Molly Dischner

  • Sportfishing and charter halibut representatives have acknowledged that implementation of the new halibut catch sharing plan would not necessarily mean guided anglers in Southcentral Alaska face a one fish bag limit. That’s good news for anglers — and a marked change from the guide industry’s ...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 12:23pm
  • Bycatch in Alaska’s commercial fisheries is a touchy subject. Discussions at the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council about capping bycatch for salmon and halibut in various federal fisheries over the past few years have been contentious. Declining returns of king salmon in rivers throughout...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:42pm
  • Ready or not, certain changes to the health care market are on the way, and small businesses will be impacted. As some parts of the Affordable Care Act take effect Oct. 1, Alaskans will see changes in the health care market, Josh Weinstein said at an Aug. 19 Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Make it Mon...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:36pm
  • 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 - 4:17pm
  • 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 - 1:01pm
  • 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 - 12:51pm
  • 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 - 12:18pm
  • 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 - 1:49pm
  • 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 - 1:46pm
  • 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 - 12:16pm

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