• ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance and the State of Alaska each made their case to an Anchorage Superior Court judge Tuesday about why — or why not — a proposed ballot initiative to ban setnetters should be allowed to move forward. The alliance, or AFCA, filed a ballot init...

    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:10am
  • Like a lot of Homer entrepreneurs, Scott Dickerson has not one, but several business ventures. A recent sale, though, combines three of his passions: photography, surfing and helping to run an adventure charter boat, the Milo. Last month, Alaskan Brewing Co. released its new Icy Bay India Pale Ale w...

    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:10am
  • A dispute between Buccaneer Energy, Cook Inlet Region Inc. and the state of Alaska over natural gas royalties from Kenai Peninsula wells could be resolved within a month, according to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. At a Monday hearing, commission chair Cathy Foerster said if the gro...

    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:05am
  • Three members of the Board of Fisheries were easily re-appointed to new three-year terms, although not all without objection, by a joint session of the Legislature last week. The re-appointments of Sue Jeffrey, Reed Morisky and John Jensen were passed through the House fisheries committee the previo...

    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:05am
  • JUNEAU — Alaska’s economy seems in good shape and is continuing in a long-term, slow-growth trend, although questions around the national recovery hang over Alaska as well as the rest of the U.S., according to the Northrim Bank annual economic outlook report. The Anchorage-based bank held its an...

    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:04am
  • JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee advanced Gov. Sean Parnell’s plan for addressing the state’s pension obligation Tuesday, but the issue was not yet settled. As HB385 was moving from committee, Senate Finance was meeting on the opposite end of the fifth floor of the Capitol, discussing othe...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:01pm
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy is looking for research proposals that could advance what’s known about methane hydrates. It is being considered a potential new source of fossil fuel. Methane is the main ingredient of natural gas. The department describes methane hydrate as a latt...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:55am
  • This month’s Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event is hosted by Bald Mountain Air Service. It will be from 5-7 p.m. today at Bald Mountain’s offices, 3758 FAA Road. There will be door prizes, pizza, and tours of the hangar and the fixed base operation. The mixer is open to the pub...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:54am
  • Alaska Certified Pesticide Applicator classes will be held in Kenai April 28, 29 and 30.  The Cooperative Extension Service will provide the training and materials needed to take the exam to become a certified applicator. This three-day class is the only on-site training offered in 2014 on the ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:54am
  • JUNEAU — House Speaker Mike Chenault on Thursday said legislative passage of a bill to raise Alaska’s minimum wage would guarantee that wages go up, while the outcome of a similar ballot initiative would be dependent on the whim of votes. Chenault, R-Nikiski, said most lawmakers he’s spoken wi...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:53am

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