Michael Fanelli, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Michael Fanelli, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Michael Fanelli reported on economics and hosted the statewide morning news at Alaska Public Media. 
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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.
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A small but growing group of EV owners in Alaska show electric cars can work in the frigid north

Amid a federal push to limit vehicle emissions, there is a small but fast growing community of electric car owners in Alaska. Drivers say modern EVs can handle the winter conditions just fine.
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Reminder, Alaska: PFD applications are due Friday

The state’s online PFD application will be available until 11:59 p.m. on Friday.
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APU professor finds when it comes to salary, majors matter more than colleges

Professor Dale Lehman built a model to analyze how much colleges contribute to their graduates’ earning potential. His conclusion? Not much.
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Alaskans owe less tax than expected for their PFDs because of energy relief payment

The $662 energy relief portion of the payout is not subject to federal taxes, according to a recent IRS announcement.

Alaska tourism threatened as iconic glaciers melt away

As the world’s glaciers retreat, so does the outlook for the Alaska tourism sector. But the pace of that retreat is still in human hands.