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JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate version of an oil tax bill did not come up for a floor vote as planned Thursday, after members of the Senate majority failed to garner the votes necessary to pass the measure. Senate Finance Committee co-chairman Bert Stedman said work would continue on the bill. And Sen...

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 8:41pm

Homer Electric Association will begin field work this summer to fully determine if a hydroelectric project on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula will be feasible. A recent renewable energy grant from the Alaska Energy Authority will spur HEA to award work to crews charged with conducting a battery...

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 8:34pm

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will offer three additional pre-kindergarten programs for the 2012-2013 school year. The programs, funded by Title 1 grant money, will be available at Paul Banks Elementary in Homer, Seward Elementary and Sterling Elementary. With the newly offered program...

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 4:58pm

JUNEAU — Anchorage Rep. Sharon Cissna, a Democrat, announced Wednesday in Juneau that she’ll be challenging longtime U.S. Republican Rep. Don Young in his latest bid for re-election. Cissna has represented Anchorage in the Legislature for 14 years and was a legislative aide before that. But her ...

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 8:46pm

KODIAK (AP) — Two Coast Guard members were fatally shot at a communications station on an island off Alaska, officials said Thursday. Officials said it remained unclear if the deaths at the Coast Guard Station on Kodiak Island were a double homicide or murder-suicide. Capt. Jesse Moore said it was...

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 12:45pm

JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate on Wednesday passed a $2.6 billion infrastructure spending package. Senate President Gary Stevens has said he wants the state capital and operating budgets wrapped up by Sunday, the Legislature’s scheduled adjournment date. The vote was unanimous, 20-0. The bill now go...

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 10:46am

JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell said Wednesday he will call Alaska lawmakers into special session if the Senate passes an oil tax bill by Sunday. Parnell told The Associated Press that if the Senate passes an oil tax “at the last minute,” he would call lawmakers back for a special session. He said ...

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 10:45am

A faith-based program aimed at keeping criminal offenders from re-entering the prison system recently celebrated its first anniversary, but developing and implementing that program hasn't been easy, an official said. Jack Cowley, National Director of the Christian-based Alpha USA program, spoke Wedn...

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 8:22am

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Wed, 04/11/2012 - 7:33pm

The Great Alaska Seafood Cook-Off will feature an amateur recipe division this year. The competition, put on by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, usually only involves professional chefs, but this year, there will be an amateur recipe competition as well. “We got a lot of questions from folk...

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 4:54pm

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