Alaskans pick up and turn in Permanent Fund Dividend applications at the Department of Revenue office in the State Office Building in March 2011. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Alaskans pick up and turn in Permanent Fund Dividend applications at the Department of Revenue office in the State Office Building in March 2011. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire File
                                School districts throughout the state will put together plans for what the next school year will look like. Juneau School District Superintendent Bridget Weisse said smaller groups and less mixing are expected to remain important.
Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire File
                                School districts throughout the state will put together plans for what the next school year will look like. Juneau School District Superintendent Bridget Weisse said smaller groups and less mixing are expected to remain important.
In this Sept. 26, 2019 file photo, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy listens during a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday, May 8, 2020, that an effort to recall Dunleavy can proceed. (AP Photo | Mark Thiessen, File)
In this Sept. 26, 2019 file photo, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy listens during a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday, May 8, 2020, that an effort to recall Dunleavy can proceed. (AP Photo | Mark Thiessen, File)
Copies of the U.S. Constitution as well as “I voted” stickers are available to voters during the Municipal Election at AEL&P on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Not mailing it in: State’s plan is for primary to proceed as usual with modifications

Early voting and absentee ballots will be options, and there will be PPE at polls.

Copies of the U.S. Constitution as well as “I voted” stickers are available to voters during the Municipal Election at AEL&P on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, speaks to constituents during a town hall at the Funny River Community Center in Funny River, Alaska in January 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek | Peninsula Clarion File)

Lawmaker likens virus screening stickers to Star of David

Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, said he was serious in making the comment in an email chain.

Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, speaks to constituents during a town hall at the Funny River Community Center in Funny River, Alaska in January 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek | Peninsula Clarion File)
This photo shows the Trans-Alaska pipeline and pump station north of Fairbanks, Alaska. The future of Alaska’s unique program of paying residents an annual check is in question, with oil prices low and an economy struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo | Al Grillo, File)

Low oil prices and coronavirus fallout mean PFD could be at risk

Without cuts or new revenue, there’s a real possibility the program could go away, an economist said.

This photo shows the Trans-Alaska pipeline and pump station north of Fairbanks, Alaska. The future of Alaska’s unique program of paying residents an annual check is in question, with oil prices low and an economy struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo | Al Grillo, File)