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07/29/15

15-Year-Old Anchorage Entrepreneur Opens Skateboard Shop in Anchorage

A 15-year-old Alaskan entrepreneur, Casey Conner, recently opened 907Boards, a full-service board company offering skateboards, longboards, safety gear and all the accessories needed to successfully traverse the Alaskan terrain.   Alaska SnoX champion, extreme sport enthusiast and sophomore at South Anchorage High School, Conner dreamed of sharing his passion for skating with others, while promoting the sport’s clean-cut side and providing a place for kids to hang out. “With the help of my parents, I wanted to share the love that I have for boarding while giving kids a safe place to do homework, play foosball or just meet up,” said Conner.  907Boards offers Pizza Fridays (6PM-9PM) in their “Boardroom,” promotes fun activities for teens and...

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Red-backed voles climb into scientific literature

07/29/15

Red-backed voles climb into scientific literature

A few years ago, Link Olson wanted students in his mammalogy class to see one of the neatest little creatures in Alaska, the northern flying squirrel. He baited a few live traps with peanut butter rolled in oats and placed them in spruce trees. When he returned the next day, he found no flying squirrels. Instead, peering back at him were the beady eyes of the mice of the north, red-backed voles. The curator of mammals at the University of Alaska Museum, Olson knew a bit about northern red-backed voles. He thought back to the few vole papers he had read and did not remember a sentence about their ability to climb. A search led to just two references. One is a mention from author and biologist Ron Smith in his book about Alaska natural history: "This vole has been seen in...

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NOAA Fisheries revises approach guidelines for vessels in Alaska glacial fjords

07/29/15

NOAA Fisheries revises approach guidelines for vessels in Alaska glacial fjords

NOAA Fisheries is announcing new, voluntary approach guidelines for vessels in Alaska tidewater glacial fjords to minimize disturbance to harbor seals in sensitive nursery habitat.   "These guidelines are intended to provide additional protection for harbor seals, while continuing to offer high quality glacial viewing opportunities to visitors and locals alike," said Jon Kurland, Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources in NOAA Fisheries' Alaska Region.     Tidewater glacier areas provide essential habitat for harbor seals in Alaska. Such areas are only available to seals in southcentral and southeast Alaska, where there are fewer than two dozen ice-filled inlets. In one area alone-Icy Bay near Yakutat-a thousand pups are born...

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07/29/15

Alaska Air Guardsmen rescue two lost hikers southeast of Homer

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued two lost hikers near China Poot Lake southeast of Homer, July 28. According to personnel from the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, the two hikers wandered off the trail while hiking in the area and became lost. “They tried for several hours to find the trail, but were unable to find their way back,” said Capt. Jeremiah Johnson, a senior controller with the AKRCC. The hikers found their way to a clearing and used a 406 personal locator beacon to signal for help, he explained. Activated beacons are instantly detected by geostationary satellites, which relay coordinates of the user’s location to rescue coordination...

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07/29/15

PRSA Alaska Chapter hosts second Alaska Communicators Exchange

ANCHORAGE – Professional communicators from all industries will meet for two days of professional development and networking at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Alaska Chapter’s second annual statewide conference, the Alaska Communicators Exchange, or CommEx, Wednesday-Thursday, August 5-6, at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center.   The two-day conference is headlined by three keynote speakers who are storytelling experts: nationally recognized communications guru Rob Biesenbach; bestselling author and award-winning NBC Today Show reporter Bob Dotson; and co-editor of PR Daily Beki Winchel. Biesenbach recently presented at PRSA’s International Conference in Washington, D.C., and will share insights from 25 years in the industry that...

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07/29/15

Time for Back-to-School Immunizations

With the start of school just around the corner the Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services would like to remind parents to add immunizations to their child’s back-to-school to do list. To highlight the importance of immunizations for everyone, and to make sure that children in particular are protected with all of the vaccines they need, the Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services is joining the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. “State law requires up to date vaccines for school entry,” Melinda Freemon, Anchorage Health Department Director said. “If parents haven’t done so already, now is the perfect time to make sure their children’s...

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07/29/15

Construction Employment Declines in 127 Out of 358 Metros Between June 2014 and 2015

Construction employment declined in 127 metro areas, was stagnant in 51 and increased in 180 between June 2014 and June 2015, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the declines come as the House and Senate struggle to enact legislation to extend federal transportation investments beyond the July 31st expiration of the current program. "It is hard for construction firms to invest in new employees if they don't know what business conditions will be like for the rest of the year," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "Many transportation construction firms will be reluctant to expand their headcount until Washington puts in places a...

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ORPC’s RivGen® Power System Delivers Power to Remote Alaskan Village Grid

07/29/15

ORPC’s RivGen® Power System Delivers Power to Remote Alaskan Village Grid

Portland, Maine, July 29, 2015 – ORPC is pleased to announce that its 2015 RivGen® Power System Demonstration Project in the Kvichak River at the remote river village of Igiugig, Alaska, was successfully deployed and is providing power to the local microgrid, significantly decreasing the community's diesel fuel use. Equipped with ORPC’s latest technological advancements, the 25-kilowatt RivGen® Power System is designed to reduce and stabilize the cost of power in remote or "islanded" communities located near rivers and tidal estuaries. "We are thrilled that our RivGen® System is demonstrating a viable, renewable energy option for islanded...

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07/29/15

Mat-Su Organizations Awarded $1.1 Million in Grants

Wasilla, Alaska — Five local organizations were recently awarded Mat-Su Health Foundation grants totaling more than $1.1 million. The grant recipients are the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Co-Occurring Disorders Institute; Mat-Su Borough; Mat-Su Health Services; and the University of Alaska. The awards were part of the Foundation’s Healthy Impact grant program, which funds projects over $15,000 that improve the health and wellness of people living in the Mat-Su Borough. An overview of each grants follows:   Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ACBVI) was awarded $133,000 over five years to support its Mat-Su Health Access Project. The funding will allow the center to expand its services to the smaller, more remote parts of the...

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07/29/15

Northrim Bank Chooses Datrium Storage for Trial of Next-Generation Virtual Infrastructure

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 28, 2015  Benjamin Craig, EVP & CIO of Northrim Bank in Alaska, knew he had a storage problem. He also knew how he wanted to fix it, but until now the solution didn't exist. Northrim, one of three publicly traded/publicly held companies based in Alaska, has had to master business continuity to deal with both extreme distance and nature.  In 2012, the bank experienced two Level-1 disaster events, forcing them to enact contingency strategies only four months after the completion of its newly commissioned virtual infrastructure.  Thanks in large part to VMware vSphere and shared storage, they were able to successfully resume production operations in less than five minutes at their secondary datacenter 350 miles...

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