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From the Editor: Alaska Economy Looking Up

Missing the Point

Missing the Point

Unfortunately for Alaskans, both sides are wrong.

Rural Alaska’s Alternative Power Solutions

Rural Alaska’s Alternative Power Solutions

The stillness is unbroken except by the sound of the wind and water and occasional cry of an eagle. The nearest community is twenty miles away, and there are no roads. There are no power plants or power lines either, but the lodge offers such luxuries as hot showers, a jetted hot tub, and wireless Internet, without the rumble of a generator in the background.

Water and Wastewater Woes

Water and Wastewater Woes

Alaska ranked dead last in the nation in the year 2000 for the number of homes without access to running water and sewer. Despite a concerted effort to make running water available for every resident of Alaska, that figure is mostly unchanged thirteen years later, and about six thousand homes are still without in-home water service, according to the state.

Cooper Lake Hydroelectric Upgrade

Cooper Lake Hydroelectric Upgrade

A nearly $22 million project to restore salmon habitat on the Kenai Peninsula will get underway this summer at Cooper Lake, near Cooper Landing. It’s an effort to restore lost stream habitat and improve aquatic conditions linked to the Chugach Electric Association’s Cooper Lake Hydroelectric project.

Mid-Year Economic Outlook July 2013

Mid-Year Economic Outlook July 2013

When Employees Acquire the Company

When Employees Acquire the Company

A few years ago, Alaska Mining and Diving Supply underwent a major conversion: It became a 100 percent employee-owned business. The company established an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) that enables its eligible thirty-five employees to earn a stake in the business. The more hours they work, the more shares they earn. And in six years, they get fully vested.

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