Rob Rosenfeld: Bringing Alaska Together




Rob Rosenfeld

This blog probably wouldn’t exist if we weren’t all keeping a closer eye on the political scene in Alaska these days. Thanks #1  state blog Mudflats, and all the other talented Alaskan bloggers, for keeping us informed and entertained this winter. 

We’re moving into spring now and, if the salmon run is good, the price of oil stays low and the weather cooperates, the villagers will begin to prepare for next winter as they usually do. Ann and Victoria will be pretty busy but they have promised to keep reporting about the seasonal activities in their villages. 

We’ve all, by now, realized that there’s a lot more to the problems facing people living in rural Alaska than the train wreck of circumstances they experienced this year. We also know that people in Juneau were warned that this train was barreling down the tracks and nobody did anything to prevent it. 

Now is the time to make sure the right people are in Juneau!

We have invited both Democratic gubernatorial candidates to use Anonymous Bloggers as a forum for discussing rural issues with constituents. 

Rob Rosenfeld, of rural Homer, replied with a request to link to an interview he did with KSDP’s Kells Hetherington on Meet the People.  

Hi Jane:

I was wondering if you could post this on Anonymous Bloggers or if you can tell me how. It is an interview with KSDP Meet the People. and it occurred on April 16th. I focus on Rural Education, Rural Energy Issues, Economic Development and talk about bycatch. I would greatly appreciate it if this could be shared.

Thanks again for the invite. 

Rob has worked extensively in bush Alaska for the past 12 years. His main theme is “bringing Alaska together” with special emphasis on education, economics, rural issues, the environment and energy. 

Please spend a quiet half hour listening to his ideas and then share your thoughts with him. 

Thanks for speaking out about the issues that affect our neighbors in rural Alaska Rob!

Visit Rob’s Facebook group for more information.

~ Jane


13 Responses to “Rob Rosenfeld: Bringing Alaska Together”

  1. Rob Rosenfeld Says:

    Thank you for posting this radio interview. I’ve been working in rural, Alaska for the past 12 years and live in a community of 5,000 people.
    I appreciate the interest of the folks that visit this site regarding 3rd world living conditions in rural, Alaska. Check out my article in Indian Country Today called, “Alaska is a Disaster.” Let’s keep putting our heads together and work towards a set of changes.

    Have a great day. Rob

    Please consider joining the discussions on my facebook group, “Rob Rosenfeld for Alaska State Governor” or on my personal facebook friends page.

  2. Darlene Says:

    Thank you Anonymous Bloogers for providing a forum for discussion on rural issues in Alaska. I work in health care and see first hand some of the difficulties rural Alaskans experience due to environmental conditions and hazards. I look forward to hearing more from Rob and others interested in giving their perspecitives for change.

  3. anonymousbloggers Says:


    Several people have mentioned that they haven’t been able to listen to the interview because they have dial-up. That’s another thing that needs fixing in rural Alaska.

    If you have a transcript or can get one, send it to me and I’ll put it on and link to it.


  4. Secret TalkerΔ Says:

    Hi Rob, The interview was loud and clear in my kitchen. I thought that you alluded to some important issues with regards to energy and the role of the energy companies. I thought that you had some good ideas regarding bycatch, although I would like to see stronger regulations and a much reduced bycatch limit.Education is very important. Guidance counselors can be very helpful; however by the ninth grade some students are so lost as to make it virtually miraculous to help them. I hope that you will add on to your ideas for education and focus,perhaps , on making sure that Alaska’s schools teach superior basics to every child-good reading and math skills along with socialization.Just a thought….Thanks for giving us a chance to get to know you. Looking forward to more!

  5. Alaska Pi ∆ Says:

    Had read Alaska -is-a -Disaster and now happy to put a “face” to the author.
    Hoping we dial up dinosaurs can get a transcript…? Maybe? For radio interview…

  6. Elsie Says:

    Bob’s article in Indian Country Today, “Alaska is a Disaster” (published Sept. 26, 2008) can be found at

  7. Elsie Says:

    Alaska Pi, will dial-up allow you to click on the word “interview” in Bob’s remarks? When I do that, the radio interview is offered by an additional link to “Stream It”…

    “Rob Rosenfeld, of rural Homer, replied with a request to link to an interview he did with KSDP’s Kells Hetherington on Meet the People.”

  8. Alaska Pi ∆ Says:

    First go around yielded nothing but taking another stab at it gets me to the radio staion “Stream It” offering…
    Mayhaps the ” tubes” were teasing me the first time :-)

  9. Rob Rosenfeld Says:

    Thank you for the warm welcome to “Anonymous Bloogers” I’m glad that some of you had the chance to hear the interview. I have several other interviews that you can check out on my facebook group, “Rob Rosenfeld for Alaska State Governor”. I would like to invite folks to listen to the KBBI interview and the APRN interview. Check out my links and posts on the wall. They are much shorter and you will likely be able to hear them with dial up. Also their are several articles and my resume also posted on the facebook group. Please do give your input and pass on your ideas.

    As far as the slow dial up in the villages goes: This needs to be dealt with and the State Government should be playing a lead role in this area.
    There are so many job opportunities and economic opportunities that can result from improved Broadband and wireless in the villages. If I am honored to be elected I will make this a top priority. Think about all the credit card companies that out source jobs to Asia to answer the phones and answer credit card related questions. I trust that there would be some folks in the villages that would be willing to this type of work if the opportunity was available.

    I look forward to an ongoing discussion. My main goal is to bring folks together to begin solving some of the many challenges.

    On May 5-7th, I will be posting my new website and will notify folks as soon as it is up.

    Happy belated Earth Day. Best wishes. Rob

  10. Secret TalkerΔ Says:

    I definitely agree with you about outsourcing jobs to rural Ak that are now done in Asia!

  11. Gramiam Says:

    What a great idea! Call center jobs in rural Alaska. As an old hand at such work, I can tell you that broadband connectivity is a big plus for places like Alaska, and other areas where weather is a big problem. We residents of Phoenix have a similar problem with heat in the summer. Companies that do reservations, sell products on toll-free numbers and offer customer service have been using broadband to set up “agent-at-home” programs. I know for a fact, that customers of such businesses will be very receptive to agents within the United States, handling their business. Another growing segment of such business is Customer service for other government entities, which have caused a ruckus by being outsourced to foreign countries. We need to take care of our own, before we give away our future to others.

  12. Darlene Says:

    Rob, I agree with Secret Talker regarding 9th grade being too late for many students. The use of counselors must be creative and begin much eariler than the standard has been. We must prepare our students in math and science before they get to the 9th grade. Would you be willing to stretch the concept of the traditional counselor and provide guidance and mentorships to those students that are young and still excited about learning? As a health professional, I would like to see more health and medical students originating from rural Alaska. To do that we need to provide a strong educational base, strong guidance, and strong mentorship so they can move into undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate opportunities.

  13. Rob Rosenfeld Says:

    Thanks for your comment and question Darlene.

    My answer is “Yes”. that was easy to say. The hard part is to make the rubber meet the road. This takes real intention and leadership to better prepare youth in the areas of math and science. It is hard to move on to higher education without strong math and science skills.

    Mentoring and traditional counselors both sound like an important set of options for youth in order to excel.

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