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07/02/15

Forty-seven middle school students from 18 Alaska communities build and fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) at ANSEP STEM Career Explorations

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Last week, 47 middle school students from across the state returned to the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) campus to participate in the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) STEM Career Explorations component. At the five-day residential camp, students studied the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) career field, which provided them with the opportunity of a lifetime to build, test and fly drones while following Federal Aviation Administration safety guidelines. Led by industry professionals, students participated in several hands-on UAV activities throughout the week, including one of ANSEP’s newest STEM learning projects: constructing unmanned aerial vehicles. At the beginning of the week, students were divided into groups of three...

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07/02/15

Rep. Guttenberg Hires a New Staff Member

FAIRBANKS- Representative David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) is pleased to announce and welcome, Kaitlin Wilson, as a new addition to his staff.  Wilson, a second generation Alaskan, was born and raised in Fairbanks.  At a young age she was attracted to photography, and after traveling extensively throughout Latin America with her camera, she decided to pursue her passion and study the art at a formal institution.  In 2009 she enrolled in the media arts program at Columbia College in Chicago.  After one year of living in the city, she found herself being drawn back to the natural beauty of Alaska, where she returned home to earn a bachelor’s of art in journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2013. Wilson, 31, has...

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07/02/15

ADOT&PF to Operate Race-Neutral DBE Program

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) has received approval from the Federal Highway Administration to operate a race-neutral Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program to be achieved without affirmative actions. Specifically, prime contractors are no longer required to use DBE's as a condition of award. ADOT&PF was granted the change because Alaska’s contractors know the value of using smaller businesses as subcontractors and support the establishment and growth of minority owned and operated business. ADOT&PF Civil Rights Office staff has worked to educate small businesses to the advantages of being a certified DBE. The department developed a web based self-registration process where prime...

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07/02/15

Alaska farmers, fishermen team up to encourage locals to Eat Alaska

Juneau, Alaska. July 1, 2015 - The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) and Alaska Grown have joined together to celebrate Alaska's bounty of locally grown food and locally harvested seafood with the Eat Alaska campaign.  Eat Alaska features a collection of twenty recipes from Alaska's best and brightest chefs, each featuring a uniquely Alaskan mix of local produce and seafood, such as:  Crispy Alaska Rockfish with Celery Root Puree from Chef Andrew Brown of Jack Sprat in Girdwood.  Alaska Salmon Cakes with Spicy Turmeric Garlic by Kim Sunée, author of A Mouthful of Starsand Trail of Crumbs in Anchorage, and Togarashi Alaska Black Cod With Kale Kimchi from Chef Kevin Lane of The Cookery in Seward.   Eat Alaska also offers...

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First National Wasilla Branch celebrates 30 years

07/01/15

First National Wasilla Branch celebrates 30 years

Helping a once sleepy Wasilla town grow into the bustling commercial, and thriving residential center of the Mat-Su is a job Craig Thorn and his team of fellow Alaskan bankers are proud to celebrate.   Today’s 30th anniversary of First National Bank Alaska’s Wasilla Branch is marked with a $1,000 donation to MYHouse, a Mat-Su non-profit serving more than 150 homeless youth in the Valley age 14-24 yrs. old. “With the support of neighbors like First National Bank's Wasilla Branch, we are able to make a difference in the lives of Alaskan youth," said MYHouse executive director Michelle Overstreet.   “Over the past 30 years, First National’s Wasilla Branch has expanded to meet the growing needs of our community, bringing...

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Cyrano's Presents 'Anchorage: The First Hundred Years'

07/01/15

Cyrano's Presents 'Anchorage: The First Hundred Years'

                  Cyrano's put the frosting on the 2015 Centennial Cake with a series of ten theatrical "living newspapers" featuring the headlines and stories of the day, colorful characters who helped shape Alaska--including mayoral perspectives through the years and the Anchorage family dynasties, authentic music of the period, and film clips.   Cyrano's is working with some of Alaska's best playwrights to create the vignettes and story lines, with Charles Wohlforth and Katherine Ringsmuth serving as our historical consultants.   These productions will provide an exciting and interesting evening of theatre for both cultural tourists and history buffs alike! The playbills...

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07/01/15

Governor Walker Signs Budget Bills into Law

July 1, 2015 JUNEAU—Governor Bill Walker on Monday signed into law House Bill 2001, the state’s operating budget, and Senate Bill 26, the state’s capital budget, for fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016). With vetoes, the governor and lawmakers reduced the state’s unrestricted general fund spending for fiscal year 2016 to $4..95 billion, a reduction of $1.1 billion, or 19 percent, from the fiscal year 2015 budget adopted last year.  Total spending for fiscal year 2016 will be $12.1 billion. Governor Walker used his line-item veto to reduce a $700 million appropriation for refundable oil exploration expenditures to $500 million. These are direct payments to oil companies that have no current tax liability. This has no impact on companies...

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07/01/15

Governor Walker Appoints Marijuana Control Board Members

July 1, 2015 JUNEAU - Governor Bill Walker announced today his appointments to the Marijuana Control Board. Governor Walker sponsored House Bill 123 to establish the Marijuana Control Board. The Alaska State Legislature passed the bill in April. The board is tasked with developing regulations covering aspects of marijuana cultivation, processing and commercial sale. The board will include representatives from the public health and safety sectors, industry, and rural Alaska. According to the transition language in HB123, general public seats will not be appointed until after the first terms of the initial board expire. “I am pleased to announce these five appointees to the Marijuana Control Board,” Governor Walker said. “They bring with them decades of experience...

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Concierge Auctions To Sell Alaskan Waterfront Retreat August 18th

07/01/15

Concierge Auctions To Sell Alaskan Waterfront Retreat August 18th

  HOOD BAY/ADMIRALTY ISLAND, ALASKA – July 1, 2015 – Leading luxury auction firm Concierge Auctions is calling all adventure seekers to Hidden Bay Retreat, a one-of-a-kind, 45.75-acre estate in the temperate Southeast “Panhandle” region of Alaska. Now scheduled for auction on August 18th, the property is complete with more than a half mile of no-bank water frontage, a 2,382-square-foot, fully furnished contemporary chalet, a detached caretaker’s residence, a green utility center and 500 feet of dock space. It also includes seven contiguous lots with opportunity for further development. Hidden Bay Retreat is currently listed for $7.75 million and will sell to the highest bidder above a $4.75 million reserve in cooperation with Mary Wanzer of Coastal...

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07/01/15

Murkowski Announces Second Session Summer Interns

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced the names of her second session summer interns who will work in her Washington, D.C. office in July. These recent high school members of the “Class of 2015” will get personal insight into the operations of a U.S. Senate office by shadowing Murkowski throughout the day, helping with day-to-day clerical and administrative tasks, and assisting staff with research projects. “The first session of interns were energetic, engaged and informed, so this next group really has its work cut out for them if they want to fill their shoes,” Murkowski said. "My staff and I enjoy having interns in our office and greatly appreciate their contributions. It’s great to watch them as their worldviews...

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