Economy

frozen fish fillets

Alaska seafood marketers get $5M from feds after losing state funds

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute says part of the money will help it increase the state industry’s involvement in pet food products.
net

Applications open for Norton Sound and Kuskokwim, Yukon River salmon disaster relief

Households may only qualify for disaster funds in one of the eligible areas. The deadline to apply is Sept. 28.
a man

Workforce shortages and inflation are key challenges for Alaska’s small businesses, new survey says

Small businesses remain optimistic even as they face hiring competition from other states.
Downtown Anchorage, with water in the foreground and mountains behind.

New survey shows some signs labor shortage in Anchorage is easing

The list of top job openings include registered nurses, administrative assistant and customer service representatives.
Juneau

The average single-family home costs more in Juneau than anywhere else in Alaska, study says

New economic data from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development reveals higher costs for almost everything.
a fisherman

As a mining project moves ahead, Southeast Alaska tribes say Canada denies their human rights

A Canadian firm wants to reopen a large gold mine – but Southeast Alaska Natives downstream are still recovering from its impacts in the 1990s.
a creek

New federal program aims to speed restoration of damaged Alaska streams and rivers

A new program has a toolbox of techniques to be used as the Bureau of Land Management seeks to restore waterways damaged by mining.
a man

‘I just wish I had more time’: Friends, family remember fisherman killed in Bristol Bay accident

Colleagues and relatives say 21-year-old Corwin Wheeler was doing what he loved when he was trapped in fishing gear and went overboard Friday.
a burned forest

Denali National Park set to reopen Wednesday as downpour helps wildfire crews

Parts of the park near its entrance, including the Riley Creek Campground and Horseshoe Lake Trail, will remain closed as crews fight the Riley Fire.
a man

Alaska Native groups push back against racist rant outside Fairbanks grocery store

Two Native organizations in Fairbanks have denounced a recent harassment incident at a local grocery store.
a fish processor

Fire reduces new Bristol Bay floating fish processor’s capacity

Northline Seafoods says nobody was hurt in Sunday's fire aboard the Hannah, but its processing capacity is down to about a third of normal.
an airplane

Ravn Alaska names new CEO, loses mileage-sharing agreement with Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines says it suspended the agreement over Ravn's recent “transition in leadership” to California businessman Tom Hsieh.
Two workers in stall solar panels on a roof.

Anchorage residents embracing rooftop solar cite concerns about natural gas shortfall

Homeowners and installers say they want to insulate from the rising costs of electricity.
Akiak

Akiak residents say weeks without power have ruined frozen food stores, drained savings

The outage, which has caused the Kuskokwim River town’s residents severe hardships, appears to be part of a broader issue with its generators.

Gov. Dunleavy trims $225M with budget vetoes but leaves school funding boost intact

Dunleavy trimmed funding for Head Start, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and rural broadband, among other line-item vetoes.
land

‘We will be made whole’: Land exchange meant to right an Exxon Valdez oversight

Sen. Lisa Murkowski's proposal addresses problems that stem from a massive land buyout after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
a building

Hilcorp announces plan to buy Eni’s oil fields on Alaska’s North Slope

The deal, which must be cleared by state regulators, would expand Hilcorp’s Alaska operations to the offshore Oooguruk and Nikaitchuq oil fields.
Petersburg

Many Southeast Alaska salmon runs expected to be fairly good this year

As commercial salmon fishing gets under way in Southeast Alaska, projections for salmon returns are up.
workers toss toss fish unloaded from a boat

As salmon season kicks off, some Alaska fishermen fear for their futures

“We’re trying to do multi-generation fishing,” Buck Laukitis said. “But believe me: It keeps me up at night, wondering about the future.”
a sign says "Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation"

Why Permanent Fund managers are again sounding the alarm about a key account running low

The Alaska Permanent Fund’s two-account structure means there’s a significant risk that it runs out of spendable cash in the coming years.
a home

As millions struggle with home prices, housing becomes a top issue for voters

Across the country, including in swing states, people have been priced out of buying homes. Record numbers are finding rent unaffordable.
salmon

Much of Juneau’s king salmon fishery will close this summer, because of a 2020 landslide

Most of the chinook that were supposed to come back this year were killed after the landslide severed a hatchery's freshwater supply.
crabbers

Relief applications open for Alaska’s 2019 and 2020 crab fisheries disasters

Years after two crab fisheries disasters occurred in the Norton Sound and Bering Sea, millions in relief funds are finally available to affected fishers.
a proposed mine site

Federal case challenging Donlin mine’s environmental impact statement heads to court

Six Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta tribes continue to fight against federal permitting for the proposed Donlin Gold mine project.
the Red Dog Mine

Red Dog’s dwindling ore is forcing the entire region to consider its future

The mine — an economic engine in Northwest Alaska — could close as soon as 2031.

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