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  • KODIAK (AP) — A pest control technician in Kodiak says this year’s warm winter has caused a spike in the number of rats on the island. BJ Johnson with American Pest Management said rat populations have surged throughout Kodiak Island this year following a third straight winter of warmer-than-nor...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:37pm
  • The Alaska Senate voted late Monday to spend almost $1.8 billion per year from the Alaska Permanent Fund earnings reserve on the operations of state government. If approved by the House, the action would erase about half of Alaska’s multibillion-dollar deficit but roughly halve the annual Alaska P...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:16pm
  • ANCHORAGE — Two maritime unions with 250 Alaska jobs at stake have begun a campaign to stop the operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline from switching to a nonunion company for escorting oil tankers safely out of Prince William Sound, where the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil in...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:14pm
  • Started by local couple Wendy Swan-Salam and Abdulai Salam, The Swan Market provides opportunities for community vendors to fill a gap in Homer’s community market scene: cruise ship tourism....

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:08pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Senate has passed legislation aimed at helping stabilize an individual health insurance market that’s been plagued by rising rates and, starting next year, will be down to one insurer. Under the bill, claims for high-cost conditions would be ceded to a high-risk pool fun...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:52pm
  • I used to work in a small South American country for Peace Corps. I worked with a group of rural farmers who worked together to raise tomatoes commercially.  Their carefully picked tomatoes were loaded onto a big market truck that they waved down as it went by on the road. The driver would pay ...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:42pm
  • The Alaska Legislature has approved a cut to oil and gas drilling subsidies that promises millions in savings but fails to close a loophole that led to an explosion in the amount the state owes oil companies. House Bill 247 preserves a “net operating loss” tax credit intended for smaller oil pro...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:33pm
  • The Pratt Museum announced on Tuesday that executive director Diane Converse has resigned to focus on family obligations. “It has been an honor to serve as the Pratt Museum’s director/CEO since the fall of 2009,” Converse said in a statement in the museum’s newsletter. “Balancing life and ...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:58pm
  • The South Peninsula Haven House Board of Directors announced last Monday that it has named Melissa (Missi) White as its new executive director effective June 1. White brings a wealth of collaborative experiences to Haven House reflecting two decades of military service, academic excellence and volun...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:57pm

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