A long term alcohol treatment facility for the YK delta is needed

Hi, I’m Mary, recovering alcoholic. Currently residing in Anchorage. Grew up in Bethel and Pilot Station. My heart is in the YK Delta, where I’ve made lifelong friends.

Alcohol is my drug of choice. Although it’s going on fourteen years since my last drink, my heart and mind still sees myself moving back to the YK Delta, where I miss living the subsistence lifestyle.

I am writing this on behalf of my fellow alcohol and drug addicts residing in Bethel and the surrounding villages. Where a long term treatment center is desperately needed, unless you wouldn’t mind going through Culture Shock, as I did.

Culture Shock to where you’re wondering how the pigeons taste because of the ptarmigan and bird hunting we do, and the exotic fish in the tanks at the grocery stores look delicious like fish and the eels we catch!

In 2007, after my admittance in Stepping Stones, a long term treatment center where my alcohol assessment advised me to attend, I was angry, mean, desperate to finish treatment to move back to Bethel for my next drink. Spent a year there with my children.

Well, I’m still here, residing in Anchorage, my comfort zone of sobriety with resources that I feel our people of the YK Delta needs in order to succeed in a drug and alcohol free lifestyle. YKHC does have Mental and Behavioral Health options but sometimes that’s not enough.

Hoping, dreaming, praying for a long term treatment facility for both men and women with/without children. Remember, we are the children of our future. Every child deserves the best!

I would love to see a long term treatment facility in our YK Delta to better our future of everyone. Quyana.

Mary Nick

Anchorage, AK

Grounds for Recall Have Not Changed

“Oh, but he’s better now,” is a common reason given to not sign the recall petition. As if time has diminished Governor Dunleavy’s unconstitutional actions. As if the Alaska Supreme Court’s did not rule the grounds for the recall valid. As if demoting budget butcher Donna Arduin undid the damage she did while costing Alaskans much more than her salary of $195,000.

If the Governor is not held accountable for his illegal acts, why should he change? Why should any future governor follow our laws? This is not a matter of political affiliation. This is a matter holding this governor, and all future governors, accountable.

His behavior, as confirmed by the Supreme Court, was unacceptable. The passage of time and all the distractions we have faced does not change that. As citizens, it is our responsibility to hold the governor to the standard of the law. The state constitution provides an avenue when the governor, any governor, fails that standard. That avenue is the recall process. Completing the second petition will allow that avenue to proceed to an election. The issues can then be decided by the people.

The recall campaign may have had a tempering effect on Governor Dunleavy’s behavior, but actions damaging to Alaska have continued. Go to recalldunleavy.org/why for details of the harm the governor has done to our state. If you have not done so, please sign the second petition. A mail-in booklet can be requested at the Recall Dunleavy website. Let an election put the issue before the citizens of this great state.

K. Jane McClure, MD

William W. Eggimann, MD

Anchorage and Bethel

Marketing North Slope gas closer to reality with Point Thomson to Fairbanks gasline

We’re on the cusp of a generational dream: construction of a gas line from our stranded gas fields in the North Slope to the road system in Alaska. As the world turns toward clean fuels like natural gas and renewables, this is Alaska’s time to think big.

Over the years and across many administrations, Alaskans have discussed how to get our North Slope gas to market. Today, I’m happy to report that we are closer than ever to bringing this concept to fruition with a gas line between Point Thomson and Fairbanks.

With many of the permits in place, and research completed, this gas line could be a game changer for Alaska. Backed by significant private sector interest, and the real possibility of funding from the federal government, this opportunity to create thousands of construction jobs couldn’t come at a more opportune time for our state.

More importantly, this is a chance to provide our businesses, residents, and military installations on the road system with clean, affordable energy. This pipeline could very well be the reality that we’ve all been waiting for.

Some of you may be wondering what makes this project different from the failed megaprojects of decades past. That’s a fair question.

As many of you know, I was a skeptic of the previous proposal myself. That’s why my administration and the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) have been hard at working developing a phased, manageable plan that addresses these past points of failure.

First, we successfully reengaged the private sector in the funding and planning of this project. Alaska is many great things, but the State cannot responsibly finance, build, and operate a major gas line, or manage the risks associated on its own. AGDC is in discussions with prospective private partners and will continue to publicly report their progress.

Second, we significantly reduced the high cost of the project by more than $5 billion. We did this by applying advances in technology and manufacturing that have occurred in the rapidly maturing natural gas industry. This was possible thanks to the help of our industry partners.

After these cost reductions, the Point Thomson to Fairbanks gas line will cost around $5.9 billion. The good news is that, in addition to private funding, there is a strong possibility of federal funding. The new administration has announced plans for historic investment in job creation and economic recovery, and future spending legislation is expected to focus on clean energy infrastructure. The Point Thomson gas line would be a perfect candidate for these funds.

Third, we completed the intensive federal permitting process, and after more than half-a-decade of engineering and environmental work, key permits are in place to begin construction. Although the permitting process is a daunting gauntlet involving dozens of federal and state environmental offices, the permitting rigor gives Alaskans confidence that the project can be safely built and operated.

I’m truly excited for the future of affordable, clean energy in Alaska. By bringing down our second-highest-in-the-nation energy costs, we can attract the industries we need to build a self-reliant Alaska. That includes fertilizer plants for our farmers, pharmaceutical manufacturers to produce medicine, and mineral processors to refine the critical metals that are needed to build renewable energy components.

It will also end the forced reliance on wood and diesel that has created a serious air quality problem in the Fairbanks area. Indeed, this is an opportunity to once again show the world that economic development and protecting the environment go hand-in-hand.

Of course, I don’t mean to make any of this sound easy – changing the future never is. But harnessing our North Slope natural gas will immeasurably improve the lives of Alaskans, and it will help us develop the self-reliance we need to secure a future for our children and grandchildren.

Governor Mike Dunleavy

Juneau, AK

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