ANCHORAGE, Alaska— In support of the administration’s goals of achieving energy dominance and sustainable development of our natural resources, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public input on the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Willow Master Development Plan (MDP) in the Bear Tooth Unit (BTU) of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A).
The proposed project includes the construction, operation, and maintenance of a central processing facility, infrastructure pad, up to five drill pads with up to fifty wells on each pad, access and infield roads, an airstrip, pipelines, and a gravel mine on BLM-managed lands within the NPR-A. In addition, the MDP/EIS will analyze the connected action of a temporary island to facilitate module delivery via sealift barges which would occur within waters managed by the State of Alaska. ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc. (ConocoPhillips) submitted a letter requesting the development of the Willow prospect in May 2018.
“Analyzing the proposed Willow prospect in a single MDP/EIS will result in a quicker and more efficient process for the approval of applications for permits to drill,” said Acting State Director Karen E. Mouritsen. “Public input on this project is important and we look forward to hosting public meetings and listening to the comments people may have.”
Throughout development of the MDP/EIS, the BLM will consult with federally recognized Alaska Native Tribes on a government-to-government basis. The BLM is also consulting with the regional and local Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act corporations (Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and Kuukpik Corporation, respectively).
The BLM will hold public scoping meetings in: Anaktuvuk Pass, Anchorage, Atqasuk, Fairbanks, Nuiqsut, and Utqiaġvik at times and locations to be announced in local media, newspapers, and on the BLM website. All meetings will afford the public an opportunity to provide input on the process. At the meetings, the BLM seeks to identify relevant comments, concerns and/or issues that will influence the scope of the MDP/EIS and guide its development, including the formation of alternatives to the proposal. Meeting procedures will be available on the BLM Alaska website at www.blm.gov/alaska.
Those unable to attend one of the meetings are encouraged to participate via BLM’s project website, which includes a project area map and frequently asked questions. Comments can be submitted via the project website or emailed to: BLM_AK_Willow_Comments@blm.gov. BLM will accept comments through September 6, 2018.
The project website is accessible through the BLM Alaska website and comments on the Willow MDP/EIS may be submitted by any of the following methods:
Mail: Attn: Willow MDP/EIS
222 West 7th Avenue, Stop #13
Anchorage, AK, 99513-7504
Bureau of Land Management
Alaska State Office
Office of Communications
BBB Warns of Misleading Door Knocking Solicitors
Anchorage, Alaska — August 6, 2018 While communities across the nation celebrate National Night Out on August 7, Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific urges neighborhoods to be wary of door-to-door scams.
National Night Out is an annual event promoting police-community partnerships. The event helps citizens bolster their defenses against crime by strengthening community bonds and educating people on how they can participate in creating safer neighborhoods. BBB wants to remind home owners that while many trustworthy home improvement and security system companies solicit door-to-door, residents should watch out for high-pressure or deceptive sales practices.
Last year thousands of consumers filed complaints against door-to-door solicitors. Some of the top scams BBB hears about involve home improvement work, magazine sales, meat sales and home security alarms.
Here’s how the scam works:
Often, scammers stop by your home offering a special service or pretend to be with a utility, security or cable company. Whether they are selling you a product or trying to get inside your home, it’s important to be vigilant whenever a salesperson shows up at your door.
Here’s some tips to help avoid deceptive door-to-door scams:
- Do your research. Tell the salesperson you may be interested, but to come back at another time. Consumers should also tell salespeople this if they claim to be affiliated with your utility company or someone you actually do business with. It’s best to always follow-up directly using verifiable contact information on the company’s official website or bbb.org/northwest-pacific.
- Resist high-pressure sales tactics. A reputable seller will give consumers time to think through the deal. Avoid sellers who need an immediate answer, offer “once in a lifetime” or “today only” deals and put pressure into signing a contract.
- Ask for the salesperson’s identification. Any legitimate salesperson should be able to provide identification for both themselves and their company such as a permit, business license or business card.
- Get it in writing. When making a deal with the salesperson, be sure to get a receipt and a written contract including any special terms and conditions, complete costs, payment timelines and warranty information.
- Don’t pay in full right away. Be sure to avoid paying in full until the work is completed to your satisfaction. It’s also wise to pay with a credit card for further protection.
- Remember the Federal Trade Commission’s “Cooling-Off Rule.” This rule gives consumers three days to cancel purchases over $25 made at their home or other location that is not the seller’s permanent place of business.
If you’ve been a victim of a door-to-door scam, help others avoid being scammed by filing a report with BBB.org/ScamTracker.
This is part three in a seven-part series on building your kit. It seems that lots of folks don’t know where to start or what items to include in their kit. How about sitting down with your family and make a list of what you would need if you couldn’t go to the store or get to the bank for several days? Then go to work and bit by bit, build your kit. It can be a fun family project that has an added benefit of offering a greater piece of mind when a disaster does strike. Besides, everyone is invested in the project.
At latest word, fires are still raging in all three Western States. Reports are still coming in from Northern California and parts of Western Oregon that people are being evacuated out of their homes, although by now you would think they’d know it was coming.
