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  • JUNEAU — The floor of the Alaska Senate broke into an impromptu debate over oil taxes Monday. Sen. Cathy Giessel sparked the discussion in a special order, which is when members speak on issues of their own choosing. Hers was entitled “What Could It Look Like?”...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:14pm
  • A California-based development company is making progress with its plans to transform the Soldotna “Y” with new buildings to house a Walgreens as well as other businesses yet to be determined. The Soldotna Planning and Zoning Commission on Feb. 5 approved to replat two parcels at the “Y” int...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:14pm
  • After nearly a full day of board deliberations on 25 proposed regulatory changes, the Cook Inlet’s personal-use fishery remains largely unchanged in the midst of a process that has dramatically restructured commercial set and drift gillnet fishing in the same region. Board members, dipnetters and ...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:55am
  • The on-going Board of Fisheries meeting dealing with Cook Inlet salmon plans has been rough on the commercial fishermen, taking a big red pen to the Central District drift gillnet plan after potentially reducing fishing time for the setnet fleet by half....

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:54am
  • ANCHORAGE — Change is hard. The evolution of commercial setnetting in the Cook Inlet is no different. As king salmon runs continue to decline, keeping nets out of the water and fishers off the Kenai River, the east side setnet fishery has seen its time reduced, gear restricted and full-on closure ...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:52am
  • The Alaska Board of Fisheries hammered out a Kenai River king salmon fisheries plan that left the setnetters looking at possibly having only 12 hours of fishing time per week for sockeye depending upon the strength of the king salmon returns. Under what is being called “paired restrictions,” whe...

    Sat, 02/08/2014 - 12:36pm
  • Due to a winter storm, tonight’s opening ceremonies for the Homer Winter Carnival have been cancelled. The ceremonies have been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. “There’s nothing more Homer than having opening ceremonies at the end,” said Dax Radtke, one of th...

    Fri, 02/07/2014 - 4:41pm
  • A wind storm that blew in Thursday night has knocked out power throughout the Kenai Peninsula. As of 2:20 p.m., the outage affected Homer Electric Customers in these areas:   ·         Old Sterling Highway between Homer and Anchor Point, 358 members affe...

    Fri, 02/07/2014 - 12:44pm
  • Investments in North Slope oil and gas projects will be the main driver behind statewide construction spending growth in the coming year, according to a report by the University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research. The annual forecast projects oil and gas spending on constr...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 1:16pm
  • Orange cones, working equipment and flaggers are usually a sign of a busy Alaska summer, but this year’s unwinter-like weather has extended the construction season. Currently, a crew of Utility Technologies employees are making the most of the mild temperatures, stringing 26,000 feet of pipe on th...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 1:16pm

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