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12/18/14

Kuparuk Pad 1B Hard Line Leak - Sitrep 2

ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION Division of Spill Prevention and Response Prevention and Emergency Response Program SITUATION REPORT Kuparuk Pad 1B Hard Line Leak SITREP # 2 SPILL #: 14399934901 TIME/DATE OF DISTRIBUTION: 12:00 p.m. on December 17, 2014 POTENTIAL RESPONSIBLE PARTY (PRP): ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. (CPAI) INCIDENT LOCATION: Kuparuk River Unit, Drill Site 1B TIME/DATE OF SPILL: A release from a two inch hard line (temporary metal piping) union running between the ball mill injection facility and the injection well was discovered at 4:00 a.m. and was called in to CPAI Security at 6:09 a.m. on December 15, 2014. CPAI reported the spill to ADEC at 9:22 a.m. TYPE/AMOUNT OF PRODUCT SPILLED: CPAI reported that 85 barrels (3,570...

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12/18/14

Foundation announces new board member, staff

Anchorage – Rasmuson Foundation has elected a new member to its Board of Directors and hired two new staff. Kris Norosz, of Petersburg, was elected to a three-year term, beginning January 1, 2015. Norosz is director of government affairs at Icicle Seafoods, Inc., a position she has held since 1996. A resident of Petersburg since 1978, Norosz has worked in fisheries for more than 30 years. She was a fisheries biologist and technician for the state, fished commercially in Southeast and Bristol Bay for 10 years and was executive director of two fishing associations. Her community work includes service on the boards of the Alaska Community Foundation and the Alaska chapter of The Nature Conservancy. She also serves on Alaska Airlines Community Advisory Board and the...

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12/18/14

New Alaska Minimum Wage Effective Feb. 24

JUNEAU, Alaska—Alaska’s minimum wage will increase to $8.75 an hour on Feb. 24, which is $1 more than the current $7.75. An estimated 16,000 Alaska jobs currently pay $8.75 or less. While the voter-approved Ballot Measure 3 called for a Jan. 1 increase, in accordance with the Alaska Constitution the effective date is 90 days after the Nov. 26 certification of election results by the Division of Elections – Feb. 24. The measure will also increase the minimum wage to $9.75 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016 and adjust the minimum wage each year thereafter for inflation. The new law also requires evaluation and potential changes whenever the federal minimum wage is adjusted, as Alaska’s minimum wage must remain at least $1 above the federal minimum wage starting with...

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12/18/14

Saving Energy in Alaska's Public Buildings

A set of reports published this week looks at ways the state could save millions of dollars through making public buildings more energy efficient. The report, produced by the Cold Climate Housing Research Center and funded by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, analyzes the energy use and costs of nearly 750 publicly funded buildings throughout the state—including government offices, schools, and maintenance buildings—and provides recommendations for lowering those costs. Based on data from nearly 70 percent of all schools in the state, schools could save an average of $33,000 per year through energy efficiency measures, such as occupancy sensors for the ventilation system and setbacks for the heating system. Specific policy changes identified by school district...

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12/18/14

Interior Gas Utility: 2014, A Doggone Good Year

IGU welcomes the end of a great year full of progress on the promise to bring affordable natural gas to as many people possible, as soon as possible. 2014 has been filled with curves and twists not uncommon to a complex infrastructure project, but IGU continues to achieve milestones to bring the Interior closer to energy relief. Looking back Only 11 short months ago, IGU, in it's simplest form, existed with the support of a seven-member volunteer board of...

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12/18/14

Healthcare.gov Automatic Enrollment Process

Enroll Alaska agents ready to help individuals ANCHORAGE, AK- December 18, 2014 – Individuals who are relying on the Health Insurance Marketplace (healthcare.gov) auto-renewal system this year might not have coverage starting January 1, 2015. Individuals should have received a notification from the Health Insurance Marketplace notifying them of their automatic renewal and re-enrollment into the same health insurance plan they selected last year. If their 2014 plan was discontinued, they will be mapped to the closet plan, not necessarily the best plan for them and their family. All Alaskans with individual and family health insurance coverage can call us for assistance with verifying their re-enrollment, making application updates, or choosing a new plan for 2015....

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12/17/14

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

Watch the live Christmas Tree fire demonstration from Wednesday, December 17 at 1pm at the Anchorage Fire Department Training Center located at 1140 Airport Heights Rd. Did you know that each year, fire departments throughout the U.S. respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees? Anchorage Fire Department would like to share some safety reminders to keep you and your family from experiencing a tragedy over the holidays. If you celebrate with either a freshly cut or an artificial Christmas tree, here are some tips for keeping your family safe: Choose a freshly cut tree that has been well cared for from the time it left the forest (or Christmas tree farm) to the Christmas tree lot. Trees should be protected from freezing, immediately after cutting, during...

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Twas the Month Before Christmas Safety Poem

12/17/14

Twas the Month Before Christmas Safety Poem

By Brian McKay Twas the month before Christmas, when all through the land Black Friday Shoppers, were getting out of hand. The prices were cut, slashed, and discounted Walmart was open and thugs were soon outed.  Men all over Anchorage were now back in business; Putting lights on the houses, getting ready for Christmas. Up on those ladders, remember the spotter, A fall from that height will result in a knotter. It is now time to go pick out the tree This year let’s do it without injury. They are heavy and awkward, and twisty and sharp, Remember the gloves, the twine and a tarp. Now to un-package the tree back at home Into the house, set it up in the room. Remember to lift it with knees bent - back straight, A back strain this year wouldn’t be...

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12/17/14

Providence Drive Closed During Construction of Pedestrian Bridge

Beginning Saturday, December 20, 2014 through Sunday, January 4, 2015, Providence Drive will be CLOSED between Piper Street/Seawolf Drive and Spirit Drive for construction of the UAA pedestrian bridge. Eastbound and westbound Providence Drive will also have lane closures in place leading up to the closure area. Both Piper Street and Spirit Drive will remain open during this time, but will also have lane restrictions in place. The detour route will use the following roads: Lake Otis Parkway, Northern Lights Boulevard, UAA Drive, Providence Drive, Elmore Road, and Tudor Road. Please expect some delays in the U-Med area and follow signed detour routes. Advanced notice message boards were put in place beginning Friday, December 12th –one full week prior to the start of the...

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12/17/14

Representative Les Gara: Launching Holiday "Laptops 4 Foster Youth" Drive, Saving You $, Holiday Giving

Launch of Laptops for Foster Youth Holiday Drive (While Foster Youth Numbers Continue to Rise)! Our office, in partnership with Amanda Metivier at Facing Foster Care in Alaska, works to match donated laptop computers with as many of Alaska's once 1,700, and now 2,400 foster youth as we can.  We founded the effort, and plan to see it continue to help youth in great need.  By the end of 2014 we will have matched roughly 400 laptops, IPads, and notebooks with foster youth, and youth who've recently left care and are working towards success and independence.  As successful as this "wizard behind the curtain" volunteer effort has been, and as generous as you've been, every year we work hard to try to keep up with the number of new foster...

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