ANCHORAGE (AP) - An iconic Alaska tree may warrant protection as a threatened or endangered species due to climate warming, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday.
JUNEAU - The Senate Finance Committee included in a version of the state budget Wednesday language rejecting monetary terms in contracts for more than a dozen bargaining units for the upcoming fiscal year, a move that one union leader called unacceptable.The language, approved in a hearing Wednesday morning, would reject the monetary terms unless legislation explicitly approving them was enacted separately. The unions listed include those representing correctional officers, ferry workers, university faculty and some university firefighters, and state and municipal workers.
? The Soldotna and Kenai Chambers of Commerce will host a joint luncheon at noon today at the Kenai Visitors Center.
As 2014 drew to a close, we reflected back on a year in which the limelight of professional sports shifted, at least briefly, from shining on game-day heroics by incredible athletes to putting a spotlight on two terrible acts of domestic violence and child abuse. The glaring media focus on these acts has already dimmed and predictably returned back to the stadium, but it served the purpose of shining a light, for all of America, on the chronic and intertwined problems of domestic violence and child abuse.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Low oil prices could prevent Alaska from being able to afford to dole out generous film subsidies, Gov. Bill Walker said. "The film-credit issue is one that we might not be able to afford going forward," he said Friday.
? The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at Froso's Restaurant in Soldotna. A presentation by Peninsula Community Health Services is planned. RSVP to 262-9814.
For years, I railed against subsistence fishing in the Kenai. I dreaded that it would mean gill nets in the river. I feared that it would be a federally enforced source of bitter divisiveness among local residents.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Joe Thomas, a former Democratic state senator from Fairbanks, has been named a deputy commissioner of the state labor department.
JUNEAU - A company that operated a drill ship off Alaska's Arctic coast has agreed to plead guilty to environmental and maritime crimes as part of a deal with prosecutors. The agreement calls for Noble Drilling U.S.
The huge spike in health insurance premiums in the individual market due to the Affordable Health Care Act hasn't materialized for employer group plans, the major player in Alaska health insurance says.
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