first_imgFor the latest road conditions and updates, call 511 or visit Andrea Bock works for the contractor and says the work was delayed during the fall while they waited for a seal to be manufactured. Now, they’re eager to finish the project as quickly as possible… FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Construction continues on the Soldotna Bridge, where Pruhs Construction is replacing an expansion joint and traffic is restricted to one lane in either direction. Bock: “This will be the last and final straw for the Pruhs project through Soldotna. Once we get this done, we should be completely done and closing out the project.” Lane width will be about 12 feet, so the company is asking that no wide loads come through. The lane restrictions will be in place through at least early next week.last_img read more

first_imgPeters said when investigating cases of missing adults, Troopers must balance an individual’s right to privacy with maintaining public safety. When the circumstances are troubling or suspicious, Troopers will respond quickly no matter how long it’s been. When it comes to missing children, Peters said she wouldn’t wait long at all… Peters: “There’s no 24 hour wait. In Alaska a lot can go wrong in a very short amount of time. We would much rather people call and let us know someone’s unaccounted for and they’re concerned and then get another call five minutes later and say, ‘Oh, they just walked in.’ That’s a good scenario. We can deal with that. A bad scenario is when someone doesn’t call at all and then the worst happens.” With single-digit temperatures possible this weekend, Megan Peters with the Alaska State Troopers reminds families they don’t have to wait 24 hours before reporting a missing person.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska is notorious for its high number of missing persons cases reported each year, particularly when the weather turns cold and snow starts building along local roads. Peters: “Kids are different. Kids are supposed to be with somebody. Kids don’t have the choice to just get up and leave, but when you’re an adult, it’s a little more hazy, because you as an adult can just decide,’You know what? I’m not going to work today. I’m just going to Anchorage and I’m not going to tell anybody. If it’s uncommon for you to just not show up to work without calling anybody, your work might be concerned. They should call us. We’d put a locate in the system and we’d try and track you down however we could, but it’s not like anything bad is going to happen if we find you. But what if something did happen that was bad and you needed someone’s help and no one reported you missing?”last_img read more

first_imgRodrigues was asked to forecast how long the downturn will last; she was hesitant, but said due to the Peninsula’s diverse economy, continued job losses would be unlikely to last more than 2 to 3 years. She says after that period of time, it would be likely that the oil industry was no longer as significant a driver of the economy, as workers look for other industries or businesses for employment. Rodrigues is a specialist on the Kenai Peninsula and Fairbanks and says the Peninsula’s economy is still faring better than the state as a whole, despite recent job cuts along the north road. Pointing to recent 2% job losses, the economist described the cuts as “significant,” but said it’s not a “sky is falling scenario.” Gains in local government (25 jobs) neutralized losses in state (20) and federal (5) government. While mining overall saw a significant increase in employment in 2013 and a decrease in 2015-16, construction gains and losses remained fairly stable over the past decade. Professional and technical services chartered a gradual increase over the same time period. On the Peninsula, most of the job losses were in oil and gas (220 of a total of 550 losses), followed by professional and technical services (75) and manufacturing (45). Healthcare added 50 jobs and leisure and hospitality added 30. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享State economist Alyssa Rodrigues is urging caution when looking back to the oil slump of the 1980’s when predicting the Kenai Peninsula’s future.center_img Previewing state statistics which haven’t yet been released, Rodrigues said the Peninsula’s population has continued to grow, despite job losses. Anchorage and southeast Alaska saw population losses, as did Fairbanks. The Peninsula also  boasted significant average annual wage growth; the average Peninsula resident earned $48,336. The figure is below the state average of $54,192, and well below the North Slope Borough $100,464. Rodrigues told attendees not to be discouraged, since the Peninsula is one of the few regions which imports wages from other regions, with a significant number of Peninsula residents working in other places, like the North Slope. The 1980’s recession was largely driven by huge job losses in the construction industry, which lasted for 56 straight months. That hasn’t been the case this time. Rodrigues told the Industry Outlook Forum at the Kenai Visitor’s and Cultural Center this morning that unlike the 1980’s, this recent slump wasn’t a dramatic boom then bust; she says the state’s economy is more diverse now, which has helped buffer the impacts of low oil prices. At present, Rodrigues said some studies link one third of all Alaska’s jobs to the oil industry, either directly, or very closely.last_img read more

first_imgNeal Fried with the department of Labor and Workforce Development states Alaska is the only state able to produce this kind of data, because the state collects residency data through the PFD. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For the third year in a row a third of the workers in the Alaska oil and gas Industry were not Alaska residents. Non residents represented 36% of the workforce in the industry earning 34% of the total wages, adding up to $708 million dollars. “Interestingly the nonresident factor has been steadily increasing since 2010 it was nearly 31%, and then by 2015 the number of nonresidents in the industry climbed to 36%” Alaska residents working in the industry work primarily in the three main areas; Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, and the North Slope. Recent statics show the oil and gas industry started to shed jobs back in May of 2015. The price of oil will play a critical role in how long this trend will continue for both resident and nonresident employees.last_img read more

