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Kerry talks tech as a solution to climate change woes

In a half-hour talk with Alaska newspaper reporters Sunday evening, Secretary of State John Kerry put forward a technology-focused view of fighting climate change that is expected to be on display today in Anchorage.
Falling oil prices gouge state budget deeper

On Monday, as the price of West Texas crude oil dipped below $39 per barrel for the first time in six years, state revenue commissioner Randall Hoffbeck told the Alaska House Finance Committee that the decline is exacerbating the state's budget problems.

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Ferry Malaspina rescues one from sinking landing craft

The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Malaspina picked up an extra passenger in the waters off Vancouver Island on Saturday morning. According to accounts from Marine Highway spokesman Jeremy Woodrow and Lt. Cmdr.
Group wants to export crude oil using Skagway's port

JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaskans know Valdez as the state's oil port of choice, but an independent Yukon oil producer is planning to make Skagway No. 2 on the list of Alaska oil ports.

KODIAK - In the ocean's depths, Andy Joca is on top of the world. On Aug. 24, the Coast Guard officer hauled in a world record: a 13.2-pound starry flounder that is the largest ever taken with a spear gun.
Seattle engineers will guide new Tustumena project

KODIAK - The state of Alaska has picked the guiding hand behind its new Tustumena-class ferry. Naval engineering firm Glosten and Associates of Seattle will guide the state as it plans a new oceangoing ferry to replace the 49-year-old ferry Tustumena.
Kodiak brewery has expansion plans on tap

KODIAK (AP) - Changes are brewing in Kodiak's downtown. As soon as next month, longtime landmark store Cy's Sporting Goods could be replaced by the booming Kodiak Island Brewing Company. "There's been steady, steady growth over the years in demand both on the retail side and on the wholesale side," said Ben Millstein, owner of the brewing company now on Shelikof Street. "There's parking issues, too, and kind of access issues and efficiency issues within the space. It just seemed like staying there might not be an option."
Aging like a fine wine

KODIAK (AP) - Alaska's oldest licensed winery isn't old enough to drink, but it's just the right age to serve. Alaskan Wilderness Wines, based on Shearwater Way in Kodiak, is turning 13 this year and proprietors Steve and Lisa Thomsen couldn't be happier. "Wine, it gets better with age," Steve said. Homemade fruit wine has a long tradition in Alaska and the state has had a licensing regulation for commercial wineries since at least 1993, but when the Thomsens began producing wine in 1999, they were the first in Alaska.
Alaska shipping pioneer Sears officially retiring

KODIAK (AP) - In 1965, Ronald Sears came to Alaska for the first time. Serving as a messman onboard a barge escort, he plowed the choppy ocean between Washington state and Whittier six times - seasick each time. The experience was enough to make him swear off sailing for a while. More than a decade later, he arrived on Kodiak Island as his own boss, owner of freight company Southern Alaska Forwarding. During the 31 years between Sears' 1979 arrival and today, Southern Alaska grew into one of the largest shipping companies on Kodiak Island.


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