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  • DILLINGHAM — About 8 a.m. on June 17, a sportfishing guide tied his skiff to the F/V Eagle Claw and hopped onboard to join our motley crew. It was the final day of our five-day trip from Homer to Naknek via the Williamsport Road. Skipper Louie Flora, his daughter Sidney and brother Jonathan were h...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:46am
  • The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute will have to refocus some of its marketing strategies in the wake of a budget that left few Alaska state agencies unscathed. Both marketing and management for Alaska fisheries took some hits from the budget deficit and the ensuing cuts to state services....

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:40am
  • It’s true, Wednesday Farmers Markets have started.  Now you can get down there between 3 and 6 p.m. in the middle of the week and get a parking space.  And veggies.   But there are those in our community who don’t get good food even if they get a parking space. Economics can be a ...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:38am
  • JUNEAU — It took two special sessions for Alaska legislators to agree to a budget after a crash in oil prices contributed to a severe reduction in the state’s available revenue. Barring a huge rebound in oil prices, things aren’t expected to get much easier next session. While legislators made...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:36am
  • Alaska’s tourism industry leaders are among the folks trying to manage significant state budget cuts. The Alaska Tourism Industry Association’s budget was cut by more than 45 percent as of July 1, the first day of the state fiscal year, according to ATIA President and CEO Sarah Leonard. The fisc...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:34am
  • PILE BAY — It’s noon. Iliamna Lake is calm and half a dozen fishermen are sitting around in the grass outside the bathroom at Pile Bay using free wi-fi. A soon-to-be setnetter makes a Facebook page for another fisherman. His brother (and this reporter) pitch in with photos and suggestions for fr...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:04am
  • For growers in the Kenai Peninsula’s developing agriculture industries, exporting internationally is still an option. A Division of Agriculture inspector position that issues phytosanitary certifications, or phytos, which are required by some importing countries, has been restored indefinitely, af...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:04am
  • I wish I had a tape measure at last Saturday’s Homer Farmers Market.  That broccoli and cauliflower must have been at least 10 inches across. Here we haven’t even reached July yet and we are already getting produce that big.   Whether it is the huge broccoli from the Chmielowiecs or Lo...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:56am
  • Presenters at a June 17 joint meeting of the House and Senate Resource Committees identified Cook Inlet companies as heavy users of oil tax credits....

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:53am
  • Nearly six months after the idea was announced, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority board of directors approved the $52.5 million purchase of Fairbanks Natural Gas during a special meeting June 11. Included in the purchase price are all of the companies under Pentex Alaska Natural...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:51am

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