Alaska’s Advocate Writer

DONN Liston lives in Eagle River, and attends church regularly.

DONN LISTON is an independent journalist who has lived in Alaska since 1962, and Eagle River since 2010. He was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News during pipeline construction, and a certified teacher who taught Adult Basic Education. He was selected as a 2013 BP Teacher of Excellence for work with Nine Star teaching adult basic education classes in a basement classroom at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club, and the Mat-Su Job Center. DONN was a member of three State Education Commissions.

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  • Former Philippine Capitol Makes Dandy Museum
    …and Revelations about Juneau’s Capital Theme Park [1]Rizal Park This Museum is an art and culture mecca. A trust of the Government, is an educational, scientific and cultural institution that acquires, documents, preserves, exhibits, and fosters scholarly study and public appreciation of works of art, specimens, and cultural and historical artifacts representative of the unique cultural heritage of the Filipino people and the natural history of the Philippines. Manila is the largest city in Philippines, and after giving the non-profit arts organization the bottom floor of the Assembly Building here, it wasn’t long before they wanted the whole thing. The… Read more: Former Philippine Capitol Makes Dandy Museum
  • Legislative Task Force to Assure Alaska Food Security
    It’s under control, Folks… Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa This writer’s growing number of Asian readers know Philippine people have experienced starvation. This island archipelago has had abundant food but invasion by hostile forces has meant mass death of Filipinos by starvation. But at a time when Filipino people were dying in Manila streets, Alaska had true… Read more: Legislative Task Force to Assure Alaska Food Security
  • Building an Honest Model for AK Property Tax Assessment
    Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa 2023 Alaska property tax assessment process failed the Haines community, causing local outrage and igniting a now statewide movement to amend State Laws currently allowing cutthroat bureaucrats to drive people off of their property to pay for more government. Previous story about this was in Mid-October: [1]Tyranny of the Powerful in Rural… Read more: Building an Honest Model for AK Property Tax Assessment
  • Who Should be Teaching YOUR Kids?
    Longstanding Alaska Dilemma Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa Updated version originally published: February 28, 2016 NorthernRight.com Editor’s Note: As the Alaska Legislature is once again barraged by special interests insisting the State of Alaska must provide increased funding for Public Education factories despite our bottom-of-the nation academic outcomes in 50+ Alaska School Districts, perhaps it’s time to… Read more: Who Should be Teaching YOUR Kids?
  • AK Supreme Court Rules Against Internet TROLLS!
    Sen. Lora ReinBOLD took them on and won. Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa Credit where credit is due. The AK Supreme Court has ruled correctly by accepting and approving former AK Senator Lora Reinbold’s Petition for Review in the Lawfare Freedom of Speech case brought by Bobbie McDow and the Northern Justice Project, LLC (NJP). Lawfare is… Read more: AK Supreme Court Rules Against Internet TROLLS!
  • How Alaskans are Rolled by the Alaska Court System
    And why I Dare Not Take MY Case Before the Alaska Supreme Court Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa Alaska is in a Constitutional Crisis. Nothing demonstrates that fact like current general lawlessness, and the way our AK criminal justice system operates, especially the courts. This writer has written about: 1. State Government efforts to overrule our Constitutional… Read more: How Alaskans are Rolled by the Alaska Court System
  • Public Officials vs. The People: Alaska’s Due Process Controversy
    Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa By Jessica Pleasant, The Conservative Fem, and DONN LISTON The State of Alaska is owned by Public Sector Unions organized into represented bargaining units of workers, apparently creating confusion for some appointed public officials who believe they, too, should be afforded Due Process as if they were part of a Union Collective… Read more: Public Officials vs. The People: Alaska’s Due Process Controversy
  • Activist Judges do Administration’s bidding Ex Pos Facto
    Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa By Jessica Pleasant, TheConservativeFem.com [1]AK Supreme Court judges information When former President Fernand Marcos plotted to become Philippines dictator beginning with his election in 1965, he changed the laws through a loaded legal and legislative process. Over more than 20 years Marcos enriched himself and his family, crashing the PH economy, causing… Read more: Activist Judges do Administration’s bidding Ex Pos Facto
  • ALASKA: Crime Capital of USA
    Big Mike’s Legacies of Failure… Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa Nobody in Alaska seems to care about the crime rate anymore so this story should offend plenty of elected officials and judges who have allowed our state to descend into anarchy. Laws don’t matter, courts don’t care, and smart people are packing…to get the hell out of… Read more: ALASKA: Crime Capital of USA
  • Is China Bluffing?
