Dr. Alan Boraas leads a tour of Kalifornsky Village, a former Native settlement, in April 2014. Boraas was a professor of anthropology at Kenai Peninsula College, an honorary member of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and the driving force behind the creation, maintenance and expansion of the Tsalteshi Ski Trails. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Neyman)

Voices of the Peninsula: Remembering a man who challenged and inspired us

From Alan, there was always something new to learn.

  • Nov 5, 2019
Dr. Alan Boraas leads a tour of Kalifornsky Village, a former Native settlement, in April 2014. Boraas was a professor of anthropology at Kenai Peninsula College, an honorary member of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and the driving force behind the creation, maintenance and expansion of the Tsalteshi Ski Trails. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Neyman)
FILE - In this April 1989, file photo, an oil covered bird is examined on an island in Prince William Sound, Alaska, after the Exxon Valdez spill. Thirty years after the supertanker Exxon Valdez hit a reef and spilled about 11 million gallons of oil in Prince William Sound, the state of Alaska is looking whether to change its requirements for oil spill prevention and response plans, a move that one conservationist says could lead to a watering down of environmental regulations. (AP Photo/Jack Smith, 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: Initiative puts Alaska’s coastal communities, consumers at risk

An effort is underway that could strip away Alaska’s oil spill safeguards.

  • Oct 31, 2019
FILE - In this April 1989, file photo, an oil covered bird is examined on an island in Prince William Sound, Alaska, after the Exxon Valdez spill. Thirty years after the supertanker Exxon Valdez hit a reef and spilled about 11 million gallons of oil in Prince William Sound, the state of Alaska is looking whether to change its requirements for oil spill prevention and response plans, a move that one conservationist says could lead to a watering down of environmental regulations. (AP Photo/Jack Smith, 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)
In this Empire file photo, Juneau residents line up outside of the Planet Alaska Gallery to sign an application petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Alaska Voices: An open letter to Alaska from Recall Dunleavy

We cannot ignore Governor Dunleavy’s recent push to spread misinformation about us.

  • Oct 31, 2019
In this Empire file photo, Juneau residents line up outside of the Planet Alaska Gallery to sign an application petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Shelley Gill

Point of View: Alaskans should recall Dunleavy for ‘destroying the life’s work of a generation’

What kind of leader will not even consider cutting oil subsidies at a time of fiscal hardship?

Shelley Gill

Alaska Voices: Domestic Violence Awareness Month: A Call to Action

As a law enforcement officer, it is easy to focus on solutions within the criminal justice system.

  • Oct 29, 2019
(Courtesy photo | Jeff Lund)

Opinion: Roadless Rule needed to protect salmon, trout

The rule was set up in a sensible way for Southeast.

  • Oct 29, 2019
(Courtesy photo | Jeff Lund)

Alaska Voices: With DACA at risk, Congress must take action

It’s now up to Sen. Lisa Murkowski to continue to support Dreamers.

  • Oct 29, 2019
An aerial shows the footprint of the test well drilled in the mid-1980s on land owned by the Kaktovik Native village corporation within the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.(Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: This land is your land

The Department of Natural Resources shares Guthrie’s belief that “this land was made for you and me.”

  • Oct 16, 2019
An aerial shows the footprint of the test well drilled in the mid-1980s on land owned by the Kaktovik Native village corporation within the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.(Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Tongass National Forest sign seen en route to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Alaska Voices: Respect Alaska Tribes’ rights on the Tongass question

‘We have lived, depended on, and stewarded these lands and waters since time immemorial.’

  • Oct 16, 2019
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: Domestic violence will never be tolerated

Physical, verbal, and emotional abuse in domestic relationships is endemic to Alaska.

  • Oct 14, 2019

Opinion: Fair share for our oil will help fix Alaska’s self-inflicted deficit

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has chosen the path of cold, self-inflicted harm.

  • Oct 14, 2019

Opinion: Trump is making progress on the opioid crisis

Deaths from drug overdoses remain at historically high levels.

  • Oct 14, 2019

Voices of the Peninsula: Leadership to enhance, foster and promote economic development

Once an active, thriving oil and gas basin, Cook Inlet oil production peaked in 1970.

  • Oct 9, 2019
Alaska Marine Highway System workers assemble next to the AMHS ferry Columbia for an Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific strike after failing to reach agreement on a contract with the state of Alaska, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Ketchikan, Alaska. (Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP)

Alaska Voices: Labor is not a partisan issue

If you think that to be conservative you have to hate unions, you have been manipulated.

  • Oct 5, 2019
Alaska Marine Highway System workers assemble next to the AMHS ferry Columbia for an Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific strike after failing to reach agreement on a contract with the state of Alaska, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Ketchikan, Alaska. (Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP)
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Letter to the Editor: Make your voice heard on 2020 Board of Fisheries meeting

Send your comments to Executive Director Glen Haight at the Board of Fisheries before Oct. 8.

  • Oct 5, 2019
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A sign directs voters at Soldotna City Hall during the special Field House election on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Voices of the Peninsula: Strong voter turnout builds a strong community

Kenai Peninsula voter turnout is abysmal.

  • Sep 25, 2019
A sign directs voters at Soldotna City Hall during the special Field House election on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
James B. Beckham is acting director of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil & Gas. (Courtesy photo)

Opinion: Alaska’s oil and gas future looks strong

There are many reasons to be optimistic about the future of oil and gas in Alaska

  • Sep 17, 2019
James B. Beckham is acting director of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil & Gas. (Courtesy photo)
A sign directs voters at Soldotna City Hall during the special Field House election on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Letter to the Editor: Manager-run system is a better choice

Hiring a manager would not grow government, which can easily happen with an unqualified mayor.

  • Sep 17, 2019
A sign directs voters at Soldotna City Hall during the special Field House election on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
This 2014 photo provided by NOAA shows Arctic ice coverage. Scientists say Arctic sea ice has reached a record winter low again.The U.S.-based National Snow and Ice Data Centre says it’s the second year in a row that the amount of sea ice at the end of winter was less than any year since satellite monitoring began. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/NOAA

Letter to the Editor: Leaders must tackle climate change

We urge our leaders to prioritize climate change and its impacts to public health for Alaskans.

  • Sep 17, 2019
This 2014 photo provided by NOAA shows Arctic ice coverage. Scientists say Arctic sea ice has reached a record winter low again.The U.S.-based National Snow and Ice Data Centre says it’s the second year in a row that the amount of sea ice at the end of winter was less than any year since satellite monitoring began. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/NOAA
Trees burned by the Swan Lake Fire and knocked down by gusts of wind can be seen here along the Sterling Highway on Aug. 30, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Letter to the Editor: The fire that should have never happened

The policies surrounding wildfires should prompt Alaskans to worry.

  • Sep 17, 2019
Trees burned by the Swan Lake Fire and knocked down by gusts of wind can be seen here along the Sterling Highway on Aug. 30, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)