Lawmakers don’t Anticipate Any Funding For Port of Anchorage

Lawmakers don’t Anticipate Any Funding For Port of Anchorage

YourAlaskaLink.com
By: Gretchen Parsons

With only two weeks left in session, some Alaskans are wondering if lawmakers will set aside any funding for the Port of Anchorage, which according to the POA, two of three terminals are in deteriorating condition, while the third is 50 years old.

An estimated 90 percent of food, for 85 percent of Alaska’s population, comes through the facility.
Despite the Port’s significance, money is tight, and Rep. Donny Olson says throwing cash at the Continue reading

Senate’s capital budget buys Anchorage LIO but won’t build Kivalina school

Alaska Dispatch News
By: Nathaniel Herz

JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate released its proposed capital budget Monday, and one of its few big projects was a line item to buy the Legislature’s Anchorage offices for $32.5 million, the price approved by a legislative committee two weeks ago.

Missing from the Senate’s capital budget: a request from Gov. Bill Walker to spend $7.2 million for a new school in the Northwest Alaska village of Kivalina.

The Anchorage Legislative Information Office Continue reading

City renews push for funding of embattled Port of Anchorage project

City renews push for funding of embattled Port of Anchorage project

KTUU News
By: Travis Khachatoorian

With legislators running out of time, officials at the Port of Anchorage are beginning to worry their efforts to secure funding to fix the crumbling infrastructure at the state’s most productive dock will be pushed aside by lawmakers.

House Bill 329 is stuck in a House finance committee with no signs it will see a vote by the end of the session. It’s a bill backed by Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz to put the Continue reading

Lack of Cook Inlet ice allows Port of Anchorage dredging to start early

Lack of Cook Inlet ice allows Port of Anchorage dredging to start early

Alaska Dispatch News
By: Annie Zak

Dredging at the Port of Anchorage, the perpetual task of digging silt out of the port’s waters so ships can dock without hitting bottom, started early again this year to handle the extra silt built up because of the current configuration of the port.

A lack of ice this past winter in Cook Inlet allowed dredging equipment to come in and start the process months ahead of the usual schedule, ramping up Continue reading

Earthquake survivor supports the “last frontier”

Earthquake survivor supports the “last frontier”

Business View Magazine
By: BVMLLADMIN

It would be hard to make the case that anything good could ever come out of an earthquake. Especially an earthquake of enormous destructive power, like the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964, the most powerful tremor ever recorded in U.S. and North American history. Registering a magnitude of 9.2 on the Richter scale, it caused widespread desolation across the south-central part of the state. And yet, perhaps, if it wasn’t for that devastating natural disaster, Continue reading

Cargo ship sets sail for Alaska after delay

Cargo ship sets sail for Alaska after delay

Alaska Dispatch News
By: Annie Zak

After a two-week delay, Tote Maritime Alaska’s cargo ship the North Star has finally set sail from Tacoma, bound for Anchorage.

The company said in a press release on Friday that the ship successfully completed sea trials before departing at 7 a.m. Friday morning, and is scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on Monday.

Read Full Story Here:
http://www.adn.com/article/20160129/cargo-ship-sets-sail-alaska-after-delay

Emergency preparedness in Alaska

Alaska Public Media
By: Zachariah Hughes

Last week’s stalled food delivery, which left many grocery store shelves bare, followed by Sunday’s 7.1 earthquake has left many people wondering how prepared Alaska is for an emergency. And more importantly, how vulnerable are we in these situations? On this week’s Alaska Edition, we discuss emergency preparedness in the state.

View Full Story Here:
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/01/29/emergency-preparedness-in-alaska/

Delay continues for Alaska-bound cargo ship

Delay continues for Alaska-bound cargo ship

Alaska Dispatch News
By: Annie Zak

A Tote Maritime Alaska ship that was supposed to depart from Tacoma for Anchorage nearly two weeks ago won’t return to service as anticipated on Wednesday.

The North Star, one of the company’s two cargo ships that runs regularly on the Tacoma-to-Anchorage route, did not leave Washington state as scheduled on Jan. 14 after a mechanical issue was discovered.

A company official said last week that repairs were expected to be completed early Continue reading

Earthquake Shakes Port of Anchorage

Earthquake Shakes Port of Anchorage

The Maritime Executive
By: MarEx

A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck southern Alaska early on Sunday, and its effects were felt for hundreds of miles from the epicenter. The quake struck at 1:30 AM, at the foot of a mountain chain just west of Cook Inlet, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported. The Fairbanks-based Alaska Earthquake Center reported a series of aftershocks reaching magnitudes of up to 4.7.

At the Port of Anchorage, officials say that the Continue reading