Seawatch: Balance between commercial, sport fishing is key

While many in Alaska are lamenting the “graying of the fleet,” where the median age of commercial fishermen in the state is around 50 years… Continue reading

Rep. Gary Knopp (R-Kenai/Soldotna), House Speaker Bryce Edgmon (I-Dillingham) and Vice-Chair of the House Finance Committee Janice Johnston (R-Anchorage) listen to public testimony at a local House Finance Committee meeting at the Soldotna Sports Complex on Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula residents pack House Finance meeting

“We are now to the bone … More cuts will cut to the marrow and we’re going to start losing limbs”

Rep. Gary Knopp (R-Kenai/Soldotna), House Speaker Bryce Edgmon (I-Dillingham) and Vice-Chair of the House Finance Committee Janice Johnston (R-Anchorage) listen to public testimony at a local House Finance Committee meeting at the Soldotna Sports Complex on Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Protesters stand outside the Cannery Lodge in Kenai, Alaska, ahead of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s presentation about his proposed budget on March 26, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Dunleavy kicks off roadshow in Kenai

Gov. Mike Dunleavy launched his statewide roadshow on Monday with a presentation and panel discussion at the Cannery Lodge in Kenai. Dunleavy and several members… Continue reading

Protesters stand outside the Cannery Lodge in Kenai, Alaska, ahead of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s presentation about his proposed budget on March 26, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Governor unveils spending plan for the next decade

He compares his plan to three other options.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Dr. Suzanne Allen, from Boise, Idaho, gives an overview of the WWAMI School of Medical Education program to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol on Monday, March 25, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Tuition assistance for medical students on the chopping block

Alaska would be the only state in the country to not provide state assistance for medical education.

Dr. Suzanne Allen, from Boise, Idaho, gives an overview of the WWAMI School of Medical Education program to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol on Monday, March 25, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Growers fear agriculture cuts could curb industry growth

The governor’s proposed budget would reduce funding to the state Division of Agriculture

Chicago transplant creates Homer podcast

Alex Trokey is convinced everyone in Homer, Alaska, has a story worth telling, and he’s on a mission to hear as many as he can… Continue reading

Mayor Ken Castner addresses a crowd of people at a Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Homer Chamber of Commerce meeting during a “State of the City” address at the Best Western Bidarka Inn in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Mayor, city manager give update on city

Things outside Homer don’t look great, but the city will continue to weather the storm well. That’s according to Mayor Ken Castner and City Manager… Continue reading

Mayor Ken Castner addresses a crowd of people at a Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Homer Chamber of Commerce meeting during a “State of the City” address at the Best Western Bidarka Inn in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Members of the Kachemak Bay Campus Student Association march down Pioneer Avenue in a whale costume Feb. 9, 2019 during the Winter Carnival Parade in Homer, Alaska. The student association is among the organizations that would sustain major cuts under Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budgets. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Local college at risk in face of governor’s proposed budget

Fear and uncertainty lace the atmosphere at Kenai Peninsula College’s Kachemak Bay Campus in response to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s state budget proposal, released on Feb.… Continue reading

Members of the Kachemak Bay Campus Student Association march down Pioneer Avenue in a whale costume Feb. 9, 2019 during the Winter Carnival Parade in Homer, Alaska. The student association is among the organizations that would sustain major cuts under Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budgets. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Police forward charges after altercation between person, driver in Homer

Homer Police are forwarding charges and evidence to the District Attorney’s Office after investigating an altercation between two family members Tuesday in Homer. A video… Continue reading

People participate in a workshop revisiting the Exxon Valdez oil spill on Feb. 20, 2019 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, Alaksa. (Photo courtesy Alaska Sea Grant)

Revisiting features of the Exxon Valdez oil spill

Considering future impacts of oil and vessel distress in Alaska marine water

  • Mar 20, 2019
  • By Emilie Springer For the Homer News
  • Local News
People participate in a workshop revisiting the Exxon Valdez oil spill on Feb. 20, 2019 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, Alaksa. (Photo courtesy Alaska Sea Grant)

Wasabi’s Bistro vandalized with racist message

Editor’s note: There are descriptions of racism in this article that may be disturbing to some. Wasabi’s Bistro just outside of Homer was vandalized with… Continue reading

Women of Distinction to be honored next weekend

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct the date of the Women of Distinction dinner and award ceremony. It will be held March… Continue reading

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Jan. 30. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)
                                Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)

Peninsula educators support early funding for education

Last week, Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, introduced a constitutional amendment guaranteeing early funding for state K-12 public education. Several state entities and peninsula educators testified… Continue reading

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Jan. 30. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)
                                Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)
Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Stevens hopes gov can negotiate with Legislature on budget

With the Alaska Legislature now in session more than 45 days, the big issue remains the Procrustean budget proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. On a… Continue reading

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak) addresses a crowd of people at a town hall meeting Friday, March 15, 2019 at Chapman School in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Sen. Stevens talks education, PFD at Anchor Point town hall

Concerned parents, educators and community members flocked to Chapman School last Friday to hear from Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak) in one of two town hall… Continue reading

Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak) addresses a crowd of people at a town hall meeting Friday, March 15, 2019 at Chapman School in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Mike Heatwole, vice president of public affairs for the Pebble Limited Partnership, speaks to a crowd of people Tuesday, March 19, 2019 during a community meeting at Land’s End Resort in Homer. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Residents question Pebble Partnership in community meeting

Questions and accusations flew during a community meeting Tuesday hosted by Pebble Limited Partnership at Land’s End Resort in Homer. A Homer Police officer stood… Continue reading

Mike Heatwole, vice president of public affairs for the Pebble Limited Partnership, speaks to a crowd of people Tuesday, March 19, 2019 during a community meeting at Land’s End Resort in Homer. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, speaks during an interview with the Juneau Empire at the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Empire Exclusive: Sen. Sullivan talks Roadless Rule, Medicare, Green New Deal

Read our full conversation with U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan.

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, speaks during an interview with the Juneau Empire at the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Commissioner Designee Bruce Tangeman presents the state’s revenue forecast to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

New state revenue forecast slightly more positive for 2020

Oil forecast goes from $63 to $69 per barrel.

Commissioner Designee Bruce Tangeman presents the state’s revenue forecast to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Sen. Natasha Von Imhof, R-Anchorage, pictured here on Feb. 18, 2019, asks why adult preventative care was targeted for elimination, saying she has heard from providers that this service often will bring people into a clinic where they can be asked if they have other medical needs. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

State proposes $225 million reduction in Medicaid spending

Effort is part of broader cost-saving measure by Dunleavy administration.

  • Mar 20, 2019
  • By BECKY BOHRER ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • State News
Sen. Natasha Von Imhof, R-Anchorage, pictured here on Feb. 18, 2019, asks why adult preventative care was targeted for elimination, saying she has heard from providers that this service often will bring people into a clinic where they can be asked if they have other medical needs. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)