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Steps to Food Security for Alaska: Are Alaska Agriculture Efforts Working?

  Do more farms mean more production for Alaskans? In his self-satisfied memoir—written after serving two terms as Alaska’s fifth governor–Jay Hammond, in his book Tales of Alaska’s Bushrat Governor, reflects on …major disappointments in my second term. One, deemed by many the biggest blunder of my administration, was an attempt to promote Alaska agriculture. …

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Alaska’s Pandemic Battle

Ship of Fools Fights Covid-19 at Anchorage (2021©donnliston.co) This iconic Grateful Dead album cover portrays a heartless andsoulless frigate group entering a landmine field. We now know moreabout what happened. 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 …

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Alaska has Food Security Options

  Addressing Alaska’s Hierarchy of Needs (2021©donnliston.co) Alaskans are generally stuck at the bottom of the 5-level pyramid of human needs defined in Abraham Maslow’s 1943 paper, A Theory of Human Motivation. His 1954 book “Motivation and Personality” expanded on this theory and remains a basic underpinning of modern sociology, psychology and management training. If humans …

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Who is Making a Difference?

 Realities of Alaska Food Security (2020©donnliston.co)   Familywith food on the table have many problems. Familywith no food on the table have one problem.                                                                                                                         …

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Who Dares to Farm in Alaska?

  The Future of Alaska Food Security Rayna Reynolds, 9, is a farm girl in the Matanuska Valley. (2020©donnliston.co) When 200 farm families were selected from three mid-western states to be moved to Alaska’s Matanuska Valley for a farming experiment in 1935, nobody was certain what would happen. During the early 1930s Alaska agriculture was in …

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The Alaskan Way to Repay Service

Battle Dawgs take Combat Veteran Care to the Next Level (2019©donnliston.co) The Battle Dawgs base camp near Talkeetna. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.                                                        –William T. Sherman In 1836 the Pilgrims …

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The Historic Talkeetna Roadhouse

(2019©donnliston.co) The romantic notion of owning an historic Alaska Roadhouse became a reality for young Trisha Costello in 1996 with the help of a personal loan from her dad. Over the decades since she has kept the Talkeetna Roadhouse open year-round, paid her father back, provided jobs for a community of some 800 people, and learned a …

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Pitching in for power to Hope Willow Ranch

BY DONN LISTON (2019©donnliston.co) May 20, 2018 Must Read Alaska: http://mustreadalaska.com/pitching-power-hope-willow-ranch/ CONGRESSMAN YOUNG TO ATTEND SATURDAY FUNDRAISER BY DONN LISTON SPECIAL TO MUST READ ALASKA A dream for many who have developmental disabilities is to do things most people take for granted. Too often they’re parked in “assisted living” venues to mark their days on a calendar. …

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