    USA/Asian Conference May Offer Opportunity for Détent Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa English.e. America has a Mutual Defense Agreement with Philippines requiring USA to come to Philippines aide in case of attack. But despite characteristic recent bluster from President Joe Biden, vulnerable allies such as the Philippines need ever more reassurance of USA commitment at this time. Philippines is… Read more: Is China Bluffing?
  • The State Always Wins in Alaska’s Court System Casino
    Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa English. By Jessica Pleasant, TheConservativeFem.com Since statehood in 1959 Alaskans have enjoyed a process outside the inbred court system to demand justice for official wrongdoing through an Independent Grand Jury. Most Alaskans do not need to know about this aspect of our government established in the Alaska Constitution until they are wronged in a… Read more: The State Always Wins in Alaska’s Court System Casino
  • How Alaska Courts FURTHER Damage Children In Broken Families
    As her Son becomes a Man, Jessica Pleasant Celebrates their Bond Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa English. Jessica Pleasant is a Disabled US ARMY Veteran who has survived the corrupt Alaska Court System and Office of Children’s Services misfit application of Child in Need of Protection laws. Being trained as a paralegal, Pleasant recognized every distortion of the law… Read more: How Alaska Courts FURTHER Damage Children In Broken Families
  • Tyranny of the Powerful in Rural Alaska
    Haines, We have a Problem! Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa English. Rural Alaska often suffers from tyrannical behavior from elected officials and their bureaucrat sycophants, who impose unfair expectations on people simply trying to live in a climate zone that can be unforgiving. Normally very optimistic Haines resident, Brenda Josephson, has been an elected official in Haines, Alaska, and… Read more: Tyranny of the Powerful in Rural Alaska
  • The Romblon Marble Festival!
    Natural Resource Bounty in Philippines Romblon, Republic of Philippines January 13, 2023–In the heart of the Philippine Archipelago is an island group with pristine white sand beaches and a major deposit of marble, for which the people celebrate each year with a festival! I was privileged to participate in this Filipino celebration and interviewed one of the largest marble factory owners in the country, Napoleon Makino, Jr. Having already spent some time at nearby San Agustin Island, it cost P72 (About $2.00 USD) for senior fare on the ferry. She was very crowded ship and we traveled a few hours… Read more: The Romblon Marble Festival!
  • Alaska/USA descending into 3rd World Banana Republic
    The DEVIL Went Down to Georgia, he was lookin’ for a soul to steal… If President Trump can be violated in our justice system, anybody can. I’ve personally experienced it myself. All Alaskans are at Risk. This isn’t hyperbole; when courts aren’t fair people consider taking the law into their own hands. The Borden thieves stole my security camera system, were ordered by a judge last February within 10-days to return it and everything else they stole, but nothing has happened. I fear for my personal safety in Alaska. Over 60 winters living in Alaska I have done a lot… Read more: Alaska/USA descending into 3rd World Banana Republic
  • Demise of the FOURTH ESTATE
    What is Entertainment-NEWS Good For? JUDGE MURPHY TRIAL FOR PERJURY LIVESTREAM LINK: https://courts.alaska.gov/#:~:text=%E2%96%B8%203KN%2D23,2023%20%40%2010%3A00am For boomers like this writer, NEWS was something boring that our parents watched after dinner before entertainment programs on black & white televisions. Today the legacy NEWS is entertainment and little more. [1]Confessions of a Boomer Later, as a cub reporter at the Anchorage Daily News during the mid-1970s I learned that the PRESS is the Fourth Estate; established under the US Constitution to be independent of any government institutions including the Executive, Legislative or Courts except in the case of wrongdoing. This was and remains an… Read more: Demise of the FOURTH ESTATE
  • Alaska’s 3rd World Child Protection System Destroys Families
    My immediate reaction (to removal of her four children) was shock, said Hoover. I’m a busy mom and my kids were in jujitsu classes for two weeks, I have just started picking up my job at work and getting schedules going and getting them ready for school. So I wasn’t paying attention to the signs of grooming (by the neighbor). What parent thinks about that stuff when someone offers incidental help to a single parent managing multiple kids? I’m in a public place when I found out about this. So I couldn’t drive. I couldn’t think straight; it was like all my kids had just died. I was with my sister, her fiancé and my fiancé–they saw the damage it did that day.
