University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen makes a presentation to the university’s Board of Regents at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreation Center on Sept. 15, 2016. Johnsen and the UA board discussed tuition increases and budget concerns Friday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Johnsen gives optimistic State of the University address

“It wasn’t the best deal ever, but it was a lifesaver.”

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen makes a presentation to the university’s Board of Regents at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreation Center on Sept. 15, 2016. Johnsen and the UA board discussed tuition increases and budget concerns Friday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
photo by Peter Segall | Juneau Empire
                                Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, meets with reporters in the House Speakers Chambers at the Capitol on Monday.
photo by Peter Segall | Juneau Empire
                                Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, meets with reporters in the House Speakers Chambers at the Capitol on Monday.

Council interviews candidates for city manger position

The quest to fill the shoes of outgoing Homer City Manager Katie Koester is well underway with members of the Homer City Council and the… Continue reading

From left to right: Homer High School students Joel Manwiller, Sameah McGhee, Zach Condon, Olivia Etzwiler, Chris Landess, Mya Betts and Skyler Rodirguez hold their Mariners on the Move awards in this undated photo at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. Not pictured: Lilly Smith. (Photo courtesy Paul Story)

Mariners on the Move announced

The recipients of the Mariners on the Move award for the third quarter of the school year have been announced. Each quarter, a Homer High… Continue reading

From left to right: Homer High School students Joel Manwiller, Sameah McGhee, Zach Condon, Olivia Etzwiler, Chris Landess, Mya Betts and Skyler Rodirguez hold their Mariners on the Move awards in this undated photo at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. Not pictured: Lilly Smith. (Photo courtesy Paul Story)
photo by Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File
                                Clouds swirls over Douglas Island on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018.

PFDs for land? Gov introduces land vouchers bill

Alaska’s land in Alaskan hands.

photo by Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File
                                Clouds swirls over Douglas Island on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018.
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                                Fishing boats in Bristol Bay.

Pebble mine opponents say process is being rushed

Opposition groups to hold town hall.

Courtesy photo | United Tribes of Bristol Bay
                                Fishing boats in Bristol Bay.

Seawatch: Board of Fisheries tips scale toward sport fishing

The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up their 2020 meetings on Upper Cook Inlet salmon proposals last week with a clear indication that sport and… Continue reading

In this Sept. 5, 2019, file photo, Meda DeWitt, left, Vic Fischer, middle, and Aaron Welterlen, leaders of an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, lead about 50 volunteers in a march to the Alaska Division of Elections office in Anchorage, Alaska. The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 agreed to allow a group seeking to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy to begin a second signature-gathering phase. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Recall Dunleavy group gathering signatures for next phase of campaign

The recall group must gather 71,252 signatures.

In this Sept. 5, 2019, file photo, Meda DeWitt, left, Vic Fischer, middle, and Aaron Welterlen, leaders of an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, lead about 50 volunteers in a march to the Alaska Division of Elections office in Anchorage, Alaska. The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 agreed to allow a group seeking to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy to begin a second signature-gathering phase. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
A member of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Team holds the newest addition to the SeaLife Center, a male otter pup, in this undated photo. (Courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

SeaLife Center welcomes rescued otter pup

The 2-week-old otter pup was found on a beach surrounded by birds with snowballs embedded in his fur

A member of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Team holds the newest addition to the SeaLife Center, a male otter pup, in this undated photo. (Courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

Blue ribbons put out for missing Homer woman

As part of an awareness campaign to maintain interest in the case of missing Homer woman Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, her family and friends have put… Continue reading

Masonic Club raises funds for hospice

Kachemak Bay Masonic Club, in cooperation with Homer Elks #2127, held its 5th Annual Masonic Awareness Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser on Jan. 25 at the Elks… Continue reading

Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, speaks at a town hall meeting last Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at the Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Rep. Sarah Vance sponsors bill to restrict abortions

Backed by 17 co-sponsors, Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, on Monday introduced House Bill 302, a bill that would prohibit abortion if a health care provider… Continue reading

Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, speaks at a town hall meeting last Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at the Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Freshman wins Flex Phoenix Award

The most recent winner of the Homer Flex Phoenix Award has been announced. Flex Freshman Jack Kain is the recipient of the Flex Phoenix Award… Continue reading

Homer area school announcements

Homer High School Today — Are you smarter than a high schooler? The National Honor Society will host its annual Trivia Night fundraiser in the… Continue reading

Teresa Jacobson Gregory presents a visual illustration of the proposed gravel pit extension and the impacts it may have on residents and the surrounding state recreation area at the Anchor Point Advisory Planning Commission Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at the Anchor Point Senior Center in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)

Anchor Point advisory group recommends gravel pit expansion

No seat remained empty at the Anchor Point Senior Center last Thursday, Feb. 13 in anticipation of the Anchor Point Advisory Planning Commission meeting set… Continue reading

Teresa Jacobson Gregory presents a visual illustration of the proposed gravel pit extension and the impacts it may have on residents and the surrounding state recreation area at the Anchor Point Advisory Planning Commission Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at the Anchor Point Senior Center in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)

Murkowski: ‘Do what’s good for Alaska’

Alaska U.S. Senator tells Legislature to work together.

Bill Roth | Anchorage Daily News
                                Protesters unfurl a banner as Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a roadshow with Americans for Prosperity in 49th State Brewing Company in Anchorage on March 26.

Dunleavy recall opponents plan to drop court fight

Opponents will attempt to sway the possible recall election.

  • Feb 19, 2020
  • By Becky Bohrer Associated Press
  • State News
Bill Roth | Anchorage Daily News
                                Protesters unfurl a banner as Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a roadshow with Americans for Prosperity in 49th State Brewing Company in Anchorage on March 26.
Members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries meet for the Upper Cook Inlet Finfish Meeting at the William A. Egan Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska, on Feb. 11, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Board hikes Kenai River king salmon escapement goal

Proposal 104 was adopted by a vote of 5-2 on Friday.

Members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries meet for the Upper Cook Inlet Finfish Meeting at the William A. Egan Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska, on Feb. 11, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Seawatch: Russian seafood embargo hurts Alaska fishing

While the U.S. trade war with China gets most of the headlines, there has been an ongoing embargo on U.S. seafood headed for Russia that… Continue reading

A map of the Upper Cook Inlet Drift Gill Net Management Area. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

Board of Fish tightens central district drift net restrictions

The move is an effort to strengthen Susitna salmon returns.

A map of the Upper Cook Inlet Drift Gill Net Management Area. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Fish and Game)