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Panel urges action on Alaska deficit to address uncertainty

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:53:22 GMT

A panel of experts said Thursday that a plan for addressing Alaska's multibillion-dollar budget deficit is critical to helping clear up uncertainty that has been hanging over the state's economy. Marcus Hartley, president and principal economist with the Northern Economics consulting firm, said that as a small business owner he won't make an investment if it appears the state could do any number of things to address the situation but is failing to decide on anything.




Sentencing reset for Alaska strip club owner in dumping case

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:46:40 GMT

This 2014 photo shows Darren Byler, the owner of the Wild Alaskan, a converted crabbing boat that had been used as a floating strip club, in Kodiak, Alaska. A sentencing hearing has been rescheduled for Byler, who was found guilty of illegally dumping human waste into a harbor from the boat.




Alaska Dispatch News poll: Roe v. Wade

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:46:39 GMT

Editor's note: Daily through Jan. 25, ADN will publish poll results showing how Alaskans feel about topics ranging from the Affordable Care Act and President-elect Donald Trump's transition to crime and the opioid crisis. It might be common belief that Alaskans are socially conservative, but the evidence strongly refutes that point, at least as it relates to the right to abortion.




Asian tapeworm found in Alaskan salmon

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:19:06 GMT

Scientists recently announced they had found an Asian tapeworm species in pink salmon caught off the coast of the Kenai Peninsula. For years, researchers have suspected the Japanese broad tapeworm was present on the Pacific Coast of North America.




Cuts, defending oil tax policies among Alaska House minority goals

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:19:05 GMT

Minority House Republicans have laid out their priorities for this session, which include further budget cuts, a spending limit and defending state oil tax policies.




USDA Pumped $2.1B into Alaska in Last Eight Years

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:40:37 GMT

A small federal office has quietly injected more than $2.1 billion into Alaska over the past eight years with almost no impact to the national debt. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development has done that through its 35 programs that help fund everything from water and sewer systems in the most remote villages in Alaska to startup businesses in every corner of the state.




Another Bogoslof eruption sends ash over Alaska Peninsula, Kodiak Island

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:40:36 GMT

A satellite image shows an ash cloud from Bogoslof volcano in the Aleutians shortly after its 1:20 p.m. eruption Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Another eruption of Bogoslof volcano in the Aleutian Islands sent an ash cloud east over the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak Island on Wednesday, disrupting aviation in the region and producing the potential for land-based ashfall.




Chamber plans Alaska trip -

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:50:44 GMT

The Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce has planned another excursion for its members. From July 12-20 the group will travel to Alaska.




Even in Alaska, temps as low as -59 are hard to handle

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:28:57 GMT

The temperature in Alaska's second-largest city never reached 30 degrees below zero last winter, but Mother Nature is making up for it this year The temperature in Alaska's second-largest city never reached 30 degrees below zero last winter, but Mother Nature is making up for it this year A group of NASA-funded researchers are poised to enter an isolated geodesic dome on a Hawaii volcano to study human behavior for long-term space exploration, including a planned voyage to Mars A group of NASA-funded researchers are poised to enter an isolated geodesic dome on a Hawaii volcano to study human behavior for long-term space exploration, including a planned voyage to Mars Although he's a Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton, a 91-year-old New Jersey man will still be traveling to Washington to witness his 18th presidential inauguration in person Although he's a Democrat who voted for ... (more)




Alaska governor urges action to address fiscal crisis

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:21:30 GMT

Alaska state Sens. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, from left, Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, and Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, sit in the House chamber to hear Alaska Gov. Bill Walker deliver his annual State of the State address in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Walker urged lawmakers to end the bickering and get down to the serious business of resolving the state's budget crisis.




How years of wealth weakened Alaska's spirit of innovation

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:04:48 GMT

Alaska's decades of oil wealth atrophied our capitalistic muscles. Our business culture needs to learn risk-tolerance and aggressiveness to compete in America's innovation economy.




Temps dive to minus 50 in Interior Alaska; Fairbanks after-school activities canceled

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:49:07 GMT

The Denali State Bank sign along Chena Pump Road reflects the frigid temperatures that have enveloped the Interior Wednesday morning, January 18, 2017.




YWCA stride towards gender pay equality in Alaska by 2025

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:28:25 GMT

This afternoon the fight to eliminating the gender pay gap in Alaska continues through an organization that has boldly resolved to end the discrepancy by 2025. The Young Women's Christian Association of Alaska stated in a press release that it is the first organization in the country to put an end date on the gender pay gap with a groundbreaking four-element approach.




50 below recorded in Interior as cold snap settles on Alaska

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:46:39 GMT

Fairbanks and Anchorage woke up Wednesday to an early taste of an expected cold snap this week, as temperatures plunged to 50 degrees below zero in some areas of the Interior. The National Weather Service office in Fairbanks issued special weather statements Wednesday morning for the eastern Interior and western Interior warning of similar temperatures in valleys across the region and rising to only about 20 below on hilltops or in coastal areas.




New House majority takes over on first day of session

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:05:22 GMT

Rep. Bryce Edgmon was in his office shortly before being sworn in as the first Alaska House speaker of Alaska Native heritage. The 30th Alaska State Legislature was sworn into office today.




Open letter to Legislature: 2017 is last chance for hard choices

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:35:46 GMT

Alaska Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, listens to a question at a session-opening press conference on Jan. 17. We know each of you wants to do what is best for our state's long-term future. We all want jobs for Alaskans, a healthy economy, a stable state fiscal structure that helps attracts private investment to Alaska, and quality education and public services to serve the needs of our residents.




Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:18:00 GMT

The 30th Alaska State Legislature was sworn into office today. It faces a fiscal crisis that's grown over the past four years, as oil revenue declined.