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  • JUNEAU — State officials are looking at ways to lower the growth of Alaska’s health care costs, including an alternate retiree plan and developing an employee wellness program.The path the state is on isn’t sustainable, Administration Commissioner Becky Hultberg and Health Commissioner Bill St...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:46pm
  • ANCHORAGE -- A national energy plan should seek to lower harmful greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate warming, but not at the expense of people already paying high costs to keep their homes warm, according to a leading Republican senator....

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:44pm
  • The city of Soldotna approached local business owner Gary Hinkle with a proposal. It requested Hinkle improve the exterior of his River Terrace RV Park; it would help by reimbursing $5,000 of the project's total cost.At first, Hinkle had reservations about the Soldotna Storefront Improvement Program...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 1:46pm
  • JUNEAU — Cook Inlet may have plenty of natural gas for years to come, Alaska officials are telling lawmakers. “There’s still large volumes of gas and oil, we believe, to be discovered,” said Dan Sullivan, commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources. Sullivan said companies are planni...

    Mon, 02/04/2013 - 2:46pm
  • Issues with Cook Inlet gas production and looming shortages predicted by utilities received top billing in the opening days of the Alaska Legislature. But some lawmakers expressed dismay about tussles concerning how much gas is really in the basin, how much is immediately producible, and what the re...

    Mon, 02/04/2013 - 2:40pm
  • While some winter-weary locals think of warmer climates this time of year — the desert sun in Arizona is a good example — Robert Isaly has done the opposite. Formerly of Jerome, Ariz., Isaly has recently taken up a Homer address and, as the new chef at Beluga Bar and Grill, he’s brought the ta...

    Mon, 02/04/2013 - 2:39pm
  • An international business speaker with a background of professional success in broadcasting and business association management will be in Homer on Feb. 7 ...

    Mon, 02/04/2013 - 2:37pm
  • By Brian Smith Morris News Service - Alaska A recently released document has given the thumbs up for companies to take the first step in a potential geothermal energy project on Augustine Island, which hosts the volcano of the same name. A Jan. 14 document from Alaska Depar...

    Mon, 02/04/2013 - 2:33pm
  • The Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack-up rig — idling at dock in Homer since late August — could start drilling after the snow melts, an official with Buccaneer Energy said Friday. What was planned as a short eight-day stay in Homer before leaving to drill in northern Cook Inlet waters turne...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 4:56pm
  • On a blustery winter day with the temperatures dropping into the teens, the wind blowing 30 and the sun setting before 6 p.m., Alaskans look south — way south — and imagine themselves strolling a Hawaiian beach. Though thousands of miles apart and distant in latitude, we of the 49th state have d...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 4:47pm

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