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July 2017

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Alaska Senate Invites House to Address Capital Budget

Today, the Alaska State Senate invited the House to join them in a new special session beginning this week in Juneau to finalize a capital budget that keeps Alaskans working on key projects across the state.

Welcome to the Second Annual Best of Alaska Business Awards

Welcome once again to our Best of Alaska Business Special Section! We launched this special section last year to give our readers the opportunity to honor their favorite Alaska companies by voting in nineteen categories. We also want to give Alaska’s business community an inside view of how their efforts are resonating with their customers and communities.

The Rebirth of Corporate Retreats

Corporate retreats took a backseat to more pressing financial matters as the economy dipped and companies began cutting costs wherever they could during the past decade. As the national economy has slowly eked its way out of recession, more businesses are considering investing in offsite trips to get employees away from their workstations to gain new perspectives and forge new bonds.

Touring Southcentral Alaska

One of the conveniences of visiting southcentral Alaska is that much of the state’s infrastructure is in this region, radiating out of Anchorage, the state’s population center. In particular, the Alaska Railroad is a unique and convenient way to travel through the region, in part because it has structured its service to cater to visitors that want to follow a strict itinerary and to those wanting the freedom to get just a little lost in the Last Frontier.

The Alaska Zoo: Amazing Animals, Superb Staff, Affordable Admission

I was invited to visit with Alaska Zoo Development Director Jeannette Menchinsky and Curator Shannon Jensen on a brisk morning in April; after Menchinsky and I chatted in her office overlooking Caesar the Alpaca’s pen, we set out into the zoo to meet up with Jensen and happened to come across her just outside the wolf exhibit. While she educated me about some of the rescue animals that the Alaska Zoo has taken in, the wolves began to howl. It’s a blessing I was recording Jensen’s comments because for a moment I heard nothing but the wolves as the young Alaskan in me suddenly and viscerally remembered the Alaska Zoo is just awesome.

Welcome to our Second Annual Best of Alaska Business Issue!

Being the best at anything is difficult. It’s easy to float through life, never taking chances, just getting the job done—but reaching the peaks of greatness requires a mix of initiative, ingenuity, strategy, and creativity. Being the best takes strength and the ability to think independently and take risks.

Alaska’s Growing Urgent Care Treatment Option: Not Just a “Doc in the Box”

When a medical emergency crops up, most people’s first thoughts aren’t about convenience or cost; they’re thinking about how to get help as quickly and efficiently as possible. In many cases this means visiting an emergency room, especially if lives are in danger. However, long wait times and increasing healthcare costs have some people turning to urgent care centers for injuries that—up until recently—would have landed them in the ER.
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