Category: News

January 16, 2017 Max Jungreis

Alaskan legislators have revealed the bills they’ll be working to push through in the upcoming legislative session, and only a handful address the budget crisis. Some of the proposed measures include banning genetically modified fish and allowing “ballot selfies” to be posted on social media. Only a few of these are likely to be passed. George Rauscher, a Republican from Mat-Su, wants to amend the state constitution to place a $4 billion cap on the state operating budget. Senator Click Bishop, a Republican from Fairbanks, wants to institute a graduate “employment tax” that increases with income. The proceeds would go towards education. Some say that this is basically an income tax. Other proposals include increasing the state’s deficit to give Alaskans a second 2016 PFD, mandating that workers get at least six days of paid leave a year and getting Gov. Bill Walker to create a system for tracking sexual assault examination kits.

On Friday, criticisms made by civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) of President-elect Donald Trump led to a spontaneous feud between the two. Lewis appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Friday, saying that he did not regard Trump as a “legitimate president” because of allegations that Russian cyber-operatives interfered in the election on Trump’s behalf. Trump responded in the early hours of Saturday morning on Twitter, writing “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (Not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!” Trump followed up with more tweets later that day, saying Lewis should “finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!” Many commentators saw Trump’s statements as tinged with racial undertones and disrespectful, particularly going into the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The conflict has served to remind others of Trump’s often strained relations with African Americans and other minorities.

In Myanmar, chaos and bloodshed has errupted. The Bhuddist government of Myanmar has been persecuting the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic group residing in the country’s Rakhine State, since at least the 1970s. The government says that the Rohingya are not a genuine ethnic group, but a Bengali migrant group leftover from colonial times. Motivated by this discrimination, militant groups have formed among the Rohingya. The conflict finally exploded late last year, when the military of Myanmar began entering Rohingya villages, shooting people at random, systematically raping girls and women, and razing villages to the ground. So far the government has denied any wrongdoing, but international rights groups have accused it of genocide. The situation has led many observers to refer to the Rohingya as “the most persecuted people in the world”.

January 16, 2017 Alexis Abbott

The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States is just around the corner. The commencement will take place on Jan. 20 and will mark the four-year term of Donald Trump as President of the United States, alongside Vice President Mike Pence. To no surprise, skepticism surrounding Trump’s presidency has been…

December 11, 2016 Max Jungreis

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, former Republican state representative Mike Kelly of Fairbanks died in a plane crash in Fort Wainright. Kelly was flying a single-engine craft when it crashed on military property 17 miles from Fairbanks. Governor Bill Walker offered his condolences to Kelly’s family in a Twitter message posted Wednesday evening. Kelly, 74, was…

December 11, 2016 Samantha Davenport

With the lack of security cameras around UAA’s campus, many hit-and-runs, vandalizations and burglaries have gone un-surveillanced and undocumented. The lack of security gives the opportunity for theft and destruction of property, leaving students with no alternative but to accept the fate of a fender-bender or other damage. Johanna Richter, an economics major at UAA,…

December 5, 2016 Brenda Craig

President-elect Trump’s disbelief in climate change disregards continuous damage in Alaska

December 4, 2016 Richard Han

With efforts to heighten security in downtown Anchorage, Anchorage Police Department started their foot patrol program at the end of last month. Officers are working in pairs patrolling the area in hopes to deter crime and also have the opportunity to talk and work with the public. The boundary of patrol will be in the…

November 21, 2016 Alexis Abbott

Leading up to the 2016 Presidential election, Donald Trump released a contract to the American voters, promising what he would do in his first 100 days in the oval office. Trump calls his pledge a 100-day action plan to “Make America Great Again.”

The president-elect’s contract states his intention to restore honesty and accountability in bringing change to Washington. It begins with six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collision in Washington, DC.

“First: Propose a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.

Second: A hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce the federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety and health).

Third: A requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.

Fourth: A five-year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service.

Fifth: A lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.

Sixth: A complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.”

The contract then states seven actions to protect American workers.

“First: Announce the intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205.

Second: Announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Third: Direct the Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator.

Fourth: Direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers.

Fifth: Lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves.

Sixth: Lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects to move forward.

Seventh: Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.”

The 100-day plan also includes five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law.

“First: Cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.

Second: Begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on his list, who will uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.

Third: Cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities.

Fourth: Begin removing the more than two million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back.

Fifth: Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur.”

Trump also contracted that he will work with Congress to introduce broader legislative measures in his first 100 days in the White House.

He intends to alter and replenish the following precedents: Middle-Class Tax Relief and Simplification Act, end the Offshoring Act, American Energy and Infrastructure Act, School Choice and Education Opportunity Act, repeal and replace Obamacare Act, Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act, end Illegal Immigration Act, restore Community Safety Act, restore Nation Security Act and clean up corruption in Washington Act.

Although many Americans are hesitant to concur with the many pledges Trump has contracted, some millennials are on board with the president-elect’s 100-day action plan.

“I believed that Trump would win from the get-go, polls early on were biased towards Clinton, and although not many people like Donald Trump, I am a firm believer that our American economy and the oil economy in Alaska are going to be greater,” Jacob Andrews, an Anchorage resident said. “I think Trump is good for Alaska, and I think Trump is good for America.”

In support of the Trump contract, many Republican voters were relieved to find out the 2016 election results.

“I am actually really happy about Trump’s victory, I honestly think that his presidency can make a big change, we need a change. We’ve had Obama in office for eight years and I feel like since he is a Republican, I think that it is a good change to be made… if we had another Democrat in the house, we would keep going down the same path,” Monica Schwingendorf, a UAA criminal studies student said.

Young conservatives put their trust into the president-elect’s promise to recreate a government that is of, by and for the people.

“I think Trump’s presidency will be beneficial for our country because although he does not have a political background, his knowledge in business will be used to improve our country’s economy. I also think that his policies are misunderstood, and I think that having a president with Republican views will be a positive change for our government,” Bria Anderson, a UAA biology student said.

Trump believes that through this contract, and in the first 100 days of his presidency, he will restore the success in our economy, honesty to our American government and security to our local communities.

November 21, 2016 Max Jungreis

The Obama administration has cancelled Arctic offshore lease sales through 2022. On Friday, the Department of the Interior released a plan for offshore drilling leases that eliminated two proposed arctic options. President-elect Donald Trump has expressed support for increasing US oil production, but it would take him at least of couple of years to undo…

November 21, 2016 Lee Piltz

The hashtag ‘#notmypresident’ is being used to show frustration, fear and resentment at Trump’s win

November 13, 2016 Cheyenne Mathews

On Thursday Nov. 10 over 70 people gathered for anti-Trump rally at the Mall at Sears parking lot. Protesters waved signs and shouted chants of ‘This is what democracy looks like,’ ‘My body, my choice. Their body, their choice,’ and ‘Love Trumps hate.’ The ‘peaceful demonstration against Trump,’ as it was called on its Facebook…

November 13, 2016 Cheyenne Mathews

Sexually transmitted diseases, also known as sexually transmitted infections, are a large problem in Alaska. The Center for Disease Control state profile data for Alaska in 2015 ranked the state as first in the nation for chlamydia infections and fourth in the nation for gonorrheal infections per capita. People at the greatest risk and highest…