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Ducks Unlimited National Convention coming to Anchorage, Alaska

05/25/16

Ducks Unlimited National Convention coming to Anchorage, Alaska

MEMPHIS, Tennessee – May 25, 2016 – Ducks Unlimited will hold its 2016 national convention June 1-5 in Anchorage, Alaska, at the Hotel Captain Cook and Dena’ina Convention Center in downtown Anchorage. The gathering will include seminars, entertainment, conservation education, demonstrations, field trips, tours and more. The Saturday business session at the Dena’ina Convention Center will feature guest speakers Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senator for Alaska; Nashville businessman Randy Bernard, co-manager of country music star Garth Brooks; and Paul Dickson, president of Morris & Dickson Company Limited and Pinola Aviary, and a partner in Sports South. This is the third time DU will hold the convention in Anchorage, with previous national conventions held...

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05/25/16

Baker Hughes Announces Organizational and Leadership Changes

Changes align with plans to build on company’s strength as a product innovator   Simplified structure achieves cost efficiencies, supports enhanced commercial strategy and allows the company to better serve customers HOUSTON, May 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Baker Hughes Incorporated (BHI:NYSE) announced today changes to its organizational structure and senior leadership team. The changes follow the company’s May 2 announcement of its plans to capitalize on its leadership position as a product innovator by simplifying its business structure, reducing costs and enhancing its commercial strategy.   Changes include: Baker Hughes has consolidated its previous regional operations structure into one global organization with responsibility for driving...

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05/25/16

Experience Apple TV on GCI

Experience Apple TV on Alaska’s fastest internet. Watching movies, TV shows, and live sports through apps is where television is headed. And the new Apple TV is built around that vision. Apple TV for $0 on No Worries 100 or 1 GIG plans. LEARN MORE 844.754.3701     New activation of No Worries 100 Mbps plan or higher required. See stores for details.

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05/25/16

ICYMI: Sullivan Holds Hearing on the Implementation of WOTUS

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, chaired a hearing yesterday entitled, “Erosion of Exemptions and Expansion of Federal Control – Implementation of the Definition of Waters of the United States.” The principal topic of discussion was how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are expanding federal control over land and water, including implementing the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule to the Clean Water Act—despite a stay on the rule issued by a federal court and no change in law—and how regulatory overreach is stifling businesses and hurting our economy and private property...

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05/25/16

Liberal Oilmen Support Liberal Politicians' Carbon Tax

Alberta's leaders look a lot like Alaska's these days.  We added much to our archives on the way Canada's major oil province is dealing with its own unsustainable spending this week.   There is a difference: Some big oil folks there are supporting tax increases -- for everyone.  Makes 'em look more friendly, don't you think?   Alberta and Alaska: Low oil prices.  Little talk and less action to make sustainable spending cuts.  Private sector job losses.  Government deficits.   Where are competent, honest leaders guided by facts, common sense, concern for current and future generations?  Where are leaders not guided by polls, not snookered by the desire to conform, not committed to populism?  We hope...

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05/25/16

Morning Headlamp - Gov. Walker's tax bill has rough opening in Special Session

Wordplay and inaction from Alaskan lawmakers. According to the Alaska Dispatch News, Governor Bill Walker's omnibus tax bill was met with cold shoulders and plenty of puns and metaphors. Rep. Les Gara called it a "recipe for failure." Rep. Bob Lynn, said he didn't want to have to "eat the whole enchilada" and vote against all the tax measures in the legislation even if he objected to only one. The proposed taxes include personal income tax assessed at 6 percent of a person's federal tax bill, plus tax increases on commercial fishing, mining, alcohol, tobacco and motor fuel. Of the eight tax bills Walker proposed, just one — an oil tax measure, which is not part of the omnibus package — made it out of the finance committees and on...

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05/24/16

FUNdraiser to Support Our Parks and Trails

Governor Bill Sheffield and Mark & Desiree Pfeffer have generously opened their homes to invite you to celebrate Anchorage Park Foundation accomplishments and help our future park and trail improvements take shape.   Please join us in their homes and decks overlooking the Coastal Trail for this fundaiser to benefit the sustainability of the Anchorage Park Foundation, so we can continue to advocate and support the park projects and programs you love!   Thursday, June 16 5pm-8pm 3125 Sustina View Court*   We'll celebrate the 26 park projects this season with food, wine and beer, auction, and live music, featuring Hot Club of Nunaka.   You can RSVP or learn more by contacting Beth@AnchorageParkFoundation.org or 907.274.1004....

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05/24/16

Four NOAA Fisheries Surveys Planned for Summer to Collect Data

Scientists from NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center will embark from Dutch Harbor May 28 on another busy survey season, off Alaska's coast, collecting data needed for fisheries managers to determine sustainable fishery harvest levels.   This year, they'll be conducting three groundfish and crab bottom trawl surveys and one midwater acoustic-trawl survey.   Groundfish and crab surveys are conducted annually in the eastern Bering Sea continental shelf (May-July) and biennially in the eastern Bering Sea upper continental slope (May-August) and Aleutian Islands (June-August). The midwater survey focuses primarily on walleye pollock and is conducted biennially on the eastern Bering Sea shelf and typically extends into Russian waters (June-August)....

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05/24/16

Annual Miles for Meals on Wheels 5K set for July 16th

Wasilla – Wasilla Area Seniors, Inc. is happy to announce our annual Miles for Meals on Wheels 5K occurring July 16th. This is a Fun Run, Walk, and Roll to benefit our nutrition programs including On-Site meals and Meals on Wheels. WASI is a nonprofit benefiting and serving seniors in the Mat Su Valley, and there are a number of ways you can support our mission through this event.   Early is registration is $20/person and $60/team of four if you would like to participate in the run. If you raise funds for the event yourself, you could win 25,000 Alaska Airlines Miles, a Kenai Fjords Cruise, or a one-night stay at the Grande Denali Lodge or Denali Bluffs Hotel for two. Sponsorships of $500 or more directly to WASI warrant recognition of you or your business in our...

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05/24/16

Morning Headlamp - BP to sell Anchorage headquarters

No end in sight. This Legislature's fourth special session began midday Monday when legislators were given bills to address two of Gov. Bill Walker's 10 original agenda items. Those bills were an omnibus tax bill and a seemingly noncontroversial bill providing health insurance to families of emergency responders killed in the line of duty. The administration largely adopted the key points of the omnibus tax bill — formerly House Bill 249 and now House and Senate bills 4001 — that was stuck in the House Finance Committee at the end of the regular session. However, the governor's proposal to reinstitute a state income tax at 6 percent of federal obligation was added to the bill with the group of industry and sin tax hikes. "The pink slip issue goes...

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