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  • 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 - 11:07am
  • 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 - 11:04am
  • 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 - 10:57am
  • 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 - 10:55am
  • 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 - 10:50am
  • 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 - 10:48am
  • Due to some extra paperwork, construction on a Sterling Highway erosion mitigation project was delayed to next construction season.The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities had planned to begin work at Milepost 153.3 of the Sterling Highway as early as spring 2014, Jill Reese, DO...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:44am
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials are prepping for negotiations with the U.S. Transportation Department to resolve $12.3 million the borough owes the feds for its failed ferry plan. In all, the Mat-Su Borough received $21.2 million from the Federal Transit Administration from three grants awarded ...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:29pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — The largest union representing workers on the Alaska Marine Highway System has ratified a three-year contract. The state Department of Administration on Tuesday announced the ratification by The Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific. Commissioner Curtis Thayer said the state looked ...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:27pm
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — Employees of Enstar Natural Gas Co. will end their strike. The attorney for the union representing plumbers and steamfitters told KTVA that dozens of employees voted to stop the strike without getting a new contract. The company would have to accept the offer of employees returnin...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:26pm

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