Former Gov. Frank Murkowski speaks on a range of subjects during an interview with the Juneau Empire in May 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Permanent fund’s in-state investment program needs more transparency

The trustees are certainly right about the poor financial performance of the in-state investments made so far

  • Jun 13, 2023
  • By Gov. Frank H. Murkowski
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski speaks on a range of subjects during an interview with the Juneau Empire in May 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
The Alaska Capitol on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska Voices: Legislature deserves credit

A special session shouldn’t have been necessary, but at least it was only one day instead of 30 days.

  • Jun 3, 2023
  • By Harry McDonald
The Alaska Capitol on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
Alaska State Troopers logo.

Alaska Voices: Please be safe, courteous, and legal as you fish in Alaska this summer

As you head out to hit the water this year, here are a few tips to help you have a safe and citation free season

  • Jun 2, 2023
  • By Colonel Bernard Chastain
Alaska State Troopers logo.
An observer makes an entry in the Fish Map App on Prince of Wales Island. (Photo by Lee House/courtesy Salmon State)

Alaska Voices: Document Alaska rivers with new fish map app

The app provides a way for everyday Alaskans to document rivers home to wild salmon, whitefish, eulachon and other ocean-going fish — and earn money doing it

  • May 31, 2023
  • By Mary Catharine Martin The Salmon State
An observer makes an entry in the Fish Map App on Prince of Wales Island. (Photo by Lee House/courtesy Salmon State)
Pictured is an adult Chinook salmon swimming in Ship Creek, Anchorage. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Voices of the Peninsula: Proactive measures key to king salmon recovery

I have been sport fishing king salmon along the eastern shores of Cook Inlet and in the Kenai River since 1977

  • May 30, 2023
  • By David R. Eberle
Pictured is an adult Chinook salmon swimming in Ship Creek, Anchorage. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Sustainability report is a greenwashing effort

Report leaves out “the not-so-pretty.”

  • May 29, 2023
  • By Matthew Jackson
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Honoring the fallen on Memorial Day

As we honor the men and women who fell in service to our nation, we must keep their memories alive through their stories

  • May 28, 2023
  • By Sen. Lisa Murkowski
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Shana Loshbaugh (Courtesy photo)

History conference seeking input from peninsula people

The Alaska Historical Society will hold its annual conference on the central peninsula this fall

  • May 27, 2023
  • By Shana Loshbaugh
Shana Loshbaugh (Courtesy photo)
Coach Dan Gensel (left) prepares to get his ear pierced to celebrate Soldotna High School’s first team-sport state championship on Friday, Febr. 12, 1993 in Soldotna, Alaska. Gensel, who led the Soldotna High School girls basketball team to victory, had promised his team earlier in the season that he would get his ear pierced if they won the state title. (Rusty Swan/Peninsula Clarion)

Remembering my friend, Dan Gensel

It’s a friendship that’s both fixed in time and eternal

  • May 20, 2023
  • By Craig Lancaster
Coach Dan Gensel (left) prepares to get his ear pierced to celebrate Soldotna High School’s first team-sport state championship on Friday, Febr. 12, 1993 in Soldotna, Alaska. Gensel, who led the Soldotna High School girls basketball team to victory, had promised his team earlier in the season that he would get his ear pierced if they won the state title. (Rusty Swan/Peninsula Clarion)
(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The false gods in America’s gun culture

HB 61 is a solution in search of a problem.

  • May 19, 2023
  • By Rich Moniak
(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
KPBSD Superintendent Clayton Holland

Reflecting on a year of growth and resilience

A message from the superintendent

KPBSD Superintendent Clayton Holland
Jim Cockrell, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. (Courtesy photo/Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Honoring the 69 peace officers who have died serving Alaskans

Alaska Peace Officer Memorial Day honors the brave men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty

  • May 15, 2023
  • By James Cockrell
Jim Cockrell, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. (Courtesy photo/Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
Rep. Maxine Dibert (Image via Alaska State Legislature)

Opinion: The economic case for a significant investment in education

As our oil production and related revenue have declined, our investments in education have remained flat

  • May 13, 2023
  • By Rep. Maxine Dibert
Rep. Maxine Dibert (Image via Alaska State Legislature)
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski in May 2019.

Opinion: Statewide sales tax just doesn’t make ‘horse sense’

Money for the dividend was meant to be sized after State government services obligations had been met

  • May 12, 2023
  • By Frank Murkowski
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski in May 2019.
The Alaska State Capitol. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Point of View: Big steps to strengthen child care system

Funding in the budget, statutory reforms and support from the administration are all necessary to strengthen the child care system in Alaska

  • May 12, 2023
  • By Sharlay Mamoe, Christina Eubanks-Ohana, Lori Berrigan and Candace Richey
The Alaska State Capitol. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion
Smoke from the Swan Lake Fire impairs visibility on the Sterling Highway on Aug. 20, 2019.

Don’t let the abundance of snow fool you; Alaskans should prepare for wildfire season

Last summer’s 590 wildfires burned more than 3.1 million acres in Alaska, about 41% of the total acreage burned in the U.S.

  • May 12, 2023
  • By Norm McDonald, Tyler Anderson and Kent Slaughter
Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion
Smoke from the Swan Lake Fire impairs visibility on the Sterling Highway on Aug. 20, 2019.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a news conference in which options for a long-range fiscal plan were discussed. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Tax talk should be paired with PFD pragmatism

Alaska is 30 years into state budget deficits, borrowing billions from savings to pay the bills.

  • May 9, 2023
  • By Larry Persily
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a news conference in which options for a long-range fiscal plan were discussed. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Seafood Producers Cooperative responds to WFC ruling

“I want to convey our great disappointment…”

  • May 8, 2023
  • By Norman Pillen
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Lawmakers, staff and other workers inside the The Alaska State Capitol are preparing this week for the upcoming session of the Alaska State Legislature that starts Jan. 17, including the release of the first round of prefile bills published Monday by the Legislative Affairs Agency. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Alaska Voices: Senate tax bills threaten critically needed community investment

Hilcorp Alaska’s role as a major sponsor of our race is a source of great pride

  • May 5, 2023
  • By Rob Urbach
Lawmakers, staff and other workers inside the The Alaska State Capitol are preparing this week for the upcoming session of the Alaska State Legislature that starts Jan. 17, including the release of the first round of prefile bills published Monday by the Legislative Affairs Agency. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
This 2019 aerial photo provided by ConocoPhillips shows an exploratory drilling camp at the proposed site of the Willow oil project on Alaska’s North Slope. (ConocoPhillips via AP, File)

Opinion: Alaska has bright future if we keep oil taxes competitive

We have a bright future if we can keep Alaska competitive and continue to attract investment to our resources industries

  • May 2, 2023
  • By Joe Schierhorn and Jim Jansen
This 2019 aerial photo provided by ConocoPhillips shows an exploratory drilling camp at the proposed site of the Willow oil project on Alaska’s North Slope. (ConocoPhillips via AP, File)