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  • Those cushy state jobs are going to be a little harder to come by after Gov. Bill Walker’s administration instituted a state hiring freeze and travel restrictions Jan. 5 for all executive branch departments. Walker said during a press briefing that measures mostly already in place to restrict hiri...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:29am
  • What a long, strange trip it’s been — and that was only year one. In his first year in office, Gov. Bill Walker faced unprecedented state budget deficits; an obstinate Legislature, which would eventually sue him; an historic presidential visit; and an oh so precarious state economy, all the whil...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:28am
  • Homer Electric Association decreased its rates starting Jan. 1, while an unresolved proposal that may raise them remains suspended until July. The cost of power adjustment price that HEA members pay for a kilowatt-hour of electricity was about 7 cents. On Jan. 1 it dropped to about 6 cents. For a me...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:27am
  • Oil prices continue to lurk at less than $40 per barrel, and despite hope for a legislative salve, Standard & Poor’s is lowering the state’s debt rating.  S&P lowered Alaska’s general obligation debt from AAA status to AA+ and lowered the state’s appropriation-backed debt and Al...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:25am
  • When the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales strand, it can be a guessing game as to how many and how old they are. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will soon have a little help monitoring them. The agency will use an unmanned aircraft system, also known as a drone, during strandi...

    Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:33am
  • ANCHORAGE — Alaska Inuit hunter John Goodwin for decades has hunted ugruk, the bearded seal, a marine mammal prized for its meat, oil and hide. The largest of Alaska’s ice seals uses sea ice to rest and birth pups, and after the long winter, when ice breaks into floes, there’s a window of oppo...

    Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:29am
  • A new natural health business will celebrate its Homer opening Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Forget Me Not Alternative Healing includes a small storefront with organic and natural herbal remedies and supplements, an office with a natural health-care practitioner — Aleesha Franklin — and a space t...

    Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:26am
  • South Peninsula Hospital and Dr. Rob Downey announce the opening of a Functional Medicine Clinic in January.  Downey has nine years of training and clinical experience in functional medicine, and is working toward certification from The Institute for Functional Medicine. Functional medicine add...

    Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:23am
  • As the new head of the Kenai Watershed Forum, there is a lot to learn, but Jack Sinclair said he’s up to the task. Sinclair has taken over the role of executive director for the Soldotna-based conservation nonprofit after former executive director Robert Ruffner announced he would step down earlie...

    Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:21am
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker likened his first year in office to moving into a new house that catches fire on move-in day, with low oil prices fueling a massive state budget deficit. But he said his biggest surprise has been how much he enjoys the job, calling himself a problem solver who likes to be...

    Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:20am

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