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Dalton Highway Update 4/30/2016

04/30/16

Dalton Highway Update 4/30/2016

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) staff and contractor Cruz Construction continue to work to protect the Dalton Highway, Mile 390-407, from overflow from the Sag River. No water has topped the road. Currently, the trenches and berms are preventing overflow from impacting the Dalton Highway. Water is flowing in the ice trenches, and ice has formed against the temporary gravel berm at Mile 395 and would otherwise be over the roadway. Last year’s grade raise from Mile 397-405 has kept water from the roadway in several locations. Excavators that were maintaining the trenches will be pulled off the ice this weekend because of increased temperatures. Next week, contractor Brice Inc. will start construction of a second gravel berm near Mile 398,...

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Bambino’s Baby Food is Alaska Grown from Farm to Freezer

04/29/16

Bambino’s Baby Food is Alaska Grown from Farm to Freezer

Dr. William Campbell watched Zoi Maroudas growing up working in her family’s Anchorage restaurant. These days, he’s watching with interest as she creates her own business out of giving baby food a nutritious and delicious makeover.

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04/29/16

Young Moves Forward on Efforts to Reduce Bureaucratic Hurdles Impacting Native American 8(a) Contracting

Washington, D.C. – In an effort to reduce bureaucratic hurdles adversely impacting Alaska Native Corporations participating in the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program, Alaska Congressman Don Young successfully included language in the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to repeal Section 811 of the FY 2010 NDAA. Young’s provision would repeal Section 811, an overly burdensome Justification and Approval process (J&A) for Native American sole-source contracts valued at more than $20 million, and replace it with a commonly used and understood J&A process from the Competition in Contracting Act. “Since the enactment of Section 811, we’ve seen major inequities for Native American contractors,” said Congressman Don Young....

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04/29/16

Sullivan’s VA Express Appeals Bill Included in Comprehensive Veterans Accountability Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, applauded the rollout of the Veterans First Act, a bipartisan bill combining several pieces of legislation aimed at increasing accountability of senior executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and improving services for our nation’s veterans. Among the provisions included in the bill is S. 2473, the Express Appeals Act of 2016, legislation authored by Senator Sullivan that requires the VA to carry out a fully developed appeals pilot program, which will allow the VA to start testing the concept of a heavily streamlined appeals process.   “The average veteran waits nearly 1,000 days – or three years – for...

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04/29/16

Pot Projected to Raise More Money than Flawed Oil Tax in the Near Future

Juneau – Projections from the Alaska Department of Revenue show that marijuana taxes, alcohol taxes, and hunting and fishing license fees will each raise more revenue than Alaska’s flawed oil production tax in two or three of the next four years.  House Finance Committee member Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) says the projections are a clear indication that the Parnell-era oil tax law is broken and must be fixed.  “When pot raises more than oil production taxes, it’s a siren call that we have to fix a system that lets companies deduct their oil taxes down to almost nothing,” said Rep. Gara.  “Current law creates nearly a billion dollars in oil company cash payments for tax credits and deductions this year.  That...

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Drug Take Back this weekend in Mat-Su

04/29/16

Drug Take Back this weekend in Mat-Su

Hand in your expired prescription drugs, your pet's meds, your old vitamins this weekend at two locations.   Palmer Fred Meyer,  650 S. Cobb Street, Palmer, AK 99645 Wasilla Fred Meyer, 1501 E. Parks Hwy., Wasilla, AK  99654  

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04/29/16

Scientist helps improve flood watch in Alaska

University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist and commercial pilot Jessica Cherry has been busy flying over Alaska rivers, capturing images of their conditions to help forecast a risk of flooding. Cherry, a researcher at UAF’s International Arctic Research Center, takes high definition photos of the rivers with a camera on a small Cessna aircraft. She merges the photos using 3-D image-processing software. Cherry’s images enhance the National Weather Service’s River Watch Program, which monitors ice breakup conditions throughout Alaska to assess flood threats and hazards. This year, Cherry and UAF’s Geographic Information Network of Alaska hosted a visiting scientist, Sanmei Li from George Mason University, during the airborne campaign. Li gave a talk at UAF...

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Bilateral Effort Underway to Assess Populations of Arctic Seals and Polar Bears

04/29/16

Bilateral Effort Underway to Assess Populations of Arctic Seals and Polar Bears

Imagine trying to spot an animal that blends in with its environment from an airplane while flying at 150 knots and 1,000 feet up in the air. It's not easy. So, American and Russian government scientists are using infrared cameras that detect warm-bodied animals, coupled with high-resolution cameras to locate and identify seals and polar bears on sea ice in the high Arctic. The use of this equipment also helps reduce chances that animals will be disturbed because the survey team can fly at higher altitudes. For the past several weeks, U.S. scientists from NOAA Fisheries and Russian scientists from the Russian State Research and Design Institute for the Fishing Fleet have been collecting critically needed information on ringed and bearded seals and polar bears in the Chukchi Sea....

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04/29/16

Climate change academy for adults seeks participants

The Association of Interior Alaska Native Educators is seeking participants for a free academy to be held in Fairbanks this June. The academy, called Signs of the Land II, is for people who are interested in learning more about climate change and traditional Alaska Native knowledge. It will be held at the Howard Luke Gaalee’ya Camp, June 14-17, 2016. The academy targets Alaska Native adults including educators, leaders, planners, resource managers and community members. Participants must register online at www.ainealaska.org. Travel assistance is available. The deadline for travel assistance requests is May 18, 2016. The goals of the camp are to increase knowledge about climate change and impacts to Alaska, provide tools for planning and making decisions, and for...

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04/29/16

Municipality, AMATS Announce $3.5 Million for Transportation Improvements

ANCHORAGE – Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS) in partnership with Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities and the Municipality of Anchorage announced the award of $3.5 million dollars for transportation alternative projects for Anchorage.  These projects will be funded by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) dollars through the Transportation Alternative Program, which supports local transportation safety and recreation enhancements. “These seven TAP projects make Anchorage safer for seniors, kids, bikers, runners, walkers, and drivers and improve our world class trails system,” stated Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. The recommended project nominations and estimated funding timelines are as follows:  Vision...

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