FAIRBANKS (AP) — Seven professors from the University of Alaska Fairbanks are helping establish an engineering school at the new American University of Mongolia.
Professors are helping develop curriculum and designing classrooms at the new university, located in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator, radio station KUAC reported.
The university signed a contract with American University this spring.
Lisa J. Roberts has been named the executive director of the Kenai Peninsula United Way.
Roberts grew up in Soldotna and graduated from Kenai Central High School. She has raised three sons on the peninsula and spent 32 years in personal banking.
ANCHORAGE — In a June 7 speech before the Export Council of Alaska, U.S. Department of Commerce Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez outlined federal efforts to improve the national export economy.
U.S. exports grew by 4.5 percent in 2012 to a record $2.2 trillion, Sanchez told the council. In 2009, American companies exported $1.58 trillion worth of goods and services, according to the Commerce Department.
“Nationwide, exports support nearly 10 million American jobs,” he said.
A two-day oil spill containment and cleanup drill at the Valdez Marine Terminal took place June 12-13.
Spill response crews practiced dealing with a simulated 90,000 barrel spill during crude oil loading at the Valdez terminal, Coast Guard Lt. Allie Ferko said.
This is considered a “worst case” for a loading accident at the terminal, Ferko said.
The U.S. Coast Guard and Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. led the exercise.
Flint Hills Resources has a guaranteed supply of state royalty oil for its refinery at North Pole, east of Fairbanks in Alaska’s Interior.
Gov. Sean Parnell signed legislation June 11 approving a new contract to supply royalty oil to the refinery. The contract, which is for five years, allows Flint Hills to draw up to 30,000 barrels per day of state oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline system near the refinery.
Parnell signed the bill during a visit to the refinery.
The strange equipment visible along Seldovia’s Jakolof Bay Road isn’t a birdhouse, a UFO or a Little Chief Smoker with strips of salmon hanging inside.
It’s a project by Seldovia Village Tribe’s Environmental Office to monitor summertime dust by using high-volume samplers on loan from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.
Bryan Zak has worked with many small businesses owners on the Kenai Peninsula over the years, but he recently counseled the youngest entrepreneur he’s yet seen.
Seven-year-old Rohan Lamb made an appointment late last month to get some sound advice for a mobile ice cream business and feedback on his marketing plans to boost it.
KODIAK — The federal government is putting a former Coast Guard cutter up for auction after efforts to send it to a museum in Juneau failed.
The cutter Storis was listed for auction last week on the General Services Commission website at an opening bid of $60,000, Kodiak’s public radio station, KMXT, reported.
JUNEAU — Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell on Tuesday announced plans to seek the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Mark Begich, saying Alaska would be better served with Republicans in charge.
As long as Democrats control the Senate, Treadwell said serious consideration will never be given to opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, something Alaska political leaders — including Begich — support.
You could say this has been an odd year for weather. You probably won’t hear much complaining right now, however, since everyone is so glad to see this much sun after two terribly dreary summers in a row.
At last week’s Homer Farmers’ Market I talked to some producers who take note of the weather. Those who are depending on rain catchment to water their high tunnels are either starting to get nervous or already are buying water.
A competition has emerged between Fairbanks Natural Gas Co. and the Interior Alaska Natural Gas Utility over who will serve the Fairbanks North Star Borough with natural gas.
Fairbanks Natural Gas, or FNG, filed an application with the state Regulatory Commission on April 5 to expand its service area to include nearly all of the populated areas of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The area runs south and east from Fairbanks to North Pole and the area surrounding Eielson Air Force Base.
The Homer Recorder’s Office is temporarily closed for scheduled leave and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. June 20. During this time recordings for the district may be made at the Anchorage Recorder’s Office:
Anchorage Recorder’s Office
ATTN: Homer/Seldovia Districts
550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1200
Anchorage, AK 99501-3564
The Alaska Small Business Development Center will host two workshops this month at the Homer Chamber of Commerce.
There will be a free “Starting a Business” workshop from 1-3 p.m. June 17. Bryan Zak, regional director, will answer basic questions and offer helpful resources to give participants the tools they need to start their own business on the Kenai Peninsula.
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Coast Guard is offering free dockside safety exams to fishermen in Bristol Bay communities who request them.
The exams began Monday and will continue through June 20.
The Coast Guard is working with the state Department of Fish and Game and the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association for the effort in Dillingham, King Salmon, Naknek and Egegik.
The Coast Guard says the exams give fishermen a chance to find and address safety issues before they set out for sea.
JUNEAU (AP) — The Gulf of Alaska trawl fleet faces new restrictions, as fisheries managers seek to limit the number of chinook salmon it unintentionally takes.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council passed a policy over the weekend that lowers its cap on bycatch of the fish. It’s expected to take a year and a half before the federal government formally adopts the policy, APRN reported.
Gov. Sean Parnell signed a bill May 29 committing the state to finance $362.5 million of a proposed $425 million natural gas liquefaction plant on the North Slope as well as facilities in Fairbanks to “re-gasify” and store LNG trucked from the slope and to distribute gas to residential and business customers.
With the ground finally thawing, Ninilchik Emergency Services held the official groundbreaking at the site for its new building Saturday.
“Thanks to our then legislators, Mike Chenault, Tom Wagoner and Kurt Olson, we obtained a legislative grant of $2.275 million to build a new building,” said Steve Vanek, NES president, of funding made possible by former legislators.
Business leaders from the central Kenai Peninsula heard from the Pebble Ltd. Partnership during a joint Kenai and Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon June 5.
Matthew Fagnani, Pebble’s vice president of business development, spoke for about an hour about the proposed mining project, its benefits and what detractors say on the potential harm of natural resource extraction.
This weekend’s Homer Farmers’ Market will be the fourth one this season. That’s one month of markets already. It’s hard to believe, unless you are looking at the offerings. There are already turnips available, as well as kale, onions and a variety of greens.
Did I say greens?
Independent oil and gas explorer Buccaneer Energy says it would prefer a subsea production system for the development of Cosmopolitan, an oil and gas deposit the company is now testing in Cook Inlet.
It would be the first subsea development in the inlet, where conventional platforms have operated since the 1960s. Buccaneer is one of several independent companies now active in southern Alaska.
Subsea production systems are common in the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico and other offshore regions producing oil and gas.