• Two Cook Inlet processing facilities will be added to a growing list of salmon production businesses owned by the Seattle-based North Pacific Seafoods. The acquisition, announced June 30, will add the Kenai and Kasilof plants currently owned by Inlet Fish Producers to the five shore-based processing...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:14am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education is looking to establish a minimum general fund balance for the first time. A 3 percent bottom has been proposed for inclusion in board policy. Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones said the decision to establish a minimum is in response to moves made by t...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:13am
  • Gov. Bill Walker vetoed $200 million in funding for oil exploration and development tax credits in a budget action on June 30, in effect capping the program at $500 million for state fiscal year 2016 that began July 1. The program was previously budgeted at $700 million. “This has been a tough bud...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:09am
  • Alaska flocks have not yet been stricken by the largest avian influenza outbreak to hit the poultry industry in history. The risk, however, is still there for infection on a local scale. “Biosecurity measures in Alaska can reduce the risk of spreading highly pathogenic avian influenza found in the...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:08am
  • I had a dream last night that I was hunting mushrooms across Kachemak Bay. It was a great dream. The moment of finding that perfect specimen is both surprise and ingenuity, knowing where to look and when and knowing what to look for all wrapped up into the brief time that a mushroom is actually frui...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:06am
  • Hilcorp Alaska will purchase XTO Energy assets in the Middle Ground Shoal of Cook Inlet and is also studying a possible restart of a shut-in platform in the field. Two oil-producing platforms, tank facilities and an office and support facilities at Nikiski, near Kenai, are included in the purchase d...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:05am
  • Two Kenai marijuana clubhouse owners are forging ahead with a business plan that allows residents to share and use cannabis in the absence of state or local regulations. Co-owners Corey Rorem and Joshua Bird opened Green Rush Events Clubhouse in Kenai on June 20. They said they wanted to make their ...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:03am
  • 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

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