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Sterling musher Mitch Seavey has a firm lead in the 2017 Iditarod, leaving White Mountain at 7:36am with just 77 miles left to Nome. With Mitch Seavey continuing his unprecedented race speed of 10mph, it’s possible the race could be finished by late Tuesday afternoon, and almost certainly by Tuesday evening. That would make Mitch Seavey the oldest musher to ever win the Iditarod – for the second time – and a new race speed record holder. The previous fastest time was set by Dallas Seavey last year, with 8d 11h 20m 16s. There is just one checkpoint between White Mountain and Nome: Safety lies 22 miles from the burled arch. Seavey arrived in White Mountain at 11:36pm Monday, two hours ahead of his son, Dallas. Dallas was followed 13 minutes later by Nicolas Petit, then Joar Ulsom after another 3 hours and 27 minutes. Other Kenai Peninsula musher standings this morning:Paul Gebhart has risen to 9thAnna Berington 38thKristy Berington 39thMonica Zappa 47thJustin Stielstra (r) 50thPeter Reuter (r) 63rdlast_img read more

first_imgIf Alaska doesn’t get an extension for compliance with the federal REAL ID Act then state identification cards won’t be valid starting July 11. State residents can opt to pay $5 more  for a REAL ID-compliant identification card and those who want the traditional noncompliant card would still have that option. The bill is making its way through both chambers of the state Legislature. This year, Governor Bill Walker introduced a bill that would create a bifurcated identification card system in Alaska. This won’t affect soldiers that use their Department of Defense IDs to access bases, but it may limit access for some civilians who don’t have passports or other federal forms of identification.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Another deadline is approaching that would make Alaska driver’s licenses invalid for entry to Fort Wainwright and other military installations.last_img read more

first_imgENSTAR Natural Gas Pipeline Valves have been cleared of fuels. Photo Credit: Lakota Burwell Fire management’s objectives remain the same on the lightning-caused fire; minimize the impact on values at risk on the south end of the fire and the natural gas pipeline corridor to the southeast, as well as to keep the fire east of the East Fork of the Moose River. A map is being made with all the locations of supplies and features in place for a turnkey operation in case the fire picks back up and the proposed burnout operation is needed to protect the Sterling Highway and community of Sterling. The public is asked to please steer clear of crews working in the area and all firefighting equipment that is in place. An open house will be held on Monday, 6/26, at the Sterling Elementary School from 5-7pm. Stop by to talk with East Fork Fire personnel as well as local officials from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, The Alaska Division of Forestry, The Kenai Peninsula Borough, Office of Emergency Management, Central Emergency Services and Alaska State Troopers. The East Fork Fire remains at 1,016 acres with 145 personnel currently assigned. The fire continues to burn in a limited protection area about 4.5 miles north of the Sterling Highway and 3.5 miles east of the nearest residential area.center_img Firehose has been laid and pumps have been placed along the hand cut fire break. Fire crews continue to lay hose and place pumps along the ENSTAR natural gas pipeline easement. Firefighters have completed clearing a 100-foot radius around the pipeline valves and are now clearing some black spruce that’s growing on the north side of the easement. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The recent cool and damp weather conditions moderated fire behavior on the East Fork Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Warm and dry weather has returned to the Peninsula throughout the weekend. The change in weather caused an increase in fire activity and smoke production. Rain is predicted for the forecast in the upcoming week that should set it back. The temporary flight restriction (TFR) in place over the fire to provide for the safety of fire-related aircraft operations has been modified. Pilots should check with the Federal Aviation Administration before flying in the area. The most up to date TFR is available at read more

first_imgAccording to Jody J. Colombie, the AOGCC Special Assistant, BlueCrest has drilled numerous other wells within the same subsection of the proposed new well, and each of those have all been approved. The AOGCC has scheduled a public hearing on this application for August 30th, at 10:00am, at 333 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99501. The proposed exploratory well is located in the BlueCrest ‘Cosmopolitan Project’ area in Anchor Point. The ‘Cosmopolitan’ Project was launched in March of 2016, when the Texas company struck oil near Anchor Point. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享BlueCrest, submitted a request to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) for an exception to the spacing requirement of a proposed exploratory well.center_img BlueCrest currently owns 100% of the ‘Cosmopolitan’ Project and development plans are underway for recovering the newly-discovered gas reserves using low profile gas-only platforms. The Company’s primary focus is the development of the ‘Cosmopolitan’ oil and gas assets within Alaska’s Cook Inlet basin.last_img read more

first_imgState Troopers have not released name of the pilot. The next of kin is currently being notified. NTSB Alaska Region Chief Clint Johnson: “Our investigator launched immediately with the Alaska State Troopers, and one of their helicopters to the accident site. Our investigator, Mike Hodgins was able to spend most of the day on scene yesterday, so they finished their on scene preliminary documentation of the wreckage.”  For the full story: Currently NTSB is in the process of wreckage recovery, where pieces are being flown to either Wasilla or Anchorage for continued investigation. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers say responders have confirmed one pilot has died after the wreckage from a plane crash was found near Port Alsworth.Map courtesy of GoogleMapsThe National Transportation Safety Board received notification of a plane crash, between Tyonek and Port Alsworth, at approximately 11 p.m. Wednesday. A search was launched after responders received an emergency locator beacon alert.last_img read more

first_img“The Homer Chamber would like to encourage the community to shop local. Shopping local benefits our community beyond mere convenience. When you support local business owners, you get a better level of service, as well as helping make your community a better place to live.” The Homer Chamber of Commerce will be set-up outside Nomar, The Homer Bookstore, The Kachemak Gear Shed, and Homer Saw & Cycle handing out 200+ free canvas bags and giving everyone a flyer with all participating businesses on it. Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Homer Chamber of Commerce will serve as a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday, November 25th.center_img Small Business Saturday, is an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses and celebrating communities across the country. Story as aired:last_img read more