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Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveils the People First Initiative, a sweeping effort to target domestic violence and sexual assault, missing and murdered Indigenous persons, human sex trafficking, foster care and homelessness, in a Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 news conference in Anchorage. The plan is a part of Dunleavy’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Alaska Voices: Governor puts people first with budget proposal

The People First Initiative is transformational in thinking and approach

Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveils the People First Initiative, a sweeping effort to target domestic violence and sexual assault, missing and murdered Indigenous persons, human sex trafficking, foster care and homelessness, in a Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 news conference in Anchorage. The plan is a part of Dunleavy’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
A poll worker helps a voter with his ballot at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Voices of the Peninsula: Poll workers ensure election integrity

As a recent retiree, I was invited by a friend to work as an election worker in the November 2020 election

A poll worker helps a voter with his ballot at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
A recently hatched rufous-tailed hummingbird with one more egg to hatch. (Photo by T. Eskelin/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: A mother’s work is never done

Bird nerd, bird geek and bird brain are just a few of the accolades I have acquired over the years. Of course, these labels were… Continue reading

A recently hatched rufous-tailed hummingbird with one more egg to hatch. (Photo by T. Eskelin/USFWS)
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Voices of Peninsula: How to spot fact from fiction

We hear so much about fake news these days. I decided to get to the bottom of this. I’ve learned that if we use social… Continue reading

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Voting rights in the Alaska Constitution

How did Alaska draft a state constitution? In Jack Coghill’s introduction in the Alaska State Constitution, the 1955 Territorial Legislature passed the Constitutional Convention Act… Continue reading

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A beautiful Arctic char caught while ice fishing on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Nate Perrine)

Refuge Notebook: Winter camping and ice fishing on the refuge

When people think of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, chances are the first thing that comes to mind is salmon fishing or some other activity… Continue reading

A beautiful Arctic char caught while ice fishing on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Nate Perrine)
Alex Koplin is a founding member of Kenai Peninsula Votes. (courtesy photo)

Rewarding story of an election worker

Being an election worker on the day of an election can be very rewarding. I did it a few years back, and had many experiences… Continue reading

Alex Koplin is a founding member of Kenai Peninsula Votes. (courtesy photo)
In this Empire file photo, the MV Tazlina heads in to dock in Juneau. The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation is poised to bring a lot of money to Alaska for things like ferries, but when and how much isn’t yet known as many of the programs are new. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)

Young Alaskans thank our congressional delegation for delivering on infrastructure

On behalf of the next generation of Alaskans, we thank our congressional delegation for setting politics aside and delivering a critical win that will help… Continue reading

In this Empire file photo, the MV Tazlina heads in to dock in Juneau. The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation is poised to bring a lot of money to Alaska for things like ferries, but when and how much isn’t yet known as many of the programs are new. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
A hairy woodpecker on the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. Notice the bill is as long as the head? (Photo by Laurie Sheppard, USFWS National Digital Library)

Refuge Notebook: Woodpecker doppelgangers

I was listening to the distinct sound of a woodpecker drumming a few days ago and caught a flash of a black and white bird.… Continue reading

A hairy woodpecker on the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. Notice the bill is as long as the head? (Photo by Laurie Sheppard, USFWS National Digital Library)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference at the Alaska State Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Infrastructure finance bill is a win-win for Alaska

As proposed, my administration’s GO bond proposal requires financing for about $325 million

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference at the Alaska State Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Moose, the impetus, for David Spencerճ start on the Kenai National Moose Range. (Photo by C. Canterbury/FWS)

Refuge Notebook: Introduction to David Spencer, 1st manager of Kenai National Moose Range

In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Kenai National Moose Range. Today this nearly 2-million-acre tract of public land is known as the Kenai… Continue reading

Moose, the impetus, for David Spencerճ start on the Kenai National Moose Range. (Photo by C. Canterbury/FWS)
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Point of View: Les Gara for governor, for Alaska’s children, and our public education system

Les Gara has already displayed his commitment to Alaska’s youth during his time in the state Legislature.

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The Capitol building in Juneau is seen here on Jan. 10, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)

Mediation process betrays state employees

The people of Alaska constitutionally mandated the retirement and medical coverage for retirees.

The Capitol building in Juneau is seen here on Jan. 10, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation building in Juneau, Alaska, in October 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)

Legislators must guard our fund: Pass a constitutional PFD now

The failure to pay the dividend according to statute has created political chaos.

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation building in Juneau, Alaska, in October 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
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Opinion: It is time to save the port

The PoA is the single most important piece of infrastructure in our state.

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Minister’s Message: What unites? Being one in Christ

It seems everywhere you look and on every level people are gridlocked

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The Kenai National Moose Range's three LeTourneau crushers off of Mystery Creek Road, March 14, 1978. (Photo provided by USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: Forest regeneration efforts benefit moose on wildlife refuge

From time to time, we reshare past Refuge Notebook articles. We selected this article as part of our efforts to commemorate the Kenai National Wildlife… Continue reading

The Kenai National Moose Range's three LeTourneau crushers off of Mystery Creek Road, March 14, 1978. (Photo provided by USFWS)
Alan Parks is a Homer resident and commercial fisher. (Courtesy photo)

Voices of the Peninsula: HB 52 would hurt commercial fishing and community

Upper Cook Inlet fishing families have been hit hard by ongoing politics

Alan Parks is a Homer resident and commercial fisher. (Courtesy photo)
A sign welcomes people to Kenai United Methodist Church on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

It’s time for a federal law against LGBTQ discrimination

When my wife and I decided to move to Alaska, we wondered if we would be welcome in our new neighborhood.

A sign welcomes people to Kenai United Methodist Church on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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