Molly Dischner

  • The Kenai River kings seem to have met their escapement goal after all, but it was still the lowest return on record. Through Aug. 15, 17,028 kings were enumerated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s DIDSON (duel identification sonar), slightly more than the bottom of the sustainable escap...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 3:17pm
  • Winter sports have an undeniable tourism draw for Alaska, but a recent effort in Anchorage could increase that economic impact several times over. In June, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan announced that he was forming an exploratory committee to consider a possible bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. The...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:01pm
  • Last year was a record one for conventions held in Anchorage. The estimated economic impact from conventions for 2012 was $104.8 million, an all-time high according to Visit Anchorage President and CEO Julie Saupe. That was nearly $5 million more than in 2011, when the impact was estimated at $99 mi...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 11:51am
  • Homer has been named Google’s Alaska’s eCity for 2013. “The city of Homer is proud to be recognized as the strongest online business community in Alaska,” wrote Mayor Mary E. Beth Wythe in a statement announcing the designation. “The hardworking small business owners in Homer have found th...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 11:18am
  • Alaska Air Group Inc. announced yet another quarter of profits July 25. The airline reported an adjusted net income of $105 million for the second quarter of 2013, compared to $111 million for the second quarter of 2012. That’s more than the company’s first quarter adjusted net income of $44 mil...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 12:49pm
  • Alaska’s financial institutions are seeing an increase in loan volume as the economy picks up. At the state’s banks and credit unions, loans are on the rise and other performance metrics also look strong. First National Bank of Alaska had about $1.28 billion in total loans for the second quarter...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 12:46pm
  • Alaska’s two major in-state telecoms have joined forces. Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. and General Communication Inc. announced July 23 that they had combined their wireless infrastructure into the Alaska Wireless Network, or AWN. The AWN transaction closed shortly after the Federal Com...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 11:16am
  • As fisheries managers throughout Alaska prepare for low king salmon returns, federal regulators are considering new limits on king bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s June agenda includes final action on a king salmon bycatch cap in the Gulf of Alaska non-...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 10:03am
  • Gov. Sean Parnell left the Legislature’s budget largely intact when he signed off on $6.8 billion in general fund spending for the 2014 fiscal year. That’s the state’s spending as part of a $13.5 billion total budget, which includes federal dollars and Alaska Permanent Fund Dividends. The 2014...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:53pm
  • If the Alaska Wireless Network transaction is approved, and funding is available, rural Alaska consumers could see expanded data service for cell phones and mobile devices by the end of 2014. Alaska Communications and General Communications Inc. made a voluntary commitment to the federal government ...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:51pm

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