Several Alaska communities are making plans for geothermal generation of electricity. They’re also learning from existing projects – and mistakes.
A state-sponsored economic development panel wants suggestions for creating new timber industry jobs.
The Alaska Timber Jobs Task Force will hear comments from the public during a meeting Friday and Saturday in Coffman Cove. The town is a former logging camp on Prince of Wales Island.
The Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood are celebrating a big anniversary. Their 99th Grand Camp Convention in Klawock has the theme, “Reviewing 100 Years of History – Preparing for the Next.”
The Alaska Marine Highway System has finalized its summer 2012 schedule. Officials have made only one change since a draft was released in August.
More and more Southeast government buildings and businesses are turning to woody biomass for heat. Some experts say the region is close to having enough demand to justify building a pellet mill. But it won’t be easy.
Haida Energy is starting to build Prince of Wales Island’s next hydropower plant. But it still needs more funding. The Reynolds Creek hydroproject has long been a dream of the Haida village Native corporation, based in Hydaburg.
Alaska’s seventh annual Rural Energy Conference takes place this week in Juneau. The three-day event includes technical workshops on newer technologies, such as wind, tidal, geothermal and biomass.
Public meetings on Southeast Alaska transportation options begin Monday (Sept. 26). Some of the plans up for review would drastically change ferry service or increase road mileage in the region.
Some legislators are suggesting the Alaska Marine Highway System take over the ferry Susitna. But ferry officials aren’t interested.
Alaska’s Marine Highway System wants a court to order the fast-ferry builder to provide new engines for the ships. State officials say engines on the Fairweather and Chenega are wearing out far faster than their warranties promised.