Elwood Brehmer

  • Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to increase the state’s share in the Alaska LNG Project could put Alaska on the hook for more than $14 billion, but also generate about $400 million in additional annual revenue, according to a report from Department of Natural Resources consultants. The report releas...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:41am
  • It looks like Southcentral Alaskans will have a new way to get their sugar fix, thanks in part to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. The state economic development corporation’s board approved participation in a $6.9 million loan Sept. 24 to finance an East Anchorage retail ce...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 11:38am
  • The Port MacKenzie rail line extension is nearly two-thirds complete, but there is currently no funding for future work. Matanuska-Susitna Borough Manager John Moosey said the borough has about $500,000 available for the approximately $303 million endeavor. “Segment 5 is close to being complete, b...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 11:33am
  • The price of Cook Inlet natural gas continues to trend downward as utilities and producers agree to contracts beyond 2018. Homer Electric Association has signed a gas purchase agreement with Furie Operating Alaska LLC to purchase natural gas beginning April 1, 2016, for $6.50 per thousand cubic feet...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:31pm
  • It appears a fall special session is back on after Gov. Bill Walker met with a small group of legislators Sept. 21 to discuss issues key to the Alaska LNG Project. House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, said in an interview that the governor wants a 30-day special session to begin on or about Oct. ...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:30pm
  • FAIRBANKS — Alaska has been on the cutting edge of unmanned aircraft research for years thanks to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The question now is, as the technology becomes commercially available, can the state monetize its position? Mike Sfraga, UAF vice chancellor for university advancem...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:57am
  • The Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s big boat nightmare might finally be over. Borough Manager John Moosey got approval from the Mat-Su Assembly last week to sell the M/V Susitna ferry for $1.75 million to the Philippine Red Cross. “I’m elated that this ship will be put to the noble work of saving ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:20am
  • Members of the Indonesian Coast Guard and navy began two weeks of training at the Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward Aug. 24. The training for the group of 15 is focusing on the U.S. Coast Guard-approved Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, an international emergency response networ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:03am
  • Work is resuming on the Susitna-Watana hydroelectric project under spending guidelines put in place by Gov. Bill Walker’s administration. The overall cost for the proposed 705-foot dam in the upper reaches of the Susitna River has been pegged at $5.6 billion in 2014 dollars by the Alaska Energy Au...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:13am
  • The fight over expanding Medicaid between Gov. Bill Walker and Republican legislators has gone from the Capitol to the Anchorage Legislative Information Office and is now headed for a courtroom. The Republican-heavy joint Legislative Council voted 10-1 Aug. 18 to sue Walker over his use of executive...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:07am

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