  • Make it Monday for Shiloh Community Housing
    Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Event By Jessica Schultz Pleasant The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce has announced its “Make it Monday” forum will focus on the subject of “Disrupting the Cycle of Homelessness/Homelessness Prevention.” The event will be hosted by Alaska 529. This event will be highlighting the rejuvenating energy the Shiloh Community Housing, Inc., (SCHI), and its new Mt View community resource center. This event will be held on Monday, July 17, 2023, at 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM AKDT, at the Petroleum Club of Anchorage, 3301 C, St. #120, Anchorage, AK 99503.  The Monday event schedule is: 11:30 AM… Read more: Make it Monday for Shiloh Community Housing
  • What Kind Of People Live In Alaska?
    Alaska (><) Philippines Connection 7 After more than 60 years living in Alaska, I have seen a lot of people come and go and observed what kinds of people are likely to stay. In the 2020 census Alaska was ranked the least densely populated state with 733,391 people over 586,000 square miles of land. This represented an increase of only 23,160 people over the 2010 census. The next largest state of the USA in area is Texas with 261,232 sq mi. and 29.53M people. [1]Alaska census, 2020 The Men That Don’t Fit InBY ROBERT SERVICEThere’s a race of men who… Read more: What Kind Of People Live In Alaska?
  • Q: Why must THE MOB attack Sen. Reinbold?
    A: Because She was Right. As many Alaskans continue to be disappointed in most of our faux Republican Legislators and Governor, it might be time to review what happened in a recent time when a conservative Alaska elected official was BOLD. Of course, that would be Lora Reinbold, who is now standing alone in the tender clutches of the Alaska Court System in two cases aimed at diminishing her as a rational and BOLD conservative who represented her Chugach-Eagle River constituents with conservative aplomb. That’s why the unions who own and run this state hate her. I am one of… Read more: Q: Why must THE MOB attack Sen. Reinbold?
  • Alaska’s Covid Pandemic Battle
    Ship of Fools Fights Covid-19 at Anchorage This story has been updated since its original posting February, 2021 but reflects this writer’s understanding of the situation at the time.. Some might think our recent Covid-19 Pandemic was mitigated by destroying the private sector economy of Anchorage. Looking over the events of the last year, and comparing outcomes by community, we now know lockdowns made no difference. However, the Anchorage lockdown will surely make it more difficult to return to normalcy in Alaska’s largest city. Ultimately Alaskans would learn that Masks were of no consequence but only caused government to impose… Read more: Alaska’s Covid Pandemic Battle
  • Too Bold? Rep Lora Reinbold speaks out on SB 91, Education, and the Budget
    This story was first published ECHO News November 1, 2017 Trying to catch Rep. Lora Reinbold to interview for a story is a challenge. But pinning her down on the issues is a snap. She is outspoken on many issues, voting on principle, while some other elected officials play it safe.  [1]In This Race for Senate Reinbold beat Rep. Dan Saddler. Read my Updated story about Born-Again Dan! Reinbold is currently an Alternate member of both the House Education Committee, and Select Committee On Legislative Ethics. She is a full member on Law (Finance Subcommittee), Judiciary (Finance Subcommittee), Military &… Read more: Too Bold? Rep Lora Reinbold speaks out on SB 91, Education, and the Budget
  • Stepping Up to the Challenge: The Vision Revealed
    By Jessica Schultz Pleasant Solving community problems requires vision and follow-through. While many in Anchorage recognize the difficulty of addressing homelessness, real vision begins upstream from the obvious personal tragedy of so many—by assuring those on the cusp of homelessness do not fall into the abyss. That is the mission of Shiloh Community Housing, Inc. (SCHI), which held its First Annual Juneteenth Celebration and Capital Campaign Kick-Off at its new Community Resource Center, located in the Mountainview Community in Anchorage, 3127 Commercial Drive, on June 16, 2023. Goal of the center is to disrupt the cycle of homelessness, not for… Read more: Stepping Up to the Challenge: The Vision Revealed
