Q&A: Anchorage mayor makes end-of-session push in State Capitol

KTUU News
By: Austin Baird

JUNEAU — Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is in the state Capitol meeting with lawmakers and members of Gov. Bill Walker’s administration, making a last-minute push for funding and policies favorable to the municipality on the final day of the regular legislative session — at least the final day approved by voters.

Despite the voter initiative approving a 90-day limit, the session can last up to 121 days without a special session, and leading lawmakers Continue reading

Small capital budget keeps $32.5M for LIO purchase, no mega-projects or port

Small capital budget keeps $32.5M for LIO purchase, no mega-projects or port

KSKA – Anchorage
By: Zachariah Hughes

The Senate Finance Committee has released its first version of the capital budget, which tracks closely to the governor’s version with a few notable exceptions.

Silt build up around the pilings at the Port of Anchorage. Photo courtesy of Jim Jager, Port of Anchorage.

The total amount of unrestricted general fund spending is $79.7, according to a staffer for Sen. Anna McKinnon, R-Eagle River, who co-chairs the finance committee. That figure pales in comparison Continue reading

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

Test Pile Program Updates Will Be Posted Here

The 30-day window for test pile construction is anticipated to begin April 29, 2016. Ten piles will be installed, with each pile taking between 3 and 4 hours to install.

During the TPP, the POA will provide updates at regularly scheduled Government Hill Community Council meetings (http://communitycouncils.org/servlet/content/17.html), as well as updates here on the POA website, and send out weekly updates via e-mail.

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.

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