COVID-19 takes half-billion dollar bite from Alaska commercial fisheries revenue

By Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg -January 19, 2021 Long-line caught halibut await unloading in Petersburg. (Angela Denning/KFSK) A federal agency has put dollar amounts on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for commercial and charter fishing industries nationwide. On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report on the virus’ economic impact on seafood and charter fishing through August …

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UAA’s ISER hired by city for annexation study

The City of Kodiak took another step toward the possible annexation of neighboring service areas last week when the City Council authorized a contract with UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, or ISER, to examine the impact of annexation. Will annexation have a positive, negative, or even a neutral fiscal effect on these areas and the city? What changes …

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Federal government moves toward Cook Inlet oil lease sale

By Sabine Poux, KDLL – Soldotna – January 15, 2021 Cook Inlet oil platforms are visible from shore near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk) The federal government has released a draft environmental impact statement on an oil and gas lease sale in Cook Inlet, tentatively scheduled for late 2021. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is planning …

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