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Mariah Schloeman wipes down the counter at East Rip in Kenai on Wednesday. The store has implemented more stringent cleaning protocols, including wiping down surfaces after every transaction, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Trends: Pot industry looks for stabilization amid market, global uncertainty

“One thing that’s certain is that people want their cannabis.”

 

HEA rates hike goes into effect

Residents facing financial hardships due to the pandemic will not see their electricity shut off.

 

Aspen Hotel chain Owner George Swift cuts a ribbon officially opening the most recent building in Homer, Alaska, during a grand opening ceremony on May 29, 2019. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Trends: Tourism industry takes hit from COVID-19

‘Completely decimated travel in Alaska’

 

Seawatch: Scientific survey finds high catch numbers

An international scientific expedition is trawling far offshore for Pacific salmon even though some researchers chose to leave the ship as worries escalated about COVID-19,… Continue reading

FILE - In this illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. A woman in the San Francisco Bay Area who became ill after returning from a trip to China has become the ninth person in the U.S. to test positive for a new virus, health authorities said Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. (CDC via AP, File)
                                In this illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). (CDC via AP, File)

SBA offers loans for struggling businesses in wake of COVID-19

Business owners encouraged to take peninsula-wide survey

FILE - In this illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. A woman in the San Francisco Bay Area who became ill after returning from a trip to China has become the ninth person in the U.S. to test positive for a new virus, health authorities said Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. (CDC via AP, File)
                                In this illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). (CDC via AP, File)

Seawatch: Halibut, sablefish openings start strong

As the novel coronavirus continues to dominate headlines worldwide, halibut and sablefish got off to a surprisingly strong start in terms of pounds, but not… Continue reading

Seawatch: Seafood industry feels impact from coronavirus

As the global pandemic of the novel coronavirus disrupts all sorts of industries around the world, the seafood industry is already feeling the impact. Diversified… Continue reading

Seawatch: Report claims mining harms fish

As many Alaskans confront a governor who, according to CNN, lobbies foreign mining companies to invest in Pebble Mine, the environmental group Earthworks has released… Continue reading

Seawatch: Sitka herring fishery likely won’t open

The Sitka Sound herring fishery will likely not open again this season, but at least this year it did not involve boats gearing up, traveling… Continue reading

Seawatch: Board of Fisheries tips scale toward sport fishing

The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up their 2020 meetings on Upper Cook Inlet salmon proposals last week with a clear indication that sport and… Continue reading

Seawatch: Russian seafood embargo hurts Alaska fishing

While the U.S. trade war with China gets most of the headlines, there has been an ongoing embargo on U.S. seafood headed for Russia that… Continue reading

Seawatch: Most halibut quotas set lower

The International Pacific Halibut Commission wrapped up its meeting in Anchorage last week with all areas of Alaska except the western Gulf of Alaska seeing… Continue reading

Halibut charters get new regulations

The guided halibut charter fleet for Area 3A, including Homer, had its allocation set at 1.71 million pounds for the 2020 season at International Pacific… Continue reading

Seawatch: ADFG predicts low king runs

As Upper Cook Inlet fishermen prepare for the always-contentious Alaska Board of Fisheries meetings for the area starting Friday, the Alaska Department of Fish and… Continue reading

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
                                Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, seen in this July 2019 photo was selected to serve on a nine-member Alaska Marine Highway Reshaping Work Group by Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage. Whether he will be appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy remains to be seen.

Who will shape ferries’ future?

Deadline is tomorrow.

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
                                Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, seen in this July 2019 photo was selected to serve on a nine-member Alaska Marine Highway Reshaping Work Group by Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage. Whether he will be appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy remains to be seen.

Seawatch: Ocean acidification affecting crab shells

Just at a time when crab stocks in the central Gulf of Alaska are taking off, likely in part due to crashing cod populations, a… Continue reading

Seawatch: BOF cuts Mainland fishery

Kodiak seiners were stunned by decisions from the Alaska Board of Fisheries in their meeting last week to restrict the west side of Shelikof Strait… Continue reading

Seward High School students (from left) Tayten Barhaug, Lindy Guernsey and Akilena Veach demonstrate their Caring for the Kenai project, drones to help map the flood planes of Seward, during the Industry Outlook Forum in Seward on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Forum discusses peninsula’s 2020 economic outlook

Industries gather at forum to discuss growth and opportunities

Seward High School students (from left) Tayten Barhaug, Lindy Guernsey and Akilena Veach demonstrate their Caring for the Kenai project, drones to help map the flood planes of Seward, during the Industry Outlook Forum in Seward on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Seawatch: Satellite tags reveal new info on P-cod

Last winter, scientists and Alaska fishermen agreed to launch a pilot study to develop methods for tagging cod on active commercial fishing vessels in the… Continue reading