University of Alaska Southeast Instructor Jim Powell, left, his wife, former Rep. Beth Kerttula, and Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, right, stand up a university sign as former Chancellor John Pugh speaks at a rally for funding the University of Alaska in front of the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Governor proposes cutting almost half of university’s total operating budget

It would be the largest budget cut in the university’s 100-year history.

University of Alaska Southeast Instructor Jim Powell, left, his wife, former Rep. Beth Kerttula, and Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, right, stand up a university sign as former Chancellor John Pugh speaks at a rally for funding the University of Alaska in front of the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Kyle Kornelis, Stephanie Queen and Tim Dillon speak about the Field House project during a Soldotna Chamber Luncheon on Wednesday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Details about Soldotna Field House project emerge as special election approaches

The special election concerns the issuance of a general bond of $10 million to fund the project

Kyle Kornelis, Stephanie Queen and Tim Dillon speak about the Field House project during a Soldotna Chamber Luncheon on Wednesday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska breweries serve up beers at the Frozen RiverFest in Soldotna, Alaska, in February, 2018. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A brew for all seasons

Frozen RiverFest to warm up Soldotna this weekend

Alaska breweries serve up beers at the Frozen RiverFest in Soldotna, Alaska, in February, 2018. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Kenai, and Rep. Dave Talerico, R-Healy, sit next to each other after Knopp voted not to confirm Talerico as Speaker of the House on Tuesday. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

District 30 asks Knopp to organize or resign

Knopp said he is definitely not going to resign

Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Kenai, and Rep. Dave Talerico, R-Healy, sit next to each other after Knopp voted not to confirm Talerico as Speaker of the House on Tuesday. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
Office of Management and Budget Director Donna Arduin and members of her budget team takes time to explain Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s state budget at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Proposed Medicaid, health care cuts spark outrage

One health care advocate called the budget proposal “outrageous.”

Office of Management and Budget Director Donna Arduin and members of her budget team takes time to explain Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s state budget at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Governor proposes cutting ferry funding at the end of the summer

Administration hopes private contractor will take over.

In this Friday, July 27, 2018 file photo, the logo for Amazon is displayed on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

Cities grapple with online retailer taxation

Cities grapple with online retailer taxation

In this Friday, July 27, 2018 file photo, the logo for Amazon is displayed on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

Court reports for February 12, 2019

The following judgments were recently handed down in Kenai District Court: Brandon Mark Borchgrevink, 28, of Nikiski, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree… Continue reading

Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Kenai, talks to the media about his nomination for Speaker of the House at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Kenai, talks to the media about his nomination for Speaker of the House at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Jeff Hayden poses at the Homer News on Feb. 12, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Hayden has been named publisher of the Kenai Peninsula Clarion and the Homer News. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Hayden named publisher of Peninsula Clarion, Homer News

Hayden, 62, moved to Alaska from Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania.

Jeff Hayden poses at the Homer News on Feb. 12, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Hayden has been named publisher of the Kenai Peninsula Clarion and the Homer News. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

High-speed pursuit in Sterling ends in arrest

A Soldotna man has been charged with reckless driving and endangerment after being involved in a high-speed chase with a passenger in the car, according… Continue reading

Marijuana industry testifies against governor’s control board nominee

“There’s this undercurrent of trying to push back the marijuana industry.”

Anne M. Jess, of The Doodle Biz of Seattle, creates a graphic representation of a U.S. Department of Energy presentation addressing earthquake damage to some mud disposal sites and sampling results from radiologic monitoring on Amchitka Island during a forum Tuesday, in Anchorage. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Study: No leaking radiation from Alaska island nuclear site

Three nuclear tests were conducted between 1965 and 1971 on Amchitka

  • Feb 12, 2019
Anne M. Jess, of The Doodle Biz of Seattle, creates a graphic representation of a U.S. Department of Energy presentation addressing earthquake damage to some mud disposal sites and sampling results from radiologic monitoring on Amchitka Island during a forum Tuesday, in Anchorage. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
District employees leave the Betty J. Glick Borough Assembly Chambers during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board meeting in Soldotna, Alaska on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, to rally for a fair contract. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Educators call for action

District staff rally at school board meeting, talk of a strike

District employees leave the Betty J. Glick Borough Assembly Chambers during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board meeting in Soldotna, Alaska on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, to rally for a fair contract. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Donna Arduin, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, speaks to House members during an informational meeting at the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Donna Arduin, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, speaks to House members during an informational meeting at the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Public safety briefs Feb. 11

Information for this report was taken from publicly available law enforcement and public safety records and includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone… Continue reading

Crime bill held up over conflict of interest

Lawmakers say new ethics rule too ‘fuzzy.’

Protesters hold up flags during a public hearing on a draft environmental plan on proposed petroleum leasing within Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Monday, in Anchorage. Congress in December 2017 approved a tax bill that requires oil and gas lease sales in the refuge to raise revenue for a tax cut backed by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

Critics protest proposed drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

Congress in 1980 expanded the refuge to nearly the size of South Carolina

Protesters hold up flags during a public hearing on a draft environmental plan on proposed petroleum leasing within Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Monday, in Anchorage. Congress in December 2017 approved a tax bill that requires oil and gas lease sales in the refuge to raise revenue for a tax cut backed by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)
The Alaska State Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Alaska House has yet to organize about a month into session

The 40-member House has 23 Republicans but just 20 of them have aligned with the GOP caucus

  • Feb 11, 2019
The Alaska State Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)