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2017 Registered Apprenticeship Roundtable

Published October 17, 2017

The 2017 Registered Apprenticeship Roundtable will take place on December 14th and 15th at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) in Anchorage.  You can RSVP using this form.  There is no cost to attend this event, thanks to generous sponsorships from ANTHC, NECA/IBEW, and Donlin Gold. 

This roundtable will include panels and participatory workshops covering Registered Apprenticeships in wide range of industry sectors, as well as topics such as school to apprenticeship and synergy between Registered Apprenticeship and college programs. Last year’s event was a huge success, and we’re excited to continue the momentum again this December.  

 


 

Vote for People's Choice in our Photo Contest

Published October 17, 2017

In 2018 Alaska Litho turns 70!

We've spent some time rooting through our archives and exploring our past, but we're also looking to the future with new energy on this platinum anniversary. It's the perfect time for Reflection, the theme for our photo contest this year.

It's time to pick your favorite photo from the Reflection photo contest!

Public voting for the People's Choice winner will be from October 16-22 at http://woobox.com/44sj6z

Or find the gallery at facebook.com/aklitho or aklitho.com.

 


 

Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program

Fuel Your School

Published October 9, 2017

It’s October, and Chevron’s Fuel Your School program is back, helping Alaskans fund classroom projects posted by teachers across the Anchorage School District. This month, for every fill-up of eight gallons or more, Chevron will donate $1 dollar to projects posted on www.DonorsChoose.org, capping at $100,000. To date, Chevron has purchased more than $569,788 in supplies for Alaska schools since 2013. 

Some new components to the program this year are Student Life Essentials Projects, where teachers can request very basic items for their students such as warm clothes and snacks for underserved students, and Student-Led Projects, where students can take the reigns and request something they think their classroom would benefit from. 

“Each year, teachers spend hundreds of dollars out of their own pockets on classroom materials. Chevron is returning this fall with its Fuel Your School program, which helps purchase supplies for Anchorage schools. In October, you can help fund these projects by filling up at Chevron gas stations. For each fill-up of eight or more gallons, Chevron donates $1 to projects posted by Anchorage teachers on DonorsChoose.org, up to $100,000. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.fuelyourschool.com/.” 

 


 

Business Basics - Open Your Doors

Published October 9, 2017

Do you have a dream to start your own business? Are you ready to turn that dream into a reality? Then this is the workshop for you! The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering an exciting and educational workshop designed to guide you through the initial stages of starting a small business. This is a free workshop, but registration is required. We will cover:

• Why start a business?
• What type of business?
• Who are your target customers?
• How to get started?
• How to fund your business?
• What are the free resources available?

SBA will introduce you to several resource partners to assist you with counseling, access to capital (loans), and doing business with the federal government (contracts). There will be an opportunity to network after the presentation. Our goal is to help you identify the path you need to take to reach your ultimate goal—OPENING YOUR DOORS!

Webinar is available, but registration is required

When: Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

Where: Dimond Hotel Center
700 E. Dimond Blvd.
Anchorage, AK 99515

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Register: https://open-your-doors.eventbrite.com

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Prosperity Summit

Published October 9, 2017

Join us for a full day's look into Anchorage's business future where we'll learn from those who prospered in the good times and the bad. The day will start with Economist Niel Fried sharing how Alaska's current recession is, and is not, similar to the one we saw in the mid 1980s. Expert panels will discuss a variety of topics including "What Businesses Survived 1985 and What Business Opportunities Come With A Recession," "Is There Money Available for Business in Alaska Today?, "Are There Still Opportunities in Petroleum?," "What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages to our Location?" "What Businesses Are Growing and Expanding in Anchorage." The University of Alaska Seawolf Debate Squad will consider the motion "This house believes Anchorage is the worst possible place to start a new business now" over lunch. Buy your ticket on Centertix, or follow the link from www.klef.com. $195, includes lunch.

 


 

Launch, Manage, and Grow Now

Published October 9, 2017

Did you know that the SBA has free programs to help you gain access to business counselors, business loans, and government contracting opportunities? Perhaps your small business may benefit from surety bonding or exporting.

Please join the Z. J. Loussac Public Library and presenter Charles Niemann, economic development specialist from the SBA Alaska District Office, as we discuss how the SBA can support your current or future small business. This seminar will answer questions related to all SBA programs and services and teach you how to find the resources to start or grow your existing business.

All entrepreneurs and small business owners should take advantage of this free workshop.

Webinar will be available.

Seating is limited. If you cannot attend in person, you can participate via webinar. Webinar access information will be sent with ticket registration.

When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Where: Z. J. Loussac Public Library
3600 Denali Street, Floor 4
Anchorage, AK 99503

Time: 5 – 6 p.m.

Register: https://sba-library.eventbrite.com

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Innovation Pop-up Event at The Chariot Group

Published October 4, 2017

We are pleased to have the biggest open house we’ve ever put on and want to you to come experience this one-of-a-kind event with the latest in collaborative technology from some industry-leading companies! 

