• Despite ever-growing concern about the future of Alaska’s economy, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 6.4 percent in October. Nationwide, the unemployment rate continued to fall — down to 5 percent compared with 5.7 percent a year ago, according to a state Labor D...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:53am
  • JUNEAU — The board tasked with writing rules for Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry backtracked Tuesday and adopted stricter residency requirements for applicants for pot business licenses. The Marijuana Control Board scuttled a rule adopted last month that would use the residency requirem...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:52am
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    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:50am
  • Whether people get their news and advertising in print or online, a tsunami of ads from media up the road might have tempted holiday shoppers to drive north to Soldotna and Anchorage or browse online. To keep gift buyers on the lower Kenai Peninsula for the big shopping weekend after Thanksgiving, l...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:31am
  • If Alaska fishermen want coffee at the 2017 Upper Cook Inlet finfish meeting, the Alaska Board of Fisheries might have to change the location to the Kenai Peninsula. In a Nov. 16 letter to the Board of Fisheries, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre, Kenai Mayor Pat Porter and Soldotna Mayor P...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:33am
  • The Alaska Marijuana Control Board accepted its final draft of the regulations that will govern the new industry, legalized by Ballot Initiative 2 in November 2014. The new cannabis industry regulations include a concession to marijuana clubs that still leaves a hazy legal area to be challenged late...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:27am
  • After five years of debate, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved genetically modified salmon for food. The AquAdvantage salmon, produced by Massachusetts-based biotechnology company AquaBounty Technologies, is the first genetically modified animal approved for food in the United States. Th...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:25am
  • Diana Jeska of the Homer Community Food Pantry, left, accepts a check from Alaska USA Federal Credit Union Homer branch manager Alita Mahan. Alaska USA Foundation recently announced that Alaska USA Federal Credit Union members contributed $76,300 to support community food banks during the an...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:21am
  • Boat owners should be bracing for a new round of regulations for older boats more than 50 feet in length.  The Alternate Safety Compliance Program, part of the U.S. Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2010, is due to take effect in 2020, which seemed far into the future when it was first propose...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:19am
  • NAPA to host this evening’s Business After Hours event Kachemak Auto Parts/NAPA will host today’s Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event. The mixer is from 5-6:30 p.m. at the auto parts store, located at 3545 Main Street. There will be plenty of do...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:39am

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