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Health Care

Health Care

Medicaid covers 210,000 Alaskans Alaska’s Medicaid population is now over 210,000 recipients, up from 123,335 in 2015 before Gov. Bill Walker expanded the program. The state Department of Health and Social Services is strug- gling with the administrative load with […]

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Arctic

Arctic

It’s official – China wants to play China now considers itself officially as having an interest in Arctic matters. In a policy paper issued by the the State Council, China’s cabinet, officials said the nation is a “Near-Arctic State” with […]

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Minerals

Minerals

Ucore plant in Ketchikan is possible In a new study, Ucore Rare Metals says Ketchikan is the best location for a rare earths processing plant that would use ore extracted from the company’s planned Bokan-Dotson Ridge mine on southeast Prince […]

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Fisheries

Fisheries

Big cut to Southeast king quota The state Board of Fisheries has sharply cut the quota of allowable king salmon harvests in an effort to help stocks recover. The move will affect troll, gillnet and sport fishermen. Trollers say they […]

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Petroleum

Petroleum

Conoco: $283 million 4th quarter profit ConocoPhillips reported a $283 million in adjusted earnings for the fourth quarter, 2017, and $652 million for the year, the company said Feb. 1. Production was up 4,000 barrels per day in 2017 to […]

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Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence

Trend toward multi-family residential housing seen in Anchorage The bulk of Anchorage’s 2017 increase in residential housing came in multi-family and duplex units, according to the latest municipal building report. In total, 460 new residential units were added, up from […]

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Backlog of work is rising again

Backlog of work is rising again

State deferred maintenance now totals $1.87 billion Deferred maintenance on public buildings in Alaska, state, university and schools, is on the rise again, with the total increasing $60 million last year to $1.87 billion, state officials told a legislative committee […]

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Municipal

Municipal

Juneau wants to expand to Admiralty The City and Borough of Juneau has led a request with the state Local Boundary Commission to expand its boundary and annex four areas on Admiralty Island and an area near Tracy Arm that […]

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Climate Change

Climate Change

New report on health effects The state Division of Public Health has released a statewide assessment of the effects of climate changes, which are felt more in Alaska because of its northern location. One key effect is the threat to […]

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Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Inventory underway on Inlet pipelines The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory is working with state and federal agencies to inventory the Inlet’s pipeline network, much of which dates from the 1960s and 1970s, to determine what pipelines carry and the […]

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