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  • JUNEAU — Several new laws are taking effect in Alaska with the new year, the biggest of which centers on the state’s oil production tax. The oil-tax cut pushed by Gov. Sean Parnell and passed by lawmakers in April was the biggest legislative story of 2013 and could be one of the biggest politica...

    Tue, 12/31/2013 - 3:21pm
  • Editor’s note: This is the eighth in the Morris Communications series, “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.” Each spring, as the early-run king salmon start returning to the Kenai River, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game begins a fou...

    Tue, 12/24/2013 - 5:02pm
  • ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Energy to resume LNG exports from Alaska, a company spokeswoman said Dec. 12. The company plans to reopen its mothballed liquefied natural gas plant at Nikiski, on the Kenai Peninsula, to operate on a seasonal basis, spo...

    Tue, 12/24/2013 - 4:19pm
  • Halibut fishermen, both charter and commercial, will see changes in 2014 under the likely catch limits. Managers are looking at another year of lower catch limits due to a decline in the exploitable halibut stock, and in 2014 for the first time, charter operators will face a paired cut in their allo...

    Tue, 12/24/2013 - 3:29pm
  • Re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, or MSA, governing federal fisheries, is slowly making its way through the system, with House Committee on Natural Resources Chair Doc Hastings, R-Wash., releasing a draft copy for public perusal and comment....

    Tue, 12/24/2013 - 3:23pm
  • After 12 years of owning and operating Echo Lake Superior Meat and Processing, located on Kalifornsky Beach Road, Jim and Sharon Clark, along with business partner Randy Yost of Anchorage, have added a new location: Ninilchik Trading, formerly Ninilchik General Store....

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 4:41pm
  • Editor’s note: This is the seventh in the Morris Communications series, “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.”    It’s a lesson every elected official in Alaska learns firsthand sooner or later, and Gov. Sean Parnell got a fresh reminder...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 4:09pm
  • The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up its meeting last week on Lower Cook Inlet issues with a change in boundaries for the Port Dick salmon seine fishery, a couple of tweaks to the groundfish fishery and an awareness-raising discussion about the state’s response to federal plan...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 3:59pm
  • The oil tax law touted as guaranteeing Alaska a bigger slice of the profits pie when oil prices rise may well have boomeranged. A “progressivity” formula in the current law, known as ACES, ratchets up tax rates on oil profits sharply when prices rise. But it works the other way too. When oil val...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 3:55pm
  • Editor’s note: This is the sixth story in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.”   In the continuing saga of Kenai River king salmon management during the current period of low abundance, counting the number of fish coming into the river...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 2:35pm

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