The old barn off Remington Road. Photo Courtesy Steven Miley Photography
Archives for July 2018
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is booming with construction and development is well underway this summer. One hundred million dollars in airfield construction is already underway. Investments are also being made by the airport’s tenants. Alaska Airlines is nearing completion of their $40 million dollar hangar and today the airport is announcing the start of construction of a new multi-million dollar tenant project. “This is encouraging and a testament that the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport continues to be a vibrant economic engine for the City of Anchorage and our State,” said Jim Szczesniak, Airport Manager.
ROTAK Helicopter Services will begin construction of a hangar worth $2.2 million at the Kulis Business Park. Founded in Alaska, ROTAK provides specialized helicopter services including precision external load lifting of the KMAX, an intermeshing rotor synchropter.
The airport will be hosting a ground breaking ceremony and all media are invited. The ground breaking will be at the construction site of ROTAK’s new facility located on the Kulis Business Park at noon, July 27, 2018. The address is 5014 Captain Hill Court. Directions: From Raspberry Road take a right onto Kulis Drive. Take Kulis Drive to Captain Hill Court and make a left.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 731 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
Cumulative passage at the Miles Lake sonar as of July 24 was 691,478 salmon. Current and expected passage indicates sufficient numbers of salmon to meet or exceed the lower bound sockeye salmon escapement goal. The Copper River personal use fishery is managed under direction of the Copper River Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery Management Plan (5 AAC 77.591). The plan establishes the season from June 7 through September 30, and directs the department to establish weekly periods based on Miles Lake sonar counts. During July 9 – 15, there were 78,761 salmon counted past the Miles Lake sonar. The preseason projection for this period was 42,655 salmon, which results in a surplus of 36,106 salmon. Copper River sockeye salmon migratory timing and the previous five-year average harvest and participation rates indicate sufficient numbers of salmon available to justify 168 hours of fishing time during the week of July 30 – August 5.
The personal use fishery will continue to be managed weekly through the end of August with any potential fishing opportunity dependent upon sonar passage and further adjustments needed to ensure wild sockeye salmon escapement. In order to provide additional fishing opportunity fishery openings may be announced with less than 5 days’ notice.
As a reminder, the Copper River Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery Management Plan and the Statewide Personal Use Fishing Regulations state that:
- The annual limit is 25 salmon for the head of household and 10 salmon for each dependent of the permit holder.
- Of the total limit only one king salmon may be retained per household.
- Personal use fishers must possess both their Chitina Personal Use fishery permit and a valid resident sport fishing license when fishing. Steelhead cannot be kept, and must be returned to the water unharmed.
- Harvest must be recorded on the permit immediately.
- The tips of the tail of personal use caught fish must be clipped immediately upon landing a fish.
- Immediately is defined as before concealing the salmon from plain view or transporting the salmon from the fishing site. Fishing site means the location where the fish was removed from the water and became part of the permit holder’s bag limit.
Information regarding the fishery can be found at the ADF&G web site: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=PersonalUsebyAreaInteriorChitina.main. This site provides information regarding the Upper Copper River fisheries including: fishery descriptions and summaries, maps of the subdistricts, a listing of vendors that carry the permits, and links to the sonar numbers and fishing schedule emergency orders.
Any changes on the status of this fishery will be announced on the Chitina Fishery information line at 822-5224 (Glennallen), 459-7382 (Fairbanks), and 267-2511 (Anchorage). Please contact an information phone line prior to planning your trip to Chitina to ensure that the fishery will be open when you arrive. If you have any questions regarding the Chitina Subdistrict personal use fishery, please contact the ADF&G office in Glennallen at (907) 822-3309.
Anchorage, Alaska — July 26, 2018 Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific has received 18 customer complaints and five negative customer reviews against Almost Fearless, a magazine subscription service operated out of Seattle and founded by blogger and author Christine Gilbert. The company touted services offering digital guidebooks, podcasts, and online courses.
Consumers allege that after raising more than $10,000 in capital through a Kickstarter Fund and charging up to $75 for magazine subscriptions, Gilbert never delivered on what was promised. Reports show only one magazine was ever produced despite customers being charged for all publications. Complaints made to BBB state the company failed to respond to requests for refunds or updates as to publishing timelines.
BBB sent a pattern of complaint letter to the company on June 18 and July 3, 2018. To date, the business has not responded to BBB’s request to address the complaints.
Almost Fearless is the second company started and abruptly ended by Gilbert. In November 2017, Gilbert created WeCreate, a company offering online courses for “building a thriving blog,” and charged customers to take classes and attend in-person workshops. Gilbert canceled the workshops without offering refunds.
Customers requesting a refund can file a claim with the Washington Attorney General’s office at www.atg.wa.gov and Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint, The Washington Attorney General reports they have already received complaints from customers. To file a complaint with BBB, visit BBB.org/complaints.
