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 By Alex DeMarban    News    April 3, 2024

GCI decides not to eliminate email service

Alaska telecommunications company GCI no longer plans to end its longtime email service. The company had said last summer it would end the service and cancel gci.net and alaskan.com accounts sometime in mid-2024. It also launched a new fee for the...

 

Alaska Airlines flight attendants authorize strike, but nothing planned

Flight attendants with Alaska Airlines have voted to authorize a strike for the first time in more than 30 years. News of the vote emerged as more than 60 flight attendants protested for better pay outside the Ted Stevens Anchorage International...

 

Alaska seafood shippers pay $9.5 million penalty for violating federal law

Two Alaska seafood shipping companies agreed to pay a $9.5 million penalty to the federal government for violations related to their use of a tiny rail track in Canada that the federal government said was an illegal attempt to avoid requirements of t...

 

Tribes call for continued protection of federal lands in Western Alaska

Nearly 80 Alaska tribes are calling on the Biden administration to retain decades-old protections for 28 million acres of land scattered across large swaths of Alaska. The administration is conducting an environmental review to weigh the impacts of...

 
 By Alex DeMarban    News    August 23, 2023

Alaska Airlines flight attendants demonstrate for new contract

More than 150 Alaska Airlines flight attendants demonstrated outside the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Aug. 15, part of a broader protest nationally as the airline’s attendants demand what they’re calling their first meaningful pay...

 
 By Alex DeMarban    News    August 23, 2023

Alaska's construction industry faces growing shortage of workers

A custom homebuilder in Anchorage said it can now take a full year to complete a house, twice as long as they once did, because workers are hard to find amid a labor shortage that’s predicted to get worse. There aren’t enough framers to erect wal...

 
 By Alex DeMarban    News    August 2, 2023

GCI will end its email service mid-2024

Telecommunications company GCI will end its longtime email service next year, a move that will force customers to transition to new email providers. Spokespeople with GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications company, said the service will end s...

 
 By Alex DeMarban    News    July 5, 2023

U.S. surgeon general hears about shortage of youth mental health services in Alaska

The nation’s surgeon general heard from Alaska mental health care advocates on June 26 about the need for more resources to address what they say is a crisis that is leading to more suicides, eating disorders and depression among young Alaskans. D...

 
 By Alex DeMarban    News    May 17, 2023

Tlingit and Haida Central Council quits Alaska Federation of Natives

The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, based in Juneau and representing more than 35,000 tribal citizens, and the Tanana Chiefs Conference, based in Fairbanks and representing 42 villages, announced they are leaving...

 
 By Alex DeMarban    News    April 12, 2023

Putting tribal lands in trust raises new legal issues in Alaska

A lawsuit over a driveway-sized parcel in Juneau and a sales tax disagreement involving a food truck in Craig both highlight the learning curve facing city, state and tribal officials in Alaska as the federal government slowly accepts tribal lands...

 
 By Alex DeMarban    News    March 22, 2023

Opponents seek court order to halt work on ConocoPhillips Alaska oil project

Conservation groups have asked a federal judge for a preliminary decision to stop construction work this winter at the Willow oil field on Alaska’s North Slope, days after the Biden administration approved the $8 billion project. ConocoPhillips h...

 

Alaska average wages slide down to 8th highest in nation

The high wages that once coaxed people to Alaska have continued to shrink compared to the rest of the U.S., due partly to a statewide recession before the pandemic and a slow recovery after it, according to a new report from the Alaska Department of...

 

Alaska at or near bottom in measures of economic health nationally

For the past seven years, the Alaska economy has performed “at or near the bottom” nationally in four key measures of economic health, according to a report released Nov. 17 by the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development. Taken tog...

 

Conoco wants to start work this winter on $8 billion North Slope project

A top official with ConocoPhillips said the company expects to start working early next year on the $8 billion Willow oil prospect in Alaska, an effort that could lead to more than 2,000 construction jobs in the coming years. The project is located i...

 

Alaska voters overwhelmingly defeat constitutional convention

As they’ve done every 10 years since 1972, Alaska voters on Nov. 8 again overwhelmingly rejected the ballot measure to convene a convention to rewrite the state’s founding document. Advocates on both sides had expected the outcome to be closer thi...

 
 By Alex DeMarban    News    October 26, 2022

Alaska Federation of Natives comes out against constitutional convention

The state’s largest Alaska Native organization declared its opposition to a constitutional convention on Saturday, saying rural Alaska could have the most to lose if a convention is called. The Alaska Federation of Natives also called for a p...

 
 By Alex DeMarban    News    June 15, 2022

Princess Cruises closes Alaska lodge due to staffing shortage

Just as Alaska’s tourism season heats up, Princess Cruises said it will close one of its five lodges in the state this summer because of staffing shortages. The Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge will close this Friday, according to a s...

 

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