Please RSVP through this link below:

https://events-na11.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1584437012/en/events/event/shared/1606590523/event_registration.html?sco-id=1690013216

We look forward to seeing you!

 


 

2017 Elders and Youth Conference

Published October 4, 2017

First Alaskan Insitute would like to extend an invitation to be part of the 34th Annual Elders & Youth Conference by supporting through an in-kind door prize donation that works for your organization. These gifts add to the excitement of the event and help keep our participants engaged throughout the conference. As an in-kind donor, your organization will be recognized verbally at the conference and in writing.

It is only with the support of the community and organizations such as yours each year that we are able to connect youth participants with one another, experienced leaders, and Elders to strengthen their cultural knowledge, their well-being, and their voices as advocates for positive change. This interconnectivity helps to foster community partnerships through dialogue, work sessions, and the celebration of our Native peoples, communities, and cultures across Alaska.

FAI is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and our federal tax ID number is 92-0174854. Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Emily Tyrrell by phone at 907- 677-1710 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Veterans and Military Spouses Job Fair

Published October 4, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017
University Center Mall, 3801 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage

RSVP Today at: www.2017veteransjobfair.eventbrite.com

TIPS:

  • Dress for success
  • Explore career opportunities
  • Bring your resume and business cards

 


 

We hope you will join us for Leaders in the Schools

Published October 4, 2017

Leaders in the Schools is an event not to be missed. As a Business and Community Leader, you'll have the opportunity to see the schools from an "inside" perspective, gain insight on the successes and challenges Anchorage schools face, and learn how you can be a part of the great work happening every day. You are invited to spend two hours with a school administrator, receive a tour of the school, observe a classroom, talk with students and teachers and so much more.

This opportunity is from October 16 - November 17, 2017

Sign up today at: www.asdk12.org/sbp

For more information call 907-339-7278

 


 

Support the Alaska Federation of Natives

Published September 26, 2017

The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) is the principle forum and voice of the Alaska Native community in working with critical issues of public policy and government. Join their supportive businesses and organizations, who collectively celebrate and collaboratively strengthen the AFN Convention, through sponsorship. Your community investment would help AFN accomplish their goals in convening up to 5,000 participants.

Sponsorships are an excellent method of outreach to the statewide Native community and engage with participants attending in person, tuning in to the live statewide TV broadcast, listening on the radio, watching the webcast, or accessing our phone app.

This year's theme is “Strength In Unity: Leadership, Partnerships, Social Justice,” and will take place on October 19-21 at the Dena’ina Center and would not be possible without generous support from sponsors, supporters and partners. You may download the sponsorship packet here, or the online form here.

If you have any questions or need further information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Development Director, Trina Landlord, at 907-263-1307 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


 

Ravn Recruits Top Airline Professionals to Take Alaska’s Largest Regional Airline to ‘the Next Level’

Published September 26, 2017

Alaska’s leading regional air transportation and logistics company announced that effective immediately, it has reorganized its senior management team and installed a simpler and more efficient leadership structure following its successful recruitment of some of the airline industry’s most seasoned and successful professionals.

Ravn’s leadership reorganization will simplify the Air Group’s multi-layered executive management by eliminating several senior roles, and replacing them with a single, group-level officer team that will oversee FAA-approved leaders as well as managing the company’s three separate airlines: Hageland Aviation, Corvus Airlines, and Frontier Flying Services. 

The corporate reorganization and recruitment efforts were led by Dave Pflieger, Ravn’s recently-appointed president and CEO. 

“Operating with a ‘one company’ mindset, instead of three, will turbo-charge Ravn’s ability to capitalize on the vast potential of Alaska’s transportation and logistics market, drive a safety-first and customer-focused culture, and help our team create a world-class airline,” said Pflieger.

Members of Ravn’s newly-constituted executive team are: 

  • Steve Jackson, Chief Financial Officer
  • George Snyder, Acting Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President of Safety
  • Len Sloper, Senior Vice President, Airports, Cargo and Real Estate
  • George Nichols, Chief Information Officer
  • Wendy Yow, Vice President, Human Resources

Rounding out the airline’s new executive team will be a Chief Commercial Officer, for whom the company is actively recruiting.>

“Ravn has an Alaska-proud past tied to an incredibly bright future. While I have no doubt that our new world-class leadership team will take us to even greater heights, I also want to extend Ravn’s thanks to our outgoing executives from Corvus, Hageland and Frontier. Our company is extremely grateful for their hard work, dedication and assistance during this leadership transition. Mr. Jim Hajdukovich, Mr. Jim Hickerson, Mr. John Hajdukovich, and Mr. Walter Dallis, all played key roles in getting us where we are today,” said Pflieger.

Ravn Air Group is owned by investment affiliates of private equity firms J.F. Lehman & Company and W Capital Partners, with one of the company’s original founders, the Hajdukovich family, retaining a minority interest.

 


 

Arctic Information Technology, Inc. Announces Strategic Partnership with Whanau Tahi, Ltd.

