Borough assembly votes to keep controversial invocation policy

Mar 22nd 1:08 pm By Carey Restino

Amendment to create a moment of silence fails as well.

Statewide Stories

Opinion: Medical facilities in Alaska should be required to list prices

March 9th 11:59 am

As the nation grapples with the future of its national health care insurance program, Alaska has recently taken up the issue of requiring its larger health care providers to offer up a list of the prices the various facilities charge for the top 100 [...]

Opinion: Vague state law on spending excess campaign contributions needs overhaul

March 9th 11:58 am

In 1995, more than 32,000 Alaskans signed a petition to put a campaign finance reform initiative on the ballot. A section of the initiative would have created clear rules banning candidates from treating surplus campaign contributions as income. One reason [...]

Opinion: We have ingredients for success, but need recipe

March 9th 11:57 am

State economists tell us Alaska has shed 3,640 oil and gas jobs over the past two years. The last time we saw job losses of that magnitude was in the 1980s.  And - these thousands of oil and gas jobs lost do not include the hundreds of other jobs that have [...]

Opinion: Moms of opioid addicts touched Sullivan's heart, but will he use his vote to help them?

March 9th 11:55 am

When Kim Whitaker told Sen. Dan Sullivan the story of her daughter's lifelong addiction to heroin, he was so moved he set up a summit meeting. But Sullivan hasn't taken a stand on ending the most important resource for helping addicts like her daughter.

Uncovering mysteries of North Slope lake trout

March 9th 11:42 am

In early March up on the frozen Arctic Coastal Plain, as the wind sculpts snow into drifts, it's hard to tell northern lakes from surrounding tundra. But lurking deep beneath that flat white world are toothy predators as long as your arm. In pools 60 feet [...]

Most Popular Stories

Obituary: Shanley Kerls Brown

March 23rd 4:43 pm

Homer resident, Mrs. Shanley Elizabeth Kerls Brown died Saturday, March 11, 2017 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 52.  Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the West Homer Elementary Gymnasium, immediately followed by a [...]

From Nome to Kivalina on fat-tire bikes

March 23rd 5:27 pm

Some time during the night, the plywood-and-tin-roofed Callahan shelter cabin began to shudder and vibrate. The predicted storm had arrived. Wind assailed the little shack in gusty waves and drove fine, crystalline snow onto the walls and roof at hurricane speed.

Opinion: Costly, controversial borough invocation needs to end

March 19th 1:57 pm

Note: I wrote this Opinion Piece two weeks ago. At that time I had been instructed to submit anything I wanted to write to the Kenai Peninsula Borough for their approval and the approval of the Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF is the group providing the [...]

U.S. House's health care plan could cut into Alaska public health funding

March 23rd 5:19 pm

Alaska could lose about $4.4 million per year in public health funding under a proposed U.S. House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. At stake are preventive and public health measures: vaccination programs, efforts to reduce, manage or [...]

Kachemak City water tapping voted down

March 16th 7:42 pm

An effort to allow Kachemak City residents to tap into a city of Homer water line running right by their houses was reconsidered and voted down Monday night after city council members and members of the public expressed concern that providing city water to [...]

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