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As Alaska struggles with budget shortfalls while maintaining it's program of giving residents a share of Permanent Fund earnings each year, it's time to ask the question, WWJD (What Would Jay [Hammond] Do)? The answers lie in this posthumously published book by the state's most beloved former governor.

"'Diapering the Devil' reveals much about Hammond’s sometimes contradictory thinking on his own creation, but at its core lies an admission: 'Without a state income, sales, or property tax, the only sustainable funding source Alaska has, currently, is the Permanent Fund,' Hammond wrote. How this would be accomplished is a bit complicated, however."

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David James is an Alaskan author and literary critic whose work has been published by the Anchorage Daily News, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Anchorage Press, Alaska Dispatch News, and Ester Republic. He is editing a forthcoming anthology of Alaska writing.


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One day I saw aerialists, and I said, that’s the next level; I have to do that. So I got up in the air and haven’t looked back.”

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Jenifer Cameron, a professional artist and retired art teacher, took the time to discuss her life's work as she prepared to leave Fairbanks with her husband for their new home in Seldovia.

“Everybody is an artist. When you’re creating and you’re expressing yourself and making marks on a paper and engaged in the process, that’s what artists do. I believe everybody’s creative. Our brains are built to be creative and curious. It’s hard to not be.”

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