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FAIRBANKS, AK — The Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern Interior Field Office has temporarily closed public access to the Nome Creek area in the White Mountains National Recreation Area due to ongoing wildland fire activity near US Creek.
The closure includes the Ophir Creek Campground, Mt. Prindle Campground, Table Top Mountain Trail, Quartz Creek Trail, and Nome Creek Road.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities yesterday closed the US Creek Road, which provides the only road access to Nome Creek from the Steese Highway.
Bureau of Land Management
Anchorage, Alaska — June 22, 2015 — Summer may be the ideal time for a home makeover, but Better Business Bureau warns of impostor contractors who not only end up doing shoddy work, but costing consumers thousands of dollars.
Last month, more than 43,000 consumers turned to BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington for information on contractors and remodeling services. According to the United States Census Bureau, homeowners spend more than $3,000 a year on home improvement projects.
Sadly many of these projects end up turning into a costly disaster. BBB receives thousands of complaints on contractors and home remodeling companies each year.
While most contractors follow the rules, BBB advises homeowners to first nail down a plan before choosing a contractor for pricey jobs.
- Research companies. Collect as much information as possible about a business including permanent addresses, telephone numbers, tax ID numbers and business licenses. Use bbb.org to find quality local contractors.
- Check insurance coverage. Ask to see copies of liability coverage and workers’ compensation certificates. If contractors aren’t properly insured, homeowners may be liable for accidents that happen on their properties; ensure that coverage runs through job completions.
- Examine licensing and bonding. Make sure business are properly licensed and bonded. If overlooked, homeowners may be stuck with a lien on their home if subcontracts don’t get paid.
- Request references. Ask contractors for lists of completed projects and double-check with previous customers. Real customer reviews on local businesses are available at bbb.org.
- Get a written contract. Get the entire project description in writing. Understand warranties and any provisions that may void them. Have the contract include details on workmanship, payment schedule and finish date.
- Avoid large upfront payments. The initial payment should not exceed $1,000 or 10 percent of the total contract, and only pay for work that has been satisfactorily completed. Never sign a blank or partially-filled agreement, and always retain copies.
Finding the right company for the right job takes a little work, but it will be worth it in the end. Alaskans can visit the Alaska Department of Commerce’s website for more tips on hiring a contractor. To find reputable local contractors, visit BBB’s Accredited Business online directory.
Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager: 907-644-5208 | firstname.lastname@example.org
David Quinlan, Vice President of Marketing: 206-676-4119
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released a report showing that the various activities of the Department of the Interior contributed $358 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014, supporting more than two million jobs across the country.
“This report demonstrates once again that the Department of the Interior is a powerful economic engine,” Jewell said. “Our parks and public lands support outdoor recreation, promote renewable energy and allow us to harness other domestic energy resources, create jobs and promote economic development in communities across all 50 states.”
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2014 found that national parks, national wildlife refuges, national monuments and other public lands managed by Interior hosted an estimated 423 million recreational visits in 2014 – up from 407 million in 2013 – and that these visits alone supported $42 billion in economic output and about 375,000 jobs nationwide. This year’s report is paired with a web-based data visualization tool that lets the user customize the contribution analysis by bureau, activity or state.
Jewell has stressed the importance of continuing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is set to expire on September 30, 2015, unless Congress acts to reauthorize the fund. The LWCF provides money for federal, state and local government purchases of land, water and wetlands, from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf. President Obama has called for fully funding the LWCF at $900 million beginning in 2016.
Some highlights from the report include:
Recreation: National parks, national wildlife refuges and other lands managed by the Department hosted an estimated 423 million visits, supporting $42 billion in economic output and about 375,000 jobs.
Renewable Energy: Interior lands and facilities produced 38 million megawatt hours (MWh) of hydropower, enough to power about 3.5 million homes. In 2014 the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the installation of 768 MW in new solar energy projects on public and tribal lands. Renewable energy activities supported an estimated $3 billion in economic output, resulting in about 13,000 jobs.
Fossil Fuel Energy: Fossil fuel energy produced from Interior lands in 2014 included 706 million barrels of crude oil, 3.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 421 million tons of coal, supporting $230 billion in economic output and over one million jobs.
Non-fuel (Hardrock) Minerals: Hardrock mining on Interior lands produced a wide variety of minerals, including an estimated 2.5 million troy ounces of gold, and supported about $12 billion in economic output and over 42,000 jobs.
