• How easy is starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula in 2015? Due to improving technology and more resources to assist prospective business owners, it’s never been easier, according to many around the community. To start a business on the Kenai, a person must get a state of Alaska business licen...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:08pm
  • The Board of Education will be asked to approve the 2015-2016 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District budget on April 6, and must submit the finalized version to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly by May 1. Currently the projected budget totals just more than $167 million, with a $6.5 million defi...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:07pm
  • An Alaska lawmaker wants to eliminate the program that provides tax credits for films produced in Alaska. However, the bill, from Sen. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, would not get rid of the state film production office. The state’s film production tax credit program was created in 2008. It allowed film...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:07pm
  • The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has kicked off a short, 15-day comment period for people to weigh in on the proposed Chuitna coal mine across Cook Inlet that would result in a strip mine through the Chuitna watershed. The mine is being proposed by PacRim, a Delaware corpo...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:06pm
  • JUNEAU — Major transportation projects are being put on hold, or remain in limbo, as the state of Alaska deals with the fallout of declining oil prices and the changing priorities of a new administration. But other projects, such as the recent $25 million Brotherhood Bridge replacement project in ...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:06pm
  • BlueCrest Energy plans to resume drilling at the Cosmopolitan oil and gas deposit near Anchor Point this summer, BlueCrest CEO Benjamin Johnson said. The company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, has signed a Memorandum of Terms with WesPac Midstream LLC to help finance development of gas resources at Co...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:04pm
  • State geologists have increased the amount of natural gas they believe can be economically produced from known fields in Cook Inlet.  In a recent study, the state Division of Oil and Gas concluded there may be 440 billion cubic feet more gas in the inlet’s gas fields than previously estimated...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:04pm
  • JUNEAU — Alaska’s minimum wage increased to $8.75 an hour Tuesday, giving a pay increase to thousands of workers. Voters in November overwhelmingly approved raising the minimum wage from $7.75 per hour to $8.75 per hour, effective Jan. 1. Because the state constitution calls for ballot measures ...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:03pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker’s shakeup of the Alaska Board of Fisheries is off to a rough start.  Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks is currently investigating Roland Maw — nominated by Walker to a seat on the board to replace former chair Karl Johnstone — over holding resident licenses in Montana whi...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:01pm
  • Anchorage — Alaska USA Mortgage Company Assistant Vice President Rhonda Johnson has earned the Excellence in Profession award from the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. Each year, the Excellence in Profession award is presented to an individual who has attained and personified the highest level of exc...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:11pm

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