Tim Bradner

  • Gov. Sean Parnell signed the state operating and capital budgets Wednesday and made no vetoes in either. Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, said this may be the first budget ever approved by a governor without at least something being red-lined. Parnell said he ...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 5:26pm
  • If you’re out for dinner in a restaurant this summer, you may find the wait-time for your meal is a little longer. Seasonal employers say they are experiencing difficulties in hiring certain types of workers — kitchen staff for example — as the tourist season begins....

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 10:38am
  • Bidding was modest at the state’s annual Cook Inlet and Alaska Peninsula “areawide” lease sales May 7, with bids coming from independent companies and most of those in Cook Inlet from companies already established there. A surprise, however, is that there were three bids on tracts near Port Mo...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:48pm
  • Scott Goldsmith, the University of Alaska’s venerated senior economist, has stepped into the political snake pit of the oil tax repeal debate. Goldsmith is well known for his study of Alaska fiscal trends, which have been underway for almost two decades, but his new study comparing Senate Bill 21,...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:40pm
  • BP announced Tuesday it will sell four of its North Slope assets to Houston-based independent Hilcorp Energy. The agreement includes all of BP’s interests in the Endicott and Northstar fields and 50 percent of BP’s interests in the Milne Point field and Liberty, an undeveloped offshore field sti...

    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:14am
  • JUNEAU — Alaska’s economy seems in good shape and is continuing in a long-term, slow-growth trend, although questions around the national recovery hang over Alaska as well as the rest of the U.S., according to the Northrim Bank annual economic outlook report. The Anchorage-based bank held its an...

    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:04am
  • ConocoPhillips is restarting its liquefied natural gas plant on the Kenai Peninsula and will resume shipments of LNG in May, the company announced Monday. Five shipments are planned this year, ConocoPhillips spokeswoman Amy Burnett said. The announcement came as the U.S. Department of Energy issued ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:15am
  • JUNEAU — State legislators are dealing with a number of bills affecting business as the 2014 session enters its final month. Lawmakers must adjourn April 20, although there are procedures for extending the session....

    Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:16pm
  • Things have not gone well for Trans-Alaska Pipeline System owners in the courts and key federal regulatory arenas in recent weeks, but the battles aren’t over. First, on the state level, Alaska’s Supreme Court upheld a $9.98 billion valuation of the pipeline for property tax purposes on Feb. 21,...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 1:05pm
  • Buccaneer Energy, an Australia-based independent company exploring for oil and gas in Cook Inlet, has suspended its CEO Curtis Burton and asked that trading of its shares on the Australian stock exchange be suspended while a restructuring of the company’s finances is accomplished. The events appea...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 1:01pm

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