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11/25/14

Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) Public Scoping Report Released

Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) Expected by Summer 2015 ANCHORAGE – What do Alaskans think of the current design for the State’s proposed Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) project? Interested individuals can find out by reading the Public Scoping Report recently released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and contractor ERM Alaska, Inc. The report is a summary of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) scoping activities that occurred between August 1 and October 14 of this year. The Corps is the lead federal agency and ultimately responsible for issuing a federal permit for the ASAP project. The scoping report summarizes the substantive comments received by the Corps during the public scoping period which included 16...

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11/25/14

‘Tis the season for harvesting a Christmas tree in Alaska

(Anchorage, AK) – It’s the time of year when Alaskans want to know where and how to harvest Christmas trees on state and other public lands. Multi-agency maps and information for Christmas tree harvest areas in Southcentral and Interior Alaska, as well as tips for cutting and caring for a Christmas tree, are available online at http://dnr.alaska.gov/commis/pic/christmastree.htm, or by calling the DNR Public Information Centers at 269-8400 in Anchorage or 451-2705 in Fairbanks. The Alaska Division of Forestry allows Alaska residents to cut Christmas trees on unrestricted state lands. Alaskans are allowed to cut black or white spruce trees. The maximum tree height is 15 feet and the limit is one tree per household. Here are some other considerations regarding cutting...

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11/25/14

Coffman Engineers Names Skip Bourgeois Vice President

ANCHORAGE (November 25, 2014) – Coffman Engineers recently promotes Skip Bourgeois to Vice President of Marketing. Bourgeois has a total of nine years of marketing experience within the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. He started with Coffman Engineers in 2008 as the marketing coordinator of their Anchorage office. In 2010, he was promoted to Anchorage office marketing manager and in 2012 he was promoted to corporate marketing manager, reflecting a new position of corporate marketing oversight within the company. In his new role he will continue to support company growth, and fulfill his greater responsibilities to contribute to the strategic vision of Coffman Engineers as well as lead its company-wide marketing efforts. Bourgeois maintains an active...

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11/25/14

DOF awarded grant to help restore Chena River using “green infrastructure”

(Fairbanks, AK) – The Alaska Division of Forestry’s community forestry program recently received a $135,000 grant to help restore the Chena River watershed in Fairbanks using green infrastructure to reduce storm water runoff into the river. Green infrastructure is a way of building or landscaping that uses natural hydrologic features and manmade devices to manage water from rain and snow melt in a way that is cost-effective, sustainable and environmentally friendly.  Examples of green infrastructure include planting trees, using barrels to collect rain water for re-use, building rain gardens to capture rain water, using flow-through planters and using green roofs on homes. DOF’s grant proposal was one of 17 selected to receive funding through the U.S. Forest...

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11/25/14

Atwater fills key K-12 Outreach position at UA

University of Alaska Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Dana Thomas, is pleased to announce that Dr. Steve Atwater has been selected to lead the K-12 Outreach team as associate vice president. Atwater will start his position with UA on Dec. 1, 2014. “I want to underscore that this is a very important leadership role at the UA System,” said Thomas about the K-12 Outreach position. “Dr. Atwater’s expertise and insights are of particular importance in light of our efforts at creating productive partnerships with Alaska’s schools, as outlined in Shaping Alaska’s Future.” Atwater has a strong understanding of the challenges faced by Alaska’s schools. In speaking about his new position, he said, “After spending the past 25 years...

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11/25/14

Reported flu cases increase around Alaska

Anchorage and Interior regions experience large increase of confirmed influenza ANCHORAGE — Influenza activity in Alaska has greatly increased in recent weeks and has been confirmed in all regions of the state, according to Alaska Division of Public Health Epidemiologists. “Alaska is already seeing increased flu activity, which in past years usually occurs later in the season,” said Dr. Michael Cooper, program manager for the Infectious Disease program. Since mid-October, surveillance indicators have seen steadily increasing numbers with 345 cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza in October and 405 cases in November (as of Nov. 20, 2014). Many people sick with the flu do not seek medical care, and there is no reliable way of estimating how many cases there are...

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11/25/14

National League of Cities Elects 2015 Leadership and Board of Directors

Austin, Texas - The National League of Cities (NLC) today named its 2015 leadership and board of directors at the annual Congress of Cities and Exposition in Austin, Texas. The organization elected Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City, Utah to serve as NLC's 2015 president, Councilmember Melodee Colbert Kean of Joplin, Mo. as first vice president, and Councilman Matt Zone of Cleveland, Ohio. All officers are selected by a 15-member nominating committee and are elected by NLC's membership to serve a one-year term. NLC's 2014 president, Mayor Chris Coleman, will serve as the organization's immediate past president. 14 elected officials and four state municipal league directors will serve a two-year term: Matthew Appelbaum, mayor, Boulder, Colo. Wally...

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11/25/14

Ford Donates $77,500 to Feed Boys and Girls As Holidays Approach

Ford Motor Company Fund is providing $77,500 to 64 Boys and Girls Clubs across the Pacific Northwest Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska to receive $6,500 Ford Focus on Child Hunger has donated more than $800,000 and provided over one million meals to regional programs as part of the company’s work to address food access issues across the U.S. Anchorage, Alaska November 25, 2014 - Ford Motor Company Fund is donating $77,500 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho, Montana and Alaska, in keeping with its commitment that no child should go hungry -- especially as the holidays approach.  Sixty-four clubs across the five-state region are receiving Ford Fund grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 as part of the Ford Focus on Child Hunger...

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11/25/14

Scientists confirm identity of Alaska's first ichthyosaur

In 1950, a team from the U.S. Geological Survey mapping the U.S. Naval Petroleum Reserve in the western Brooks Range of Alaska stumbled on an amazing fossil — a 12-foot-long partial skeleton of a large marine reptile. Carl Benson, a retired geophysicist with the University of Alaska Fairbanks who was on the expedition, says they recognized the ichthyosaur fossil right away. “We knew what it was when we found it,” he said. “We talked about it in the tent that night and during the remainder of the field season.” It was the only vertebrate specimen they found on their five-month survey, a geologic reconnaissance that completed the first mapping of the area. The team collected lots of fossils on the trip but didn’t have room for something that big....

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11/25/14

PAMC earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ recognition from The Joint Commission

Providence Alaska Medical Center only hospital in Alaska recognized in four quality performance categories Anchorage, AK — Providence Alaska Medical Center today announced it has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States. PAMC was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for treating heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia and for surgical care. Providence Alaska Medical Center is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction....

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