Michael Fanelli, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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Alaska heading toward fiscal ‘brick wall’ that could force end to PFD formula debate

Alaskans are set to receive $1,312 payouts, but the Legislature still can’t agree on how to determine that number in the long term.
A sign reads "Fox Terrance Apartments: No vacancy" outside of a green-colored building.

Alaska rents are up 7%, the biggest increase in more than a decade

A new report from the state finds median rental costs climbed across the board, as much as 16% in one community.
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A new e-waste program is recycling tons of batteries from rural Alaska

The Backhaul Alaska program collected and recycled over 145,000 pounds of lead acid batteries and other e-waste from hard-to-reach communities last year.
A crowd of people gather in front of solar panels as those in the front hold a yellow ribbon that is about to be cut by two people holding large scissors.

Mat-Su Borough welcomes Alaska’s biggest solar farm

The 8.5 megawatt solar array is expected to power about 1,400 homes, and has already begun feeding energy into the Matanuska Energy Association grid.
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Anchorage women-owned businesses form ‘Outdoor Alliance’ to help each other succeed

Women have been making inroads in the traditionally male-dominated industry, with female leaders apparently concentrated in Alaska.
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A tough choice for Heather’s Choice: Anchorage company considers relocating to grow business

Heather’s Choice makes premium dehydrated meals for hikers or anyone on the go, and is continuing to grow its presence in the Lower 48.
A man dressed in a grey suit with a purple tie discuses the three-year economic outlook at the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation luncheon held at the Dena'ina Center.

Anchorage population expected to increase in 2023, the first time in 7 years

But the increase is small: "a whopping 0.3%," said Bill Popp, president and CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp.

TOTE Maritime Alaska is now powering its ships with natural gas, cutting carbon and other pollutants

The company says it's the first in the world to convert a full fleet to run on the most environmentally friendly fuel available.
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Alaska will start monitoring villages for PFAS in anticipation of new EPA rules

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will test the drinking water in 193 Alaska Native villages starting this fall.
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In the wake of canceled cruise stops, Valdez official says businesses should focus on in-state tourism

A local official said cruise lines have a history of abrupt cancellations, so tourism companies should cater to more reliable Alaskan visitors.
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Anchorage outdoor apparel company Alpine Fit wins small business award

Alpine Fit was recently named women-owned business of the year - the owner credits the accolade to their contributions to domestic apparel manufacturing.
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New Anchorage airline aims to bring year-round tourism to Alaska

Northern Pacific Airways plans to offer flights from Japan and Korea to the Lower 48 with a layover in Anchorage, starting next spring.
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Alaska renewable energy advocate expects green bank bill to pass next session

The bill stalled in the legislature this year, but Chris Rose of REAP says it and a bill mandating increased clean energy use both have strong support from lawmakers.
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Ukrainian entrepreneurs start anew as refugees in Anchorage

A training program graduated 11 Ukrainian refugees this week, helping the new arrivals learn the ropes of business in Alaska.
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In an effort to protect mail carriers, the USPS is promoting pet safety

Alaska only accounted for 8 of 5,300 national dog attacks last year, but the Postal Service says even one bite is too many.
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Alaska’s natural gas shortage: How did we get here and what comes next?

Southcentral Alaska is facing a looming energy crisis as natural gas contracts are set to run out. Utilities aren’t sure how to replace it, but foreign imports seem likely.
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Anchorage now has the third busiest cargo airport in the world, with plans for growth

Geographic advantage helped Anchorage's airport claim its new title. To keep growing, it needs to market the shape of the Earth.
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Statewide income in Alaska grew twice as fast as the U.S. last year, mostly because of PFDs

The state still has fewer jobs than pre-pandemic, but the job market is historically strong and inflation is beginning to ease.
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Two Native-led green banks are starting up in Alaska

The Valdez Native Tribe and Spruce Root are both establishing lending institutions to fund renewable energy and environmental infrastructure.
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Juneau is bracing for its busiest cruise season ever

Alaska's capital city is expecting 1.5 million tourists this summer, 30% more than pre-pandemic levels.