• 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
  • Chamber car, airline ticket raffle winners announced The Homer Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the car and airline ticket raffle: • Charlie Kauffman, from Anchor Point was the winner of the car raffle. He chose to take the $15,000 voucher instead ...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:57am
  • While the city of Soldotna is now a local regulatory authority — allowing it to profit from the commercial production, testing and sale of marijuana — no businesses will be selling, growing or testing marijuana in Soldotna for the next two years. The Soldotna City Council on Dec. 9 voted to put ...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:56am
  • KENAI — Setbacks for commercial marijuana establishments may become more tightly regulated in Kenai than they are at the state level. Alaska’s regulations for commercial marijuana require establishments to be be 500 feet away from schools, youth centers, churches and correctional facilities. In ...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:55am
  • In the face of impending fiscal disaster, the state of Alaska is partnering with regional economic development organizations and chambers of commerce to research the statewide business climate. Economists have been examining ways to diversify the state’s economy as the price of oil continues to dr...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:51am

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