• Alaska Board of Fisheries Chairman Karl Johnstone resigned Tuesday, and a longtime Cook Inlet commercial fisheries advocate has been nominated to replace him. Gov. Bill Walker named Roland Maw, of Kasilof, to the fish board after calling Johnstone to express his disappointment with the board’s lac...

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:18pm
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce will have its annual membership and luncheon beginning at noon Jan. 27 at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. RSVP to the chamber by email to or by phone, 235-7740 by Jan. 20. An optiona...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:05am
  • Five years after graduation, alumni of two Kenai Peninsula College associate of applied science degree programs rank No. 1 and No. 3 in average earnings when compared to all University of Alaska Anchorage degrees including master’s, bachelor’s and other associate degrees, according to a recently...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:56am
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker’s administration asked for and received state transportation commissioner Patrick Kemp’s resignation Monday following Kemp’s defense of his department’s pursuit of the Juneau access road, a Walker spokeswoman said Monday. Spokeswoman Grace Jang said Walker insists...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:55am
  • Imagine your family’s biggest source of income plummeting by 80 percent in one year.  At today’s oil prices, that’s Alaska’s situation. The state’s oil and gas production tax is expected to bring the state $524 million in the current fiscal year, a shocking drop from the $2.6 billion ...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:51am
  • JUNEAU — The state is expected to pay about $100 million more in tax credits to oil and gas producers than it receives in production taxes this year amid low oil prices, Gov. Bill Walker said. In an opinion piece published in Alaska newspapers, Walker said he supports the philosophy behind tax inc...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:46am
  • The halibut crisis in the Bering Sea and the potential for much stricter bycatch limits has the factory longliners and at-sea processing trawlers weighing in with comments to the International Pacific Halibut Commission, which meets Jan. 26-30. That’s something they have not previously done. The d...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:46am
  • Having opened Home Run Oil in 2000, Jeff and Shelly Erickson are now providing more than fuel for home and vehicle. The new owners of Home Run Short Stop, formerly Baycrest Fuel and C Store near the top of Baycrest Hill, the Ericksons and their crew offer a wide selection of convenience items, a kit...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:42am
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce will have its annual membership and luncheon beginning at noon Jan. 27 at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. For more information, call the chamber at 235-7740. On Wednesday, Jan. 28, Americas Cuisine will host the chamber Business After Hours event. It will be from 5-7 p.m....

    Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:46pm
  • BISMARCK, N.D. — Forget South Dakota. North Dakota’s most similar sister state these days is some 2,000 miles away. Alaska and North Dakota — which once had little more in common than wintry weather and elbow room — have for the past several years been locked in a state sibling rivalry over ...

    Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:44pm

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