The difference between the state and national unemployment rates is shrinking but Alaska’s rate is still lower. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains.

Northrim BanCorp Announces 2013 Financial Results

Jan 21, 2014

Northrim BanCorp announced earnings of $12.3-million dollars on Tuesday. The 2013 net profits are down compared to the $12.9-million dollars recorded in 2012.

The population of the State of Alaska increased by 3.7-percent according to new estimates from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The new statewide population estimate is 736,399 individuals living in Alaska. That’s up from the 710.2-thousand people recorded in the 2010 Census. The increase of just over 26-thousand individuals puts the population growth rate for the state at 3.7-percent. That outpaces the national growth rate of 2.4-percent.

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell plans to push for Alaska taking an ownership position in a proposed large liquefied natural gas project. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Senator Mark Begich

U.S. Senator Mark Begich is joining a growing list of fishermen and lawmakers calling on Wal-Mart to change its policy in regards to stocking sustainably caught salmon products.

Senator Murkowski's office

Alaska’s Senior U.S. Senator is scheduled to give a major policy speech on energy tomorrow in Washington, D.C. Senator Lisa Murkowski will give the speech as part of the Brookings Institute’s “Energy Security Initiative”, which the institute claims is designed to encourage the development, discussion and dissemination of high-caliber energy research.

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has released their annual economic forecast for 2014. It shows slow to moderate job growth in Alaska. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

In recent day’s Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has made several appointments to boards and commissions. Among those appointed is Pearl Strub from Dillingham who was tapped to sit on the Alaska Workforce Investment Board.

The State of Alaska has joined a national settlement with a large mortgage company accused of misconduct. The settlement is for $2.1-billion dollars.

The President and CEO of the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative used a speech earlier this month in Anchorage to float the idea of building a large electricity generation and transmission project to serve nearly the entire state. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Double Digit Unemployment in Alaska

Dec 20, 2013

The latest data from the Alaska Department of Labor shows that Southwest Alaska leads the entire state in unemployment. KDLG’s Mike Mason looked at both the unemployment and employment numbers for this report.

Power Outage in South Naknek from Wednesday's Storm

Dec 20, 2013

NEA says crews will attempt to replace a cross-river power line that was downed Wednesday night, and hopefully have full power restored today.

The local electric cooperative that serves the Dillingham area is giving up on a long-anticipated project to develop a couple of hydroelectric projects within the largest state park in the Nation. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is continuing to lobby the largest retailer on earth to carry products made with salmon from Alaska. On Wednesday Senator Lisa Murkowski sent a letter to the incoming CEO of Walmart outlining her concerns with the current purchasing practices of Walmart in regards to salmon from Alaska.

New Flight Services Tower Open at Dillingham Airport

Dec 18, 2013

ATC Specialists say they're "good to go" at the new tower, which offers better views of the approaches and weather.