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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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.

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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

Powerful earthquake leaves Anchorage Port officials concerned

Powerful earthquake leaves Anchorage Port officials concerned

By: Patrick Enslow

While security camera footage at the Port of Anchorage shows lots of shaking, port officials are saying that the infrastructure suffered minimal damage according to preliminary inspection.

But the 7.1 magnitude earthquake has still raised concerns over what could have happened to the port under different circumstances. Port director Steve Ribuffo says the port was lucky.

“Had that epicenter been closer to Anchorage, I don’t think we would be sitting here talking about it today, Continue reading

Berkowitz wants muni to hire lobbyist to push port renovations in Juneau

KTVA Alaska
By: Eric Ruble

ANCHORAGE – Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is asking the Anchorage Assembly to approve funding to pay for a new lobbyist in Juneau.

For $70,000, consultant Jim Lottsfeldt would join existing lobbyist Wendy Chamberlain in an effort to convince lawmakers to fund an improvement project for the Port of Anchorage.

Officials at the 55-year-old port say the facility is long overdue for renovations. The municipality is asking for $290 million from the state to help fund Continue reading

Mayor Berkowitz seeks to ramp up Anchorage’s lobbying presence in Juneau

Alaska Dispatch News
By: Devin Kelly

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz wants to hire two new lobbyists — one focusing on the Port of Anchorage, the other on the city’s electric utility — to influence Alaska legislators during this year’s session in Juneau.

According to documents submitted to the Anchorage Assembly this week, Berkowitz is seeking a $65,000 lobbying contract with veteran political strategist and consultant Jim Lottsfeldt to work on behalf of the city and the port.

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Judge keeps subcontractors in port lawsuit

Alaska Journal of Commerce
By: Elwood Brehmer

Subcontractors are still potentially liable for work done years ago on the disastrous Port of Anchorage expansion project, according to a federal court ruling.

U.S. District Court of Alaska Judge Sharon Gleason ruled Jan. 13 that Quality Asphalt Paving Inc. and MKB Constructors, its working partner on the Anchorage port project in the late 2000s, are still subject to a lawsuit filed by the Municipality of Anchorage because the city never knowingly Continue reading