• The end of winter in Homer marked the beginning of a short but sweet season for Homer residents Anna Meredith and Jake Beaudoin.  In the small window of time between the spring thaw and budding leaves, usually between 15-24 days, Meredith and Beaudoin collect sap from approximately 600 Kenai bi...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:50am
  • The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released statewide forecasts for salmon, and 2016 promises fewer fish than last year’s price-deadening sockeye glut.  Statewide, ADFG said 2016 will see a drop in the total salmon harvest, led by an especially sharp decline in pink salmon. Projection...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:34am
  • JUNEAU — A House fisheries committee advanced a rewrite of Gov. Bill Walker’s fisheries tax bill on Tuesday, diverting half of the potential revenue into a seafood marketing fund. The bill, one of six proposed taxes on industries from Walker, could raise an additional $18 million in revenue by a...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:32am
  • An independent review of the Legislative Council’s options to deal with the Anchorage Legislative Information Office building found the cost of purchasing the building to be nearly on par with moving the Legislature’s Anchorage offices elsewhere. San Francisco-based Navigant Consulting Director ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:27pm
  • JUNEAU— Bills calling for increased local contributions to two state pension programs and an overhaul of a community assistance program have been proposed in the Alaska Senate as lawmakers look to further cut costs amid a bulging budget deficit. Measures introduced Monday would increase local cont...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:26pm
  • With little appetite from legislators for a general obligation bond package, bare bones capital budgets the next couple years are probably a harsh reality of the state’s fiscal situation. The administration’s proposal for a $500 million general obligation, or GO, bond package to fund up to $250 ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:26pm
  • Enstar Natural Gas Co. appears to have locked up 90 percent of its gas supply needs into 2021 after finalizing a deal with Furie Operating Alaska. The gas supply and purchase agreement filed March 14 with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska is for a firm supply of 6.2 billion cubic feet, or bcf, of ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:25pm
  • ANCHORAGE — The first batch of marijuana business license applications is available to the public, and so far Alaskans have more interest in growing than selling. The Marijuana Control Board began accepting license applications on Feb. 24, but only made them available to the public March 14. Publi...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 9:47am
  • JUNEAU — Two Republican lawmakers want to add legislative oversight to the board of an organization that plays a key role in Alaska’s natural gas pipeline project development. Both Sen. Mia Costello and House Speaker Mike Chenault have proposed adding two non-voting lawmakers to the board of the...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 9:45am
  • At a distance of 220 miles and a 40-minute flight from South Peninsula Hospital to Anchorage, the time and distance can present challenges for getting intensive care at the lower Kenai Peninsula’s only rural hospital. If the weather is bad, LifeMed and other medevac services can’t fly. Patients ...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 9:42am

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