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  • Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in May at 6.4 percent. Likewise, the national rate was stable at 6.3 percent for the month, according to the state Labor Department. The state’s adjusted rate, which works to account for seasonal employment swings, has hovered within a 0...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:27am
  • A drill rig likely will be starting work again later this year near Anchor Point.  BlueCrest Energy Inc. plans to begin drilling at the offshore Cosmopolitan oil and gas discovery in Cook Inlet, company officials say. Wells will be drilled from onshore, at high angles, to reach the Cosmopolitan...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:25am
  • Are you manic yet?   It’s summer in Alaska. Lots of light, things growing fast, always getting ready for the next thing. You can see the signs of manic farmers down at the Homer Farmers Market in the huge savoy cabbage and kohlrabi, the delicately arranged flowers and herbs, the carefully bag...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:20am
  • The Cool Juicy Bus, a smoothie and juice drink stand located in a 1960s school bus, reopened Monday at a slightly new location on Pioneer Avenue next to Alaska Wild Berry Products. The bus was closed a week when the city enforced a section of city code prohibiting food stands from being located “i...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:19am
  • JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON (AP) — The roar of airplanes will be a little more evident in Alaska’s largest city. Officials at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson say the runway that runs east-to-west will be closed for about a month for repairs. The east-west runway is the busiest at the Anchora...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:15am
  • Vitto Kleinschmidt has been named publisher of the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, succeeding Stan Pitlo, veteran newspaperman who is retiring. The announcement was made by Derek May, executive vice president of Morris Publishing Group. Pitlo began his career in advertising at the Anchorage Times and wo...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:14am
  • ANCHORAGE — Next summer, there’ll be a new ship docking in Dutch Harbor and Nome on its way to the Arctic. But first, the research vessel Sikuliaq is headed to Honolulu for its inaugural research cruises. This summer, the 261-foot oceanographic research vessel will make its way from the Great La...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:11am
  • The prospect of new port facilities in Western Alaska will rely heavily on arctic oil and gas development, according to a recent Northern Economics study. Commissioned by Bering Straits Native Corp. and marine services company Crowely Maritime Corp., the feasibility analysis released June 6 focused ...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:08am
  • WILLISTON, N.D.  — North Dakota has joined the ranks of the few places in the world that produce more than a million barrels of oil per day, due in large part to the rich Bakken shale formation in the western part of the state. The April figures released June 17 by the state’s Department of...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:07am
  • The Homer Stage Line works to offer timely and affordable freight and passenger transportation prices, and guarantees the option of taking the scenic route rain or shine.  “Why fly when you could enjoy the most beautiful drive on earth?” asks Alecia Claunch, owner and part-time driver....

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:06am

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