Forage and Grazing: Interior lands produced more than 10 million animal unit months of forage in 2014. Forage and grazing activities supported $1.4 billion in economic output and about 17,000 jobs.
Timber: Over half a billion board feet of timber harvested on BLM and tribal lands supported $0.8 billion in economic output and about 3,800 jobs.
Water: The Bureau of Reclamation and the BIA store and deliver water for agricultural, municipal and industrial users, supporting $51 billion in economic output and 379,000 jobs in 2014.
Grants and Payments: Grant and payment programs administered by Interior support activities such as reclamation of abandoned mine lands, historic preservation, habitat conservation, and tribal governance. These activities supported $10 billion in economic output and 99,000 jobs in 2014.
Prepared by the Department’s Office of Policy Analysis, the report is the sixth in a series of annual economic reports published since 2009. The estimated $358 billion in economic output is related to a variety of Interior’s activities including: tourism and outdoor recreation at parks, monuments and refuges, water management, energy and mineral development on public lands, wildlife conservation, hunting and fishing, support for American Indian tribal communities and U.S. island territories , as well as scientific research and innovation endeavors.
Jewell noted that many of Interior’s activities—such as scientific research and conservation of parks, wetlands and wildlife habitat—have economic values that are not easily calculated, and are not included in the report’s totals.
“While this report quantifies some of the economic benefits of public lands, the full value of our lands and historic sites cannot be expressed in dollars,” said Jewell. “Many of these are simply priceless treasures that belong to all Americans and define our cultural, historic and natural heritage for present and future generations. They provide us with clean water, clean air and habitat for a rich diversity of plant and animal species that depend on healthy public lands and waters, in addition to breathing space for our growing population.”
Bureau of Land Management
Fairbanks, Alaska (AK) – Opera Fairbanks announces its 2015 Free Summer Community Concert. For the past several years, Opera Fairbanks has provided a free concert to Interior residents featuring the Opera Fairbanks orchestra, and integral part of each Opera Fairbanks production.
Opera Fairbanks Artistic Director Gregory Buchalter of the Metropolitan Opera noted “I am always excited each summer to work with the wonderfully talented instrumentalists in Fairbanks who play for us. The annual free concert is both a previous of the opera and also a chance for us to do our own thing on stage as opposed to being unseen in the orchestra pit for the production. Because the orchestration is rich and colorful in Hansel and Gretel and because the composer, Engelbert Humperdinck studied with Wagner and was greatly influenced by him, I felt it necessary to include Wagner in the concert. We will be playing the majesty Overture to his Die Meistersinger. The featured work on the program will be another beautifully textured work, Dvorák’s very famous New World Symphony.”
This year’s concert is sponsored in part by Holland America Line, Inc. and will take place on Friday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Musical selections will also include excerpts from the upcoming production of Hansel and Gretel, sung by principal vocalists Jamie-Rose Guarrine, Maya Lahyani, and David Cangelosi.
About Opera Fairbanks: Located in Interior Alaska, Opera Fairbanks is the farthest-north professional opera production company in the United States. Founded in December 2005 by Cassandra Tilly, Theresa Reed, James Holm, and Morgan Reed, it is the only professional company in Interior Alaska solely devoted to opera production and education.
(VALDEZ, Alaska; June 23, 2015) – Crowley Maritime Corp. recently sponsored a week of cultural, team building and learning activities for Yakutat and Gilson Middle School students in Valdez, as a part of a larger effort to expose Alaska Natives to the many diverse career opportunities that exist within the state’s maritime industry.
The group of 16 students – 10 of whom were Native Alaskans – first toured Crowley’s Valdez office and spent time at Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Ship Escort/Response Vessel System (SERVS), where Mike Day, SERVS operations manager, provided an overview of daily operations in Valdez and explained SERVS’ partnership with Crowley. The students then had the opportunity to meet with several Alaska Natives who sail aboard Crowley’s vessels, and toured Allison Point, Solomon Gulch, the Old Valdez Town Site, Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, Prince William Sound Community College and the Valdez Senior Center. At the Valdez Senior Center, the group connected with the elders by performing songs and introducing themselves in their native language, as a way to “breathe life” back into their shared traditional upbringings and Tlingit heritage.
