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  1. Fish Factor: Symphony of Seafood adds a beyond the platea categoryRead the original story

    Tuesday Dec 23 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Alaska seafood innovators are getting serious about "head to tail/inside and out" usages of fish parts, and they see gold in all that gurry that ends up on cutting line floors. Fish oils, pet treats, animal feeds, gelatins, fish scales that put the shimmer in nail polish - "almost anything that can be made out of seafood byproducts has increased in value tremendously in the last few years," said Peter Bechtel, a U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher formerly at the University of Alaska.

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  2. Alaska Communications sale wraps busy year in telecomsRead the original story

    Tuesday Dec 23 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    The year in telecommunications closed with a major deal as Alaska Communications System Group Inc. agreed to sell its wireless subscriber business and its 33 percent share of Alaska Wireless Network to General Communications Inc. for $300 million in cash. The AWN transaction closed in 2013, merging the wireless infrastructure of GCI and Alaska Communications while the two companies sold separate retail products.

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  3. Juneau slashes funding requestRead the original story

    Thursday Dec 18 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Juneau's state funding requests are being axed after the state of Alaska recently announced an unexpected $3.5 billion deficit due to plummeting oil prices. "The more you can whittle it down, the more credibility you will have in demonstrating your understanding of the situation," City and Borough of Juneau lobbyist Kevin Jardell told Assembly members.

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  4. Walker faced with widening deficit scenarioRead the original story

    Thursday Dec 11 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, left, and Gov. Bill Walker take questions from reporters prior to a holiday open house at the governor's mansion on Dec. 9 in Juneau. The state budget faces a $3 billion deficit in the current fiscal year if oil prices per barrel averages $80 through next June 30. The price for Alaska North Slope crude closed at less than $64 on Dec. 9. Gov. Bill Walker faces a grim budget scenario that may distract the new governor from other priorities, like a natural gas pipeline and an expansion of Medicaid.

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  5. Gasline efforts, Medicaid face challengesRead the original story

    Thursday Dec 11 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    In his first press conference since taking office Dec. 4, Gov. Bill Walker was circumspect on two hot-button items facing his new administration. Walker held a media availability Dec. 9 at the Governor's Mansion in Juneau, which was also being opened to a public holiday reception.

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  6. Fish Factor: Some hopeful signs in halibut; salmon prices dip from a 13Read the original story

    Thursday Dec 11 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    The Pacific halibut stock appears to be rising from the ashes and that bodes well for catches in some fishing regions next year. It would turn the tide of a decades-long decline that has caused halibut catches to be slashed by more than 70 percent in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.

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  7. Walkera s inaugural address: Pulling together in tough timesRead the original story

    Thursday Dec 4 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Surrounded by family members, Gov. Bill Walker embraces his wife, Donna, after being sworn in by Alaska Supreme Court Justice Daniel Winfree, left, at Centennial Hall on Dec. 1 in Juneau. Thank you, Byron.

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  8. Latest EIS published for Alaska standalone gas pipelineRead the original story

    Thursday Dec 4 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Even as the state administration changes in Juneau, work is continuing on the state's backup "Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline," or ASAP, a plan for a 36-inch natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Southcentral Alaska. The latest development is publication by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its contractor, ERM Alaska Inc., of summaries of "scoping" sessions held by the Corps on a supplemental environmental impact statement, or SEIS, for the project.

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  9. Feds: Agency serious about Alaska forest changesRead the original story

    Nov 21, 2014 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    The Forest Service is serious about transitioning the nation's largest forest from old-growth to young growth timber harvests, an official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The statement by Robert Bonnie, undersecretary for natural resources and environment for USDA, came in response to criticism that the Forest Service had done little to make the transition on the Tongass National Forest.

