Jonathan Grass

Alaska is cool spot for winter tourism

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - In the dead of winter, the air outside swings past zero on the Fahrenheit scale around the Anchorage area. Further north around Fairbanks, it gets even colder. Read more

Alaska home construction trends mirror nation

ANCHORAGE - Alaska's home construction continues to follow national patterns: first up, then down, now maybe up again. Read more

Friends of Recycling donates $2K to Canvas

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery just received a helping hand. The nonprofit organization Friends of Recycling has donated $2,000 to help with supplies for art that employs reusable materials. Read more

Different sides weigh in on Prop. 5 plastic bag tax

Voters will have a choice Tuesday whether or not to impose a 15-cent plastic bag tax for stores with revenues greater than $15 million annually. Different people have different views on what the tax will mean. Read more

NOAA further examining halibut catch sharing plan

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is re-examining its proposed halibut catch sharing program following policy and technical concerns raised during the public input period that ended Sept. 21. Read more

Lt. Gov. Treadwell concludes rural energy conference

Representatives from a broad spectrum of Alaska's small communities turned out at Centennial Hall Thursday for the seventh Alaska Rural Energy Conference. Read more

Petco signed for Nugget Mall

Petco has now signed a lease and will move into Nugget Mall at the beginning of 2012, according to Ted Tollefson, co-owner of the mall's partner and managing firm, Loveless/Tollefson Properties. Read more

Good news in JEDC's 2011 economic report

The Southeast's economy is getting back on track, according to a newly-released report. The Juneau Economic Development Council releases its 2011 economic indicators report today, available online (www.jedc.org) or at the office at 612 West Willoughby. Read more

DEC brownfields team honored

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) staff members John Carnahan and Sonja Benson of the Fairbanks office plus former staffer Deb Jackson were awarded the 2011 National Notable Achievement Award for Outstanding Brownfields Teamwork. Read more

Former key SAGA employees worry about financial stability

Two former high-ranking Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA) officials say that their firings may have strong financial consequences for the nonprofit youth organization. One of these is Joe Parrish, SAGA founder and executive director. Read more

More bears around town

Last weekend was another big one for the bears. Department of Fish and Game biologist Ryan Scott said this is normal, although the heavy activity weekend was followed a bit of a dry spell for bear call-ins. Read more

Taku River task force being developed to explore barging risks to salmon

Juneau's legislative delegation is forming a fact-finding task force to address issues surrounding the possible impacts for Taku River salmon fisheries in response to barge traffic for the proposed development of Tulsequah Chief Mine in British Columbia. Read more

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