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Bridge Builders

Bridge Builders

Bridges, both large and small, are an essential part of our transportation system across the nation. They’re particularly critical in a state such as Alaska where we have mind-boggling rivers, both in size and will, and even greater bodies of water that separate our “here” from our “there.” Explorers and pioneers that we are, we always want to get “there” from “here.”

The Importance of Cranes in Construction

The Importance of Cranes in Construction

Operating a crane is precise work. The person at the controls wields a lot of power, swinging heavy items into place while a crew on the ground assists. A small mistake could mean costly property damage and even, in a small number of cases, lost lives.

Travel Medicine

Travel Medicine

For the business traveler, receiving an assignment to report out-of-country can be the start of an exotic adventure. But before the journey ever starts, often there are medical requirements as the initial threshold to overseas deployment.

Trends in Construction Project Delivery

Trends in Construction Project Delivery

In economically challenging times, companies often need to modify the way they do business in order to stay in business—that is, they need to provide the services that the client wants, even if it’s not the way it’s always been done. In the commercial construction business, the go-to project delivery method has traditionally been design|bid|build.

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Racers Adapt

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Racers Adapt

“Northern Alaska was once a very warm country. Alaska was close to the sun.” So writes William Oquilluk in his book, People of Kauwerak. Oquilluk, an Iñupiat Eskimo, sought the history of his people from elders in Teller, Mary’s Igloo and other northern villages. When he would hear the same story from three sources, he would write it down to preserve the legends.

Build the Bridge Already

Build the Bridge Already

Stop writing checks for studies and plans. Start writing checks for concrete and steel. It is time for the state to build the bridge across Knik Arm. Since the bridge will be owned by the state, the state should use its own money and build it.

Alaska Oil Policy

Alaska Oil Policy

Article VIII, Section 2 of the Alaska Constitution requires that “[t]he legislature shall provide for the utilization, development, and conservation of all natural resources belonging to the State, including land and waters, for the maximum benefit of its people.” As we have often heard during this legislative session, many read this provision as having significant relevance to the current oil tax debate, arguing that the provision requires the state to tax oil production at high rates in order to derive the “maximum benefit” from the oil for the state’s citizens.

Point Thomson’s Promise

Point Thomson’s Promise

After 35 years of frustration, Alaska finally is on a path to achieving production from Point Thomson, one of the richest oil and gas deposits ever discovered in the state.

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