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June 2017

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Staying Safe in Alaska’s Oilfields in Good Times and Bad

Keeping oilfield workers safe is more than just a full-time job for the many companies, contractors, and organizations operating in Alaska’s extreme conditions, it’s a way of life. So much so that before they are allowed to even pick up a drill or step on an oil rig, all workers on Alaska’s legendary North Slope are required to complete a mandatory Unescorted Course through the North Slope Training Cooperative (NSTC).

Know the Rules of the Road Before You Hire Up for the Season

Much of Alaska’s economy is seasonally based. So it comes as no surprise that many Alaska businesses have workforces that fluctuate in size depending upon their business needs. Many of these seasonal businesses also temporarily operate in remote locations, triggering certain logistical and legal considerations other employers are not required to address.

Grace Greene: A leader for TOTE and a leader for Alaska

Transportation is vital in the Last Frontier, particularly the transportation of goods into the state. By far, the majority of goods and materials for residential and commercial use are brought into the state by sea. TOTE Maritime Alaska has been working to keep Alaska well-supplied for more than forty years.

The Port of Nome: Rescoping and Moving Forward

Much like the Port of Anchorage services more than the Municipality of Anchorage, the Port of Nome is vital infrastructure for Western Alaska. It was a particular disappointment for the region when Shell ceased exploration activities in the Chukchi Sea and the subsequent suspension of the Alaska Deep-Draft Arctic Port System Study, a multi-year examination of various options for port development in the Arctic.

Landscape Architecture in Alaska

Landscape architecture isn’t gardening. This seems to be a common misconception, in that many non-professionals connect landscaping with planting trees or flowers or installing a fire pit.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles or How I Arrived at “Alaska Business”

Spring in Alaska is like no other I’ve experienced. As the ice and last dregs of dirty snow disappear, surprising vistas emerge on a daily basis.

Another Year of Renewable Energy Growth

Alaska is a bastion for renewable and alternative energy sources statewide, and 2017 is set to meet or even surpass last year in terms of new project financing and construction.

Kuskokwim Ice Road: New Funding Necessary for Seasonal Highway

As the sky turns pink with the approaching dawn on the shortest day of the year, a handful of people from villages along the Kuskokwim River head out onto a jumble of ice to start marking what will become a 250-mile-long frozen road linking villages from Nunapitchuk south of Bethel to Napaimute to the north.
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