By Kathryn Mackenzie
Happy New Year! We’re extremely excited for the upcoming year and so are many of you, according to the wide range of contributors to our 2018 Economic Outlook Special Section. Looking back at 2017, a variety of factors contributed to a less-than-stellar year for Alaska—tax credit cuts for the oil and gas industry, continued lower-for-longer oil prices, and the resulting trickle-down effect, to name a few— yet even those have not dampened the state’s hopeful expectations for the year ahead.
By Tasha Anderson
Charles “Chuck” Robinson was a monumental figure in the development of communications in Alaska. Starting shortly after Alaska became the 49th state, Robinson worked at statewide White Alice Communication System sites for the military and continued his endeavors in the Last Frontier in telecommunications for the next five decades, serving as the president and CEO of Alascom; president and CEO of Pacific Telecom; and founder, chairman, and CEO of Alaska Communications Systems.
By Julie Stricker
All twelve of Alaska’s Native regional corporations offer a wealth of programs to help shareholders and descendants learn new jobs and skills, further their education, and learn more about their traditional cultures. It’s one of the things that sets these corporations apart from others in the Lower 48, and it’s an integral part of their dual corporate mandates to create wealth for shareholders via for-profit ventures and to foster shareholders’ educational, cultural, and social needs.
By Joey Besl
Wolves are opportunists and Lake Clark, situated at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, is flush with fish. Likewise, salmon make a relatively safe dinner. While moose fight back and can break a wolf’s legs, salmon simply flop or freeze.