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USCG rescues 4 from fishing vessel near Kodiak

JUNEAU - The Coast Guard rescued four people from the disabled fishing vessel Lady Gudny in heavy seas 230 miles east-southeast of Kodiak, Friday. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk crew...

 

BLM finalizes e-filing of drilling permit applications

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) took a significant step today in its multi-year effort to improve the efficiency and transparency of the permitting process for oil and gas drilling. With the final revision to Onshore Order 1, the agency is...

 

Discovery goes off-grid in search of next reality show

Amberlee Mucha came to Alaska in early December in search of the state’s next reality television show. The 33-year-old Discovery Studios casting producer landed in Anchorage Dec. 3 and headed out on an itinerary that included the small but...

 

Unemployment rate at 6.8 percent in November

Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in November, essentially unchanged from October’s revised 6.9 percent. Alaska’s adjusted rate has been trending higher throughout 2016. The national rate was 4.6 percent....

 

Traffic deaths increase by 34 percent in Alaska in 2016

Motor vehicle traffic fatalities are on the rise this year in Alaska, and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) would like to remind travelers to drive with care as the holidays approach. As of Nov. 21, Alaska has...

 

Unprecedented Arctic warmth triggers massive sea ice, snow declines in 2016

A new NOAA-sponsored report shows that unprecedented warming air temperature in 2016 over the Arctic contributed to a record-breaking delay in the fall sea ice freeze-up, leading to extensive melting...

 

State medical examiner identifies burned body found near Soldotna

(AP) — The state medical examiner says one of two people found dead last month in a burned sport utility vehicle near Soldotna has been identified. Alaska State Troopers say 52-year-old Joni Pearcy of Soldotna was one of the people who died. She...

 

Health care law benefits for Alaska detailed as changes to system loom

(AP) — An estimated 36,000 uninsured Alaskans got health care coverage under President Barack Obama’s signature health care law between 2010 and 2015, according to figures released by the federal government Tuesday. The data was released by the...

 

Alaska gets OK to buy Virgin America

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Airlines has won government approval to buy rival Virgin America after agreeing to reduce its flight-selling partnership with American Airlines. Parent company Alaska Air Group Inc. said Tuesday that it expects to close the...

 

Employment down 1.6 percent in first half of '16

Detailed data released recently for the first half of 2016 show that job loss in Alaska has spread to most sectors of the economy. Average monthly employment in the first six months of 2016 was down 5,530 jobs, or 1.6 percent, compared to the first...

 

Feb. 20 is the deadline to submit new project proposals to OSM

The Office of Subsistence Management’s Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program is seeking technically sound proposals that gather information to manage and conserve subsistence fishery resources on Federal public lands and waters in Alaska....

 

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Alaska judge awards disputed election to incumbent Nageak

JUNEAU (AP) — A state court judge on Thursday overturned the results of a northern Alaska legislative election, citing problems with how the primary election was conducted and awarding the race to incumbent Rep. Benjamin Nageak, D-Barrow. The...

 

Dunleavy to file bill to restore PFD funds

(AP) - State Sen. Mike Dunleavy, from Wasilla, announced, last Wednesday afternoon in Anchorage that he would file a bill that would restore the half of PFD checks eliminated by Gov. Bill Walker’s vetoes. Dunleavy said the bill would be filed as...

 

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Alaska fire season numbers are well below normal levels

Despite an early start to Alaska’s 2016 wildfire season, the number of acres burned this summer ended up well below normal levels. A total of 558 wildfires burned 500,095 acres in Alaska this summer, making it the 36th largest fire season on...

 

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PFD checks to be $1,022 this October

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Most every Alaskan will be just over a thousand dollars richer next month. Last Friday, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker’s office announced the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) payout as $1,022. The checks will be...

 

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Unemployment rate climbs to 6.8 percent in Aug.

Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in August, up slightly from July’s 6.7 percent. The comparable national rate was 4.9 percent, unchanged from the previous month. Although the one-tenth of a percentage point change...

 

Soldier climbs Denali for suicide awareness, proposes to girlfriend

Blistering snowstorms, excruciating work hauling gear and possible death might not sound like an ideal summer vacation for most. If you are a mountaineer, then the experience is a paradise. For Capt....

 

Citizens' council board set to meet in Cordova

The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (Council) will hold a board meeting in Cordova on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 15-16, 2016. The meeting will be held at the Little Chapel located at 905 Lake Avenue. The tentative schedule...

 

Firewise workshop to be held in Sterling on Sept. 17

An “Alaska Fire-wise, Ready Set Go” Workshop for the community of Sterling, and all residents of the Kenai Peninsula will be held Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sterling Community Center. The workshop will be followed with a home visit...

 

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