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September 2014

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Southcentral Foundation’s Nuka System of Care

Southcentral Foundation’s Nuka System of Care

Healthcare providers from the nation’s most respectable organizations and from around the world continually make time to visit Alaska to observe and learn the operational and medical practices of Southcentral Foundation.

Afognak Native Corporation

Afognak Native Corporation

Afognak Native Corporation is seeing brighter skies with one of its most prominent contracts to date beginning in September, an over $10.5 million security services contract with France-based aircraft manufacturer Airbus in Mobile, Alabama.

Alaska Snow Symposium Plows On

Alaska Snow Symposium Plows On

Anchorage sees about 190 inches of snowfall on average per year, according to data gathered from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport from 1981 to 2010. The first snowfall of the winter typically occurs in October and rarely starts in September. The season’s last dusting of snow usually happens in April, and once about every four years, May sees a bit of precipitation.

Olgoonik

Olgoonik

“It’s just the beginning,” says Olgoonik Corporation CEO Hugh Patkotak Sr., speaking about the historic formation of Arctic Iñupiat Offshore LLC, a new company comprised of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and six North Slope village corporations, of which Olgoonik is one.

Employer Health Insurance Options

Health insurance is an important component of a competitive employee benefits package. Employers in Alaska can choose from a variety of health insurance options based on their group size, plan design specifications, costs, and other considerations to meet their employees’ needs.

Asset Tracking in the Transportation Industry

Asset Tracking in the Transportation Industry

Alaska has always been dependent on shipment of goods from the Lower 48 and other parts of the world. It would be difficult, indeed, for our businesses and residents to survive and thrive on what we produce locally. Historically, businesses tried to maintain a large inventory, but today most opt for the just-in-time approach to supplies. That, necessarily, involves knowing exactly when an order will arrive, and technology has been a boon to the asset- and shipment-tracking world.

Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Alaska Native Program

Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Alaska Native Program

A twenty-three-year-old regulatory affairs intern; a thirty-three-year-old engineering manager; and a thirty-five-year-old corrosion program engineer: What do these up-and-coming Alaska Natives have in common? They have all benefited from participation in Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s highly successful Alaska Native Program (ANP).

Fueling Petro Industry Operations

Fueling Petro Industry Operations

It takes fuel to make fuel. More specifically, fuel resources are required to explore for and extract new fuel sources. So who fuels Alaska’s petroleum industry in its pursuit of oil and gas? On the North Slope, some longtime Alaskan companies are getting fuel to those in the business of exploring for and extracting energy resources.

Resolving Conflict in the Workplace

How many people really look at how they speak to one another on a close point of view? I do when it comes to resolving conflict in the workplace. When there are issues that need to be brought up, most people try to avoid doing so because they’re uncomfortable in conflict. Let’s face it; no one seeks out conflict—unless of course they’re from a culture that values conflict. This is very rare unless you’re from New York or Boston.

Lowering the Cost of Rural Energy

Lowering the Cost of Rural Energy

Rural Alaskans pay the highest energy costs in the nation. And they often have to pay those costs with cash income far below the national and state averages. In her introduction to a 2012 Commonwealth North energy sustainability report, President and CEO Meera Kohler stated, “The poorest Alaska households pay up to 47 percent of their income on energy, more than five times their urban neighbors.” That can translate to diesel fuel at $10 per gallon and electrical rates of $1 per kilowatt hour.

Air-Cranes Improving Construction in Alaska

Air-Cranes Improving Construction in Alaska

Sometimes the origin of a business can be as fascinating as its services and work product. When it comes to the everyday communications Alaskans enjoy, like cell phone service and internet connections, one might not consider just how difficult it was to bring such technology to fruition.

Historic Ventures

Historic Ventures

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