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  • JUNEAU -- Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing changing how the Department of Natural Resources approves oil and gas leases.Parnell introduced SB59 on Tuesday. In his transmittal letter, he says the measure would help streamline the state's permitting process.Currently, he says the department grants lease...

    Fri, 02/22/2013 - 1:03pm
  • After a decline in tourist visits in 2009 and 2010, Alaska has seen a general increase in overall visits, especially among cruise ship passengers. However, there has been a steady downturn among ferry and highway visitors.Those were some of the highlights of an update on tourism by officials at the ...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 5:05pm
  • The Homer Recorder’s Office will be temporarily closed for scheduled leave beginning Feb. 18. The office will reopen at 8:30 a.m. March 4.During this closure, recordings for the district may be made at the Anchorage Recorder’s Office. Mail all recordings to:Anchorage Recorder’s OfficeAttn: Hom...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 5:02pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) -- The community of Yakutat is trying to turn ocean waves into a source of renewable energy.KENI-radio reports the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a preliminary permit application for a wave energy project in Yakutat.Boston-based Resolute Marine Energy, would install wa...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 5:00pm
  • Alaska USA Federal Credit Union members contributed nearly $50,000 to support community food banks during the annual Cash for Cans food drive. The credit union and the Alaska USA Foundation teamed up for the fundraiser, collecting cash donations at Alaska USA branches in three states. The credit uni...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 5:00pm
  • Shell broke its weeks-long silence on the status of its two Arctic drill rigs Feb. 11. The Kulluk and Noble Discoverer, two drill vessels used by Shell for its 2012, Arctic drilling, will be moved from Alaska to Asia for repairs, the company said in a statement late Monday.The Kulluk, a conical dril...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:55pm
  • On the whole, Alaska's housing market remained stable in 2012, but energy costs and government regulations cloud the future, according to Alaska Association of Realtors President Michael Droege.Statewide, combined single-family and condominium sales averaged $287,000 at the end of the third quarter ...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:43pm
  • JUNEAU — Minority Democrats in the Alaska House and Senate on Monday introduced their own plan for increasing oil production in the state, calling it their alternative to Gov. Sean Parnell’s oil tax “giveaway.”Both the governor’s and Democrats’ plans are aimed at new production but take ...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:13pm
  • Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is looking at ways to keep oil flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline system as the amount of oil continues to drop.Alyeska is now studying a "cold dry flow" procedure to remove water from crude oil shipped through TAPS to help manage a decline in throughput, the pipe...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:12pm
  • There will be a "Tech Talk" with Ryan Ridge of Design-PT at noon Feb. 19 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce conference room. The brown-bag lunch and talk will focus on computer and Internet security. It is open to the public.Also next week, the chamber mixer will be from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Elks L...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 3:04pm

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