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Sean Doogan

Alaskans looking forward to the opening of a local Krispy Kreme doughnut store will have to wait a little longer to get their fix of the popular national chain's fried offerings. In November 2013, Krispy Kreme announced the first Alaska store would open in Anchorage by March 1, 2015. But on Thursday the company said the opening will be months away.

"The franchisee has not broken ground yet, therefore there is no possibility of a March 2015 opening," Krispy Kreme public relations manager Lafeea Watson wrote in an email to Alaska Dispatch News. "No opening date has been confirmed, but I can assure you that we are moving forward in getting your Krispy Kreme locations up and running in Alaska as quickly as possible."...

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More than 400 people filled the third floor of the Dena'ina Center in downtown Anchorage on Monday night to show their opposition to possible U.S. Army cuts in Alaska.

The "Rally for Our Troops" was organized by Anchorage-based business, civic and municipal organizations and was aimed at encouraging a four-person Army committee to spare cuts to Anchorage's Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson ​and Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. The Army must reduce the nation's active-duty soldier ranks by more than 40,000 by 2017...

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With the state of Alaska facing a budget deficit of $3.5 billion this year due in large part to lower oil prices and declining North Slope oil production, local investors are cautiously awaiting the consequences of the recent oil price drop...

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Business, civic and government leaders are asking Southcentral residents to help them convince the Army it should leave Alaska soldiers out of planned cutbacks.

The Rally For Our Troops is an effort to pack the Dena'ina Center in downtown Anchorage with people Monday evening. The group organizing it hopes that a show of solidarity will convince the four-member Army committee visiting Alaska next week that it should not look to the Last Frontier as it searches for ways to eliminate 40,000 soldier positions by 2017 ...

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Local film production company Piksik and television station KTUU have teamed up to create a new company they say will produce Alaska-based unscripted television content.

While the airwaves are already filled with dozens of Alaska-themed reality shows, the backers of the newly formed Alaska Media House LLC said their shows would be far more realistic than the current offerings clogging the cable channels.

Piksik is wholly owned by NANA Regional Corp . KTUU-TV is owned by Indiana-based Schurz Communications ...

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The U.S. Air Force is auctioning off six recreational cabins in the Kenai Peninsula community of Seward, and they could be a steal. The minimum bid starts at $25, but the winning bidders must commit to having the 32-by-32-foot duplex cabins -- containing two identical living areas -- moved from their current location by May 15.

The cabins were part of the Air Force's recreation camp at Seward and were used by active duty and retired military members. They are summer cabins, meaning they have little insulation, but they come with plumbing, electrical hookups and even a kitchen and bathroom, complete with shower...

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An Alaska design and architectural firm is partnering with a nonprofit housing agency to design and erect a building that gives more than it takes.

The building, planned for 2 acres on Muldoon Road near its intersection with the Glenn Highway, would be home to 20 apartments for low-income families and residents with disabilities. If the architect and designers have their way, the multifamily housing unit will produce more energy than it consumes and use on-site water and sewer reclamation systems...

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From a slew of new restaurants and outlet malls to a national beauty products retailer and an indoor artisan market, commercial real estate remains in high demand in Anchorage, according to presenters at the monthly luncheon of the Building Owners & Managers Association of Anchorage .

Overshadowing the booming retail sector, however, is the massive oil price slide . And while the nationwide economic recovery will continue to drive Anchorage's retail sector, some beleaguered box stores are looking to downsize and lease out extra space...

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left her mark on the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Thursday during her first full day as chair. Murkowski wielded a Tsimshian maul -- a hand tool used by Alaska's Tsimshian people -- to gavel in and out of the committee meeting....

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Longtime followers of the Alaska Outdoor Journal , a website that for 20 years has featured user posts and information about hunting and fishing in the Last Frontier, may have been stunned when they logged on after New Year's Day and found only a farewell video from the site's creator, Gary Barnes of Soldotna.

In the video, Barnes, 66, who started Alaska Outdoor Journal in 1995, said that he has spent more than 30,000 hours posting information about the Alaska outdoors, including logging more than 1,000 all-nighters during his tenure as webmaster for the site. During the site's first year, Barnes claimed, he got only 12,000 visits. In 2014, he said, the site saw more than 1.3 million visitors...

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