Finally, the students enjoyed an educational tour of the Valdez Museum and participated in the Valdez High School career fair, which gave them the opportunity to meet business leaders from across the state. An evening barbecue at Dock Point Pavilion introduced the students to Crowley office personnel and Betty McIntyre, an Alaskan Native advocate in Valdez.
“It was a pleasure to be a part of their success for the week,” said Crowley’s Tom Hancock, assistant port captain, who guided the students through the week’s activities. “I look forward to providing the same type of eye opening, cultural and community outreach program to another group of Alaska Native Middle School Students in the future.”
In addition to offering shoreside and vessel employment opportunities to Alaska residents, Crowley also provides state-wide scholarships and support within the communities in which the company does business. To learn more about the opportunities Crowley offers Natives, please read the recent article – Crowley Alaska: Dedicated to Creating Lifelong Opportunities for Natives in the last edition of Crowley Connections magazine.
For more than 60 years, Crowley has been a leader in the Alaska fuel industry, providing transportation, distribution and sales of petroleum products to more than 280 communities across Alaska. Crowley supports the energy industry on the North Slope with summer sealifts of large production modules and various marine transportation services. At the southern terminus of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, Crowley provides tanker escort and docking services in Valdez Harbor and Prince William Sound for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Ship Escort/Response Vessel System, utilizing some of the most technologically advanced and powerful tugboats in the world. To learn more about Crowley in Alaska, visit: www.crowleyalaska.com.
To learn more about Crowley Maritime Corporation, the 123-year-old, privately held company providing marine solutions, energy and logistics services around the world, please visit: www.crowley.com.
Crowley Maritime Corp
Local Veterans, Friends, Sing Alonger’s, and Family are welcome!
When: July 11th at 4:00 PM
Where: Pioneer Pavilion here in Delta
RSVP: Please RSVP by July 4th by calling 907-895-4835 or emailing email@example.com
Veggie & Meat Lasagna
Spaghetti with Meatballs
Fresh Green Garden Salad
Under 5 FREE
Please join us for a taste of Italy. We also have PIE and ice cream!
Friday, June 26
5:30 – 7:30pm
The class will be held at the Delta-Clearwater Senior Lounge in the Community Center at 10:00 AM and will include about 4 hours of instruction.
If you are a current AARP member, the cost is $15.00. Non-members will be charged $20.00.
Some insurance companies offer a discount on insurance premium for successful completion of the course.
Please contact Doris Fales at 895-4502 for further information and/or to register. Please register as soon as possible!
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – Fort Wainwright will launch an updated version of its automated recreational access system, USARTRAK, July 20. The update will require all current recreational access permit holders to re-register and obtain a new, free access pass for all recreation activities. After July 20, previously obtained access permits will no longer be valid.
The upgraded system found at http://usartrak.isportsman.net will have the following benefits for registered users:
• Faster and more reliable access to online and telephonic users in determining which military lands are accessible to all forms of recreation;
• Provide more areas accessible to recreation in Donnelly Training Area West;
• Communicate training area road closures in real time both online and telephonically;
• Will allow for training area check-in online, telephonically or by smart phone.
The USARTRAK update will better inform moose hunters of available land during general moose season Aug. 28 and run through Sept. 30. Information about available and restricted lands will be published through the USARTRAK iSportsman online site.
All sportsmen 16 and older may register for a free access permit at the above website or at one of three kiosk locations: Fort Wainwright Visitors Center, Fort Greely visitors Center, and the Fort Wainwright Natural Resource Office.
Fort Wainwright and U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK) will publish a list of the available Interior Alaska military lands available for moose hunting four weeks ahead of the normal timetable this year. The early announcement will be made no later than July 17 to allow hunters to better schedule and resource their hunts.
To ensure the safety of both sportsmen and Army personnel, Fort Wainwright Law Enforcement in partnership with Alaska Wildlife Troopers, will significantly increase active patrolling and enforcement of hunting regulations on military lands. Sportsmen will need to be extra vigilant to ensure they are accessing only those lands available to public recreation.
The Army reserves the right to adjust the available lands for hunting in order to facilitate unscheduled critical training in support of worldwide deployments. Maintaining military readiness to respond to worldwide contingencies is our No. 1 priority.
For more information, contact the Fort Wainwright Natural Resource Office at (907) 361-9686 during normal business hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If no one is available to take your call please leave a message and they will return your call.
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