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 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

State administration gets into the weeds

In an earlier column (Dec. 24, 2017), the question of proposed regulations affecting mining on State land was flagged for readers’ attention because the initial scope of the contemplate... — Updated 2/22/2018 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

What if we had a party, and no one came?

Given the fluidity of the presidential contest, it may not be premature to dust off our hip pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution and worry about what happens if neither of the contenders... — Updated 2/6/2018 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Where you sit depends on where you stand

I'll be the first to concede that the upcoming election is probably a done deal, and that for Alaskans, it is probably far more important that we do our best to ensure that Republican... — Updated 2/5/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Citizens advisory group bites the dust

It has been a long time since I took high school civics, so it is easy to understand how things may have changed. However, one of its precepts that has served me to this day is the idea... — Updated 1/28/2018 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Irony abounds at confirmation hearing

Montana's lone Congressman, Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., who is President Trump's nominee to be the next Secretary of the Interior, was sautéed (fried quickly in hot oil) for four hours on... — Updated 1/28/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

May we always live in interesting times

I must be getting old because I remember when, in 1966, Robert Kennedy first uttered the so-called Chinese curse about living in interesting times. It is probably one of his more... — Updated 1/28/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Nominate bureaucratic appointees now

Like lots of folks, I was somewhat astounded that Secretary (Hillary) Clinton was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory earlier this month. Everyone, of course, expected the... — Updated 1/28/2018 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Settlement puts Pebble back in play

Last week the Pebble Project announced that it had reached a settlement with the EPA of pending litigation in conjunction with the agency's previous determination to block the... — Updated 1/27/2018 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

First step taken to curb Interior abuses

Although the Bureau of Land Management has been developing land management plans for decades, in the past those plans have had two qualities that made them tolerable. First, they were rel... — Updated 1/25/2018 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

It's time to unpack your rock hammers

With the holidays in the rear view mirror and the convention season half-way over, mining operators in Alaska, big and small, are processing their paperwork for the upcoming field... — Updated 1/25/2018 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Some misgivings about Rep. Zinke

Like all Americans, those of us who live in that part of America that is generally contained in a tiny inset on the lower left corner of traditional maps, have watched and waited as the... — Updated 1/24/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Miners should follow pending reg changes

For the past 20 months or so, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been wrestling with some proposed changes to the regulations concerning the location and maintenance of State... — Updated 12/24/2017

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Miners should follow pending reg changes

For the past 20 months or so, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been wrestling with some proposed changes to the regulations concerning the location and maintenance of State... — Updated 12/23/2017

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Federal overreach stymied by Scotus

In 1831, 26 year-old French lawyer Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United State [sic] of America for about 10 months and returned to his homeland to write the seminal "Democracy in... — Updated 6/19/2016

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Miners seek statutory reform of ANILCA

On March 28, 2016, six days after the U. S. Supreme Court rendered its unanimous opinion in the matter of "Sturgeon v. Frost," I offered testimony before the U.S. Senate Energy and... — Updated 4/17/2016

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Silence on public lands is deafening

God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion. … [T]he tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. - Thomas Jefferson,... — Updated 3/20/2016 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

For miners, tomorrow is another day

I do love metaphors and aphorisms; there's one for every occasion. For instance, it is often noted that, on the one hand, it is always darkest before the dawn and, on the other, that the... — Updated 1/24/2016

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Which way is the political wind blowing?

I believe that the earth is warming; I believe that the sea level is rising; I believe that climate change is at least partially due to anthropomorphic activities such as burning wood... — Updated 11/15/2015

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

SCOTUS agrees to hear Sturgeon access question

Although not strictly a mining case, John Sturgeon's challenge to the National Park Service's regulation banning private hovercraft on the rivers in the Yukon-Charley Preserve goes to... — Updated 10/18/2015 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

My heart echoes the beating of the drums

"Do you hear the people sing? Singing a song of angry men? It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again! When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums There... — Updated 9/20/2015

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Never let a serious crisis go to waste

The famous quotation by Rahm Emanuel: "You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that, it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before" is... — Updated 8/16/2015

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Alaskans ask: Where did I come from?

A brief survey of the history of mankind suggests that most communities were organized around the successful exploitation of nearby natural resources. More "civilized" city-states were... — Updated 7/19/2015

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Supreme Court reminds us of St. Paul

On May 29, 2015 the Alaska Supreme Court handed down two opinions relating to the Pebble Project: The first reversed the Superior Court's holding in Nunamta Aulukesti, et al, v. State, et... — Updated 6/21/2015

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Solons seek clarity on 'waters of U.S'

After six years of lackluster performance under the leadership of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Congress now appears poised to seize the initiative and rein in the U.S. Environmental... — Updated 5/17/2015 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Environmentalists aren't all watermelons

Environmentalists are often perceived as watermelons (Green on the outside and Red on the inside) by the business community because of their total disregard of the social costs... — Updated 4/19/2015 Full story

 

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