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)

Recall Dunleavy campaign gears up for court

First oral arguments to be heard this month.

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)
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                                Royal Caribbean’s “Radiance of the Seas” is docked in Seward on Sept. 7, 2007.

Report: 2020 job trends modest

The Gulf Coast Region saw a 0.7% increase in jobs between November 2018 and November 2019.

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                                Royal Caribbean’s “Radiance of the Seas” is docked in Seward on Sept. 7, 2007.

Seawatch: NOAA rolls out new research initiative

It has often been said that humans know more about the surface of the moon than the bottom of the world’s oceans. That may be… Continue reading

Birders release final count, species list for Christmas tally

The 120th Audubon Christmas Bird Count was held Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. Thirty-two local bird counters in the field and an additional seven feeder watchers… Continue reading

Tammie Willis is seen here at Kenai Peninsula College on Dec. 19, 2019. The bandage on her arm covers some of the cuts Willis received while being attacked at her home on Dec. 9. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

‘I don’t want it to be about me’

After series of attacks, local woman fears LGBTQ community is being targeted.

Tammie Willis is seen here at Kenai Peninsula College on Dec. 19, 2019. The bandage on her arm covers some of the cuts Willis received while being attacked at her home on Dec. 9. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire 
                                The Alaska Marine Highway System’s Tazlina sits at the Auke Bay Terminal on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.

Can a public corporation save the Marine Highway System?

The ferries are in trouble, remaking the system could be the answer

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire 
                                The Alaska Marine Highway System’s Tazlina sits at the Auke Bay Terminal on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.
In this file photo from June 25, 2019, Judy Cavanaugh stands with others at a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Final impact statement for Pebble Mine delayed for three months

Army Corps of Engineers says it will take the time to review public comments.

In this file photo from June 25, 2019, Judy Cavanaugh stands with others at a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Brad Anderson, the new director of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, outside the Homer News office Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer Chamber of Commerce welcomes new director

As the year came to a close, the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center welcomed a new leader to its helm with the hiring… Continue reading

Brad Anderson, the new director of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, outside the Homer News office Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A recent photo of Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, missing since Oct. 17, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided, Homer Police Department)

FBI, Troopers have been aiding in search for missing woman ‘since day 1’

More than two months after Anesha “Duffy” Murnane went missing, Homer Police with the help of the FBI and Alaska State Troopers keep searching for… Continue reading

A recent photo of Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, missing since Oct. 17, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided, Homer Police Department)

Boisterous bay

A winter storm combined with a 20.7-foot high tide hammered the north shore of Kachemak Bay last Thursday. Rollers 10-feet and more pounded the Homer… Continue reading

Single-use plastic bag ban takes effect

Seven years after Homer’s first single-use plastic-bag ban took effect, the city once again has prohibited the bags for retail use. The new law went… Continue reading

Rep. Sarah Vance (R-Homer) addresses a crowd of people during a legislative update meeting Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 at Captain’s Coffee in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Rep. Vance to host public meetings on state budget

Rep. Sarah Vance (R-Homer) will host a number of public meetings next week on the southern Kenai Peninsula to give the public a chance to… Continue reading

Rep. Sarah Vance (R-Homer) addresses a crowd of people during a legislative update meeting Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 at Captain’s Coffee in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer area school announcements

Homer High School Tuesday, Jan. 7 — Students’ first day back. Homer Flex School Dec. 23–Jan. 3, 2020 — Winter Break Jan. 6 — No… Continue reading

Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Dunleavy responds to Pebble Mine report

Report contains strong allegations.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Homer area school announcements

Homer High School Tuesday, Jan. 7 — Students’ first day back. Homer Flex School Dec. 23–Jan. 3, 2020 — Winter Break Jan. 6 — No… Continue reading

‘Homestead Kids’ remember early days

The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust has as its mission protecting treasured lands, especially fish and wildlife habitat. At its annual meeting Dec. 12 at the… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Alaska Volcano Observatory
                                Redoubt erupting April 27, 1990.

‘Like a nuclear weapon went off’

During the volcanic eruptions of 1989 and 1990, locals looking out at Mount Redoubt — the 10,197 foot volcano looming directly across Cook Inlet —… Continue reading

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                                Redoubt erupting April 27, 1990.

Seawatch: Report: 60% of comm-fish jobs are Alaskan

The McDowell Group, a consulting and research firm based in Alaska and Seattle, has released its annual industry update, and in spite of localized ups… Continue reading

Seine fishermen work to catch chum salmon during a six-hour opening outside of Amalga Harbor. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Pebble Mine opponents troubled by Dunleavy’s letter

Opponents of the Pebble Mine were troubled by the governor’s actions.

Seine fishermen work to catch chum salmon during a six-hour opening outside of Amalga Harbor. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Alaska Education Commissioner Michael Johnson and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos meeting in Washington D.C. on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Gov. Mike Dunleavy Twitter)

Dunleavy meets with Trump, DeVos, in DC trip

Busy week in D.C. for Dunleavy.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Alaska Education Commissioner Michael Johnson and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos meeting in Washington D.C. on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Gov. Mike Dunleavy Twitter)