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  10. Waiting game begins in narrow governora s raceRead the original story

    Nov 6, 2014 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    With all precincts reporting, independent candidate Bill Walker had 107,395 votes to incumbent Republican Gov. Sean Parnell's 104,230, or 47.8 percent to 46.4 percent, but an estimated 20,000 absentee ballots still had to be counted as of early Nov. 5, and the Alaska Division of Elections could still receive more before the final Nov. 19 deadline. "We still are working to make sure the budget gets done, every departments' daily duties are met, and we're going to continue to do that," Parnell said late Nov. 4 at his campaign party at the downtown Anchorage Hilton.

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  11. Anchorage on pace for bed tax record, cruisers hold steadyRead the original story

    Nov 6, 2014 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    That is particularly evident in Anchorage, where bed tax revenue outpaced 2013 - a record year for the key industry metric - over the first half of the year. Visit Anchorage President and CEO Julie Saupe said the second act of the year should continue the trend when the numbers are final.

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  12. Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor WorkshopRead the original story

    Oct 31, 2014 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    AMSEA is conducting a ten-hour Drill Conductor workshop in Juneau, Alaska on November 22, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. This course meets the US Coast Guard drill conductor requirements for fishing vessels.

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  13. Record crowd expected as major issues loom for minersRead the original story

    Oct 30, 2014 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    The Alaska Miners Association annual convention is set to break its attendance record as the group marks its 75th anniversary, according to Executive Director Deantha Crockett. The event will be held Nov. 3 to Nov. 9 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.

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  14. Fish Factor: Friction continues over B.C. mines; Asmi seeks seafood ambassadorsRead the original story

    Oct 30, 2014 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Throughout history, arguments over land and water usages have run the gamut from tussles over fences with next-door neighbors to shootouts over interstate grazing rights in the old west. But when land and water rights pit one country against another, that's when things really get tricky.

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  15. Alaska Air Group turns a record quarterly profit a " againRead the original story

    Oct 30, 2014 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Gary Johnson, left, an Alaska Airlines cargo worker, positions a pallet of the first shipment of Copper River salmon on May 16 after it arrived on a flight from Cordova to Seatac, Wash., near Seattle. Alaska Air Group, the parent company for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, announced yet another record profit in the third quarter that ended Sept.

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  16. Fish Factor: Crab quota owners make attempt to get shares on market for crewRead the original story

    Oct 23, 2014 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    The Bering Sea crab fleet now stands at 77 vessels, a far cry from the nearly 250 boats in a frenzied race to pull pots before the fishery downsized to catch shares in 2005. Fewer boats means less hands on deck, and as with other fisheries, the Bering Sea crabbers are "graying" and need to recruit young entrants to sustain the iconic fisheries.

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  17. Timber sale awarded to mill in southeast AlaskaRead the original story

    Oct 3, 2014 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    The U.S. Forest Service has awarded a contract for a timber sale in Southeast Alaska to the region's last mid-size mill, Viking Lumber Co. Lawsuits were filed over the Big Thorne sale before the contract was awarded, and Tongass National Forest spokesman Kent Cummins said no ground work would be done by Viking until the courts decide the case - likely next spring.

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  18. Budget takes center stage as Parnell, Walker square offRead the original story

    Oct 2, 2014 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    A statement independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker made earlier in the month on an Anchorage radio show came back to bite him several times during a candidate forum Sept. 29 in Juneau.

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  19. New Chukchi analysis still on trackRead the original story

    Sep 25, 2014 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Joseph Beedle, president and CEO of Northrim Bank, right, and Marc Langland, chairman, president and CEO of Northrim Bancorp, speak in Juneau Sept. 16 about their recent merger with Alaska Pacific Bank.

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  20. 2Q income flat in advance of oil tax voteRead the original story

    Sep 25, 2014 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Deon Knight of Silverbow Construction takes down scaffolding after the installation of the Northrim Bank sign on N. Franklin Street in Juneau on Sept. 19. The signs replaced those for Alaska Pacific Bank after it was officially acquired by Northrim Bank on April 1. Alaska's financial institutions posted another quarter of steady performance and the largest bank in the state expects activity to increase in the wake of the Aug. 19 vote to preserve oil tax reform.

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