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  • Most state employees will give up some, but not all, pay increases in the latest round of union contracts before the Legislature for approval. Nearly 75 percent of executive branch employees will forgo cost of living allowance, or COLA, raises under the three-year agreements negotiated with the Labo...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:20am
  • Founded in 1974, Bay Welding Services and Bay Weld Boats has developed a reputation for building sturdy, seaworthy aluminum boats. While aluminum has its merits as marine material, it also presents a design challenge. How does a boat builder add some color and flair to shiny metal? The solution? Add...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:15am
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — Consumer confidence has fallen to a five-year low as Alaksa continues to struggle with a weak oil sector, budget cuts and a contentious legislative session. The first quarter of 2016 is a low point for consumer optimism, which has fallen every quarter since the second half of 2014...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:05am
  • UFA announces  committee changes United Fishermen of Alaska announced changes to its Executive Committee, effective April 15.  UFA’s officers remain unchanged as Jerry McCune will continue to serve as UFA president, joined by Matt Alward as vice presiden...

    Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:32am
  • Alaska Airlines keeps making news, seemingly for all the right reasons. The company announced a $4 billion deal to purchase Virgin America April 4, a deal that when finalized will make Alaska the fifth-largest domestic carrier. Spokesman Tim Thompson said to Anchorage Chamber of Commerce members Apr...

    Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:29am
  • Anchorage’s Pot Luck Events is the only marijuana social club still operating without a legal challenge, as statewide puzzlement to their legality produces a patchwork of local controls. Fairbanks’ The Higher Calling and Homer’s Kachemak Cannabis Club have both closed, and the City of Kenai is...

    Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:28am
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    Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:27am
  • Homer Eyecare is hosting a Designer Frame Trunk Show on Wednesday, April 27,  from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The show follows Dr. Andrew Peter’s visit in mid April to the International Vision Expo and Conference in New York.  This year, for the first time, Homer Eyecare will go with a red carp...

    Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:17am
  • Northrim Bank leaders say Alaska’s state fiscal outlook may be grim, but the economy has some positives to focus on as well. The bank has launched a new speaking series geared specifically towards helping businesses navigate the state’s new fiscal environment. The key point is psychology, the ba...

    Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:17am
  • The Furie Alaska jack-up rig Randolph Yost is at the Deep Water Dock in Homer last Friday as fishing boats conduct spill-response exercises in Kachemak Bay.  According to City Manager Katie Koester’s report to the Homer City Council at its Monday meeting, the rig will leave the Deep W...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 10:19am

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