Parnell to release budget proposal Thursday

JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell is scheduled to unveil his budget proposal at a chamber event in Anchorage on Thursday.

Parnell is slated to discuss his 2015 budget plan at an Anchorage Chamber of Commerce event at the Dena’ina Convention Center.

Parnell has already said he wants to see spending well below current levels with revenues expected to be sharply lower compared to last year.

State Revenue officials have blamed factors like lower-than-expected oil prices, declining production and higher-than-expected lease expenditures as factors in the lower revenue figures.

The budget rollout comes just over a month before the next legislative session starts. The Legislature is scheduled to convene Jan. 21.

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Ketchikan theater named for Elizabeth Peratrovich

KETCHIKAN — Elizabeth Peratrovich’s name now stands over the theater in the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, placed there by the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood and revealed in an emotional ceremony on Thursday.

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Waste not: Ferries’ flushing bill wins Senate support, 16-2

The Alaska Senate voted 16-2 Friday to cut a break in the state’s environmental regulations for small cruise ships and the Alaska Marine Highway.

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Kenai Peninsula pot businesses may add $5M boost to economy

KENAI — With several marijuana businesses up and running on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska, industry estimates show the businesses could contribute $5.3 million annually to the local economy.

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