Obama plays to extremists instead of reason in bid to close off ANWR
Jan26

Obama plays to extremists instead of reason in bid to close off ANWR

Obama plays to extremists instead of reason in bid to close off ANWR OPINION: Obama needs to listen to reason, not environmental extremists, for wiser ANWR policy that works for Alaska and America. Pictured: The coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with the Brooks Range in the distance.   The 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge must continue to be excluded from wilderness designation. There is no need for additional wilderness designations in ANWR, given 92 percent of the refuge is already closed to development. Alaskans strongly oppose a wilderness designation on ANWR’s coastal plain. In fact, polls over the years have shown Alaskans consistently and overwhelmingly support oil exploration in the 1002 area. Every Alaska governor, Legislature, elected congressional representative and senator from Alaska have supported responsible development. The opening of ANWR to exploration has everything to do with Alaska’s right to develop its natural resources. With Prudhoe Bay oil reserves in decline, it is essential that new areas be opened for oil exploration and development. Throughput in the trans-Alaska pipeline is declining at an alarming rate. It is operating at less than one-third of its original capacity. Government and industry experts calculate huge amounts of oil lie beneath the coastal plain, enough to serve America’s energy needs for 30 years and more. As much as 16 billion barrels of oil and 18 trillion cubic feet of natural gas are estimated to lie within the 1002 area of ANWR. Oil exploration in ANWR would take place on just 2,000 acres of its 1.5 million-acre coastal plain, which amounts to a tiny fraction of Alaska’s protected lands. The land is a tiny sliver of the huge refuge. Congress excluded the 1002 area from ANWR’s large wilderness block in a compromise struck under Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. The compromise doubled the size of the refuge and designated 8 million acres wilderness. Congress also mandated a study of the 1002 area’s environment and petroleum resources. In 1987, the U.S. Department of the Interior concluded oil development would have minimal impact on wildlife and recommended Congress open the coastal plain to development. The essential needs of Alaska’s working families all across this vast and beautiful state depend on the responsible development of our natural resources. For us, environmentally responsible development in a tiny portion of the refuge means jobs and the opportunity to improve our schools and other public services. The opening of ANWR to exploration would be the best economic news to hit this state in many years. It would mean thousands of jobs for Fairbanks workers and billions of dollars in revenue for the state of Alaska. ANWR would...

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My Turn: Fix the budget, but not at the expense of long-term prosperity
Jan26

My Turn: Fix the budget, but not at the expense of long-term prosperity

My Turn: Fix the budget, but not at the expense of long-term prosperity   As falling global oil prices mean less revenue in Alaska, our elected leaders need to make sound budgetary decisions that solve the short-term problem without forgoing investments essential to the long-term future of the state. And we are facing challenging times ahead. Since about 90 percent of our state revenue derived from taxes on the energy industry, the lower the price of oil, the bigger the impact on Alaska’s budget. With oil prices near $50 a barrel, the new governor and incoming members of the state Legislature will have many tough choices to make in 2015. Some reports put the pending budget deficit at $3.5 billion, which equals half of all discretionary spending for things like schools and essential services. Thankfully, Gov. Bill Walker is already taking responsible steps to address the looming crisis by reviewing all spending, suggesting painful cuts and putting a hold on “megaprojects” including the Juneau Access Project. Yet in this time of crisis, even worse for our state than low oil prices would be shortsighted decision making. This is why I was glad to see the governor keep his campaign promise and exclude the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project from his list of items to mothball. Alaska’s North Slope is home to some of the world’s largest untapped reserves of natural gas. Much like oil has sustained our state since the creation of the trans-Alaska Pipeline System, those gas reserves are the key to our future. Unlike the failed tries of the past, historic steps have been taken in the last year toward finally developing the gas. Halting that progress would be the very definition of shortsighted and would almost certainly set us back decades. Complete with an 800-mile gas pipeline from South central Alaska to the North Slope, a gas treatment plant and an LNG plant, the Alaska LNG project is expected to draw nearly $60 billion in new private investment to the state. Needless to say, a lot of Alaska businesses are excited about the prospect of what amounts to perhaps the largest infrastructure project in North American history getting underway right here in our state. The Alaska LNG project represents a massive investment that would solidify our economy — and boost state and local tax revenue — for generations to come. For starters, it would create up to 15,000 construction and design jobs as well as 1,000 long-term operational jobs. As an Alaskan small-business owner, I’m already hiring for some of the amazing preliminary work being done at Point Thompson. That project, which will be a...

