Elwood Brehmer

  • Health care spending leveled off for the state of Alaska in the last fiscal year, bucking a trend of dramatic cost increases over the previous decade. “We’re expecting the (health care) cost trend for fiscal year 2014 will be pretty flat and we’re hoping that will continue into 2015 with even ...

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:47am
  • A horrific crime brought Miriam Aarons and Mao Tosi together. On Oct. 23, the pair of community organizers will share a message of collaboration as co-keynote speakers at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage. “I never thought in a million years I would ever be an AFN co-keynote...

    Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:36am
  • Alaska’s newest ferries will be the first made in the state after all.Gov. Sean Parnell announced an agreement Sept. 20 between the state and Vigor Alaska to construct two Alaska Class ferries at Vigor’s Ketchikan shipyard.Vigor Alaska estimated in a company release that the pair of 280-foot Ala...

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:18pm
  • There is a new suitor for Buccaneer Energy’s Alaska assets and a tangled web of legal challenges continue for the bankrupt independent producer. Miller Energy Resources Inc. announced its intent to spend $40 million to $50 million on “substantially all” of Buccaneer’s Alaska holdings in a Se...

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:59pm
  • Buccaneer Energy Ltd. and its family of subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy in May, leaving millions worth of unpaid bills in Alaska.The Australia-based independent’s debt in the state is more than $2.1 million, according to a list of Buccaneer’s 30 largest unsecured creditors filed with the U.S. ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:22pm
  • As paving season peaks, getting asphalt to construction sites across Alaska has become more complicated and expensive since Flint Hills Resources closed its North Pole oil refinery.The real price of asphalt oil has spiked about 20 percent over last year — about $150 per ton — for construction pr...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:15pm
  • As the new head of the Federal Aviation Administration in Alaska, Kerry Long is focused on one word: safety.The fact that other topics sometimes overshadow the agency’s core mission of promoting safe flying is a testament to how effective the FAA is and should not be forgotten, he said.“I’m pl...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:04pm
  • Fairbanks utilities are investigating ways to simplify and encourage conversion to natural gas when it becomes available.Interior Gas Utility board chairman Bob Shefchik told the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority board of directors Aug. 25 that the goal of a conversion working group...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:50am
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials are prepping for negotiations with the U.S. Transportation Department to resolve $12.3 million the borough owes the feds for its failed ferry plan. In all, the Mat-Su Borough received $21.2 million from the Federal Transit Administration from three grants awarded ...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:29pm
  • A federal South Texas Bankruptcy Court has ruled that Cook Inlet Region Inc. can continue its quest through the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission for natural gas royalties from the state and Buccaneer Energy....

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:38pm

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