A sign on the door of the state labor department office in Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday, May 22, 2020, shows the office is closed to the public through the end of May. A report released by the department Friday showed the number of jobs in Alaska in April was down sharply compared to April 2019 amid coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska’s April job numbers are down sharply

Alaska had 42,200 fewer jobs in April than a year earlier.

A sign on the door of the state labor department office in Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday, May 22, 2020, shows the office is closed to the public through the end of May. A report released by the department Friday showed the number of jobs in Alaska in April was down sharply compared to April 2019 amid coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Road signs near Mile 172 Sterling Highway on Friday, May 22, 2020, in Homer, Alaska, greet visitors with messages about how to find information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Trafic was heavy on Friday morning at the start of the Memorial Day weekend and the first day of the phases three and reopening in Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Douglas gets first positive COVID-19 case; Nome gets second case

That brings the total Alaska case count to 404.

Road signs near Mile 172 Sterling Highway on Friday, May 22, 2020, in Homer, Alaska, greet visitors with messages about how to find information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Trafic was heavy on Friday morning at the start of the Memorial Day weekend and the first day of the phases three and reopening in Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The industrial area of Nikiski can be seen in tbis undated photo. (Photo/File/AJOC)

Feds green light LNG project

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is authorized to site, construct and operate the project.

The industrial area of Nikiski can be seen in tbis undated photo. (Photo/File/AJOC)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Friday, March 27, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Governor’s team expands on new guidelines, PFD

With Alaska’s businesses and most other public entities set to reopen at full capacity on Friday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration are launching a… Continue reading

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Friday, March 27, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Making one last connection

Connections home-school students celebrate graduation together, at a distance

Senior Onaca Daniels and her dog Dez participate in Kenai Central High School’s Class of 2020 Graduation Parade in Kenai, Alaska, on May 20, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

‘The start of something new’

Kenai Central High embark on new lives with fanfare

Senior Onaca Daniels and her dog Dez participate in Kenai Central High School’s Class of 2020 Graduation Parade in Kenai, Alaska, on May 20, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Graduates of River City Academy practice for their virtual graduation with principal Dawn Edwards-Smith this week. The graduates are Charlie Rogers, Izabelle Covey, Maia Whitney, Parker Kincaid, Quai Plate, Kenneth Dyer and Tristen Kane. Not pictured is Andrew Fletcher. (Photo provided by Dawn Edwards-Smith)

River City Academy goes virtual

The institution, started in 2007, was the only one on the Kenai Peninsula to do a virtual graduation.

Graduates of River City Academy practice for their virtual graduation with principal Dawn Edwards-Smith this week. The graduates are Charlie Rogers, Izabelle Covey, Maia Whitney, Parker Kincaid, Quai Plate, Kenneth Dyer and Tristen Kane. Not pictured is Andrew Fletcher. (Photo provided by Dawn Edwards-Smith)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference on May 11, 2020, in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Austin McDaniel courtesy Office of the Governor)

PFD checks to go out starting July 1

The new payment schedule moves up distribution from Oct. 1 when the checks are usually sent.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference on May 11, 2020, in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Austin McDaniel courtesy Office of the Governor)
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                                Sen. Mike Shower, R-Wasilla, speaks about ratifying Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s appropriations of federal funds on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
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                                Sen. Mike Shower, R-Wasilla, speaks about ratifying Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s appropriations of federal funds on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
A sign at the Pratt Museum’s nature trail on May 15, 2020, in Homer, Alaska, is part of the City of Homer’s campaign to increase awareness of precautions to take during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Governor announces major reopening of Alaska

Phase three takes effect at 8 a.m. Friday at the start of the Memorial Day weekend.

A sign at the Pratt Museum’s nature trail on May 15, 2020, in Homer, Alaska, is part of the City of Homer’s campaign to increase awareness of precautions to take during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Nikiski High School seniors Hamilton “Hammie” Cox, left, and Martin Cox III, right, smile for the camera during the 2020 Nikiski High School Graduation Commencement Ceremony in Nikiski, Alaska on May 19, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Always go all in on everything’

Nikiski students celebrate with ‘historic’, unconventional ceremony

Nikiski High School seniors Hamilton “Hammie” Cox, left, and Martin Cox III, right, smile for the camera during the 2020 Nikiski High School Graduation Commencement Ceremony in Nikiski, Alaska on May 19, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska state Rep. Jennifer Johnston, an Anchorage Republican, gets her temperature taken by Roy Johnston, a captain with Capital City Fire/Rescue, at the state Capitol on Monday, May 18, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska Legislature planned to reconvene Monday to address use of federal coronavirus relief funds, with protocols in place aimed at guarding against the virus. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Lawmakers reconvene with virus protocols

The protocols, released by the Legislative Affairs Agency, say legislators may refuse screening.

Alaska state Rep. Jennifer Johnston, an Anchorage Republican, gets her temperature taken by Roy Johnston, a captain with Capital City Fire/Rescue, at the state Capitol on Monday, May 18, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska Legislature planned to reconvene Monday to address use of federal coronavirus relief funds, with protocols in place aimed at guarding against the virus. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

‘Appreciate it all’

SoHi students say goodbye to memorable, challenging final year

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Dunleavy: State ready for next phase

Alaska has three new positive cases of COVID-19.

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Kenai Alternative High School graduate Elsie Daniels signs the ceiling tile for the Class of 2020 at the KAHS graduation Monday in Kenai, Alaska. The tile will join other graduating classes in the ceiling of the school office. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Alt fueled by family, flexibility

“The nature of an alternative school is that we’re flexible and roll with it.”

Kenai Alternative High School graduate Elsie Daniels signs the ceiling tile for the Class of 2020 at the KAHS graduation Monday in Kenai, Alaska. The tile will join other graduating classes in the ceiling of the school office. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Court reports for May 17, 2020

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Signs on May 7, 2020, along the Sterling Highway by St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Homer, Alaska, and put up by the South Kenai Peninsula Resiliency Coalition offer encouragement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The signs read “Physical distancing can be hard. Everyday connections are so important. How can you make someone smile today?” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Sixth Homer resident tests positive

State extends mandatory quarantine for visitors, updates commercial fishing guidelines

Signs on May 7, 2020, along the Sterling Highway by St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Homer, Alaska, and put up by the South Kenai Peninsula Resiliency Coalition offer encouragement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The signs read “Physical distancing can be hard. Everyday connections are so important. How can you make someone smile today?” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, speaks to constituents during a town hall at the Funny River Community Center in Funny River, Alaska on Jan. 9, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Carpenter likens virus screening stickers to Star of David.

“If my sticker falls off, do I get a new one or do I get public shaming too?”

Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, speaks to constituents during a town hall at the Funny River Community Center in Funny River, Alaska on Jan. 9, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)