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.
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 →
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.
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.
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 →
Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Thursday he has one main request of the state Legislature this session – adding $290 million for the city’s unfinished Port of Anchorage modernization program to a statewide bond package.
In a presentation to a bipartisan group of legislators from the Anchorage area, Berkowitz said that in the state’s fiscal climate, he’s making the port the city’s sole priority in the upcoming legislative session in Juneau. The Continue reading →