Alaska History

Western Alaska Deserves Better in Juneau: Willy Keppel Says He Can Make a Difference

Politics is what decides who gets what. Rural Alaska has been electing Democrats to represent them in the Alaska Legislature since before statehood but Rural Alaska remains 3rd World Status in the richest state (per capita) in the United States. But along with Alaska summer activities and the whiff of salmon being smoked is the …

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Alaska’s Government School Failure: What will it take to fix them?

First Published January, 2016;  A story from Gov. Dunleavy’s former Mat-Su Senate District. A new student in my Wasilla, Alaska, Adult Basic Education (ABE) class recently expressed wonder in how much he had progressed in just a few days of math study here, and, further expressing himself told of the public high school he had …

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DENALI: Why Not Mt. McKinley?

(2019©donnliston.co) Some of us grew up knowing Mt. McKinley was the largest mountain in North America. It isn’t anymore; Mt. Denali is now the largest mountain in North America. So why was it named after the 25th President of the United States in the first place? According to an article in livescience.com: “A gold prospector, …

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Why Alaskans Wanted Statehood, Part 1

BY DONN LISTON  October 11, 2018 (2019©donnliston.co) ECHO Magazine: https://www.echoak.com/2018/10/alaska-statehood-committee/ Portrait of Secretary of State William H. Seward, officer of the United States Government. Brady National Photographic Art Gallery (Washington, D.C.), photographer. [Between 1860 and 1865]. Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-cwpb-04948 As we approach statewide elections for public offices in Alaska, this might be …

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