In this June 23, 2016 photo, the Alaska Marine Highway’s ferry Matanuska passes Eagle Glacier. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Alaska Voices: Work group looking for way to keep marine highway afloat

Over the past 18 months, Alaska’s ferry system faced unprecedented challenges

  • Aug 27, 2020
In this June 23, 2016 photo, the Alaska Marine Highway’s ferry Matanuska passes Eagle Glacier. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Tony Knowles (Courtesy photo)

Alaska Voices: ‘Show me the money!’

A long list of federal programs and grants could immediately fund the first phases of this trail.

  • Aug 25, 2020
Tony Knowles (Courtesy photo)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Juneau Empire file photo)

Dunleavy: Keeping Alaska’s economy healthy

To date, the SBA has very successfully provided Alaskan businesses with over $1.7 billion in aid.

  • Aug 25, 2020
Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Juneau Empire file photo)
In this June 23, 2016 photo, the Alaska Marine Highway’s ferry Matanuska passes Eagle Glacier. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Alaska Voices: Work group continues effort to address Marine highway challenges

An update on what we have been doing, and where we are heading

  • Aug 25, 2020
In this June 23, 2016 photo, the Alaska Marine Highway’s ferry Matanuska passes Eagle Glacier. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Voices of the peninsula: Increasing pollution may push Cook Inlet beluga whale towards extinction

Many scientists thought the population would recover after a moratorium on hunting.

JR Ancheta/UAF Photography University of Alaska Fairbanks hockey team forward Steven Jandric in action against the UAA Seawolves.

Alaska Voices: Restructuring UAA Athletics for stronger, more sustainable future

Although this is painful, it is still the right thing to do.

  • Aug 25, 2020
JR Ancheta/UAF Photography University of Alaska Fairbanks hockey team forward Steven Jandric in action against the UAA Seawolves.
Robin Brena (courtesy)

Alaska Voices: Major oil companies can afford to pay fair share

If you are an Alaskan, you should vote to amend SB21 to be fair by voting “yes” on Prop 1.

  • Aug 25, 2020
Robin Brena (courtesy)
The Tongass National Forest sign seen en route to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Removing the Roadless Rule would hurt Alaska

By Helena Wayne I have lived in Southeast Alaska for most of my life, and as a young Alaskan, I am greatly concerned as I… Continue reading

  • Aug 25, 2020
The Tongass National Forest sign seen en route to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Cathy Sandeen, UAA chancellor, is photographed outside the Administration and Humanities Building at the University of Alaska Anchorage. (Photo courtesy University of Alaska Anchorage)

Alaska Voices: Why doing the right thing for UAA means a fall semester online

The continuous flow of people in and out of campus poses an elevated risk of spreading COVID-19.

  • Aug 18, 2020
Cathy Sandeen, UAA chancellor, is photographed outside the Administration and Humanities Building at the University of Alaska Anchorage. (Photo courtesy University of Alaska Anchorage)

Opinion: It takes a team to govern

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that it we need a team of leaders in the White House

  • Aug 15, 2020
Sound Publishing file photo

Voices of the Peninsula: Too little COVID testing on the Kenai

Limited testing means dangerous decisions.

  • Aug 15, 2020
Sound Publishing file photo
Long-time resident and local businessman Bill Corbus speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during their weekly luncheon in May 2017. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Now is not the time to raise taxes on any part of our economy

Ballot Measure 1 would create a road block to recovery

  • Aug 15, 2020
Long-time resident and local businessman Bill Corbus speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during their weekly luncheon in May 2017. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
This photo shows absentee ballot paperwork sent to an Alaskan voter in July 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Alaska Voices: The Postal Service is essential not political

The Postal Service has been a valuable asset for this country since its inception.

  • Aug 12, 2020
This photo shows absentee ballot paperwork sent to an Alaskan voter in July 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

Alaska Voices: Keep Alaska afloat by doing your part to prevent COVID

What looked like a “second wave” moved in like a tsunami.

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Alaska Senate District P candidate John Cox. (Photo courtesy John Cox)

Voices of the Peninula: Remodeling Alaska’s fishing industry

Fishing shouldn’t be catalogued underneath Alaska’s boring-but-true bureaucracy.

  • Aug 10, 2020
Alaska Senate District P candidate John Cox. (Photo courtesy John Cox)

Opinion: Lawmakers should put American democracy first

Alaskans should make the intelligent distinction between party loyalists and proactive opponents.

  • Aug 10, 2020
The Juneau School District building, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett/ Juneau Empire File)

Are school closures based on science or fear?

If we believe children come first, then fears must be overcome in favor of science and common sense.

  • Aug 6, 2020
The Juneau School District building, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett/ Juneau Empire File)
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)

Opinion: Beating virus will take time, patience

The quickest way back to a strong, vibrant Alaska is, ironically, a bit slower than we might like.

  • Aug 6, 2020
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)

Opinion: Not all fishermen support Sullivan

We encourage independent-minded fishermen to support independent candidate Dr. Al Gross.

  • Aug 5, 2020
This Sept. 18, 2019, file photo shows the view of the U.S. Capitol building from the Washington Monument in Washington. (File photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A Message from Sound Publishing: Tax credit proposal would aid local journalism

Bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House would offer tax credits to advertisers and subscribers.

This Sept. 18, 2019, file photo shows the view of the U.S. Capitol building from the Washington Monument in Washington. (File photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)