Economy

The Anchorage store of outdoor outfitter REI reopened Thursday after concerns over improper asbestos abatement at a nearby storefront closed the shop late Tuesday.Sean Doogan
A new device promises to automatically track, and shoot down pesky mosquitoes with a burst of laser energy. It's perhaps the most high-tech way to massacre some mosquitoes.Sean Doogan
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is proposing a landing fee at the Deadhorse Airport, the aviation hub for the North Slope's oil industry, and some stakeholders aren't pleased with the idea.Jeannette Lee Falsey
The Anchorage Education Association couldn't decide between endorsing Ethan Berkowitz or Andrew Halcro for mayor of Alaska's largest city, so it picked both.Devin Kelly
Without federal action, Shell’s oil and gas leases in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's northern coast will begin expiring in 2017, followed by its drilling rights in the neighboring Chukchi Sea two years later. Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, and Maine Sen. Angus King, an independent who is part of the Senate’s Democratic minority, are launching a U.S. Senate Arctic Caucus to raise awareness of the region among their colleagues as the U.S. prepares to chair the Arctic Council.Yereth Rosen
Solid Waste Services comprises two utilities, one handling trash collection and the other operating the Anchorage Regional Landfill and two waste transfer stations. The administration is looking at selling only the trash collection side of the operation.   Devin Kelly
An apparently surprise discovery of natural gas on the Kenai Peninsula has sparked a dispute: What to do with tens of millions of dollars in potential profit? Alex DeMarban
Calista Corp., the Alaska Native regional corporation for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, announced Tuesday that it will be issuing its biggest-ever dividend, a total of just over $5 million to 12,900 shareholders. A typical shareholder with 100 shares will receive $380, the corporation said.Lisa Demer
A fresh new five-year plan for oil and gas leasing in the nation’s outer continental shelf features what federal officials hope will be a less controversial approach to oil exploration in Arctic waters, the Alaska director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Monday. Yereth Rosen