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 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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Alaskans are being greenwashed - again

When I first heard the term "greenwashed," I naturally assumed that it referred to the endless stream of misrepresentations that the American Environmental Industry dumps on a gullible pu... — Updated 5/12/2022 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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AMA plans Mining Day fete in Fairbanks

On April 12, 2013, Governor Sean Parnell signed into law Senate Bill 1, "An Act establishing May 10 of each year as Alaska Mining Day; and providing for an effective date" (Chapter 6,... — Updated 5/5/2022

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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Biden demonstrates mining ignorance

This past week the Biden Administration released a document ineptly entitled "Fundamental Principles for Domestic Mining Reform." It would have been more accurately called "Eleven Ways... — Updated 3/10/2022 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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Imagine a jigsaw puzzle without edges

In today's topsy-turvy world, perhaps the question we all should be asking is, in the unforgettable opening words of Admiral James Stockdale during the 1992 Vice Presidential debate,... — Updated 3/4/2022 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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Gray Lady serves Tesla a sucker punch

In 1951, Life Magazine (remember "Life"?) dubbed the New York Times the "Old Gray Lady" "by way of acknowledging its special marks: starch conservatism and circumspection." How things hav... — Updated 2/3/2022 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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Miners must thread the eye of a needle

If global warming and the associated risk of climate change is due, at least in part, to anthropomorphic causes, it stands to reason that there are too many anthropoids (specifically,... — Updated 12/16/2021 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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Our mining industry confronts threats

If there is one thing that most Americans can probably agree on, I think, it is that Joe Biden is the worst President we have had since Donald Trump. Since they both had a lot of things... — Updated 10/28/2021 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Do we want a constitutional convention?

Decennially, the question of whether Alaska shall have a constitutional convention must appear on the ballot. Alaskans have voted on this issue five times since 1972 and defeated it... — Updated 10/28/2021 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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It is not often wise to set a president

Following the model set by other successful generals such as George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Dwight Eisenhower, after having essentially won the War in Europe,... — Updated 9/30/2021 Full story

 
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Tongass hosts vast economic potential

Southeast Alaska is at a unique crossroads in its management of the Tongass National Forest. How will reimposition of the 2001 Roadless Rule impact development of natural resources like... — Updated 9/23/2021

 
 By J.P. Tangen    Opinion
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Nothing is certain but death and taxes

In a recent case that crossed my desk, I was confronted by what seems to have been an easily avoided problem relating to the estate of a long-time, well-known, very sophisticated Alaska m... — Updated 8/26/2021 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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Youth, Youth, for the honor of truth

Over the past quadrennial, there has been a great deal of conversation about "truth." Especially in the political arena. Ostensibly, the number of "lies" that have emanated from the... — Updated 7/29/2021 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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The COVID elephant has left the state

Although new cases of COVID-19 are still appearing throughout the nation in general and Alaska in particular, at the moment they are hovering at the 40-per-day level apparently. The vacci... — Updated 6/24/2021 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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For Alaskans, it is a wonderful world

I always tend to look at the world through the wrong end of the telescope. For instance, many people regard the so-called political divisions in our country as being a problem, but for... — Updated 5/27/2021 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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Reports contrast role of fishing, mining

In February, the Alaska Miners Association (AMA) released its annual report on the Economic Benefits of Alaska's Mining Industry. That report highlighted the fact that 4,700 direct and 9,... — Updated 4/1/2021 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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Wanted: A pandemic-era silver lining

Without a doubt, 2020 was somewhat less than a perfect year. If you didn't like the way it started out, with an impeachment and a pandemic dominating the news, you might not have liked... — Updated 2/25/2021 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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Why can't we placer mine tidal wetlands?

It has often been said that one should never watch sausages or laws being made. There are good reasons for saying that, especially in our quasi-democratic environment. For just cause we... — Updated 2/11/2021 Full story

 
 By J.P. Tangen    Opinion
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It was the best and the worst of times

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, now is a good time to reflect on and prognosticate about Alaska and things mining. First, with regard to things past, from the impeachment to the... — Updated 1/14/2021 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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Pandemic skews traditional calendar

The fourth quarter in any given year, actually the period between Columbus Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is always an interesting period. Every eighth year (more frequently with... — Updated 11/25/2020 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Supreme Court Justice Amy Barrett swearing in ceremony at White House

Appointment takes court over the hump

The successful appointment of Justice Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court has possibly put an end for the time being to the national drift to the political left. Without disparaging any... — Updated 10/29/2020 Full story

 
 By Ron Thiessen    Opinion
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A lot riding on Alaska's Pebble Mine

Northern Dynasty Minerals first set its sights on Alaska's Pebble deposit in the 1990s. After acquiring the property in 2001, the company spent more than a decade and close to $1 billion... — Updated 10/1/2020 Full story

 
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It is time for a new look at Windy Craggy

N'tsi Tatay, more widely known as the Windy Craggy Project, is one of North America's largest resources of cobalt with excellent copper, zinc, gold, and silver grades hosted in an Upper... — Updated 9/26/2020 Full story

 
 By J.P. Tangen    Opinion
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg has earned her paean

We all join in mourning the passing of one of the truly great Justices of the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS). Not because of her bent, but because she personified the finest... — Updated 9/24/2020 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Modern mines must absorb social costs

Each July for the past four decades I have traveled to the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Annual Institute for the purpose of maintaining my credentials as a lawyer and to... — Updated 7/30/2020 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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The times keep getting more interesting

Political differences, public demonstrations, a mortal pandemic, climate evolution, economic rebalancing plus a flood of other disasters have welled up over the past score of years to... — Updated 7/10/2020 Full story

 

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