool to roll back religious liberties, free speech and the ability of...

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Properly understanding constitutions and charters is not hard. They are kept simple because the people ought to be able to comprehend them and, at least in a virtuous culture, sound the alarm if and when they might be violated. The trouble is we have permitted the prostitution of our constitutions because we have bought into the lie that “The constitution means whatever the courts say it means.” In the absence of a Natural Law arbiter,...

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The U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion on June 15 that redefines “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” when determining sex discrimination in the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The 6-3 decision redefines the federal law, which was written at a time when everyone accepted that there were only two sexes. Many conservatives believe the Supreme Court’s decision is a classic case of judicial activism which could have dire consequences for faith-based businesses and...

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he will not defund Alaska’s law enforcement officers as some have called for after the death of George Floyd – an unarmed black many who died last month while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers. “The vast majority of us looked at that video – could barely look at that video – and couldn’t help but think that there was a wrong done, there was an injustice done to that man,”...

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Just hours after repeatedly warning Anchorage to social distance and avoid large gatherings, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz disregarded his months-long mantra and joined a massive Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Anchorage on June 5. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder in solidarity with more than a thousand protesters, Berkowitz strode to forefront, brushed past another speaker, removed his facemask and shouted into the communal microphone. “I look out and I see a crowd full of revolutionaries and it makes...

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More churches across Alaska are beginning to reopen under updated health guidelines released on May 8 as part of phase two of reopening the state. As of May 11, Alaska had just 53 active cases of COVID-19. The new guidelines allow for up to 50 people in religious services. “It felt so good to assemble together with a pure conscience,” said Pastor Aaron Richert of Church at the North Pole where the community held two services...