As I write this in mid-January oil continues going down—getting closer and closer to $40 a barrel by the day. There is no indication when it will stop or what will end up being collected from oil royalties this year.
Last month we wrapped up thirty years of Alaska Business Monthly, which began with its first issue in January 1985 and has evolved over the years.
Hard to imagine another year is about over already—it’s true though—we are at the end of 2014. As soon as I write this and we send the December magazine off to the printer we will start working on January for next year—2015. And things are going to change.
We all know Alaska is the largest state in the United States and that the abundance of natural resources has fostered an economy dependent on the development of those resources.
We wondered what it would be like to go viral with Alaska Business Monthly’s Top 49ers, this year. We don’t want to crash our cloud; however, we would like a gazillion hits on our website.
By now I had hoped all those thirty-five thousand unregistered voters would have registered because it’s about time to vote. At press time, only about four thousand had, with less than two weeks left before the deadline on July 20 for the August 19 Alaska Primary Election. Much will be decided that day. There are eleven candidates for United States Senator; seven candidates for United States Representative; seven candidates for Governor; five candidates for Lieutenant Governor; and one Ballot Measure.
After rushing to Over the Rainbow to get a last minute birthday gift for a neighbor’s party that started in half an hour, I returned home twenty minutes later to find the ground level floor of my home full of smoke.
James C. Martin, 68, passed away at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage on April 11, 2014.
Two stories really stand out as we publish the May issue: “Alaska’s Ports, Harbors, and Docks: Integral to commerce and travel” (page 42) and “New and Improved Airport Runways: A key lifeline for rural Alaskans” (page 51). Both have the elements of transportation and construction at the forefront. Both get the point across that aviation and marine facilities are crucial to the movement of goods and people across Alaska, and although there are 4,900 miles of paved roads in the state, less than 20 percent of the communities in the state are connected by roads.