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  • ANCHORAGE  — A health insurer is asking state regulators for a second large rate increase for its Affordable Care Act plans. Alaska Public Radio Network reports Premera Alaska is seeking a 39 percent hike for 2016 from regulators. Last year’s increase was 37 percent. Premera has about 8,000...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:43am
  • ANCHORAGE — The head of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. has resigned because of undisclosed health concerns. The departure of chief executive Mike Burns was effective Monday. The fund’s chief financial officer, Valerie Mertz, was appointed by the corporation board Monday as acting executive dire...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:42am
  • Anchorage artist Garry Kaulitz has been named the 2015 Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist. The $40,000 award, an- nounced May 19, recognizes an artist with stat- ure and a history of creative excellence....

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:40am
  • Agriculture support programs on the Kenai Peninsula will soon be feeling the effects of statewide budget cuts. The Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District is slated to lose thousands of dollars in state funding if the 2016 fiscal year operating budget passes as it stands. “This is already a don...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:33am
  • I have to apologize. It seems I have boasted about our local farmers so much that I may have aided in the creation of a false impression — an impression that we have plenty of local food if we just get down to the Homer Farmers Market and buy it.  I hate to say it, but there are probably only...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:31am
  • JUNEAU — Nearly 10,000 state employees were set to receive layoff notices as the legislative impasse over a state spending plan wore on Monday. Gov. Bill Walker went so far as to offer the services of a mediator to help lawmakers come to terms....

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:31am
  • New “telemedicine” technology going onto area ambulances transmits patients’ vital signs from the ambulance to the hospital’s computer server, using the same technology and infrastructure as mobile phone signals. If the ambulance goes through an area that lacks cell-phone coverage, the devic...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:30am
  • Dr. Dale Trombley, like a growing number of doctors, has found a way to cut his costs while providing what’s become an unfamiliar concept: a doctor who knows his patients. “It’s nice to have a healthcare provider who knows you, who knows your issues, who watched you grow up,” said Trombley, ...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:23am
  • The pipeline proposed by the Alaska LNG project would bring North Slope natural gas to liquefaction and export facilities being considered for construction in Nikiski. Where the liquefied natural gas, LNG, could go from Nikiski is still to be determined, but its potential destinations increased on F...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:12am
  • Rents for some residents of Kenai’s Vintage Pointe senior housing will rise, as well as fees at the city boat launch during the personal-use fishery. The Kenai City Council passed, with several amendments, a resolution to implement fee schedule changes recommended by city administrators in Kenai...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:32pm

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