UA president delivers grim look after years of cuts

The University of Alaska president painted a distressing picture of what’s occurring in the university system after enduring $145 million in cumulative state funding cuts over the past four years.

UA President Jim Johnsen outlined his concerns during his annual “State of the University” speech Feb. 20 to Commonwealth North at the Cuddy Center on the UAA campus. The system has 1,183 fewer employees and 50 fewer programs than three years ago, he said.

Young, Murkowski talk immigration, infrastructure, Tongass and pot

The Presidents’ Day recess in Congress gave the Journal an opportunity to sit down with two-thirds of Alaska’s congressional delegation.

Rep. Don Young stressed the need to update the nation’s infrastructure, from bridges to icebreakers, and the means to pay for it during a Feb. 19 interview at the Journal office.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski highlighted her ongoing efforts to repeal the Roadless Rule in the state as a way to provide Southeast communities with more economic options.

Modular processing facilities aimed at small Slope fields

North Slope oil has historically been a game of making big discoveries needed to justify big development costs, but a team of NANA WorleyParsons engineers is trying to rewrite that playbook.

Kairos LLC, a subsidiary of NANA WorleyParsons, has developed what company leaders believe could turn small or otherwise marginal North Slope oil finds into productive members of the state economy.

Kairos is a Greek term for “a time when conditions are right for the accomplishment of a crucial action,” according to Merriam-Webster.

Startup community brainstorms to save nonprofit farm

Managers of an Anchorage hydroponic farm at risk of shutting down in March made an unusual move to save their operation.

Seeds of Change, located off Arctic Boulevard and 26th Avenue, occupies a 10,000-square-foot warehouse designed for the purpose of high-tech agriculture growing. During its first year of operation, it served 18 youth employees through a program for at-risk youth at the Anchorage Community Mental Health Service, or ACMHS.

‪Launch Alaska selects four energy startups for 2018 program

Four energy companies were selected in a competitive process to participate in Launch Alaska’s 2018 business accelerator in Anchorage.

They will complete an intensive four-month program beginning March 26 at the downtown Boardroom, a shared working space for innovators. In the program, they receive mentorship, business training, business services, and $75,000 in exchange for equity in their companies.

The 2018 group is BoxPower, Carter Wind, Correlate and Omega Grid.

FISH FACTOR: ASMI gives world buyers a taste of life in Dutch Harbor

The nation’s top fishing port welcomed seven European seafood buyers in late January — all women — and showed off its massive seafood industry during peak operations at Dutch Harbor.

The women, whose companies import more than $60 million in U.S. seafood, hailed from France, Germany, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, and the U.K., said Hannah Lindoff, international program coordinator for the trip host Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

“They are interested in Alaska pollock, cod, surimi, octopus, salmon, roe, black cod and king crab,” she explained.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 25

The Alaska Resource Education board of directors named Ella Ede as the organization’s executive director. Ede comes to ARE with more than 25 years’ experience in Alaska resource industries. She brings experience in mining as well as oil and gas, most recently as stakeholder engagement manager for Statoil Alaska. Ede is a long-time supporter of ARE as a volunteer and board member.

State gets incomplete grade from FERC

While Alaska Gasline Development Corp. officials often tout the reams-worth of documents they’ve submitted to federal regulators for the Alaska LNG Project, those regulators responded with a letter Feb. 15 contending the state agency has refused to send information imperative to analyzing the $43 billion megaproject.

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