Adam Crum, commissioner of the Alaska state health department, testifies before a state Senate committee on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Opinion: Looking back on 1 year of the pandemic

For me, this anniversary provides a reflective opportunity to think about not only what happened in the past year, but how we can continue to move forward as a state.

Adam Crum, commissioner of the Alaska state health department, testifies before a state Senate committee on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
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Alaska Voices: New bill supports Alaska rural communities

“HB137 is good for seniors; it is good for Alaskans…”

  • Mar 20, 2021
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Caribou graze on the greening tundra of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska in June, 2001. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Let Alaska be open for business

The Biden administration needs to follow federal law and allow Alaska to honor its constitutional obligation by developing its resources.

Caribou graze on the greening tundra of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska in June, 2001. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Kate Troll (Courtesy Photo / Kate Troll)

Opinion: Making tourism lemonade out of pandemic lemons

Can we make the most of a bad situation?

  • Mar 20, 2021
Kate Troll (Courtesy Photo / Kate Troll)
Bruce Schultz, interim chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage (courtesy)

Alaska Voices: Making higher education accessible to all Alaskans

While each of our universities has its own identity and specialty, our strength comes from our shared vision for the future of higher education in Alaska.

Bruce Schultz, interim chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage (courtesy)
The Homer Foundation logo.

Voices of the Peninsula: One year later

We rose up in a multitude of ways to show our compassion for each other.

The Homer Foundation logo.
Ariel Silverman (Photo courtesy of Ariel Silverman)

Voices of the Peninsula: The costs of climate change on the Pebble Mine

Climate change should be thoroughly factored into mine planning and regulation.

Ariel Silverman (Photo courtesy of Ariel Silverman)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at an Anchorage news conference on Dec. 11, 2020. (Courtesy photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Opinion: Secretary Blinken, protect Alaska’s fisheries

Perhaps no group of Alaskans has been impacted more severely by the global economic collapse than our fishers and processors

  • Mar 17, 2021
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at an Anchorage news conference on Dec. 11, 2020. (Courtesy photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Real governance is more than performance

There are examples at the state level.

  • Mar 15, 2021
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Kim McNett in a photo taken in March 2014 on one of her Arctic adventures. (Photo by Bjørn Olson)

Voices of the Peninsula: Peatlands can help draw down and sequester carbon

Though peatlands cover only 3% of the Earth’s surface, they store twice the amount of carbon as all the world’s forests combined.

Kim McNett in a photo taken in March 2014 on one of her Arctic adventures. (Photo by Bjørn Olson)
An election official lays out more “I voted” stickers on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Stickers for the 2020 general election featured designs by Alaskan artist Barbara Lavallee. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Voting rights should be enshrined, not suppressed

Please contact your senator urging passage of the For the People Act.

An election official lays out more “I voted” stickers on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Stickers for the 2020 general election featured designs by Alaskan artist Barbara Lavallee. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Nikiski’s Bethany Carstens (right) and ACS’s Jordan Todd tip off to begin the 2019 Class 3A girls state basketball championship at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaska Voices: March Madness will go on, safely

Some may question ASAA and our schools if conducting activities is a wise decision in the current environment.

Nikiski’s Bethany Carstens (right) and ACS’s Jordan Todd tip off to begin the 2019 Class 3A girls state basketball championship at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
In this Sept. 27, 2019, file photo, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Dunleavy on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, announced that the COVID-19 vaccine is available for all individuals who live or work in Alaska and are age 16 and older, making Alaska the first state in the nation to remove eligibility requirements. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Opinion: The end is in sight

Vaccination comes as a welcome opportunity to return to normalcy.

In this Sept. 27, 2019, file photo, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Dunleavy on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, announced that the COVID-19 vaccine is available for all individuals who live or work in Alaska and are age 16 and older, making Alaska the first state in the nation to remove eligibility requirements. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
A king salmon is laid out for inspection by Alaska Department of Fish and Game at the Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor officials at the Golden North Salmon Derby on Aug. 25, 2019. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Salmon proposal in the Lower 48 brings hope for Southeast fishermen

Good news and bad news coming out of the Northwest.

  • Mar 8, 2021
A king salmon is laid out for inspection by Alaska Department of Fish and Game at the Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor officials at the Golden North Salmon Derby on Aug. 25, 2019. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Yes, families still matter

Let’s admit that without a healthy family, kids suffer – sometimes for life.

  • Mar 7, 2021
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Alaska Voices: Murkowski and Sullivan must be climate leaders — starting with confirming EPA chief

Here in Alaska, clean water and healthy habitat for our fish are truly our lifeblood.

  • Mar 3, 2021
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Opinion: Alaska’s economy desperately needs a clear, stable state budget

When government fails in its role to provide clear and stable signals, the economy suffers…

  • Mar 2, 2021
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Opinion: Thank you for letting me serve

“I write to thank the people of this great state for the opportunity to serve them.”

  • Mar 2, 2021
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Brent LeValley

Alaska Voices: Deadline for rent and utility relief is Friday

The effect of this rent relief is positive for more than those who live in these households.

Brent LeValley
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Opinion: API doctors were right 50 years ago

“For all intents and purposes, disabled psychiatric patients in Alaska are without a voice.”

  • Feb 25, 2021
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