We’re deep in planning for the Best of Alaska Business awards party and special section (the results are in and there are some surprises this year, all of which will be revealed in our July issue), and, of course, we’re planning for the Top 49ers event in September, while still writing, editing, and planning for the next big issue. All to say it was a pretty typical month, yet a great month because there was one big difference—I’ve known for several weeks what I want to focus on in June: our cover story on Alaska Airlines.
Alaska was purchased by the United States more than 150 years ago, due in part—even then—to an understanding of the state’s significant potential. When Alaska was under consideration for statehood, one of the arguments to welcome what would become the 49th state was this land’s almost unfathomable resources.
It’s a beautiful month for business. The sun is shining (most of the time), green is peaking out of white, and it’s time for the Corporate 100 at Alaska Business. Life doesn’t get much better. This year we again recognize and honor the state’s largest employers as they persist through a turbulent economy, keeping Alaskans in work and providing the products and services we rely on to keep us warm, fed, and healthy and happy.
“Alaska has a long mining history and can attribute much of its infrastructure to early explorers and miners… Alaska contains strategic minerals important to national security and the economy. The continued development and production of these resources by the mining industry is vitally important.” This sentiment from Resource Development Council for Alaska Executive Director Marleanna Hall is echoed by members of the mining industry throughout the state.
It’s hard to believe we’re already in the second month of 2018. It seems as if we were just featuring the best places in Alaska to purchase holiday gift baskets. But we’re not looking back because we’re far too excited about the news and information in this spectacular issue.
So many thrilling changes occurred in Alaska in 2017. The oil and gas industry received exciting news in May when US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed a secretarial order to advance exploration efforts in the National Petroleum Reserve—Alaska and to update resource assessment for certain areas of the North Slope, specifically in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Welcome to the Alaska Business special Mining Issue. As an Alaska-based, business-focused, community-minded publication (I love hyphens, what can I say?), we spend a lot of time talking about oil and gas. Many argue it is the foundation of Alaska’s economy, but oil and gas are not the only natural resources that make significant contributions to the state’s fiscal well-being.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Since the early 1970s that slogan has been used to bring awareness to increasing air pollution, water contamination, and unchecked waste. In many parts of the Lower 48, recycling is not just second nature, it’s expected. Instead of pushing one garbage bin the curb for pickup, residents line up their municipality-provided recycling bins with their contents meticulously separated into paper, plastic, glass, and “other.”