• JUNEAU — On Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Matt Claman, D-Anchorage, and Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, climbed the steps of the Capitol together with smiles on their faces. They traded jokes and walked into the waiting office of Gov. Bill Walker, who extended his hand for a shake. “What’s the good ...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:04am
  • With the annual lease sale approaching and the Alaska LNG Project proposed to enter Cook Inlet, some groups are asking what oil and gas development may do to beluga whale habitat in the inlet. The Cook Inlet belugas, about 340 individuals as of 2014, migrate through upper Cook Inlet and cross throug...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:03am
  • Cook Inlet may have more oil and gas to give, but developing it could present a challenge. Though there is active development on oil fields in the northern Cook Inlet and one producer in the Cosmopolitan field near Anchor Point, there may be resources that are going unexplored in other parts of the ...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:02am
  • WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appears ready to deliver a major setback to American unions as it considers scrapping a four-decade precedent that lets public-sector labor organizations collect fees from workers who decline to join. During more than an hour of oral arguments on Monday, the high cou...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:03am
  • Dr. Rob Downey, center, director of the Functional Medicine Clinic, poses for a photo with Dee Dahmann, left, clinic manager, and Mike Tupper, right, clinic supervisor, at an open house Jan. 7 for the new clinic. Not shown is clinic assistant Carol Comfort. The clinic opened last week. The p...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:02am
  • BP is cutting 4,000 jobs worldwide and some of those reductions will be in Alaska. An intra-company email obtained by the Alaska Journal of Commerce sent to BP Alaska employees Jan. 12 states that the company plans to reduce its total in state workforce by 13 percent. All employees should know their...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 9:57am
  • Forming a local option zone may soon be easier for residents who want more control over what businesses can move into their neighborhoods. Local option zones are areas in which the majority of residents have control over what businesses can be established there. The code was last revised about 15 ye...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 9:52am
  • With less than two months before the state will accept marijuana business applications, the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Marijuana Task Force is still debating whether to set additional restrictions. The task force has not yet reached a set of recommendations for the borough assembly. Several members...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 9:50am
  • Standard & Poor’s Jan. 5 downgrade of Alaska’s credit ratings, which caught many state leaders by surprise, was triggered by upcoming bond sales, according to an analyst from the ratings agency. Gabe Petek, Standard & Poor’s primary Alaska analyst, said in an interview that the agency ...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 9:50am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska’s minimum wage increased by a dollar an hour, to $9.75, as of Jan. 1. The state labor department estimated 12,000 jobs in Alaska paid less than that before the change. For those working full-time at minimum wage, the department says the increase will mean about $2,000 in add...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 9:34am

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