In This Issue
We Are Not Alone
More often than not, when people describe Alaska, the words they use are beautiful, remote; pristine, wilderness; isolation; and rural living. And while Alaska is all of that and much more, it’s also not an island. In this issue we explore our connections with the Outside and how we make the most of our relationships with businesses and organizations in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, and the rest of the world.
Small businesses are using video security and surveillance systems as an integral part of their efforts to protect their physical assets from theft, vandalism, and other threats. Video security cameras also help maintain a safe environment for employees, customers, and other visitors.
At first glance, it’s hard to imagine why Papua New Guinea-based Oil Search decided to venture into the Arctic after almost ninety years in the tropics. Their acquired assets, which they took operatorship of in March, include a 25.5 percent interest in the Pikka Unit and adjacent exploration acreage and a 37.5 percent interest in the Horseshoe Block.
One of the most noble goals of three Alaska nonprofits—Habitat for Humanity Anchorage, Anchorage re:MADE, and Goodwill—is to help people get back on their feet by providing access to homes, job training, networking opportunities, and more.
In 1855, the first coal mine in Alaska was opened by the Russian-American Company near Port Graham on the Kenai Peninsula. Fifteen years later in 1870, the first gold mine was established just outside of Juneau.
Lori McCaffrey is a multifaceted executive whose essence can be encapsulated in three key words: finance, family and faith. As KeyBank’s market president in Alaska, McCaffrey has a long, accomplished banking career.
For many Alaskans it’s still necessary to use fuel tanks to heat their homes as well as to provide fuel for commercial businesses and government facilities. And while these tanks are vital to the state’s well-being, they are often out of sight and out of mind—which means that no one pays much attention to them until there’s a problem.
Renewable energy projects, especially solar, operate at scales of much larger magnitude in the Lower 48 than in Alaska. But size isn’t everything, and there has been a strong uptick in the development of renewable energy projects in the Alaska since 2008.
Construction projects can have a significant impact on the environment. To illustrate, it is estimated that the global cement industry contributes approximately 5 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions.
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