Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Sno-way! Mother Nature pounds city streets, budgets

Snow ain’t free. It costs a lot of money to remove and pile up the vast amounts of snow that Mother Nature has blessed (some would say cursed) much of Alaska with this winter.

The state’s and several cities’ snow removal budgets are busted, tallying well above the usual costs set aside to keep up with nature’s weather-related smack downs.

The National Weather Service reports higher than normal snowfall for many areas throughout the state.

Some storms have made national news, like when the snow reached the rooftops in Cordova.

Movers & Shakers 03/04/12

Thomas McAleer has joined the Viad’s Travel and Recreation Group as vice president of Alaskan Park Properties Inc. McAleer will be responsible for managing the Denali Backcountry Lodge, Denali Cabins, Denali Backcountry Adventure sightseeing operation, the Anchorage Denali Express Motorcoach Service and Alaska Denali Tours.

Movers & Shakers 02/26/12

Lauri Strauss of kpb architects has relocated to the firm’s Everett, Wash., office. Strauss is a senior project manager and kpb architects’ sustainability and LEED coordinator. She is currently the executive secretary on the board for the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, a past director of the Cascadia Green Building Council, chair of the Green Building Track planning team for the Alaska Forum on the Environment, and a juror for the International Living Future Institute’s Living Aleutian Home Design Competition.

Girls Scouts pave way to future scientists

Jania Tumey has had a keen mind for science since longer than she can remember, and she’s only 12. But Tumey has a not-so-secret weapon she’s been using to make the most of her interest.

Tumey has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten. She’s now in sixth grade at Rogers Park Elementary School in Anchorage. She’s planning on getting into biology once she reaches high school.

Movers & Shakers 02/19/12

Patrick W. Duke has been named the new senior vice president and chief financial officer for Doyon Ltd., the regional Native corporation for Interior Alaska. Duke was previously the CFO at Cook Inlet Region Inc. Prior to that, he spent 13 years working in various financial and accounting roles at Sealaska Corp. in Juneau. Duke is a Sealaska and Ahtna shareholder. Duke holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Gonzaga University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Movers & Shakers 02/12/12

Stig Colberg was named chief financial officer of Cook Inlet Region Inc. Colberg joined CIRI in 2008 and was the company’s chief business development officer. He now heads CIRI’s Finance and Accounting Department and Business Development Department. Prior to joining CIRI, Colberg was a partner at the Silicon Valley law firm of Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP, where he focused on the organization of investment partnerships and structuring private investments and merger and acquisition transactions.

Movers & Shakers 02/05/12

Movers & Shakers 01/29/12

Movers & Shakers 01/22/12

An interview with Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes Inc., will be the keynote speaker at a sold-out 2012 Economic Forecast Luncheon hosted by the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. Jan. 25. Forbes, a Republican candidate for president in 1996 and 2000 who has long advocated a flat tax system, talked with the Journal about domestic energy policy, the race for the GOP nomination, the ‘Occupy’ movement and growing calls for tax reform.

When you think of Alaska, what comes to mind?

Movers & Shakers 01/15/12

Brewing up power: Beer maker finalizes biofuels project

Alaskan Brewing Co. has entered the final stage of a 16-year process in setting a precedent in renewable energy. The Juneau-based brewery has a new boiler to make its own malt waste a sole energy source and has been selected for nearly $500,000 in federal money to finish the job.

Alaskan Brewing is in the commission and testing phases of a $1.8 million steam boiler fueled entirely by the company’s own spent grain. The grain is a protein-rich material that lends itself thoroughly with the combustion technology the company has been perfecting.

'Coast Guard Alaska' renewed for two seasons

The series “Coast Guard Alaska” premiered on the Weather Channel in November and has already garnered at least two more seasons on the air. The show, produced by Al Roker Entertainment, follows Guardsmen from Air Station Kodiak to show what it takes to live and work in this corner of the world where extremely hazardous weather adds to both the necessity and obstacles to their rescue missions.

The second season, debuting this April, will feature five 60-minute episodes. The third will have eight and is due out in October.

Movers & Shakers 01/08/12

Alaska Reserve group gets early 'Red Tails' viewing

Alaska’s 477th Fighter Group can trace its roots directly to the famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. This heritage was honored when Lucasfilm gave select Reserve servicemen an early screening of the company’s new film “Red Tails.”

About 200 current and former military members plus community leaders, students and a member of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. were treated to the special showing at the Tikhatnu movie theater in Anchorage in December. A publicity manager for Lucasfilm plus one of the movie’s actors, Marcus Paulk, accompanied their work to Alaska.

Movers & Shakers January 2012

Women in the Trades program helps women see options

At 35 years old, Myla Odom of Anchorage was at a career crossroads. After years of administrative work, she wanted to explore options for more hands-on physical work.

It’s a similar story for Caren Moss, 40, who also made the transition from office work to trade skills.

“Construction was something I knew I wanted to try, something I knew I would enjoy instead of something just to pay the bills,” Odom said.

ISER has 50 years as state's think tank

The state owes a lot to its original think tank. It’s almost as old as Alaska’s own statehood but has never waivered in its mission.

As editor Linda Leask of the Institute of Social and Economic Research put it, ISER has looked at virtually every major public policy in Alaska since statehood. That means everything starting with the economic effects of the 1964 Alaska earthquake through the current debate about how best to manage the permanent fund.

Movers & Shakers November 2011

Injured firefighter on road to recovery

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Dressed in a blue uniform, Larry Hodges smiles easily, cracking jokes with his fellow Fort Wainwright Fire Department members. Though he and his friends have been sharing laughs for years, his position at the department changed after an incident last spring.

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