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  • Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a point in April to 6 percent. The adjusted national rate for the month was 7.5 percent. From March to April the national rate fell 0.1 percent. The last time the state’s adjusted unemployment was as low as 6 percent was in the su...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:03pm
  • The Alaska Marine Highway System is considering raising its rates for traveling aboard the state’s ferries in order to deal with a pared down operating budget approved by lawmakers this spring. Officials informed the state’s public advisory board this week that the ferry system will end its disc...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:03pm
  • ANCHORAGE – On June 7, an international team of scientists, artists and educators launch an expedition to study marine debris in southwest Alaska. Howard Ferren of the Alaska SeaLife Center leads the expedition, along with scientist Carl Safina, the founding president of Blue Ocean Institute based...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:58pm
  • FAIRBANKS (AP) — When Carla Beam prepared a report on the so-called “fiscal cliff” for the University of Alaska Board of Regents in December, she found unexpected inspiration in a Looney Tunes clip. Wile E. Coyote’s legs would keep churning in the old cartoons, whether he was running off a l...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:53pm
  • Gov. Sean Parnell left the Legislature’s budget largely intact when he signed off on $6.8 billion in general fund spending for the 2014 fiscal year. That’s the state’s spending as part of a $13.5 billion total budget, which includes federal dollars and Alaska Permanent Fund Dividends. The 2014...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:53pm
  • If the Alaska Wireless Network transaction is approved, and funding is available, rural Alaska consumers could see expanded data service for cell phones and mobile devices by the end of 2014. Alaska Communications and General Communications Inc. made a voluntary commitment to the federal government ...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:51pm
  • The state of Alaska could put up $50 million to share costs of seismic exploration and exploration planning for a new oil and gas resource assessment in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gov Sean Parnell has proposed. “The Department of the Interior is now developing a long...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:50pm
  • ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage poet gets to realize her dream to visit the ghost of a remote western Alaska village where her Inupiat Eskimo ancestors once lived, thanks to funds she raised through crowdsourcing....

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:49pm
  • The former showroom of VBS Heating Products on Lake Shore Drive seems an improbable location for a nail salon. But as it turns out, it’s a surprisingly fitting transformation. Dee Bottineau has moved her nail salon, Dragonfly Nails by Dee, from its former location at the corner of the Sterling Hig...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:44pm
  • There is certainly no better way to kick off a Memorial Day weekend than with a bustling Homer Farmers’ Market. Last weekend was a stunning example of what the possibilities are for the first market of the year. I can’t count how many people asked me before the market started, “Will there be a...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:31pm

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