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  • The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, or AMSEA, will offer a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Workshop in Seward from 8 a.m.-7p.m. April 20 at AVTEC, 809 Second Ave. This workshop will cover cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares and maydays; man-overboard recovery and firefighting; imme...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:30am
  • Soldotna is one step closer to having an improved sports complex. Last week, the Soldotna City Council approved an ordinance appropriating $500,000 to conduct the design phase of the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex conference expansion and field house. The ordinance passed 5-1 with council members ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:16am
  • The rationalization of federal fisheries has created a healthier environment for Alaska banks to underwrite commercial fishing industry loans. Alaska’s banks had a healthy 2014 in spite of the nervousness over falling oil prices, spurred by increased consumer market confidence and commercial const...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:15am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough has adopted a permanent policy aimed at making the legislative process more transparent. Ordinances and resolutions up for adoption will require a fiscal note describing the financial impact the legislation will have on the borough.  It will be the responsibility of ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:14am
  • Whales and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council potentially transformed the black cod fishery last week when the council voted unanimously to allow pots to once again be used in the fishery as a deterrent to whale predation. Whales have become an increasing problem in the black cod fishery, ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:13am
  • Too much red and pink salmon could be a blessing in an ugly disguise for 2015.  The commercial fishing industry has a pessimistic outlook for the price of Alaska salmon in 2015, due in large part to one of the largest pink and sockeye salmon run forecasts in 50 years. A healthy U.S. economy is ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:11am
  • The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities wants feedback on plans to move the Sterling Highway around Cooper Landing. DOT released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement March 29 with four alternatives to improve traffic flow and increase road capacity on a 13-mile s...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:05am
  • ANCHORAGE — Six Greenpeace activists protesting Arctic offshore drilling on Monday boarded a drill rig as it was transported across the Pacific Ocean toward Seattle, where it will be staged for drilling on Shell leases in Alaska waters. The 400-foot Polar Pioneer, owned by Transocean Ltd., was on ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:00am
  • SOLDOTNA — A better rapport between the city of Soldotna and local businesses could result in a healthier economic environment. That was Soldotna Director of Economic Development and Planning Stephanie Queen’s message during a Tuesday Soldotna Chamber luncheon. Queen highlighted the importance o...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:51am
  • Bad weather and a lack of markets has led to a basic shutdown of the Pacific cod season for state-waters pot boats before it really got started, at least for Homer boats. “We’re not even close (to catching the quota),” said Jan Rumble, area management biologist for the Alaska ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:48am

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