A “Vote Here” sign is seen at the City of Kenai building on Monday, Sept. 21 in Kenai, Alaska.

Voices of the Peninsula: Fight for democracy

When the Insurrection occurred on Jan. 6, 2021, it was a direct attack on our democratic rule of law.

A “Vote Here” sign is seen at the City of Kenai building on Monday, Sept. 21 in Kenai, Alaska.
Alexander B. Dolitsky

Opinion: Russian Old Believers in modern Alaska

America is the sunrise for the Russian Old Believers in Alaska.

  • Jan 5, 2022
  • By Alexander B. Dolitsky
Alexander B. Dolitsky
Former Alaska legislator and gubernatorial candidate Les Gara is seen in this undated photo. (courtesy photo)

Alaska’s great oil giveway

We can do better than giving away billions in oil company subsidies

Former Alaska legislator and gubernatorial candidate Les Gara is seen in this undated photo. (courtesy photo)
A vote-by-mail ballot box is photographed at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Administration building in Soldotna, Alaska, in October 2020. (Peninsula Clarion file)

Voices of the Peninsula: 2021 saw changes to election laws across the country

Election security, efficiency and accuracy continue to be integral to maintaining nonpartisan run elections

A vote-by-mail ballot box is photographed at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Administration building in Soldotna, Alaska, in October 2020. (Peninsula Clarion file)
Golden-yellow birch trees and spruce frame a view of Aurora Lagoon and Portlock Glacier from a trail in the Cottonwood-Eastland Unit of Kachemak Bay State Park off East End Road on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong)

Voices of the Peninsula: Don’t cut up Kachemak Bay State Park for a failing hatchery!

HB 52 would permanently give up valuable public resources to a failing operation.

Golden-yellow birch trees and spruce frame a view of Aurora Lagoon and Portlock Glacier from a trail in the Cottonwood-Eastland Unit of Kachemak Bay State Park off East End Road on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong)
In this Sept. 26, 2019 file photo, Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka addresses reporters in Anchorage, Alaska. Tshibaka announced plans on Monday, March 29, 2021, to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a fellow Republican, in the 2022 election. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska Voices: 2021 proved that Murkowski has abandoned Alaska

Murkowski’s record this year is consistent with her past.

  • Dec 30, 2021
  • By Kelly Tshibaka
In this Sept. 26, 2019 file photo, Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka addresses reporters in Anchorage, Alaska. Tshibaka announced plans on Monday, March 29, 2021, to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a fellow Republican, in the 2022 election. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Alaska Voices: A tough year, but bipartisanship points the way

When Congress did set aside its differences and work together, we made some significant achievements.

  • Dec 29, 2021
  • By Lisa Murkowski
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A5

After Christmas, exchange ideas

Unhealthy sterotypes pose a new existential risk.

  • Dec 27, 2021
  • By Rich Moniak
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Jim Cockrell was appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy as Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (Courtesy photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Opinion: Budget proposal makes meaningful investments in public safety

This administration is determined to make Alaska a place where people can feel safe, and victims can expect justice.

  • Dec 24, 2021
  • By Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Commissioner James Cockrell
Jim Cockrell was appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy as Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (Courtesy photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
Jason Brune is the commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. (Image via dec.alaska.gov)

Opinion: Feds owe it to Alaskans to clean up their mess

Nobody expected that the federal government would give damaged goods as part of ANCSA.

  • Dec 24, 2021
  • By Jason Brune
Jason Brune is the commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. (Image via dec.alaska.gov)
Larry Persily

Point of View: Letting politics influence permanent fund decisions creates possibilities for misery

An impartial board of trustees is the only vaccine against politicizing the fund.

  • Dec 22, 2021
  • By Larry Persily For the Homer News
  • PFD
Larry Persily
Copies of the Alaska State Constitution were available outside the Lt. Governor’s office on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: A constitutional convention is fraught with danger

Please follow the constitutional convention issue as it works its way through the political process.

  • Dec 20, 2021
  • By Bill Corbus
Copies of the Alaska State Constitution were available outside the Lt. Governor’s office on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Homer Foundation

Point of View: Reflections during December snow

Then the stories of fellow Americans who give to help out as the money mounts into the millions becomes the next story.

Homer Foundation
Carl Marrs (courtesy)

Alaska Voices: Thank you, Legislators, for your fiscal responsibility

The bipartisan House Majority came together with a pledge to not overspend our permanent fund earnings.

Carl Marrs (courtesy)
Teaser

Opinion: Broadband should be accessible everywhere in Alaska

Broadband will dissolve the divide between rural and urban.

Teaser
Bill Walker, left, candidate for governor, and Heidi Drygas, right, candidate for lieutenant governor. (Photo provided, Bill Walker and Heidi Drygas)
Bill Walker, left, candidate for governor, and Heidi Drygas, right, candidate for lieutenant governor. (Photo provided, Bill Walker and Heidi Drygas)
File

Alaska Voices: What COP26 means for Alaska

Climate change stands out as a majorly important and urgent issue.

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a news conference on Aug. 16, 2021. (Peter Segall/Juneau Empire file)

Dunleavy: Admin upholds Alaskans’ freedom, liberty and privacy rights

Attacks on our individual liberties, constitutional rights and our economic future are being waged by the federal government.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a news conference on Aug. 16, 2021. (Peter Segall/Juneau Empire file)
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
The M/V Tustumena comes into Homer after spending the day in Seldovia in 2010. (Homer News File)
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
The M/V Tustumena comes into Homer after spending the day in Seldovia in 2010. (Homer News File)
Deborah Morel’s beachhouse near Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Morel)

Voices of the Peninsula: The Dream Team saves the day

The story, I believe, speaks to the goodness of humankind.

Deborah Morel’s beachhouse near Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Morel)