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The Coast Guard is sending 8 new vessels to Alaska

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:54:07 GMT

The Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick , a fast response cutter, and crew make way to their home port at Coast Guard Base Ketchikan in Ketchikan in March 2017. The Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick , a fast response cutter, and crew make way to their home port at Coast Guard Base Ketchikan in Ketchikan in March 2017.

Third-generation Alaska business honored by SBA

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:09:56 GMT

Katie and J.T. Hampton are the third generation to operate Fireweed Cleaners in Anchorage, which has been in business since 1968 and is being honored May 3 as the 2018 Family Business of the Year by the Small Business Administration Alaska Division. Katie's parents Randy and Julie Earp took over the business from Randy's parents in 1993 and passed the operation, now with two locations, on to their daughter Katie and her husband J.T. in 2010.

Sen. Sullivan's right, the tax bill will deliver some short-term...

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:17:33 GMT

I read with interest the commentary by Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, "Relief for Alaskans on Tax Day," touting the benefits of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. I do not disagree with the senator's comments regarding the immediate impact on the average family.

Guggenheim Capital LLC Purchases Shares of 42,157 OneMain Holdings, Inc.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:23:40 GMT

Guggenheim Capital LLC purchased a new position in OneMain Holdings, Inc. during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund purchased 42,157 shares of the financial services provider's stock, valued at approximately $1,097,000.

How connections trumped qualifications to be Alaska's new federal judge

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:31:25 GMT

Jon Katchen's connections rather than qualifications seem to have won his nomination be a federal Alaska District Court judge. Katchen may turn out to be a good judge.

University provides Alaskans with affordable workforce training and certification

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:31:24 GMT

A welder works on the new coal-fired 17-megawatt power plant being built by the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Welding programs, as well as several other vocational and technical education programs, will see reduced tuition this fall at all three major University of Alaska campuses.

Outgoing Juneau lawmaker's idea to cut lawmakers' pay swiftly rejected

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 03:17:22 GMT

Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, chair of the Legislative Council Committee, asks for a cut to lawmaker per diem payments by 75 percent at the Capitol on Monday, April 23, 2018. Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, suggested that Kito's idea was in effect a parting shot by a lawmaker who is leaving before the next session.

The Anchorage election and clean energy

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:52:09 GMT

Wind turbines on Fire Island are silhouetted against a strip of clear sky to the west on a gray Monday afternoon, November 14, 2016, in a view from Pt. Woronzof.

Petersburg school to be featured in statewide healthy living video

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:21:46 GMT

This is one of Petersburg's water filling stations that are in the schools for students to use. "This has been a problem that has been getting worse over decades," said Ann Potempa, who runs a program through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services called Play Every Day , an education campaign to prevent and reduce childhood obesity.

Protestors Rally For House Bill 127 Movement

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:38:10 GMT

Approximately 40 activists protested Saturday night in Fairbanks while chanting, "return PFDs to exonerees" at a rally located at Golden Heart Plaza, as reported by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. The protestors were demanding that the State Senate advance House Bill 127, that vies to pay past PFDs to exonerees that were previously imprisoned and was inspired by the Fairbanks Four.

New Kenai Planner emphasizes listening, balance

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:05:57 GMT

Elizabeth Appleby, who became Kenai's new city planner on April 9, said she's practiced the skills of listening to and balancing different interests through her past work as an environmental permitting consultant for Alaska megaprojects including the Donlin Gold mine and the Alaska LNG project. In mid-March Appleby was hired to replace Kenai's former city planner Matt Kelley, who held the position from September 2014 to February 2018, when he returned to his native California to work as a planner for Nevada County.

Guest Commentary: Quintillion focused on a bright future for Alaska

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:49:34 GMT

The French cable ship Ile de Batz is at the dock in Unalaska on June 27, 2017, en route to the Arctic Ocean to complete Quintillion's Prudhoe Bay-to-Nome fiber optic cable system. The Alaska portion of the network is now complete and active, but the company has been jarred by the arrest of its former CEO on multiple counts of wire fraud.

Surveys: Alaskans feel the economic outlook is looking up

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:49:33 GMT

Economists said Monday a new survey indicates Alaskans' outlook for the economy is perking up amid higher oil prices, new oil discoveries and changing federal policies, though people remain apprehensive about the recession. If the consumer confidence survey results were a weather forecast, they'd say rainy today but improving conditions tomorrow and into the weekend, said Britteny Cioni-Haywood, an economist and head of the Alaska Division of Economic Development.

Yukon Don Tanner discusses his first book, Talkeetna Territory Papers

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:33:42 GMT

It is time, once again, for KTNA's spring fundraiser. We rely on the support of our listeners to report the news and happenings of the Susitna Valley.

Homer's annual flood of tourists may be eroding its long-term rental market

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:05:29 GMT

Homer has a housing problem. Like many rural Alaskan communities, finding a place to live can be a challenge.

The sweet fruit of education

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:25:09 GMT

Alaska's 30th Legislature is diligently working to complete the session. Nevertheless, important work is still to be done.

Spring cleaning at "ice bridge:" Crew hauls out 14,000-pound, mud-filled sedan

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:44:54 GMT

Members of the Test the Water Public Safety Dive Team work to haul a mud-logged Dodge Status out of the Chena River near the Pike's Waterfont Landing "ice bridge" on Friday, April 20, 2018.