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Voices of the Peninsula: Theaters and pools are vital and need funding

Extraordinary circumstances have compelled us to step forward for our students and our communities

  • May 1, 2023
  • By Bethany Miller, Desiree Traxler, Ginny Johnson, Lisa Stanish, Nita Hollingsworth, Jesse Bolt, William Hubler, Paul Wright, Robert Mabrey and Russell Singleton
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
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(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Another legislative session fails on the budget front

A fragmented approach to a complex problem is wrong.

  • May 1, 2023
  • By Rich Moniak
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Zoe Stonorov (courtesy)

Point of View: Time to oppose Willow and shift away from fossil fuels

After hearing the news, I found myself asking: What is the Willow Project? And how should Alaskans feel about it?

  • Apr 26, 2023
  • By Zoe Stonorov
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The sign in front of the Homer Electric Association building in Kenai, Alaska, as seen on April 1, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Opinion: Vote ‘yes’ on May 2: Homer Electric is the right choice for Seward

Local businesses understand that HEA has made the business case for a merger

  • Apr 25, 2023
  • By Tim Dillion, Bree Dodson, Cathy LeCompte, Laura Schneider, Liz DeMoss, Tom Tougas, Tim Jagielski, Randy Wells, Jeff Hetrick
The sign in front of the Homer Electric Association building in Kenai, Alaska, as seen on April 1, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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Opinion: Wanted: Alaskans to help shape new bycatch rules

The public has a lot to say about bycatch in Alaska’s fisheries…

  • Apr 24, 2023
  • By Laine Welch
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Voices of the Peninsula: The future of a better education lies in Alaska’s ability to STEAM things up

Our current standards demonstrate that legislators don’t believe the arts are important enough to keep

Image designed and provided by Ireland Styvar.
Alaska Department of Health Commissioner Heidi Hedberg provides an overview of the department’s services and ongoing difficulties with its public assistance services to the Senate Health And Resources Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Alaska Voices: Public assistance reviews underway

Beginning April 1, Alaska restarted annual eligibility reviews for Medicaid benefits

  • Apr 20, 2023
  • By Heidi Hedberg
Alaska Department of Health Commissioner Heidi Hedberg provides an overview of the department’s services and ongoing difficulties with its public assistance services to the Senate Health And Resources Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
David Rigas

Commentary: A note from the publisher

Beginning May 3, the Clarion will be printed off-site in Alaska, and delivered on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

  • Apr 17, 2023
  • By David Rigas
David Rigas
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)

Alaska Voices: We live in a real world — or do we?

Events taking place today in the energy world should be of critical concern to our country, our Congress and our president.

  • Apr 15, 2023
  • By Frank 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)
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Honored to have been judges in Alaska and committed to a fair and impartial judiciary

In Alaska all judges are subject to the Alaska Code of Judicial Conduct

  • Apr 15, 2023
  • By Walter “Bud” Carpeneti, Elaine Andrews and Niesje Steinkruger
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Bob Shavelson (courtesy photo)

Point of View: Our politicians should listen to Alaskans on public school funding

The Alaska Policy Forum is actually part of a sprawling and coordinated web of lobbying groups and so-called “think tanks”

  • Apr 13, 2023
  • By Bob Shavelson
Bob Shavelson (courtesy photo)
Jesse Bjorkman (Courtesy)

Opinion: Our next big fight — The erosion of Alaska’s wildlife management authority

The National Park Service is targeting Alaska’s wildlife management practices on preserves

  • Apr 13, 2023
  • By Jesse Bjorkman
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A sign offering tips on how to recreate safely around bears can be seen on Thursday, July 1, 2021, on Skilak Lake Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Voices of the Peninsula: Got bears? Protect yourself and keep Kenai bears wild with electric fencing

Electric fences are an effective and relatively inexpensive way to keep bears out of gardens, beehives, chicken coops, garbage, and other attractants

  • Apr 12, 2023
  • By Isabel Grant
A sign offering tips on how to recreate safely around bears can be seen on Thursday, July 1, 2021, on Skilak Lake Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, speaks to a joint session of the Alaska State Legislature at the Alaska State Capitol on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Dan Sullivan’s convenient amnesia

Here’s a history lesson that Sullivan’s public persona is desperate to forget.

  • Apr 7, 2023
  • By Rich Moniak
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, speaks to a joint session of the Alaska State Legislature at the Alaska State Capitol on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Lawmakers must step up and increase school funding

There’s no excuse for depriving the funding needed to ensure our students’ learning.

  • Apr 6, 2023
  • By Luann McVey
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
State Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, inquires about election legislation during a committee hearing Tuesday at the Alaska State Capitol. Carpenter, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, is sponsoring bills to decrease business taxes and implement a 2% statewide sales tax that were heard. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Proposal is a fiscal plan, but not a good one

The numbers don’t add up.

  • Apr 5, 2023
  • By Larry Persily
State Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, inquires about election legislation during a committee hearing Tuesday at the Alaska State Capitol. Carpenter, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, is sponsoring bills to decrease business taxes and implement a 2% statewide sales tax that were heard. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Alex Koplin is a founding member of Kenai Peninsula Votes. (courtesy photo)

Voices of the Peninsula: Let’s work to understand each other better

It is hard for me to understand why our governor would want to create a bill that marginalizes some Alaskans

  • Apr 3, 2023
  • By Alex Koplin
Alex Koplin is a founding member of Kenai Peninsula Votes. (courtesy photo)
Students and teachers gather with pinwheels in hand in front of snow painted blue at The Study in Soldotna, Alaska, as they commemorate Go Blue Day on Friday, March 31, 2023, to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Voices of the Peninsula: Building a positive path forward for Alaska’s kids

Many of Alaska’s children do not have those positive experiences surrounding them

  • Apr 1, 2023
  • By Abby Struffert
Students and teachers gather with pinwheels in hand in front of snow painted blue at The Study in Soldotna, Alaska, as they commemorate Go Blue Day on Friday, March 31, 2023, to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Dunleavy is punting tax hikes to his successor

The only promise he hasn’t broken is not raising taxes.

  • Apr 1, 2023
  • By Rich Moniak
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks in support of an agreement between the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and Goldbelt Inc. to pursue engineering and design services to determine whether it’s feasible to build a new ferry terminal facility in Juneau at Cascade Point. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

State, labor and utilities are aligned on modernizing the Railbelt grid

Today, Alaska has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to capture federal infrastructure dollars and stabilize Alaska’s aging Railbelt electrical grid, bringing it up to modern standards. If… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2023
  • By Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Doug Tansy
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks in support of an agreement between the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and Goldbelt Inc. to pursue engineering and design services to determine whether it’s feasible to build a new ferry terminal facility in Juneau at Cascade Point. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)