Building a kit following this seven-part, step-by-step plan will give you the basics. You will have a 72 hour kit. It is my experience that most kits expand over time and eventually you will want to have a 14 day kit on hand, but this is a good beginning.
Things to buy for Week Three:
1. Dust filter masks. Look for the ones rated “N95”, they are designed to keep out airborne dust, pollen and possibly protection from disease.
2. Whistle to signal for help.
3. Finish buying water, at least one gallon per person per day.
4. Cash. Set aside as much as you can reasonably afford. Small bills are best. During a widespread power outage your debit card is of no value. Neither is the money you have stashed in a savings account. Put away some cash and then leave it untouched for actual emergencies.
5. Make copies of your important family documents. You can scan them to a USB stick and store it in either a “go bag” or other safe location away from your home. These documents may include copies of insurance policies, deeds, passports, birth certificates and titles to your vehicles.
6. Regular, unscented, household bleach for purifying water. Also pick up an eyedropper. Experts recommend 16 drops of bleach to purify one gallon of water.
7. Juice. Get the single-servings as refrigeration may not be available
8. Nutrition/high energy bars
Plan and discuss how you would evacuate your home in the event of a sudden emergency.
Tap water may need to be purified with bleach in the event of a disaster. Consider purchasing or building a stand-alone water filter. (Email me for a free set of plans to build an effective, low-cost filter.)
Plan to have at least one can of meat or meat entree for each family member per day.
Select two places to meet with your family after an emergency or disaster-one near your home and one outside of your neighborhood in case it’s not safe to return.
As always send your questions and comments to email@example.com. Dave Robinson is a retired Postmaster and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” available on Amazon, barnesandnoble.com and other online booksellers.
The Chitina Subdistrict will open for a 168-hour period from 12:01 a.m. Monday, August 6 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 12.
The fishery will thereafter open each week through the remainder of August under the following schedule. The fishery is open by regulation during the month of September:
Thursday, August 16, 6:00 a.m. through Sunday, August 19, 6:00 p.m. 84 hours
Thursday, August 23, 6:00 a.m. through Sunday, August 26, 6:00 p.m. 84 hours
Thursday, August 30, 6:00 a.m. through Friday, August 31, 11:59 p.m. 42 hours
Saturday, Sept 1, 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, Sept 30, 11:59 p.m. continuous
Final cumulative passage at the Miles Lake sonar, as of July 28, was 701,577 salmon. Continued expected salmon run entry indicates sufficient numbers of salmon to meet or exceed the lower bound sockeye salmon escapement goal with limited fishing opportunity in the Chitina Subdistrict personal use dip net fishery. 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 16 – 22, there were 83,176 salmon counted past the Miles Lake sonar. The preseason projection for this period was 45,317 salmon, which results in a surplus of 37,859 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 August 6 – 12.
The Miles Lake sonar operations ended for the season on July 29. During July 23 – 28, there were 19,868 salmon counted past the Miles Lake sonar. The preseason projection for this period was 31,889 salmon, which is 62% below expected. Copper River sockeye salmon migratory timing and the previous five-year average harvest and participation rates indicate sufficient numbers of salmon available to justify limited weekly fishing opportunity through the remainder of August. The fishery is open by regulation from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 1 through the end of the season at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 30.
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.
Crossing Boulder Creek, south of Black Rapids. My buddy didn’t have a pair of waterproof boots so he froze his feet in the icy water. Photo Courtesy Steven Miley Photography
ANCHORAGE, Alaska. Aug. 2, 2018. As U.S. gasoline demand strengthened and supply declined, the national gas price average jumped two-cents on the week to $2.874 per gallon. Meanwhile, Alaska’s gas price average is $3.390, which is about a penny less expensive on the week, two-cents less than last month and 59-cents more than a year ago.
“As crude and gasoline inventories tighten, gas prices remain volatile,” said Michelle Donati, spokeswoman for AAA Alaska. “On the week, pump prices increased as much as 11-cents for some states with others, including Alaska, seeing decreases.”
Alaska metro prices are listed from lowest to highest in the chart below:
City Today’s price Change from last month Last year’s price
Anchorage $3.249 -0.4 $2.618
Fairbanks $3.461 -0.4 $2.900
Juneau $3.674 +2.9 $3.351
Alaska $3.390 -0.8 $2.803
National $2.874 +2.1 $2.329
GasPrices.AAA.com provides comprehensive gas price data and insight to motorists and journalists. The Top Trends page allows visitors to sort data in various ways, including the ability to query gas prices at the state metro level. Each state touts county gas price averages via a state heat map. Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport will conduct a Full-Scale Disaster Exercise on Saturday, Aug. 4. Large plumes of smoke and emergency vehicles may be visible during the exercise. The exercise will be conducted at the north end of the airfield.
In accordance with Federal Aviation Administration training requirements for aircraft rescue and firefighting, the airport must conduct a full-scale exercise once every 36 calendar months. This exercise will allow airport first responders to practice responding to an incident at the airport and coordinating with various agencies that would assist in the event of an actual emergency.
There will be no impact to the normal flight operations at the airport.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, 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.”