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James Patterson has written more New York Times best-sellers than anyone else. He reportedly earned $90 million last year. And now he's shared some of those earnings -- and his passion for books and independent bookstores -- with Palmer's own Fireside Books.  Zaz Hollander
Iceland native and Unalaska boat captain​ Kristjan Laxfoss has lived and worked in the Aleutians for 34 years. Last month, the Aleutians-Pribilof Islands Community Development Association awarded him $1,000 for his idea to produce pollock fish frankfurters on the remote island of St. George. John Messick
Alaska Regional Hospital on Friday announced plans to open a primary care clinic in Anchorage’s Mountain View neighborhood in an effort to reduce the number of residents who go straight to the emergency room when feeling ill. Tegan Hanlon
Gov. Bill Walker says that with current oil prices, Alaska can no longer afford its film subsidy program, an attempt to diversify the state’s economy by building a film and television industry.Pat Forgey
Despite dropping prices for oil and lower tax revenues for Alaska, a new report forecasts only a slight drop in construction spending in the state this year, mostly as a result of federal and state projects already in the works.   Mike Dunham
The International Pacific Halibut Commission voted Friday for a total catch in Alaska of 21.215 million pounds, up from 19.705 million pounds in 2014. That's the first time in a decade the commission has increased the catch.Molly Dischner | Associated Press
Former Wasilla Mayor Verne Rupright has been appointed to help regulate participation in Alaska's commercial fisheries. Commissioners serve a four-year term and are paid a little over $100,000 a year plus benefits. The appointment is subject to legislative confirmation.Molly Dischner | Associated Press
A contentious proposal for an alcohol tax in Anchorage hasn’t even officially been scheduled for the April city ballot, but the state liquor industry has already launched a campaign to fight it.Devin Kelly
A plan to allow oil major Royal Dutch Shell to use Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic drilling fleet is drawing opposition from environmental groups that say it's not consistent with the region's environmental goals.Phuong Le
The Atlanta-based airlines had previously flown seasonal routes to both cities from Seattle. It also plans to add seasonal flights to Ketchikan and Sitka.Associated Press
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