• AUGUSTA, GA — Deedie McKenzie, vice president of operations for Morris Publishing Group, or MPG, has been named publisher of the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai and group publisher of Alaska Media Partners, overseeing the MPG properties in Anchorage and Juneau.  The announcement was made Tuesday b...

    Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:19am
  • JUNEAU — MasterCard customers across the state Tuesday reported receiving text messages in a fraudulent attempt to gain private banking information, according to a press release by First National Bank Alaska. Valerie Bale, First National’s vice president of electronic banking, said there hasn’...

    Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:17am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly cut its support for the Central Area Rural Transit System out of its Fiscal Year 2017 budget. The borough has given funding to the nonprofit since 2001 in support of its operations. The organization, abbreviated to CARTS, provides door-to-door public transportati...

    Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:16am
  • The power of public comment took down an effort to set up a gun club in a valley near Seldovia. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly considered a resolution May 17 to reclassify a parcel of land near the remote community of Seldovia on the southern Kenai Peninsula as recreational. The Seldovia Sport...

    Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:15am
  • This Legislature’s fourth special session began midday Monday when legislators were given bills to address two of Gov. Bill Walker’s 10 original agenda items. Those bills were an omnibus tax bill and a seemingly noncontroversial bill providing health insurance to families of emergency responders...

    Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:13am
  • Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s released a statement on May 19 warning the Legislature once again that a failure to address the $4 billion budget gap may further lower Alaska’s credit rating. The Legislature adjourned on May 18 at the end of an extended, 121-day session without passi...

    Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:12am
  • JUNEAU — The prospect of a special session looms as Alaska lawmakers hit their fourth month in regular session without agreement on a plan for pulling the state out of a massive budget deficit. Lawmakers worked past the voter-approved 90-day session limit in April after failing to come to terms on...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:06am
  • Add promotional hats, water bottles, visors and other promotional items to the list of ways Alaska hopes to balance its budget without hiking taxes too high. The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation got a green light from the Legislature to sell parks-themed merchandise for a profit. As l...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:03am
  • The Alaska marijuana industry first business licenses will be issued in June, and the most crucial kind have the lowest number of applications. Testing facilities — one of the four commercial cannabis licenses created under legalization — present a possible industry bottleneck. All cannabis prod...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:01am
  • HOUSTON  — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by nine this week to 406, another all-time low amid depressed energy prices. A year ago, 888 rigs were active. Alaska’s rig count was unchanged this week, but rigs are down to five compared to 10 in the same...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:49am

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