JUNEAU — A legislative consultant has raised red flags about Alaska taking the lead on a major proposed liquefied natural gas project, even as Gov. Bill Walker has said he is comfortable with it.
Alaska’s congressional delegation is hoping the 13th time will be the lucky one for legislation to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and natural gas development.
ConocoPhillips has a new 300 million-barrel oil discovery in the federal National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, the company’s Alaska President Joe Marushack said Friday morning.
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.
A Cook Inlet salmon plan will take a lot more work from federal managers in the next few years.
The tourism season in Alaska is projected togrow by 2 percent over this year, but the future for the industry’s marketing is still uncertain.
KBBI public radio will have its annual meeting and volunteer appreciation potluck beginning at 5:30 p.m. today at the Homer Coucil on the Arts. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to share; beverages will be provided.
The Homer Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting Tuesday at the Best Western Bidarka Inn, 575 Sterling Highway. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will be from noon-1:30 p.m.
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.
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.
Alaska USA’s CEO
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has announced that president and CEO Bill Eckhardt will retire in May after a career spanning over 45 years.
Geoff Lundfelt, currently executive vice president, has been selected to succeed Eckhardt.
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.
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.
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.
Juvenile clams boom on Inlet’s east side
By ELIZABETH EARL
Morris News Service - Alaska
Though the personal use razor clam fishery on the east side of Cook Inlet will remain closed for 2017, a boom in young clams may mean the population is recovering.
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.
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.
South Peninsula Hospital now offers telemedicine that saves time and lives.
Every minute counts when someone is experiencing stroke symptoms. And now, South Peninsula Hospital offers web-based telemedicine to allow a consulting neurologist to get their eyes on a patient within minutes of their arrival to SPH’s Emergency Room.
Offered through the telehealth program at Providence Alaska Medical Center, tele-stroke uses an electronic Internet platform and portable equipment to connect stroke patients and the hospital’s ER doctors with a neurologist in Anchorage or Seattle.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating the cause of a recent oil spill near the Tesoro Refinery in Nikiski.
On Dec. 18, the facility operator noticed blackened snow near the wastewater tank at the Tesoro facility during a nightly inspection, according to a Dec. 27 situation report from the Department of Environmental Conservation. The company estimated that approximately 165 gallons of a crude oil and water mixture had spilled, according to the report.
The New Year starts with hope in Alaska’s oil industry as prices continue to inch toward $60 per barrel. But where prices will go is anyone’s guess.
State government and industry both hope OPEC’s deal to cut production by 1.4 million barrels daily has teeth and can keep prices on the recent upward trend.