A moose feeds on a rose bush near the Homer News by Beluga Lake on Friday afternoon, March 6, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Voices of the Peninsula: Thank you for keeping Alaska wild

The successes on the Kenai Peninsula are due to a handful of dedicated professionals.

  • Mar 28, 2020
A moose feeds on a rose bush near the Homer News by Beluga Lake on Friday afternoon, March 6, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Salmonberries hang fat from a bush on a recent summer. (Photo by Mary Catharine Martin)

Alaska Voices: Alaskan solace

We Alaskans, Americans and the rest of the world face uncharted waters in the months ahead.

  • Mar 27, 2020
Salmonberries hang fat from a bush on a recent summer. (Photo by Mary Catharine Martin)
Meda DeWitt (courtesy photo)

Recall: Alaskans safely adapt to pandemic challenges

The man at the top has not changed, nor have the grounds of our recall.

  • Mar 24, 2020
Meda DeWitt (courtesy photo)
Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (center); Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee (left), Sen. Natasha von Imhof, R-Anchorage, co-chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee, are pictured in this undated photo. (Courtesy)

Alaska senators: Help is on the way

No Alaskan in need will be left behind.

  • Mar 21, 2020
Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (center); Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee (left), Sen. Natasha von Imhof, R-Anchorage, co-chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee, are pictured in this undated photo. (Courtesy)
A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)

Homer Editorial: What future will we create?

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I see several futures, many of them extremely unpleasant.

A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)
Dr. Anne Zink, the chief medical officer for the state of Alaska, addresses reporters at a news conference Monday, March 9, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Zink told reporters there were nine confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state as of March 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

COVID-19: The time to act is now, before widespread community transmission

With no vaccine available, we have to rely on two tools: containment and mitigation.

Dr. Anne Zink, the chief medical officer for the state of Alaska, addresses reporters at a news conference Monday, March 9, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Zink told reporters there were nine confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state as of March 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Larry Smith

Point of View: Follow Hammond’s advice by adjusting oil taxes to redeem state’s share

The recently established POMV formula lacks the controls advocated by Gov. Jay Hammond.

Larry Smith

Alaska Voices: Hilcorp invests in Alaska

In just the past eight years, Hilcorp has invested more than $4 billion dollars in Alaska.

  • Mar 10, 2020
Donna Schantz (Courtesy photo)

Alaska Voices: Transparency is the foundation of public trust

The inability to verify is a core concern the council has regarding the upcoming sale to Hilcorp.

  • Mar 9, 2020
Donna Schantz (Courtesy photo)
President Donald Trump talks to members of the media before leaving the White House, Monday, March 2, 2020 in Washington, to attend a campaign rally in Charlotte, N.C. (Associated Press Photo | Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Opinion: Trump’s lawsuits may be a campaign strategy

He’s sowing seeds of doubt.

  • Mar 7, 2020
President Donald Trump talks to members of the media before leaving the White House, Monday, March 2, 2020 in Washington, to attend a campaign rally in Charlotte, N.C. (Associated Press Photo | Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Alaska Voices: What is the Cloud and what does it mean to the state of Alaska?

By increasing the use of cloud environments, the state will achieve significant cost savings.

  • Mar 5, 2020

Alaska Voices: Feed and speed Dunleavy recall

Any successful musher isn’t afraid to switch out a team lead when they’re doing a poor job.

  • Mar 5, 2020
Jennifer Christopherson is the Alaska Outreach Coordinator for Defenders of Wildlife and is based in Anchorage, Alaska. (Courtesy photo)

Voices of the Peninsula: Staying safe in bear country

Bears get into trouble because they are driven by their noses.

  • Mar 5, 2020
Jennifer Christopherson is the Alaska Outreach Coordinator for Defenders of Wildlife and is based in Anchorage, Alaska. (Courtesy photo)
Someone holds up an inflatable Alaska Marine Highway ferry at at a rally to support of the Alaska Marine Highway System on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Incompetence turns inefficiency into failure for ferries and Real IDs

Welcome to the Gov. Mike Dunleavy era of efficient government.

  • Mar 2, 2020
Someone holds up an inflatable Alaska Marine Highway ferry at at a rally to support of the Alaska Marine Highway System on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
An ambulance worker adjusts her protective mask as she wheels a stretcher into a nursing facility where more than 50 people are sick and being tested for the COVID-19 virus, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Opinion: Preparing for the new coronavirus

Here are a few key steps everyone can do now.

  • Feb 29, 2020
An ambulance worker adjusts her protective mask as she wheels a stretcher into a nursing facility where more than 50 people are sick and being tested for the COVID-19 virus, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Robert Archibald

Voices of the Peninsula: Public input needed to safeguard state protections

It would be easy to develop a false sense of security and let complacency creep back in.

  • Feb 29, 2020
Robert Archibald
Bonita Banks in a photo taken in June 2019 in Connemara, Ireland. (Photo courtesy Bonita Banks)

Voices of the Peninsula: The Importance of Social Wellness

The social dimension of wellness plays a significant role in many aspects of one’s health.

Bonita Banks in a photo taken in June 2019 in Connemara, Ireland. (Photo courtesy Bonita Banks)
Sonia Nagorski, assistant professor of Geology Arts and Sciences at the University of Alaska Southeast, investigates the broken oxbow along the Mendenhall River in this October 2018 photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: It should be easier to protect Alaskan water

Our waters are routinely used as cheap sewers for industry whose only goal is to maximizing profits.

  • Feb 28, 2020
Sonia Nagorski, assistant professor of Geology Arts and Sciences at the University of Alaska Southeast, investigates the broken oxbow along the Mendenhall River in this October 2018 photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill March 24, 1989, blackened hundreds of miles of coastline in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, devasting wildlife and altering lives in fishing communities for generations. (John Gaps III / Associated Press)

Alaska Voices: Pressures are mounting on Alaska’s oil spill prevention and response system

We cannot afford a return to the complacency which triggered the worst oil spill in Alaska’s history.

  • Feb 26, 2020
The Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill March 24, 1989, blackened hundreds of miles of coastline in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, devasting wildlife and altering lives in fishing communities for generations. (John Gaps III / Associated Press)
Cathy Sandeen, UAA’s new Chancellor, photographed outside the Administration and Humanities Building.

Alaska Voices: How UAA is charting a positive course for the future

At the University of Alaska Anchorage, we have not entered into this process lightly.

  • Feb 26, 2020
Cathy Sandeen, UAA’s new Chancellor, photographed outside the Administration and Humanities Building.