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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.

Movers and Shakers Oct 2011

Majs. George and Jeanne Baker

 

S. Lane Tucker

 

Sharon K. Elliott

 

Sharon K. Elliott was named president of Alyeska Title Guaranty Agency. Elliott has more than 25 years of real estate experience to include title and escrow services and loan origination. She has spent the last 18 years as the owner and president of Alaska Exchange Corp. specializing in 1031 tax deferred exchanges.

 

 

Kathleen H. Wescott

 

Alaska Airlines officers receive awards

 

Evy Gebhardt

 

Alaska enters into budding world market

When you think of exports from Alaska, fish, lumber and zinc come to mind.

Fresh cut flowers wouldn’t be on the list.

They soon will be, though.

A niche industry is developing fast in growing and selling fresh-cut peonies, those blossoms much in demand and beloved, world-wide it turns out, for weddings. It’s a small business so far but it’s growing, and there seems to be an insatiable market demand at a certain, critical time of the year.

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