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Anchorage Daily News
Opinion

After the terrible devastation COVID-19 wreaked on Alaska’s economy the past year, the one area where Alaska’s elected officials at all levels and of all political parties should reach agreement is getting our economy back on track.

The pandemic has killed more than 300 Alaskans and infected nearly 70,000 more, cost thousands of our fellow citizens their jobs, pushed many into poverty and bankrupted scores of small homegrown businesses.

Thankfully, the new administration of President Joe Continue reading

City vs. MARAD port trial set to begin

City vs. MARAD port trial set to begin

By: Elwood Brehmer
Alaska Journal of Commerce

A trial is set to commence nearly seven years after Anchorage sued the U.S. Maritime Administration for its role in the botched expansion of the city’s port but there is still a long way between now and a final ruling.

The Federal Claims Court trial, being held via videoconference, began Feb. 16, at 6 a.m. Alaska time.

Assistant Municipal Attorney Bob Owens said that the participants in the two- to three-week trial will Continue reading

USACE awards Manson $9.8 million Alaska dredging contract

Marine Log
By: Marine Log Staff

Manson Construction Company, Seattle, Wash., has been awarded a $9,847,000 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance dredging in the Port of Alaska. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received.

Work will be performed in Anchorage, with an estimated completion date of January 26, 2022.

Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $9,847,000 were obligated at the time of the award.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Continue reading

Dredging in the Port of Alaska helps keep store shelves stocked

Dredging in the Port of Alaska helps keep store shelves stocked

KTVA News
By: Scott Gross

During the summer, looking out into the Port of Alaska in Anchorage, red and white dredge hard at work may be seen.

“We’ve dredged at the Port of Anchorage for probably about over 40 years,” operations branch chief for the Alaska district, Julie Anderson, said. “The purpose of the project is to keep the entrance, the turning area and the terminals where the ships come up to the docks, to an authorized depth of Continue reading

Army Corps continues legacy of dredging at Port of Alaska

Army Corps continues legacy of dredging at Port of Alaska

Arctic Warrior
By Rachel Napolitan USACE Alaska District

All summer long, a crimson and white boat moves back and forth through the waters near the Port of Alaska collecting silt, sand and gravel off the seafloor to allow vessels to navigate the harbor in Anchorage. The boat is a dredging vessel called the Westport, operated by Manson Construction of Seattle, Wash., which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District contracted to maintain the mooring areas for the past Continue reading

Lawsuit against MARAD may proceed

Lawsuit against MARAD may proceed

By: Elwood Brehmer
Alaska Journal of Commerce

A federal judge denied the U.S. Maritime Administration’s motion for judgment in Anchorage’s lawsuit against the agency over more than $300 million in failed construction at the city’s port done more than a decade ago.

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Edward J. Damich rejected the Maritime Administration’s arguments that memorandums of understanding signed in 2003 and 2011 outlining the city’s and agency’s roles in the Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project were Continue reading

Work continues on new terminal at Port of Alaska

Work continues on new terminal at Port of Alaska

KTVA News
By: Dave Leval

There’s a lot of hammering at the Port of Alaska, as crews work on the dock that will house the new Petroleum and Cement Terminal.

“What we’re seeing behind us is the ability for to move petroleum and cement as we rebuild the state, as we build into the future,” said Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz.

The structure will replace Petroleum Oil Lubricants Terminal 1, which opened in 1965. It’s now severely corroded and Continue reading

With big audiences impossible, some of Alaska’s most popular musicians record a virtual concert

With big audiences impossible, some of Alaska’s most popular musicians record a virtual concert

Anchorage Daily News
By: Marc Lester

Many of the Alaska’s most popular musical artists performed Tuesday at the Ship Creek small-boat launch, though no large crowd gathered to see them.

Videos captured there will become the AK4AK virtual music festival, which will debut online starting at 6 p.m. May 1.

Organizers, including Showdown Productions and Anchorage Assembly member Christopher Constant, say the event was inspired by the sacrifices Alaskans made to flatten the curve of new COVID-19 cases and to Continue reading

Virtual music festival hopes to connect Alaskans during coronavirus crisis

Virtual music festival hopes to connect Alaskans during coronavirus crisis

KTVA News
By: Samantha Davenport

After hosting a successful livestream last month, Showdown Alaska is partnering with Anchorage Assembly member Christopher Constant to bring Alaskans together — social distancing style.

AK4AK, a virtual music festival, will raise money for the Food Bank of Alaska. The festival will take place May 1 from 6-10 p.m.

Performers include Blackwater Railroad Co., Medium Build, H3, DJ Spencer Lee, Emma Hill, Ava Earl, Jaybird Parkhurst and other local artists.

Hellen Payares and Raymond Continue reading

Ocean cargo continues to flow to the Port of Alaska

Ocean cargo continues to flow to the Port of Alaska

American Shipper
By: Chris Gillis 

A COVID-19 infection that shut down Customs and Border Protection’s office at the port on Thursday will not impact cargo operations, the agency said.

The Port of Alaska at Anchorage serves as a lifeline for many Alaskan residents that benefit from scheduled container loads of groceries and other consumer products from the Lower 48 states.

While public nerves in the state were rattled by supply concerns when Alaska’s governor on March 27 issued a Continue reading