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  • ANCHORAGE — Voters could be asked to decide whether to ban setnets in certain parts of Alaska under a court decision made July 23. The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance, or AFCA, filed a ballot initiative petition in November seeking to ask voters whether to ban setnets in urban parts of the ...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 1:55pm
  • The commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, Brian C. Krautler, has been promoted to the rank of Commander. Commander Krautler’s promotion took effect July 1 and was celebrated in a small ceremony held aboard the cutter at its berth on Pioneer Pier.  The cutter’s executive...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 1:54pm
  • Changes to big game hunting regulations, Permanent Fund Dividend donations and Alaska’s refineries tax breaks were finalized Tuesday as Gov. Sean Parnell continues his bill-signing tour of the state. Elected officials, representatives of organizations and companies as well as affected members of t...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:47pm
  • Greetings from the Homer Chamber of Commerce. This month we’re announcing an exciting new cash raffle. We’re calling it the “Fall DOUBLE Down Raffle,” because besides winning cash, there’s also a chance to win a Bay Weld Boat....

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:37pm
  • Around the lower Kenai Peninsula as the calendar page turns to August, evidence of an early season can be seen in the hills and meadows. Fireweed flowers have bloomed almost to the end of their stalks. Blueberries, currants, raspberries and even high-bush cranberries have ripened. What’s true for ...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:33pm
  • This has been a super year of weather for veggies and everyone is benefitting down at the Homer Farmers Market. With the quantity and variety available, it’s hard to believe that so few people are providing it. There is no better example of farmers manically planting massive quantities of veggies ...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:30pm
  • A joint Kenai and Soldotna chamber of commerce luncheon was awash in marijuana slang and fresh-baked brownies Tuesday as the merits of a ballot measure to legalize the substance in Alaska were debated. About 30 people gathered to hear Taylor Bickford, a representative from the Campaign to Regulate M...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:26pm
  • Alaska will be represented by one of its own as the nation pushes ahead with Arctic policy development and planning. It was announced Wednesday that Fran Ulmer has been appointed as a special adviser to the Secretary of State. While she describes the role as a “slight expansion” of her current d...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:35pm
  • JUNEAU — The trans-Alaska pipeline has moved its 17 billionth barrel of oil. The operator of the 37-year-old pipeline, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., announced the milestone Monday. It has been nearly five years since the 16 billionth barrel flowed down the line, in October 2009. The 800-mile pipel...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:33pm
  • The consortium planning the big North Slope gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas export project has taken another big step. An application was filed Friday for the U.S. Department of Energy export permit for the project.  North Slope producers, TransCanada Corp. and the state of Alaska asked ...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:32pm

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