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  • JUNEAU — The proposed Alaska Marine Highway System schedule for the summer 2015 season has been placed on the AMHS website for public review. These documents can be accessed through a link on the homepage at FerryAlaska.com or directly through the following address: ...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:18pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — Alaskans will find out the size of their Permanent Fund dividends next week.Gov. Sean Parnell is set to announce the amount on Sept. 17 in Anchorage.Dividends are distributed annually to Alaska residents who meet certain requirements, with the amount based on a five-year average of t...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:17pm
  • As paving season peaks, getting asphalt to construction sites across Alaska has become more complicated and expensive since Flint Hills Resources closed its North Pole oil refinery.The real price of asphalt oil has spiked about 20 percent over last year — about $150 per ton — for construction pr...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:15pm
  • JUNEAU — The Alaska Division of Insurance has approved rate increases of up to 40 percent for individuals who bought health insurance plans through the federally run online marketplace.Roughly 10,000 Alaskans receive federal subsidies to help pay their premiums, and increases for those individuals...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:13pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to buy up to $13 million in canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen.In July, Gov. Sean Parnell asked the USDA to buy $37 million worth of canned fish under a federal law that allows the governme...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:07pm
  • As the new head of the Federal Aviation Administration in Alaska, Kerry Long is focused on one word: safety.The fact that other topics sometimes overshadow the agency’s core mission of promoting safe flying is a testament to how effective the FAA is and should not be forgotten, he said.“I’m pl...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:04pm
  • ANCHORAGE — A permit covering storm-water runoff does not apply to coal falling from a conveyor belt into Resurrection Bay at Seward, a federal appeals court ruled Sept. 3.A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Tim Burgess and ruled...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:57am
  • KETCHIKAN — The Ketchikan City Council has voted against supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana.Council members voted last week to approve a resolution opposing the general election ballot proposition that would legalize marijuana in Alaska. The resolution urged voters to reject Bal...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:55am
  • Fairbanks utilities are investigating ways to simplify and encourage conversion to natural gas when it becomes available.Interior Gas Utility board chairman Bob Shefchik told the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority board of directors Aug. 25 that the goal of a conversion working group...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:50am
  • Signs of fall are in the air. This is the time of the year when I start getting questions about how much longer the Homer Farmers Market will be going. I always love to point out that it will go through the month of September and then continue as long as our dedicated farmers are willing to keep com...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:48am

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