Speaking at an Arctic conference in Anchorage Tuesday, a managing partner of a global investment firm said the Arctic presented "massive" investment opportunity and pitched an as-yet-unveiled protocol to attract would-be investors and guide investment in the region.
A decision this week by major credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's to revise its outlook on Alaska bonds from stable to negative could push up the cost of borrowing for communities and institutions all over the state.Jeannette Lee Falsey
With international customers shunning Alaska coal for cheaper sources, Usibelli, the state's sole working coal mine, faces more layoffs and a possible sixth straight year of declining production, mine officials said. Jeannette Lee Falsey
Employment rose about 1 percent each month from January through March, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, with the three-month average for employment at 326,087 jobs. Jeannette Lee Falsey
Flint Hills Resources wants a more lenient standard for treating sulfolane pollution at its North Pole refinery, while the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation wants to delay any decisions until the results of a long-term study come back.Laurel Andrews