The Juneau Assembly is set to move forward with “housekeeping” changes to the city’s Marine Passenger Fee code. The five-dollar per head fee for cruise ship travelers was enacted by Juneau voters in 1999, before Congress passed the most recent federal law governing how such money can be spent.
Alaska’s unemployment rate rose in June, to 7.3 percent. The state Labor Department said that three-tenths of a percentage point increase from May’s 7.0 percent.
Shell Oil has run into a number of problems with its Arctic drilling plans over the last week.
After being criticized for rushing a bill into the special session this year that some considered ill-conceived, the Parnell administration is now seeking a consultant to advise it on oil taxes.
Shell Oil is seeking to changes to the air permit for one of its drill ships after a spokesman says generator engines tested slightly above permit levels for ammonia and nitrous oxide.
A group of Juneau residents is exploring the idea of a cooperative grocery store at the soon to be vacant Alaskan & Proud Market on Willoughby Avenue.
A group of Alaska state lawmakers delving into the issue of high gas prices are finding no quick or easy answers for trying to provide Alaskans with some relief at the pump.
Environmental groups are suing the federal government, arguing that Shell Oil does not have an adequate plan to deal with a spill. The coalition says the goal is not to delay drilling this summer.
“I’m going to retire in December, see if I can’t get it right this time.” -Ray Riutta, who spent 38 years in the U.S. Coast Guard before coming to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, where he’s been executive director for the past 10 years.