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“She did it all on a shoestring and managed her risks for her genuine love for exploration and communion with nature — no sponsors, no camera crews, no hashtags.” -Captain Liz Clark, author of Swell
In February 2015, Patagonia, along with the paddling community and adventurers everywhere, lost a true heroine. Audrey Sutherland was known for her solo wilderness expeditions and admired for her philosophy, “Go simple, go solo, go now,” which she lived fully until age 94.
Growing up in California and then moving to Hawai’i in 1952, Audrey raised her four children as a single mom and supported her family by working as a school counselor. In 1962, she decided to explore the coast of Moloka’i by swimming it while towing a raft with supplies, the first of countless solo adventures by this remarkable woman.
Celebrating its 40th year, Paddling My Own Canoe: A Solo Adventure on the Coast of Moloka’i (first edition 1978, Univ. of Hawai’I Press) introduces readers to the independent spirit who figured out (pre-Internet and pre-Patagonia catalog) how to access the pristine, remote shores of North Moloka’i where she spent seven days hiking steep sea cliffs and navigating dangerous breakers.
In 2012, Patagonia released Paddling North: A Solo Adventure Along the Inside Passage, a compilation of her first two (of 20) summer trips via inflatable kayak through the Alaskan wilds, where she eventually traveled more than 8,000 solo miles. Going alone was Audrey’s way of investing in life’s only real security: “the ability to build your own fires and find your own peace.”
Although commercial development and technology make adventures like Audrey’s more difficult to come by today, her stories challenge us to protect wild places so they remain unspoiled. “There should be some areas everywhere in the world where motorized access is forbidden, places you get to only through the natural, quiet energy of wind and muscle,” she wrote in Paddling My Own Canoe.
These re-designed editions ensure Audrey’s stories of perseverance and reverence for nature live on. Challenging us to go inward, her books leave readers with the same charge that propelled her: “Go simple, go solo, go now.”
Is the gas and oil drilling industry going green? It is in Alaska, as Quadco, LLC is positioned to bring Hemp, Inc.’s proprietary natural products for the oil and gas well drilling industries to market in the state of Alaska.
North Carolina-based Hemp, Inc.,/ a global leader in the industrial hemp industry, with the largest multi-purpose industrial hemp processing facility in the western hemisphere, recently announced that the company entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Quadco, LLC for its Loss Circulation Material (LCM) product in the state of Alaska.
In Alaska, the oil industry accounts for about one-half of the overall economy when the spending of state revenues from oil production is considered, according to the UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research. With full service districts in both Anchorage and Prudhoe Bay, Quadco is well equipped to provide a multitude of drilling, completion and intervention products and services to all of the onshore and offshore fields in Alaska.
Learn how hemp is being used in products that service the oil and drilling industries by speaking with a Hemp, Inc. executive today.
About Loss Circulation Material (LCM)
In oil or gas well drilling, loss circulation occurs when drilling fluid, known commonly as “mud,”flows into one or more geological formations instead of returning up the annulus. Loss circulation can be a serious problem during the drilling of an oil well or gas well.
All types of materials are used to stop fluid loss in the drill-hole as it leaks out into cracks, fissures, sand, salt and other porous formations. LCM is a term for substances added to drilling fluids when drilling fluids are being lost to the formations downhole. The DrillWall LCM product works faster to plug the leaks and is cost competitive with most LCM materials. It is non-toxic to the workers and it works with any type of drilling fluid.
Cassandra Dowell/PR Account Manager
EPA awards $2.6 million grant to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to protect public drinking water systems
(Seattle- July 24, 2018) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation a $2,602,083 grant to protect 1,410 public water systems serving nearly 850,000 Alaska residents.
“It’s hard to get more basic or important than safe tap water,” said EPA Regional Administrator Chris Hladick. “Protecting tap water is a cornerstone of the clean water partnership between EPA and our partners at state and tribal health agencies. Our program helps ensure that when water system customers turn on their taps, they get clean, safe water they can trust.”
With this grant, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will conduct regular sanitary surveys of public water systems; provide technical assistance to public water system managers and operators; ensure public water systems regularly inform their consumers about their system’s water quality; and administer an enforcement program that ensures public water systems comply with all applicable requirements.
Since 1976, EPA has received an annual Congressional appropriation – under the Safe Drinking Water Act – to assist states, territories, and tribes in carrying out their Public Water System Supervision programs.
All entities that have been delegated primary enforcement responsibility by EPA for the Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) grant program are eligible to receive grant funding. PWSS grants help eligible states, territories, and tribes develop and implement a PWSS program, enforce SDWA requirements, and ensure that water systems protect public health by complying with the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations. When systems are found to be deficient, or otherwise at risk, assistance is available to help ensure systems are operating properly.
For more information about the PWSS program