State Sen. Bert Stedman, center, co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, presides over a committee hearing Thursday. The committee on Monday approved an $8.4 million fast-track supplemental budget to address staff shortages in processing food stamps, public defenders and legal advocates for vulnerable residents. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Bill with funds to address food stamps backlog goes to governor

Legislature gives near-unanimous approval to hiring extra staff to fix months-long backlog

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Bethany Marcum, executive director of the Alaska Policy Forum, responds to questions from the Senate Education Committee on Friday about her nomination to the University of Alaska’s Board of Regents. Her organization’s conservative policies, including backing a budget by Gov. Mike Dunleavy that proposed a 40% cut to the university system, made her the most controversial of the governor’s four nominees to the board.

Lawmakers question university board nominee who supported UA budget cut

Bethany Marcum, head of conservative think tank, hears from scathing doubters and glowing supporters

President Joe Biden speaks during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 23, 2023, celebrating the 13th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Recent moves by President Joe Biden to pressure TikTok over its Chinese ownership and approve oil drilling in an untapped area of Alaska are testing the loyalty of young voters, a group that’s been largely in his corner. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Biden’s moves on Willow, TikTok test young voters

A potential TikTok ban and the Alaska drilling could weigh down reelection bid.

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Juneau’s Gold Medal Basketball Tournament B Bracket team poses for a group photo after winning the B bracket championship game in this year’s Gold Medal Basketball Tournament Saturday night at JDHS. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Juneau rides second half surge to Gold Medal B Bracket title

Saturday night win over Hydaburg concluded the 74th Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

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JDHS senior boys with coach Robert Casperson, left to right, Nelson Bodhi, Kai Hargrave, Caden Masdeg, Orion Dybdahl and Joseph Aline, pose for a photo at the ASAA state competition in Anchorage on Saturday before the championship game against Dimond High School. The Crimson Bears would take sixth place overall.

JDHS boys fall to Dimond at state

Crimson Bears take 6th place in ASAA tournament.

The 2022-2023 JDHS Crimson Bears pose for a photo at ASAA state competition in Anchorage on Saturday before competing against TMHS in the championship game. JDHS finished in fourth place and TMHS went home in sixth. (Courtesy Photo / Tanya Nizich)

JDHS beats TMHS at state for one last showdown

Crimson Bears took fourth place and Falcons took sixth.


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This photo shows a porcupine near Valdez. (Courtesy Photo / Ned Rozell)

Alaska Science Forum: The porcupine’s winter in slow-motion

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Abel Ryan leads classes in sketching a killer whale on the final day of class. (Courtesy Photo / David Sheakley-Early)

Formline lessons bring geometry and art together for TMHS students

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Watch Little Women at the Perseverance Theatre from April 7 - 23. Tickets are $45, and the show is also available via video on demand. submitted

With a modern refresh, Little Women comes to Juneau this April

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds up a graph showing the earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund during a new conference at the Alaska State Capitol on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Lawmakers have asked the governor to amend the call of the special session, allowing them to address the budget which remains only partially funded. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Lawmakers, governor spar over direction of special session

Lawmakers return to the capital city.


Juneau School Board candidates Deedie Sorensen, left, Martin Stepetin, Sr., Bonny Jensen and Emil Mackey, right, respond to questions during a candidate forum at KTOO on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. The event was sponsored by the Juneau League of Women Voters. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Video: Watch the municipal candidate forum live here

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Mariya Lovishchuk, Executive Director of the Glory Hall -- Juneau’s homeless shelter and soup kitchen -- speaks Wednesday, July 17, 2019, about cuts in services that will take place starting next month with the elimination of state funding. Watch a full video online at (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

WATCH: Glory Hall homeless shelter talks cuts in services

Juneau’s homeless shelter is hoping for a miracle.

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a virtual town hall meeting on Sept. 15. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Governor issues health alert asking for COVID-19 diligence

Gov asks you wear a mask.


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PHOTOS: An enormous roundup from the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament

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PHOTOS: Gold Medal basketball is back

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Tide shatters ice layer on Eagle River. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

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Hooping and hollering: Photos from Day 4 of Region V

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