Alaska’s students failing, state tests show

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 22:06

More than half of Alaska’s schoolchildren are not proficient in math, science and English, according to the results of the state’s new standardized tests.

State allows marijuana businesses to apply for ‘Made in Alaska’ logos

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 22:05

The state-run “Made in Alaska” program is accepting applications from marijuana businesses.

Walker to call fourth special session

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 21:36

The Alaska Legislature will try to find a new hope in the fourth special session of the year.

Trustee recommends Chapter 7 liquidation after Dispatch sale

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 21:36

A new filing in the Alaska Dispatch News bankruptcy case is an Aug. 30 request to liquidate Alice Rogoff’s corporate holdings after the purchase agreement moves forward to save the ailing newspaper from the financial brink.

Competitors, rural customers raise price complaints over GCI sale

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 20:52

Old grievances between Alaska’s telecoms have resurfaced with allegations that GCI holds a monopoly over the state’s broadband internet services, and after benefiting from the public pot with $50 million to help build the system, it is now charging rural Alaska schools, hospitals and other companies uncompetitive prices to access the network.

Kenai Peninsula gets 6 projects in capital budget

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 23:11

The Kenai Peninsula will get a few projects funded in the Legislature’s fiscal year 2018, the majority of which are in Seward.

Peninsula residents lead, contribute to state boards

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 21:17

The Kenai Peninsula has a number of voices on Alaska’s myriad boards and commissions.

House passes $1.4B capital budget

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 19:48

In a one-day special session Thursday, the Alaska Legislature passed a $1.4 billion capital construction budget, then adjourned without taking action on Alaska’s larger fiscal problems.

US Senate looks to renew ‘Frankenfish’ import ban

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 20:15

With support from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Congress is preparing to renew a ban on the importation of genetically engineered salmon.

Unpacking House Bill 111

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 22:38

Once Gov. Bill Walker signs House Bill 111 into law, cashable tax credits to oil and gas companies working in Alaska will be a thing of the past.