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  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy is looking for research proposals that could advance what’s known about methane hydrates. It is being considered a potential new source of fossil fuel. Methane is the main ingredient of natural gas. The department describes methane hydrate as a latt...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:55am
  • This month’s Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event is hosted by Bald Mountain Air Service. It will be from 5-7 p.m. today at Bald Mountain’s offices, 3758 FAA Road. There will be door prizes, pizza, and tours of the hangar and the fixed base operation. The mixer is open to the pub...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:54am
  • Alaska Certified Pesticide Applicator classes will be held in Kenai April 28, 29 and 30.  The Cooperative Extension Service will provide the training and materials needed to take the exam to become a certified applicator. This three-day class is the only on-site training offered in 2014 on the ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:54am
  • JUNEAU — House Speaker Mike Chenault on Thursday said legislative passage of a bill to raise Alaska’s minimum wage would guarantee that wages go up, while the outcome of a similar ballot initiative would be dependent on the whim of votes. Chenault, R-Nikiski, said most lawmakers he’s spoken wi...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:53am
  • JUNEAU — Alaskans know Valdez as the state’s oil port of choice, but an independent Yukon oil producer is planning to make Skagway No. 2 on the list of Alaska oil ports. Last week, Skagway Mayor Mark Schaefer announced that officials from Northern Cross Yukon are interested in using the port of ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:52am
  • Pink salmon fishing in Lower Cook Inlet could soon be revitalized as the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association finalized its purchase of the Port Graham Hatchery on Monday after nearly two years of planning, permitting and logistics. The facility has not been operational since 2007, when low returns of...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:51am
  • Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Begich said he remembers driving through the Kenai Peninsula five years ago, shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate, and noticing the economy here was not in the best of shape. In a return to the area, he shared some insight into his congressional activities then ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:43am
  • ANCHORAGE — Oral argument in the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance appeal of Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell’s decision to reject a proposed ballot initiative to ban setnetting will be held in Anchorage April 22. The alliance, or AFCA, wants to ask voters to ban setnets in urban parts of the state....

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:17am
  • An off-year pink cycle is expected to dramatically reduce the salmon harvest in 2014, down 47 percent from last year, according to the annual report detailing the 2014 state-wide salmon forecast and 2013 harvests and ex-vessel values. The projected harvest for this season is just under 133 million f...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:16am
  • ConocoPhillips is restarting its liquefied natural gas plant on the Kenai Peninsula and will resume shipments of LNG in May, the company announced Monday. Five shipments are planned this year, ConocoPhillips spokeswoman Amy Burnett said. The announcement came as the U.S. Department of Energy issued ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:15am

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