Members of the Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific picket in front of the Auke Bay Terminal on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The union called a strike on Wednesday over failed negotiations with Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Members of the Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific picket in front of the Auke Bay Terminal on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The union called a strike on Wednesday over failed negotiations with Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Council calls on governor, legislature to reverse vetoes

As the Alaska Legislature continued meeting this week in Juneau at Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s direction to consider funding a capital budget and an Alaska Permanent… Continue reading

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                                Nimeron Mike was hired as a village police officer in his hometown of Stebbins even though he is a registered sex offender who served six years behind bars. Mike worked as a cop from Dec. 31 to March 29.

At least 14 Alaska cities have public safety officers with criminal records

ANCHORAGE — At least 14 cities in Alaska have employed police officers whose criminal records should have prevented them from being hired under state law,… Continue reading

Bill Roth / Anchorage Daily News
                                Nimeron Mike was hired as a village police officer in his hometown of Stebbins even though he is a registered sex offender who served six years behind bars. Mike worked as a cop from Dec. 31 to March 29.
About 2.5 ounces of dried marijuana in Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
About 2.5 ounces of dried marijuana in Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Homer Farmers Market: Bounty of summer hitting Market early

I have a house full of peonies. They have popped so much earlier this year than normal that the peony growers have been scrambling to… Continue reading

The University of Alaska Board of Regents meets in an emergency meeting in Anchorage, Alaska Monday, July 22, 2019. Regents voted 10-1 to declare a financial exigency, allowing administrators to expedite layoffs of tenured faculty in the face of severe budget issues. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

Financial crisis opens University of Alaska up to layoffs

ANCHORAGE — The University of Alaska Board of Regents decided Monday they could no longer wait to see if the Alaska Legislature will bail them… Continue reading

The University of Alaska Board of Regents meets in an emergency meeting in Anchorage, Alaska Monday, July 22, 2019. Regents voted 10-1 to declare a financial exigency, allowing administrators to expedite layoffs of tenured faculty in the face of severe budget issues. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)
Erosion at the Anchor Point beach has grown worse since this photo was taken in April 2013 at the lower Cook Inlet community in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Charges against tractor launch operator could affect Anchor Point business

A charge against a tractor launch operation for disturbance of natural objects on Alaska State Park land at the Anchor Point beach has thrown into… Continue reading

Erosion at the Anchor Point beach has grown worse since this photo was taken in April 2013 at the lower Cook Inlet community in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Measles case confirmed in Soldotna

A single case of measles in Soldotna was confirmed by Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services last Tuesday, July 16, according to an announcement… Continue reading

A de Havilland Beaver aircraft floats upside down near the mouth of Tutka Bay, across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Alaska, on Friday, July 19, 2019. The plane had an accident during takeoff with seven people on board. (Photo courtesy Robert Williams)

Anchorage flying service suspends operations after fatal floatplane accident near Homer

A Maryland man is dead and his child is in critical condition

A de Havilland Beaver aircraft floats upside down near the mouth of Tutka Bay, across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Alaska, on Friday, July 19, 2019. The plane had an accident during takeoff with seven people on board. (Photo courtesy Robert Williams)
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                                A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Monday.

Swan Lake Fire growth stalls, crews near containment goals

The fire is approximately 102,027 acres.

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                                A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Monday.
A de Havilland Beaver aircraft floats upside down near the mouth of Tutka Bay, across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Alaska, on Friday, July 19, 2019. The plane had an accident during takeoff with seven people on board. (Photo courtesy Robert Williams)

1 killed in Tutka Bay plane accident; child in critical condition

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct the spelling of Joseph Patanella’s last name, which was previously spelled wrong in an Alaska State… Continue reading

A de Havilland Beaver aircraft floats upside down near the mouth of Tutka Bay, across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Alaska, on Friday, July 19, 2019. The plane had an accident during takeoff with seven people on board. (Photo courtesy Robert Williams)

Anchorage woman arrested in Anchor Point shooting

An Anchorage woman has been arrested for allegedly shooting a man in the Anchor Point area earlier this week, according to Alaska State Troopers. The… Continue reading

Lawmakers talk among themselves during a break of a joint session of the Alaska Legislature Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Juneau, Alaska. Lawmakers are meeting for a second day to consider overriding Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes, but still don’t have the needed 45 votes as about a third of lawmakers continue to meet in Wasilla instead of Juneau. (Michael Penn/The Juneau Empire via AP)

Efforts to override vetoes quashed

Without enough lawmakers in Juneau, legislators look to next steps

Lawmakers talk among themselves during a break of a joint session of the Alaska Legislature Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Juneau, Alaska. Lawmakers are meeting for a second day to consider overriding Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes, but still don’t have the needed 45 votes as about a third of lawmakers continue to meet in Wasilla instead of Juneau. (Michael Penn/The Juneau Empire via AP)
A Cook Inletkeeper volunteer does stream monitoring of Fish Creek, Alaska, in this 2011 file photo. (Photo provided/Cook Inletkeeper)

Deshka River measured at record-breaking stream temperature

Two years ago, Cook Inletkeeper Science Director Sue Mauger wrote a paper looking ahead at what Cook Inlet salmon streams might look like with climate… Continue reading

A Cook Inletkeeper volunteer does stream monitoring of Fish Creek, Alaska, in this 2011 file photo. (Photo provided/Cook Inletkeeper)

Homer Farmers Market: New farmers learn in modern ways — and some old

A lot has changed about farming since the Homer Farmers Market opened up 20 years ago. One of the biggest differences is how farmers learn… Continue reading

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
                                Alyse Galvin, indpendent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, right, speaks with Marilyn Orr during a “town-hall-style coffee and conversation” at 60 Degrees North Coffee and Tea on Sept. 14, 2018. Galvin is running against Republican incumbent Rep. Don Young.

Alyse Galvin announces bid for Congress

It will be her second bid trying to unseat Don Young.

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
                                Alyse Galvin, indpendent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, right, speaks with Marilyn Orr during a “town-hall-style coffee and conversation” at 60 Degrees North Coffee and Tea on Sept. 14, 2018. Galvin is running against Republican incumbent Rep. Don Young.
The University of Alaska has started a new Facebook page, UA Strong, for Alaskans to follow the state budget process, and learn about the impacts of proposed cuts on the University of Alaska. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Financial exigency delayed, but drastic changes ahead for University of Alaska

The University of Alaska of the future will not look like it does now.

The University of Alaska has started a new Facebook page, UA Strong, for Alaskans to follow the state budget process, and learn about the impacts of proposed cuts on the University of Alaska. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole

Wilson leaves Alaska House Majority

She left voluntarily.

Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole
Lawmakers talk among themselves during a break of a joint session of the Alaska Legislature Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Juneau, Alaska. Lawmakers are meeting for a second day to consider overriding Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes, but still don’t have the needed 45 votes as about a third of lawmakers continue to meet in Wasilla instead of Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Legislature ends efforts to overturn budget vetoes

Faint hopes turns into grim planning.

  • Jul 17, 2019
  • By Dan Joling Associated Press
  • State News
Lawmakers talk among themselves during a break of a joint session of the Alaska Legislature Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Juneau, Alaska. Lawmakers are meeting for a second day to consider overriding Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes, but still don’t have the needed 45 votes as about a third of lawmakers continue to meet in Wasilla instead of Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)