Pat Forgey

State millions can't get seed potato exports going

Alaska's attempts to sprout an international export business selling seed potatoes have failed to develop into a viable enterprise, and will likely never pay big dividends, a state audit has found. Read more

Alaska's moon rocks back in NASA's hands

Alaska's historic moon rocks, collected by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in 1969, are back in NASA's custody. Now, Alaska State Museums Curator Bob Banghart says he'd like to see them back in an Alaska museum. Read more

Ferry system proposes more Lynn Canal service in new schedule

Proposed ferry schedules are out early this year, with ferry officials saying they think they've solved this year's Lynn Canal service problems. Read more

Coastal Management campaigns debate source of contributions

The Alaska Sea Party is calling foul on the Vote No on 2 campaign's out-of-state campaign contributions, but the opponents are saying the concerns are nothing but "overblown rhetoric. Read more

The Alaska Permanent Fund and Romney's Bain Capital

Bain Capital made Mitt Romney very wealthy, and the Alaska Permanent Fund corporation hopes the newly-prominent private equity firm will do good things for Alaska as well. Read more

Voters to be faced with property tax exemption measure

Alaskans will get to vote for lower property taxes during the August primary election, but no matter how they vote on Ballot Measure 1 it is not clear that they'll actually see lower bills. Read more

Campaign contributions lay out regional races

New Southeast legislative districts are driving up campaign costs, especially for some closely watched races that may pit incumbents against each other. Two incumbent state senators will face each other in the fall, Sen. Read more

BP reports losses in Alaska, elsewhere

Key Alaska oil producer BP reported slightly declining revenues in Alaska, but vanishing profits, as the company ended work on an a costly offshore oil field. Read more

Big donors against Coastal Management initiative

Opponents of the Coastal Management measure on the August 28 ballot have raised 10 times the amount the Alaska Sea Party has raised to promote the measure, with the state's mining industry far exceeding its oil and gas industry in funding the opposition. Read more

Health care cost fight off to good start

A top state official trying to hold down health care costs says she's happy to have begun a public discussion on the issue. But Commissioner Becky Hultberg of the Department of Administration is also challenging those who have questioned the proposals. Read more

ConocoPhillips produces strong Alaska profits

ConocoPhillips Co. made a billion dollars in after-tax Alaska profits so far this year, including $551 million in the last quarter, the company announced Wednesday. Read more

New road to help Kake's chances for hydropower

Kake may get a road to its neighbor Petersburg, at a cost of $40 million, but the real benefit to the 557 residents of Kake may come from lower power rates. Read more

Health department staff wanted state insurance exchange

While Alaska won't create a health insurance exchange on its own, a consultant's report suggests that some in the state's Department of Health and Social Services would have liked to see the state take the lead on its own exchange. Read more

UAS calls a halt to its early childhood education program

The University of Alaska Southeast is abandoning its early childhood education programs, saying demand for the credentials they award has declined to a point where the cost of offering the programs can't be justified. Read more

Skagway gets postal assistance

Skagway citizens are finally getting their mail on time after its overwhelmed post office got reinforcements from Juneau. Read more

Alaska sees rising unemployment rates despite more jobs

Unemployment rates rose in Alaska in June, as growing numbers of jobseekers outpaced even the state's rapidly increasing number of summer jobs. Alaska's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed from 7.0 percent in May to 7. Read more

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