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Lawmakers skeptical of state’s plan to buy Fairbanks natural gas utility

Lawmakers skeptical of state’s plan to buy Fairbanks natural gas utilityKey Republicans, like Anchorage Representative Mike Hawker, are skeptical of the utility’s purchase.

Commission recommends boost in coast-wide halibut catch

Commission recommends boost in coast-wide halibut catchThe International Pacific Halibut Commission Friday voted to recommend a 1.7-million pound increase in the coast-wide catch of halibut.

Lack of customers puts CIRI wind farm plans on hold

Lack of customers puts CIRI wind farm plans on holdCook Inlet Region Incorporated has put the second phase of its Fire Island wind farm on hold because of a lack of customers.

Mine dam collapse report cites bad design

Mine dam collapse report cites bad designA government investigation says poor design led to last summer’s catastrophic failure of British Columbia's Mount Polley Mine tailings pond.

Headcount of city’s homeless conducted at charity event

Headcount of city’s homeless conducted at charity eventLocal agencies offer various services such as blood testing, oral cancer screenings, legal advice and housing applications at the annual Project Homeless Connect event. Job loss has been surveyed as the most reoccurring reason for homelessness in Juneau from previous years at the event.

Shell says it plans offshore Arctic drilling this year

Shell says it plans offshore Arctic drilling this yearThe CEO of Royal Dutch Shell says the company intends to return to the Chukchi Sea this summer to drill exploratory wells.

Innovation required to deal with budget shortfall, Walker says

Innovation required to deal with budget shortfall, Walker saysSpeaking at JEDC's Innovation Summit, Walker says Alaska will need ingenuity - and possibly carrot beer - to deal with the state's budget deficit.

Sitka to sell several properties to Silver Bay Seafoods

Sitka to sell several properties to Silver Bay SeafoodsSitka will sell off a significant portion of its land at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park.

Board of Fish changes some shrimp pot reporting requirements

Board of Fish changes some shrimp pot reporting requirementsAll shrimp pot catcher-processor vessels in Registration Area A will have to submit a logbook to the Department of Fish and Game at the end of a shrimp fishery.

New Sealaska logging sites near earlier cuts

New Sealaska logging sites near earlier cutsSealaska says it will begin logging its new lands later this year. The first two parcels to be cut will be on Prince of Wales Island and the Cleveland Peninsula.