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Newby elected chair of SPH Foundation

The South Peninsula Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees elected officers at its annual meeting on Jan. 9. Angie Newby was elected chair; Phyllis Cooper, vice chair; Mary Ann Rowe, secretary; and Judith Lund, treasurer. Cooper was recognized during the meeting by fellow trustees and hospital administration for seven consecutive years as the foundation’s chair.

Gov. Walker's budget proposal would reduce funding for Alaska Construction Academies

The Alaska Construction Academies might see a steep decline in funding next year if the Legislature accepts Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed budget cuts.

The governor’s fiscal year 2018 budget, released Dec. 15, proposes a $600,000 reduction in general fund dollars for the Alaska Construction Academies, an Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development program that offers free basic construction training to high school students and adults in Anchorage, Juneau, Ketchikan, Fairbanks, the Mat-Su Valley and on the Kenai Peninsula.

Study: Replacing aging North Pacific fishing fleet would cost $11.3 billion

Rejuvenating Alaska’s large vessel fishing fleet could be nearly an $11 billion boon for Outside shipyards, according to a new McDowell Group report.

Iin a study commissioned by the Port of Seattle and the Washington Maritime Federation, the Alaska-based research firm pegged $11.3 billion as the cost to completely replace the 414 fishing and processing vessels longer than 58 feet that participate in North Pacific fisheries off the coast of Alaska.

Downey appointed new chief of staff at SPH

Dr. Rob Downey, M.D., is the newly elected 2017 Chief of Staff for the South Peninsula Hospital Medical Staff.

Dr. Downey offers an outpatient functional medicine practice, and is the Infection Prevention/Employee Health Physician and Long Term Care Assistant Medical Director for South Peninsula Hospital. He is board certified in Family Medicine and is a certified practitioner by the Institute for Functional Medicine.

Downey replaces outgoing chief of staff Dr. Sarah Spencer.

NOAA planwould set aside more salmon to help beluga population

Cook Inlet could have a new group of salmon users joining recreational, commercial, subsistence and personal use fishermen: endangered beluga whales.

The National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, wants the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to start considering the dietary needs of Cook Inlet beluga in management plans, part of a nationwide Species in the Spotlight project aimed to boost eight different species to the point of delisting them from the status as a threatened species.

Kodiak fishermen intercepting UCI salmon, say studies

Two studies commissioned by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that were released last month examine the genetic makeup of salmon harvested in the Kodiak Management Area from 2014-2016 and show that a substantial number of sockeye and chinook salmon bound for Upper Cook Inlet are being intercepted by Kodiak fishermen.

The studies show that over the course of those three years well in excess of 1 million sockeye and chinook salmon were harvested in KMA that were bound for UCI, with 626,473 sockeye in 2015 alone.

Owners of empty LIO building take $37 million claim to court

Owners of empty LIO building take $37 million claim to court

By Elwood Brehmer

Morris News service - Alaska

The owners of the former Anchorage Legislative Information Office building took their $37 million contract claim against the state Legislative Council to court Dec. 20 after more than a year of wrangling over the Downtown office space.

716 West Fourth Avenue LLC filed the appeal to a Nov. 21 Legislative Council decision to deny the group’s claim in state Superior Court.

New method leads to lower oil production predictions

By ELWOOD BREHMER

Morris News Service - Alaska

There is good news and bad news when it comes to the State of Alaska’s closely monitored oil production forecasts.

A new method should mean more accurate forecasts; but future production estimates will likely be lower as a result, according to the state officials compiling the data.

The Department of Revenue used to farm out the semi-annual oil production forecasts published early each spring and late each fall to an outside consultant.

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