Elwood Brehmer

  • Nearly six months after the idea was announced, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority board of directors approved the $52.5 million purchase of Fairbanks Natural Gas during a special meeting June 11. Included in the purchase price are all of the companies under Pentex Alaska Natural...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:51am
  • Pebble Limited Partnership’s lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency will continue as a federal judge denied the agency’s motion to dismiss June 4. U.S. Alaska District Court Judge H. Russel Holland concluded that while the EPA may not have established the three “anti-mine” group...

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:35pm
  • Pebble Limited Partnership and the Environmental Protection Agency finally agree on one thing: their court fight should move forward. Each side filed seven-page briefs May 14 requesting Alaska U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland continue with an oral argument hearing in Pebble’s lawsuit ag...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:27pm
  • SEWARD — AVTEC, that little school at the end of the road in Seward, happens to be at the international forefront of maritime training. Right now, the Alaska Vocational Technical Center is in the midst of its second ice navigation course — the only school in the nation to offer such a class and ...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:56pm
  • The City of Seward hopes to break ground on its new harbor and breakwater in October, provided it can get a contractor in time. The in-water infrastructure will be the backbone of the Seward Marine Industrial Center that will someday take advantage of several hundred acres of city-owned uplands, com...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:53pm
  • The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities wants feedback on plans to move the Sterling Highway around Cooper Landing. DOT released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement March 29 with four alternatives to improve traffic flow and increase road capacity on a 13-mile s...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:05am
  • Changes are coming to the regulations that guide Alaska’s electric utilities. Where those changes come from and how broad they are will be decided in the next six months, but nothing appears to be off limits. In the Legislature, House Bill 78 is being scrutinized by the House Energy Committee. In ...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:12pm
  • Increasing Medicaid access to 41,000 more Alaskans will save the state several million dollars per year according to Gov. Bill Walker’s administration. In the first year of expansion, fiscal year 2016, the State of Alaska will save $6.1 million based on figures in a Department of Health and Social...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:53pm
  • ANCHORAGE — Former Interior Gas Utility chair Bob Shefchik has taken the reins of the Interior Energy Project.  Shefchik notified IGU leadership and the Legislature Feb. 9 that he would be resigning from his post as the head of the utility board Feb. 10.  With Shefchik as the project lea...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:59am
  • The fight over Kenai Loop natural gas appears to be over. Attorneys for all four parties currently involved in the dispute — Cook Inlet Region Inc., the Alaska Mental Health Land Trust Authority, the Department of Natural Resources, and AIX Energy LLC — signed a joint request for dismissal Jan. ...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:10pm

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