Economy

Alaska's path to a sustainable budget will likely have to involve some combination of cutting spending, increasing revenues and using the Permanent Fund in some way, says David Teal, the Legislature's top budget expert. Pat Forgey
The head of a prominent Alaska economic think tank wants a statewide conversation on the state's scary fiscal cliff, and lawmakers and the governor say they are ready to engage. Alex DeMarban
Faced with falling rates of shareholder participation, Alaska Native corporations are moving to avoid the possibility of annual meetings where they cannot conduct business.Jeannette Lee Falsey
A man flying his drone caused quite a stir among residents of one Eagle River neighborhood this week after police received reports that the device had been spotted following children.Sean Doogan
The House Fisheries Committee on Thursday passed a bill that would eliminate the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and move its duties over to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.Zaz Hollander
The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off Alaska or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released Friday. Jonathan Fahey | Associated Press
Anchorage likely ended 2014 with a budget surplus between $4 million and $6 million, city officials said.Devin Kelly
The Alaska congressional delegation wants more no-bid federal contracts in excess of $20 million for Alaska Native corporations, saying federal contracting officials have been too reticent to make deals “out of fear of political scrutiny, even when a contract award may be justified."Dermot Cole
An uneasy truce between those in Bethel damaged by alcohol and people who want to drink without the state’s watchful eye tabulating Bush orders may be disrupted if a proposed liquor store emerges.Lisa Demer
Gov. Bill Walker defended a company-paid trip taken by his top environmental official last year to an anniversary celebration of Alaska’s largest mine -- a polluter regulated by the official’s department.Nathaniel Herz