DONN LISTON

I am an Independent Journalist and retired teacher. I have resided over 60 consecutive winters socially, academically and politically as an active Alaska participant. I write on the wondrous people, scoundrals and events I have witnessed since statehood in 1959. The theme is: How did we get here and where we are going as a state? I invite your respectful participation in the discussion.

The Blessing of Giving

Building a Support Structure to Minimize Homelessness A lot of people in Anchorage have spent a lot of time talking about how to address homelessness in our community. It has become a prevailing theme of elected Assembly Members, but one Faith-Based Organization has been addressing this issue in the neighborhoods of Fairview and Mt View …

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Thomas Garber

Alaska OCS Crisis; Parents are Pursuing Accountability

Violation of Alaska families by the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) is nothing new. Some parents and family advocates have long documented abusive and illegal actions by this agency purporting to protect children. Alaska parents now AGAIN seek remedy through the Alaska Court System IF that is possible. In her case against OCS, Rep. Wilson …

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Why Some Liberals WANT An Alaska Constitutional Convention–Liberal Utopia for Alaska Revealed!

In the November 8 midterm elections Alaskans will be asked in Ballot Measure 1 whether to hold a Constitutional Convention.1 My late friend John Havelock in 2012 wrote a book about why Alaskans needed to have a constitutional convention at the last time it was possible to do so. Today Big Money is Opposed to …

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Bert Cottle

Alaska City on the Move: WASILLA! (A Tribute to Mayor Bert Cottle on his passing)

The new Wasilla Sonic restaurant is located in the Sun Mountain development. It did $500,000 worth of business in its first three days. Note: This story was Published October 31, 2019 after an enthusiastic presentation by Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle to the Susitna Rotary in the last months of his tenure in that position. He …

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Anchorage Court Denies Private Property Rights

Why aren’t 70 Access Points to Chugach State Park Enough for Dani Crosby? ALASKA RESIDENT SINCE: 1996ALASKA COMMUNITIES LIVED IN: Sitka and AnchorageEDUCATION:Occidental College, B.A.Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D.PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:Superior Court Judge, 2016 to presentPrivate Practice, 1998-2016Law Clerk for Superior Court Judge Eric Sanders, 1997-1998Law Clerk for Superior Court Judge Brian Shortell, 1996-1997OTHER SERVICE:Civil …

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We were Born to be Wild! 

My Alaska 1960’s Experience 2019–a group of the same students who always did this stuff, organized the 50th year reunion since my East Anchorage High School graduation occurred–but I didn’t attend. Those were not good years for me and I didn’t care to hear from many peers who are still stuck in the 60’s. I …

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How Secure Should Ft. Greely Missile Defense Field Be?

One Alaskan’s Disturbing Experience Writer’s Note: Miscommunication between Mr. Stebbins and myself resulted in errors in this original story. This story has nothing to do with Clear AFB Station; this story is about the Ft. Greely Missile Defience Field which is not a nuclear missile site. Alaska has long been known as Top Cover for …

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Regular Guy and Haul Road Trucker for Legislative Senate District C

Longtime Kodiak Senator, Gary Stevens, is a good guy. He and his wife Rita are pillars of Alaska and among The Beautiful People. This writer met both Stevens’ when working as a legislative aide on the 4th floor of the Alaska Capitol during the 2018 Session of the Alaska Legislature. On one occasion, when getting …

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