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  • ANCHORAGE — Alaska energy planners have taken a step toward licensing for the country’s second tallest dam by submitting a two-year plan for environmental work to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Alaska Energy Authority on Friday formally submitted its Revised Study Plan outlining 5...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:50am
  • The weather has been cold and natural gas supplies in Southcentral Alaska are very tight. Enstar Natural Gas Co. distributed near-record amounts of gas in its system during recent cold weather and is drawing down supplies from a new gas storage facility on the Kenai Peninsula. Meanwhile, utilities i...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:49am
  • By Rashah McChesney Morris News Service - Alaska Vincent “Vin” Chavarrir likes to run a laundry-folding machine affectionately dubbed “Sparky” by employees at Central Peninsula Hospital. To feed a towel into the machine he just lets it slide into the machine “like...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:48am
  • Three area lawmakers told a crowd gathered Friday they were encouraged about the prospects of solving some of the state’s biggest questions — tweaking oil taxes, shrinking the state’s operating and capital budget and getting gas from the North Slope to Alaskans. House Speaker Rep. Mike Chenaul...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:44am
  • ANCHORAGE — Gov. Sean Parnell on Friday announced a proposed state budget that would limit growth in operating costs to less than 1 percent. At a news conference after unveiling the numbers in a speech to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Parnell said he is proposing an operating budget that spen...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:43am
  • It was about 5:40 a.m. in Soldotna on Friday when a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and killed 26 people. But information spreads fast and by midday several classes were paused so teachers could talk to students about what they had been texting, Facebooking and tal...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:23am
  • When it comes to salmon, southern Kenai Peninsula students get an opportunity to set aside textbooks in favor of some hands-on learning, thanks to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “Awesome,” was the one-word evaluation of the project from Fireweed Academy fifth-grader Zach Condon. The stu...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:21am
  • When Marlaina Thiel, the liaison for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition Program, and Jan O’Rourke of TUFF, Teens United for a Future, planned Sunday’s stocking stuffer party, they scheduled two and a half hours at the upstairs of Alice’s Champagne Palace. So...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:18am
  • Robert V. Freeman, a Kasilof man who was sentenced in 1999 for murdering two Kenai Peninsula women, died Sunday at the Anchorage Correctional Center. He was 71. Freeman died of natural causes, according to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch. On Sunday at 4:54 p.m., the Alaska Bureau of Investigation ...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:56am
  • Teams are needed now for the March “Bowl for Kids Sake,” a fundraiser benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters. Volunteers can participate by signing up to host a team, be on a team or raise money for mentoring. No bowling ability is required. Virtual bowlers also are included. The event happens Marc...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:55am

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