How to work smarter to prevent and address crime in Alaska

As law enforcement officials, we earn public confidence not just by being professional, but by evolving and working smarter. That’s why we are encouraged by the smart justice reforms laid out in Senate Bill 91.
By advancing evidence-based reforms to the state s systems for bail, sentencing and community supervision, Senate Bill 91 aligns our justice system with the best knowledge in the field on what works to prevent crimes and change criminal offending behavior.

Letters – Feb. 10

Young fishermen — check out this event! Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program hosted the sixth-annual Alaska Young Fishermen’#s Summit on Jan. 27-29 — this year in Juneau. Due to the generosity of both Alaska Sea Grant and our local commercial fishermen’#s organization, North Pacific Fisheries Association, we were able to attend the summit, which […]

Library offers ideas for Raising a Reader

Welcome to Raising a Reader! Each month, this column will feature information to help you include everyday literacy in your family s daily routine, supporting your young readers. Here are a few tips for raising a reader by reading, talking, playing, singing and writing with your child.

Murkowski touts Alaska benefits in bipartisan legislation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, advanced debate on her broad, bipartisan energy bill by providing a synopsis of how it will benefit her home state of Alaska. She focused on how the bill will help the state produce more energy and help consumers use less energy, creating new opportunities and lowering costs — especially in rural areas.

Letters – Feb. 3

A little kindness goes a long way About two weeks before Christmas, my 99-year-old mother, Nadine Pence, was at Safeway admiring the poinsettias. As she was buying her groceries, a woman she did not know gave her a beautiful poinsettia. I would like to thank this woman for her kindness. My mother is still enjoying […]

From the desk of Representative Paul Seaton:

Greetings from Juneau on the 14th day of the Second Legislative Session.
Rain, rain, rain; it matches the mood around the capitol. The intensity and frequency of various caucus meetings is already at the level we usually only see at the end of session.

Recognition is growing that we must do a more comprehensive fix to the structural deficit than just cuts.

Letters – Jan. 27

Legion donation boosts reader packets Thanks to the generous donations of American Legion General Buckner Post 16 to Homer Homemakers FCE for the past few years, the club has been able to expand its outreach to families in the Homer area. Prior to receiving funding from Post 16, the club provided Raise-a-Reader packets to parents […]

Homer’s cannabis industry faces some obstacles

Over the next month, the city council will discuss and decide on an ordinance that will create some obstacles for cannabis entrepreneurs wishing to enter the legitimate industry — if it were to pass in its current form.

State blows through savings, then proposes dividend cap

Other than being the farthest north, west and east state, why is Alaska so different from the other 49 members of our Union? Upon becoming a state, we received a 100-million-acre land grant, much like the land grant schools and some colleges received in the Lower 48. This was to help provide an income base for a large area with a small population.
Upon statehood, our new Commissioner of Natural Resources Phil Holdsworth set out to select lands of value for our state.
Prudhoe Bay was one of his picks.

Letters – Jan. 20

Another holiday season has passed, and once again our Homer community looks forward to a new year. Though these types of letters have been consistent through the years, it remains ever worthy of redundancy. Once again, the people and businesses of Homer have reflected the very essence of what Share The Spirit is all about.

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