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03/27/15

Marine mammal guide makes identification easy

Off the Hawaiian coast, a spray of water catches your eye. You see a Fraser’s dolphin, or is it a short-beaked common dolphin? The answer can be found in the latest field guide available from the Alaska Sea Grant bookstore. “Guide to Marine Mammals and Turtles of the U.S. Pacific” follows two previous marine mammal guidebooks written for Alaska and the Atlantic. Kate Wynne, marine mammal specialist for the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, wrote and designed her third book with field scientists and boaters in mind. Garth Mix is the illustrator. The idea for a trilogy of field guides followed publication of the first book, “Guide to Marine Mammals of Alaska,” in 1992. The Alaska guide was created in response to a need for quick and accurate...

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03/27/15

Alaska Senate Democrats: Caucus Connection #25

Issue #25 – March 27, 2015   Former staffer Sam Gottstein, Senator Bill Wielechowski, Senator Berta Gardner and Senator Johnny Ellis catch up after a presentation from Sam on opportunities to improve tribal and state relations Senator Gardner and Senator Wielechowski at a Senate Judiciary committee hearing on public safety issues in Anchorage     Senator Ellis speaking about the budget benefits of Medicaid expansion and the moral imperative to improve Alaskans health Senator Donny Olson talks about the cultural significance of language and the important role speech plays in a child’s brain development With the issues of a budget deficit,...

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03/27/15

Sullivan Announces Opening of Fairbanks Office

Names Leslie Hajdukovich as Special Assistant WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today announced the opening of his Fairbanks, Alaska office, and announced Leslie Hajdukovich as his Special Assistant for the Interior. “I am excited to announce Leslie as the newest addition to our team," Sen. Sullivan said.  “A lifelong Fairbanksan, Leslie's experience and knowledge of Interior issues will be invaluable as we work to advance Alaska's interests in the U.S. Senate." An active member in the Fairbanks community, Hajdukovich most recently served as a statewide co-chair of the Vote No on 1 campaign. A graduate of the University of Puget Sound, Hadjukovich also served on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board from...

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03/27/15

Food Bank of Alaska applauds Rep. Young's introduction of Summer Meals Act

Food Bank of Alaska applauds Rep. Don Young’s introduction of the Summer Meals Act of 2015 yesterday, March 26. Says Executive Director Michael Miller, “Food Bank of Alaska very much appreciates Rep. Young’s leadership on the Summer Meals Act. This legislation will make it so much easier for people in small rural communities to start meal programs for children during the summer when they don’t have meals at school. Food Bank of Alaska distributed 100,000 children’s meals last summer, and we’d love to add new programs and increase this number. Children who have enough to eat year-round can learn and grow to their full potential.” http://donyoung.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398190   Food Bank of Alaska  

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Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers visit with Napaskiak students during annual training

03/27/15

Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers visit with Napaskiak students during annual training

Napaskiak, Alaska — Alaska Army National Guardsmen visited with students here Wednesday while taking a break from the annual training that brought them to Bethel and outlying villages. Soldiers from the 297th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade conducted a portion of their training in Napaskiak, a small village seven miles downriver from Bethel with approximately 400 residents. The Soldiers were near K-12 ZJ Williams Memorial School while performing small unit support vehicle operator’s training, and made sure to provide village residents with an interactive experience with the 10,000 pound vehicles. “It’s important for our students, for the children, to get these experiences with visitors from other places because as educators, we see it as part of their...

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03/27/15

Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Strengthen Victims’ Rights

Senate Bill 5 calls on offenders to provide compensation for loss of income JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate unanimously passed legislation this week to protect families and businesses from property and income losses associated with crime by strengthening Alaska’s restitution laws. Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) helps restore crime victims to a pre-offense condition. The bill protects the rights of law-abiding Alaskans by requiring criminals to provide compensation for loss of income, as well as at the actual market value of a stolen item. “The issue was brought to my attention in 2014 through a recent rash of drug-related burglaries on the Kenai Peninsula and in the Mat-Su Borough,” said Senator Micciche. “In addition to...

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03/27/15

Northern Region - Seasonal WR Effective 03.31.2015

PUBLIC NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC FACILITIES NORTHERN REGION SEASONAL VEHICLE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS Issue Date: March 27, 2015   Seasonal weight restrictions apply to all vehicles over 10,000# GVW. Weight restrictions are now in effect within the Northern Region at the locations specified below.  These weight restrictions are stated as a percentage of legal allowable weight and shall be applied to the maximum axle loading in accordance with 17 AAC 25.013(e). ADOT&PF Northern Region boundaries extend from Mile 163 Parks Highway north, and from Mile 118 Glenn Highway north-east, and from Valdez on the Richardson Highway north to Fairbanks.  Road systems within Cordova and Nome are also within the Northern Region. Until further notice, no...

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03/27/15

The U.S. Arctic Has Large Oil and Gas Potential That Can Provide National, Economic, and Energy Security Benefits, Says National Petroleum Council Study

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 — Prudently developing U.S. Arctic oil and natural gas resources would enhance America’s position as a global leader in energy production for the next 35 years or more, a new National Petroleum Council (NPC) study concludes. Arctic Potential: Realizing the Promise of U.S. Arctic Oil and Gas Resources, approved today at the 125th meeting of the National Petroleum Council, found that the United States’ large Arctic oil potential, similar in scale to Russia and larger than Canada and Norway, can be safely explored for and developed with the technologies in use today while providing for environmental stewardship. Decades of new production from the Arctic, which holds a significant portion of the world’s undiscovered conventional oil and...

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03/27/15

Stantec Among Top A/E/C Firms for Client Satisfaction

Anchorage, AK (March 27, 2015) NYSE, TSX: STN - Stantec, through its acquisition of USKH Inc., was recently named a Premier Award for Client Satisfaction winner by PSMJ Resources, Inc., a management consulting firm for the architecture/engineering/construction (A/E/C) industry. The Premier Award, presented in partnership with Client Feedback Tool, honors A/E/C firms that provide their clients with top quality communications, impressive performance and cost-effective solutions. Stantec was one of 20 A/E/C firms – and one of four large firms – selected for the award. The award was presented at the PSMJ A/E/C Industry Summit in Orlando, Florida. “Naturally, we’re pleased to receive this recognition from PSMJ for client satisfaction,” says Tim Vig,...

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GCI executive honored with national recognition

03/27/15

GCI executive honored with national recognition

At a luncheon event at the Hilton New York last Thursday, GCI executive Tina Pidgeon was recognized by Multichannel News as a 2015 Wonder Woman, an award that was given to 13 influential women nationwide from cable operations, technology, programming and media sales. Pidgeon, GCI’s general counsel, chief compliance officer and senior vice president of governmental affairs, is well known in the communications industry for her expertise in a wide range of services and issues, including retransmission consent, universal service and wireless network competition. In 2014, she was included in Multichannel News’ “Women to Watch” list. “Tina is truly one of the best and brightest executives in the cable and telecommunications industry,” said Ron...

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