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  • The summer is moving along at an incredible pace. The fireweed is already blooming, rather than waiting for August. The snow across Kachemak Bay is more sparse than ever.   And production down at the Homer Farmers Market continues to ramp up....

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:57am
  • In a dramatic development, North Slope oil producers have essentially erased a long-term decline trend that has existed for all but one year since 1989 when two new oil fields began producing in 2002. An intensive effort in “workovers” of producing wells, to stimulate production, and drilling of...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:36am
  •  ANCHORAGE – Ravn Alaska, formerly Era Alaska, has announced the launch of a new website. The ongoing rebranding process is still under way, and the website reflects the company’s new identity and provides a more user-friendly browsing experience, according to a press release.  “We...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:30am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — A state official says a tentative three-year agreement has been reached with the last of the unions representing Alaska Marine Highway System workers. Department of Administration Commissioner Curtis Thayer said the state and Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association planned to go o...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:30am
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — A union representing about 150 clerical and operations workers at one of Alaska’s largest utilities has served notice it could call a strike by the end of the week. KTVA reports members of United Association Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 367 made the official notificatio...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:30am
  • BETHEL (AP) — Donlin Gold and the Kuskokwim Corp. have agreed to terms on land-use rights for a proposed gold mine 120 miles upriver of Bethel. The price tag wasn’t disclosed. But the deal gives the Native corporation, which owns the surface estate, rights to some construction contracts and sets...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:29am
  • WASILLA — Gov. Sean Parnell signed legislation June 20 aimed at simplifying vehicle registration for Alaskans with older cars. House Bill 19 gives individuals the option to permanently register their personal vehicles that are at least eight years old. It also gives personal trailer owners the opt...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:28am
  • Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in May at 6.4 percent. Likewise, the national rate was stable at 6.3 percent for the month, according to the state Labor Department. The state’s adjusted rate, which works to account for seasonal employment swings, has hovered within a 0...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:27am
  • A drill rig likely will be starting work again later this year near Anchor Point.  BlueCrest Energy Inc. plans to begin drilling at the offshore Cosmopolitan oil and gas discovery in Cook Inlet, company officials say. Wells will be drilled from onshore, at high angles, to reach the Cosmopolitan...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:25am
  • Are you manic yet?   It’s summer in Alaska. Lots of light, things growing fast, always getting ready for the next thing. You can see the signs of manic farmers down at the Homer Farmers Market in the huge savoy cabbage and kohlrabi, the delicately arranged flowers and herbs, the carefully bag...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:20am

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