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  • JUNEAU (AP) — A state official says a tentative three-year agreement has been reached with the last of the unions representing Alaska Marine Highway System workers. Department of Administration Commissioner Curtis Thayer said the state and Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association planned to go o...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:30am
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — A union representing about 150 clerical and operations workers at one of Alaska’s largest utilities has served notice it could call a strike by the end of the week. KTVA reports members of United Association Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 367 made the official notificatio...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:30am
  • BETHEL (AP) — Donlin Gold and the Kuskokwim Corp. have agreed to terms on land-use rights for a proposed gold mine 120 miles upriver of Bethel. The price tag wasn’t disclosed. But the deal gives the Native corporation, which owns the surface estate, rights to some construction contracts and sets...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:29am
  • WASILLA — Gov. Sean Parnell signed legislation June 20 aimed at simplifying vehicle registration for Alaskans with older cars. House Bill 19 gives individuals the option to permanently register their personal vehicles that are at least eight years old. It also gives personal trailer owners the opt...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:28am
  • Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in May at 6.4 percent. Likewise, the national rate was stable at 6.3 percent for the month, according to the state Labor Department. The state’s adjusted rate, which works to account for seasonal employment swings, has hovered within a 0...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:27am
  • A drill rig likely will be starting work again later this year near Anchor Point.  BlueCrest Energy Inc. plans to begin drilling at the offshore Cosmopolitan oil and gas discovery in Cook Inlet, company officials say. Wells will be drilled from onshore, at high angles, to reach the Cosmopolitan...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:25am
  • Are you manic yet?   It’s summer in Alaska. Lots of light, things growing fast, always getting ready for the next thing. You can see the signs of manic farmers down at the Homer Farmers Market in the huge savoy cabbage and kohlrabi, the delicately arranged flowers and herbs, the carefully bag...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:20am
  • The Cool Juicy Bus, a smoothie and juice drink stand located in a 1960s school bus, reopened Monday at a slightly new location on Pioneer Avenue next to Alaska Wild Berry Products. The bus was closed a week when the city enforced a section of city code prohibiting food stands from being located “i...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:19am
  • JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON (AP) — The roar of airplanes will be a little more evident in Alaska’s largest city. Officials at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson say the runway that runs east-to-west will be closed for about a month for repairs. The east-west runway is the busiest at the Anchora...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:15pm
  • Vitto Kleinschmidt has been named publisher of the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, succeeding Stan Pitlo, veteran newspaperman who is retiring. The announcement was made by Derek May, executive vice president of Morris Publishing Group. Pitlo began his career in advertising at the Anchorage Times and wo...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:14pm

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