Governor Walker Introduces Bill to Name New State Ferries
Jan23

Governor Walker Introduces Bill to Name New State Ferries

Alliance member company, Vigor Alaska, is building the two new state ferries mentioned in this press release sent out by Gov. Walker this afternoon.  January 23, 2017 Press Release: 17-010 JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker introduced legislation today naming two new state ferries that will come into service in late 2017. The two vessels are currently under construction at Vigor Alaska in Ketchikan. As required by Alaska law, each ferry bears the name of an Alaska glacier – the Motor Vessel Tazlina and the Motor Vessel Hubbard. Last year, Governor Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott reviewed hundreds of names submitted by Alaska students in an essay competition to name the two ferries. “I am honored to include Alaska’s young people in the ferry naming process. Just like Benny Benson did when he designed the Alaska flag, these two students are leaving their mark in our state’s history,” Governor Walker said. “I look forward to seeing these beautiful vessels sail in Alaska waters for years to come.” Tanalian School 7th grader Malea Voran of Port Alsworth proposed the name “Tazlina.” The Tazlina Glacier is named after the Tazlina River.  In her essay, Malea explained that name is an Ahtna Athabascan word meaning “swift river”, making it an appropriate name for a ferry. “This name would remind us that even small things are capable of doing big things,” she said in her essay. “This small boat could be named after something big and inspiring.” Eagle River High School 10th grader Taylor Thompson of Eagle River suggested the name “Hubbard.” The Hubbard Glacier flows 80 miles to its terminus at Disenchantment Bay, near Yakutat in the St. Elias Mountains. Originally named for National Geographic Society founder Gardiner G. Hubbard, the Hubbard Glacier has been advancing for over 100 years – unlike other glaciers. “This glorious slab of ice has defied its predisposition and proved to be a true wonder,” Taylor wrote in her essay. “An Alaskan Ferry should be just as incredible.” ### Transmittal Letter to Senator Kelly (pdf) Transmittal Letter to Representative...

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State gasline corporation quietly opens office in Tokyo
Jan20

State gasline corporation quietly opens office in Tokyo

Last weekend, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation announced that it had opened a new office in Japan. But, it only made the announcement in Japan. Now, one lawmaker is questioning how the agency is spending its money, and why. Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, said she thinks the corporation is misspending the money the legislature appropriated to it. “We have no information about this Japanese office,” she said. “At the same time we’re here in Juneau, wondering how we’re going to balance the budget, considering taxing citizens, reducing education funding, dealing with healthcare costs. And $100 million is sitting in the treasury of the AGDC and we don’t know what it’s being used for. So there is huge, there is huge concern.” Giessel also said the corporation was not transparent in its decision to open the new office. She chairs the Senate Resources committee and says she attends most of the corporation’s board meetings. To read the full story click...

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Alaska Joins Multi-State Challenge to Stream Protection Rule
Jan17

Alaska Joins Multi-State Challenge to Stream Protection Rule

Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker put out a press release declaring that the State of Alaska had joined Ohio, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Missouri, Montana, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming in filing a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia today challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Stream Protection Rule based on both the process by which it was developed as well as the content of the rule. To read the full press release click here!...

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ConocoPhillips Announces Willow Discovery in National Petroleum Reserve
Jan17

ConocoPhillips Announces Willow Discovery in National Petroleum Reserve

On Friday January 13th, ConocoPhillips announced their 300 million barrel Willow discovery at the Alliance’s 34th Meet Alaska conference and tradeshow. Click here to read the full press...

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Meet Alaska 2017 Prize Winners
Jan17

Meet Alaska 2017 Prize Winners

Below are the winners of the various prizes from Meet Alaska 2017 Drema Fitzhugh, Hawk Consultants, LLC: $1000 cash prize courtesy of The Alliance Sherill Lumba, The Bergaila Companies: $1000 cash prize courtesy of The Alliance Michael W. Williams, HUB International Northwest, LLC: $1000 cash prize courtesy of The Alliance Cari-Ann Carty, Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium: 2 roundtrip Alaska Airlines tickets courtesy of Alaska Airlines Mark Hayes, Clean Harbors Environmental Services: 2 roundtrip Alaska Airlines tickets courtesy of Alaska Airlines Clint Winzenburg, Alaska Industrial Hardware: 2 roundtrip Alaska Airlines tickets courtesy of Alaska Airlines Matt Jolly, Alaska Marine Lines: iPad courtesy of GCI Industrial Telecom Jada Nowling, Alaska Journal of Commerce: iPad courtesy of GCI Industrial...

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