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Margy Johnson

Margy Johnson

Her father sailed on a leaky liberty ship to Alaska during World War II. He went to Shemya to help build runways to beat back the Japanese invasion. At eighteen, Margy Johnson took a different route than her father. She graduated from high school in 1966, got married, and headed up the Alaska Highway for Alaska with her Air Force husband. But unlike her father, Johnson never left and became a driving force in Alaska’s growth and success.

Coming to Agreement in the Arctic

Coming to Agreement in the Arctic

Each day brings a new awareness of changes in the Arctic region—more ships headed across the top of Russia toward the Bering Strait; an image of dozens of polar bears feasting on a whale carcass in Kaktovik; news that Alaska’s valuable king crab fishery can fall victim to the increased acidification of Arctic waters. The topics are varied, but share a common theme—the Arctic is changing, rapidly, and at a pace that is difficult to keep up with. Rising temperatures affect all regions of the world, but none as drastically or as swiftly as the Arctic, where the loss of ice is leading to profound changes.

You & Your Brand

You & Your Brand

Listen. Do you hear that? It’s your co-workers and employees talking. Do you know what they’re talking about? Their jobs and the company they work for. In short, you and your brand. And they’re not just talking to their spouses at the dinner table, they’re sharing it with their one thousand friends on Facebook and tweeting it to the world. 

Coal Miner’s Daughter

I am a coal miner’s daughter and I am a coal miner’s granddaughter. I still have that in my genetic code, though by the time I was born my grandfather had gotten out of the mines and into farming and my father had served in the US Navy, gone to college, and started working for the Federal Aviation Administration. I believe my dad’s work in the mining industry is responsible for my sense of fearless adventure—his coal mining job involved dynamite and blasting caps.

From Frozen Ground to Far-Off Markets

From Frozen Ground to Far-Off Markets

Alaska abounds with natural resources. The trick, of course, is how to get money for them. It seems crass, but Alaska’s industry IS its natural resources, whether they’re cut down, mined out, snatched up in nets, meticulously preserved to show off to the participants of Alaska’s tourism industry, or an integral part of a subsistence lifestyle. Alaska works endlessly to make sure that all of its natural resources can make money in harmony; a productive and respectful balance can be achieved. Of course, some items need to leave the state to realize their best value, in particular, the natural resources Alaska has locked deep underground. In Alaska, the transportation process often begins with a drill or an explosive charge.

The Law of the Sea and Its Effects On Offshore Mining

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea—the US military backs it, the oil industry loves it, and Senators Murkowski and Begich support it. Hell, even the environmentalists are behind this piece of legislation. So why won’t Congress ratify this treaty and put this issue to bed?

Sustainable Arctic Oil & Gas Exploration and Development

Sustainable Arctic Oil & Gas Exploration and Development

Normally pieces that begin with this title are about the environmental aspects of oil and gas exploration and development in the Arctic. This piece isn’t.

ANC Outside Interests

ANC Outside Interests

For the past two hundred years, the standard business model in Alaska has been focused on exports: fur, fish, timber, gold, and petroleum. Wealth in Alaska has generally moved outward, but in the past twenty years, one group of companies has successfully turned that business model around and brought the money back to the state: Alaska Native Corporations.

The Rise of Sovereign Wealth Funds

The Rise of Sovereign Wealth Funds

Relatively new, but increasingly important, players on the global investment scene are the Sovereign Wealth Funds. These government-controlled investment vehicles vary considerably in size and scope, as well as by their particular investment strategies and policies, but they are a formidable force in the markets and their reach can be felt in all corners of the world, including Alaska.

Alaska Mining Industry Update

Alaska Mining Industry Update

Alaska is a great place to live, work, and play; thanks in large part to the responsible development of our abundant natural resources. It was our resources that provided a compelling argument for us to become part of the United States, and today, Alaska has one of the healthiest economies in the country.

A Woman’s Place is in the Driver’s Seat

A Woman’s Place is in the Driver’s Seat

When we think of the women who have made their marks as leaders throughout history, many would call to mind fierce warriors like Boudica, said to be so tough that even the Romans didn’t want to mess with her; Joan of Arc, who was ‘born to’ be martyred; or women like Rosa Parks, whose quiet rebellion in being fed up with an everyday injustice earned a reaction that was anything but quiet.

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