Ben Hohenstatt

Courtesy Photo | Sealaska Heritage Institute 
                                “Raven Makes the Aleutians” from Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Baby Raven Reads series won a Picture Book Honor award from the American Indian Library Association.
Courtesy Photo | Sealaska Heritage Institute 
                                “Raven Makes the Aleutians” from Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Baby Raven Reads series won a Picture Book Honor award from the American Indian Library Association.
Lani Strong Hotch of Klukwan was one of two weavers from Southeast Alaska to be named USA Fellows by United States Artists. (Courtesy Photo | United States Artists)
Lani Strong Hotch of Klukwan was one of two weavers from Southeast Alaska to be named USA Fellows by United States Artists. (Courtesy Photo | United States Artists)

Axed Ocean Ranger funds could improve sewage plants

The money from the program could go elsewhere under this new proposal.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Begich, D-Anchorage, House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham, and Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, speak at the Alaska Chamber’s Legislative Fly-In, Wednesday. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Alaska lawmakers vow this year will be different than last year’s fiasco

Legislative leaders from all parties say they want to work together and finish on time.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Begich, D-Anchorage, House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham, and Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, speak at the Alaska Chamber’s Legislative Fly-In, Wednesday. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Assembly member Carole Triem chairs the Visitor Industry Task Force meeting in the Assembly chambers on Tuesday, Jan. 7. The task force will hear public testimony Saturday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Visitor Industry Task Force to hold public comment meeting

Here’s your second chance to weigh in.

Assembly member Carole Triem chairs the Visitor Industry Task Force meeting in the Assembly chambers on Tuesday, Jan. 7. The task force will hear public testimony Saturday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, talks with Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka Tuesday morning following a House Administration Committee Finance Subcommittee meeting. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

‘Sexy’ mortar: Committee hears about department’s far-reaching impact and proposed budget

Department of Administration is the mortar in state government’s brick wall, commissioner says.

Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, talks with Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka Tuesday morning following a House Administration Committee Finance Subcommittee meeting. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, talks with Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka Tuesday morning following a House Administration Committee Finance Subcommittee meeting. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, talks with Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka Tuesday morning following a House Administration Committee Finance Subcommittee meeting. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Capitol Live: State of the State, time to put partisan politics aside, Gov. says

8:20 p.m. Summary While the legislators in the Majority Caucus were encouraged to hear a different tone from the governor, the question of the PFD… Continue reading

Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, and Sen. Mike Shower, R-Wasilla, listen Margie Beedle give testimony Monday. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Juneau residents show up to support Pioneer Homes bill

Rate changes went into effect in September.

Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, and Sen. Mike Shower, R-Wasilla, listen Margie Beedle give testimony Monday. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file
                                Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to members of the media before welcoming Juneau residents to the Governor’s Open House on Dec. 11, 2018.
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file
                                Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to members of the media before welcoming Juneau residents to the Governor’s Open House on Dec. 11, 2018.

What you need to know ahead of a wild weekend of conference clashes

“The record goes out the window when you start looking at conference play.”

Bill Corbus, former revenue commissioner and past president of Alaska Electric Light and Power Company, speaks Thursday at a Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce meeting at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Bill Corbus, former revenue commissioner and past president of Alaska Electric Light and Power Company, speaks Thursday at a Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce meeting at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Long-time resident and local businessman Bill Corbus speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during their weekly luncheon in May 2017. Corbus will speak to the chamber about taxing the oil industry. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Empire Live: Chamber turns attention to taxing oil industry

Facts and figures related to oil tax reform.

Long-time resident and local businessman Bill Corbus speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during their weekly luncheon in May 2017. Corbus will speak to the chamber about taxing the oil industry. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

4-time Grammy nominee is coming to Juneau

He’s probably worked with someone you love.

The Juneau Monstarz Danielle Larson, Letasha Heumann, Joy Ribao, Nani Weimer, Mariah Simpkins, Megan Buchmeier, Maria Weyrach, Michaela Demmert and coach Taylor Larson stand together with their champion sweatshirts and trophy after taking the top spot in the women’s division of the Mt. Edgecumbe Invitational. (Courtesy Photo | Andrew Friske)
The Juneau Monstarz Danielle Larson, Letasha Heumann, Joy Ribao, Nani Weimer, Mariah Simpkins, Megan Buchmeier, Maria Weyrach, Michaela Demmert and coach Taylor Larson stand together with their champion sweatshirts and trophy after taking the top spot in the women’s division of the Mt. Edgecumbe Invitational. (Courtesy Photo | Andrew Friske)
House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham, looks on as Juneau Alaska Music Matters students from Glacier Valley School and singers from Sayéik: Gastineau Community School perform “Alaska’s Flag” on Tuesday.(Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham, looks on as Juneau Alaska Music Matters students from Glacier Valley School and singers from Sayéik: Gastineau Community School perform “Alaska’s Flag” on Tuesday.(Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy gives his State of the State speech to a Joint Session of the Alaska Legislature in January 2019 at the Alaska State Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Dunleavy expected to give State of the State address next week

The governor will likely address the Legislature Monday.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy gives his State of the State speech to a Joint Session of the Alaska Legislature in January 2019 at the Alaska State Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Neil Steininger, then-Administrative Services Director for the Office of Management and Budget, explains how the office performs “sweeps” of unspent money in various government accounts during a Senate Finance meeting at the Capitol in July 2019. Gov. Mike Dunleavy Monday named Steininger director of OMB. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Neil Steininger, then-Administrative Services Director for the Office of Management and Budget, explains how the office performs “sweeps” of unspent money in various government accounts during a Senate Finance meeting at the Capitol in July 2019. Gov. Mike Dunleavy Monday named Steininger director of OMB. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Why they march: Juneau women tell us in their own words

It wasn’t only political protest.