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Alaska Native desires for ANWR fall on deaf ears thousands of miles away
Jan26

Alaska Native desires for ANWR fall on deaf ears thousands of miles away

  Opinion: Alaska Native desires for ANWR fall on deaf ears thousands of miles away     by Ben Nageak Jan 26, 2015 Alaska Natives have been fighting for access to the lands and resources within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge since the Congress enacted the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act more than 30 years ago. President Barack Obama and his lieutenants at the Interior Department will permanently harm our people and all Alaskans with his colonial attitude and decision-making. We were promised through ANILCA and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the opportunity to self-govern and build our own futures to some extent, through the formation of regional and village corporations, and the selection of lands to manage. My people, the Inupiaq, have been harvesting the region’s renewable resources since time immemorial, and it’s time the federal government quit tying our hands behind our backs. Let us have access to our lands, for the betterment of our people, the state and the nation as a whole. It’s terrifying to see the extent by which our pleas for time and a fair airing of our views fall on deaf ears five thousand miles away. President Obama said ANWR has supported native communities, and he’s right. Where he is wrong, very wrong, is in his interpretation that ANWR is fragile. Our land in the north is resilient, hard, unrelenting. We have adapted to coexist with it and its wildlife over millennia. President Obama’s decision, locking up 12.8 million acres, only serves to further reduce our stewardship role, and the 10-02 set aside, which was specifically singled out due to its rich oil and gas potential. Now, let us better support our children and grandchildren by responsibly developing our resources. We have been careful stewards of our fish and game resources for as long as our history is recorded – the State of Alaska has some of the strictest and rigorous environmental controls on the planet. We have proven that we can and will act responsibly. Our people and our state need access to that oil and gas to heat our homes and buildings, power our snow machines and four wheelers, and earn revenues to support our core community services. The area outlined for development is similar in size to Reagan National Airport in the president’s backyard; its impact will be less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the total Coastal Plain. We have been advocating the opening of ANWR for decades, and our voice and our values have not changed, only the marionettes in Washington, D.C. Our frustration grows with every passing season, as the Section 10-02 and 10-03...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NORTHERN AIR CARGO ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES AND PROMOTIONS
Jan26

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NORTHERN AIR CARGO ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES AND PROMOTIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Contact: Blake Arrington Manager, Marketing & Communications                                              3900 Old International Airport Road Anchorage, AK 99502 Phone: 907-243-3331 Cell: 907-227-4061 barrington@nac.aero     NORTHERN AIR CARGO ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES AND PROMOTIONS    Anchorage, AK – January 19, 2015 – Anchorage based Northern Aviation Services (NAS),   recently appointed Dave Squier to Chief Operating Officer of the company. Squier previousl y held the position of Vice President of Cargo Services of Anchorage based subsidiary Northern Air Cargo (NAC). In his new capacity Squier will have oversight of cargo and ground operations at both NAC and Honolulu, Hawaii based subsidiary, Aloha Air Cargo.   Northern Air Cargo recently hired Sami Glascott for the position of Chief Operating Officer. Sami previously served as Director of Sales for NAC and formerly president and CEO of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and Regulatory Affairs Manager at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association. Sami holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage, a Foraker Certificate in non-profit management and a Bachelor’s degree in geology from Colorado College.   Brian Heath has assumed the position of General Manager of Northern Air Maintenance Services (NAMS), a subsidiary of Northern Air Cargo and will oversee the management of NAMS Ground Services. Brain has been a key leader of the NAMS team for the past 7 years as Director of Maintenance and is a 20-year Air Force retiree.   Bob Reith, a 23.5 year employee of NAC, most recently serving as Director of Ground Operations of its subsidiary NAMS, has transitioned to the new position of Director of Deadhorse Operations for NAMS.   Lorrie Rogers joined the NAC staff as Manager of Tech Pubs. Lorrie comes to NAC from PenAir where she worked for 9 years in their technical publications department and brings comprehensive experience in technical writing, editing, proofreading and publishing company manuals.     About Northern Aviation Services Northern Aviation Services specializes in aviation related services and is comprised of five operating brands: Aloha Air Cargo, Aloha Tech Ops, Northern Air Cargo, Northern Air Maintenance Services, NAS Contract Service, and Air On Demand.   About Northern Air Cargo Northern Air Cargo is Alaska’s largest all-cargo airline offering scheduled and charter services throughout Alaska, the Lower 48 and North America.   About Aloha Air Cargo Headquartered in Honolulu, Aloha Air Cargo delivers fast, economical and reliable transport of goods between the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. For Northern Air Cargo Management Hires click below: NACManagement Hires 1.19.15...

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Everts Air Cargo: Fuel Surcharge Decreases to 0%
Jan23

Everts Air Cargo: Fuel Surcharge Decreases to 0%

To our valued customer,   Effective Wednesday, January 21, 2015, the fuel surcharge is going to decrease from 4% to 0%.   Please be assured that we will continue to provide you with the highest possible level of service at competitive rates, and we will continue to monitor fuel prices, increase our fuel surcharge only when absolutely necessary, and reduce it at the first available opportunity.   If you have any questions or would like further information, please let me know.   Kind regards,                                                                                                              Paul Abad Sales Manager (907) 249-4317 Direct (907) 248-0458 Fax (907) 243-0009 Customer Service   Everts Air Cargo 6111 Lockheed Ave Anchorage, AK 99502 www.evertsair.com   Everts Air provides scheduled service to 13 destinations throughout Alaska as well as charter passenger and cargo service to any location with suitable runway conditions.   This message is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law.  If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately by telephone (907.243.0009), and return the original message to sales@evertsair.com.  Thank you for your...

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