  • Alaska’s Soviet Style Food Security Program
    Food for Thought for Alaskans Alaskans take a lot of things for granted when it comes to food security in this state. And, while we live in the Polar Climate Zone our ability to create local food sources beyond what comes from other places is evolving. Unfortunately, public policy for food security is woefully inadequate and it is time elected officials did more than blow hot air about what they are doing. Let’s look at what we know about Alaska food systems A September, 2012 study by the University of Alaska Institute on Social and Economic Research (ISER) took a… Read more: Alaska’s Soviet Style Food Security Program
  • The Strengthening Heartbeat of Mt View–
    Celebrates the FUTURE! 1st Annual Juneteenth Celebration and Capital Campaign Kick-Off Juneteenth; a celebration of freedom! and an opportunity for SCHI to showcase our efforts todisrupt the cycle of homelessness, and kick off our capital fundraising campaign. Capital is beingraised to remodel SCHI’s Community Resource Center. The event starts at 5:30p with a Telethon–7 phone lines will be open to collect donations in the upstairs Wellness Wing! Set your calendar reminder now to join us: 3127 Commercial Drive, Anchorage, Alaska Food and Entertainment will begin at 6:00 pm, highlighting notable contributions made by Blacks to include Inventions and Music (all… Read more: The Strengthening Heartbeat of Mt View–
  • Courage AGAINST the Death Cult!
    Human Life has Inherent Value In Philippines Manila, Republic of Philippines—When I first arrived here December 8, 2022 the most shocking thing was the traffic from the airport into the city. It was dark and seemed so random–a river of high-speed automobiles, Jeepney personnel carriers and busses moving like blocks of ice on the Yukon River at breakup, with death-defying motorcycles seeming to dare anybody to TRY to hit them. It was unnerving, but the taxi driver knew when to push and when to allow the other guy into the flow. Read my Postcards from Philippines: https://donnliston907.substack.com/p/postcard-from-philippines-05 Very few traffic… Read more: Courage AGAINST the Death Cult!
  • The Alaska Government School Hustle
    And, how ONE Spec Ed Bully can menace a learning community Alaska Public Education is in crisis. Management cannot protect teachers and as more parents abandon the Education Factory Model students at the lower economic strata of society will suffer. This is because government education in Alaska is little more than a money pit for distribution of wealth using children as hostages. The Anchorage School District (ASD) is one of the few that contributes to cost of education by taxing landowners, and it ain’t cheap. Nobody Cares About Academic Outcomes Parents who did well in government schools are able to… Read more: The Alaska Government School Hustle
  • Alaska’s Mental Health Crisis Predates Statehood
    Today’s Solution is NOT Drugs, Drugs, Drugs… Perhaps the worst thing that can happen to any Alaskan is to be accused of having mental illness and dealing with the associated system for that affliction. Our crazy courts and institutions dedicated to supposedly helping people with mental illness are hopelessly stuck in an antiquated model of care that only a courageous public-interest attorney can ever expect to impact. It’s not like Alaska doesn’t have the money to provide top-of-the-line mental health care. With Statehood the Alaska Mental Health Trust was established to provide care after traditional methods sent people suffering symptoms of… Read more: Alaska’s Mental Health Crisis Predates Statehood

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