Published September 26, 2017

Partnership provides Native American and Alaskan Native organizations an “outcome-based family engagement platform for social services”

CLICK HERE FOR FULL PRESS RELEASE

 


 

The Equifax Data Breach – What You Need to Know

Published September 19, 2017

The recent Equifax data breach should be a concern to everyone. Morgan Wright, U.S. State Department senior antiterrorism advisor, endorses and owns our IDShield product. Morgan Wright said it best in his interview: "This Equifax data breach is equivalent to all of the hurricanes coming together - in cyber space".

I am making myself available to make presentations to individuals, businesses, and organizations to help educate everyone about what this means. This is a free service and there is no obligation to purchase a plan.

CONTACT:
Trish Neal, Independent Associate
LegalShield + IDShield
907-717-8117
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America's Foreign Policy in a World of Turmoil

Published September 19, 2017

Join the Alaska World Affairs Council on Thursday, October 20th from 6:00-7:00PM at the 49th State Brewing Co for an engaging program on “America’s Foreign Policy in a World of Turmoil” featuring Ambassador John Negroponte. Doors open at 11:30. This event is open to the public; tickets start at $15 per person with complimentary admission available to current students and active-duty military personnel. For more information and registration, visit: http://www.alaskaworldaffairs.org/

 


 

US National Security Unflitered

Published September 19, 2017

Join the Alaska World Affairs Council on Thursday, October 19th from 6:00-7:00PM at the 49th State Brewing Co for a conversation on “US National Security Unfiltered” featuring Ambassador John Negroponte and General Joseph Ralston. Doors open at 5:30. This event is open to the public; tickets are available for $10 for current members of the Alaska World Affairs Council and $15 for non-members. For more information and registration, visit: http://www.alaskaworldaffairs.org/


 

Investing in Alaska's Workforce: A Summit on the Economic Impact of Early Care & Learning

Published September 19, 2017

thread teams up with business leaders, city officials, paediatricians, and community members to ask, what happens to Alaska’s workforce without the support of child care? What If the only options available are always full or low-quality? What can communities do to make a difference? What can employers do? And, how does this impact our children’s future? Come and learn how investments in Alaska’s early care & learning strengthens the workforce of today, while laying the foundation of for a strong tomorrow. Learn more at www.threadalaska.org or call 907.265.3100.

 


 

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union donates $100,000 to Financial Reality Foundation

Published September 11, 2017

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union donated $100,000 to the Financial Reality Foundation, a local non-profit that provides programs to develop the financial literacy of high school students and lead them to achieving their life-long financial goals.

The donation will support the Financial Reality Foundation’s mission to educate 100% of high school seniors in the state of Alaska with Get REAL Financial Reality Fairs. The fairs consist of interactive simulations that allow students to make real-life choices about a post high school career and how to budget for life events like housing, food, and transportation.

In addition to monetary support, Alaska USA acts as host for Get REAL Financial Reality Fairs, which are staffed by a number of Alaska USA employee volunteers, professional partners, and other actively engaged members of the community.

“Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has a long-standing interest in providing people of all ages a foundation in practical financial education,” said Geoff Lundfelt, President and CEO,
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. “We share the same vision as the Financial Reality Foundation, and want to ensure that all students enter adulthood with the necessary tools and resources needed to make smart financial decisions.”

Learn more at www.alaskausa.org.

 


 

AECOM Alaska announces Matt Narus joins company as Senior Project Manager

Published September 5, 2017

AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced that it has hired Matt Narus to support its Alaska operations as a Senior Project Manager. In this role, Matt will manage projects as well as work with our team supporting business activities for our Alaska operations.

“It excites me to announce that Matt Narus has joined the AECOM team,” said AECOM Alaska Operations Manager, Laura Young. “Matt is an adamant professional and brings a tremendous depth of experience that will greatly benefit our team.”

Matt holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Chemistry from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) from the University of Washington.

Matt comes to AECOM after most recently working at the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) as a Project Manager.

 


 

New Subway(r) restaurant to open in Utqiagvik (Barrow) Alaska

Published September 5, 2017

(Utqiagvik, Alaska) August 25, 2017—A Subway® restaurant, which is known for its fresh baked bread and offering a healthier alternative to traditionally fatty fast food, is coming to Barrow on August 26, 2017. The new restaurant is located at 1611 Okpik Street and will feature a metropolitan design in the northern most city in the United States and the 11th northernmost public community in the world. The Alaska city formerly known as Barrow, Alaska, changed its name back to its original name “Utquagvik” in December of 2016. The city formerly known as Barrow will house the northernmost Subway® restaurant in the United States.

Subway® restaurants are famous for their made-to-order Footlong and 6-inch submarine sandwiches. They are served on a variety of gourmet breads that are baked fresh in each restaurant throughout the day. Customers create their own hot or cold sandwiches by choosing from a variety of meats, fresh vegetables, cheeses and condiments, while viewing the sandwich being assembled right in front of them.

In addition to submarine sandwiches, the new Subway® restaurant at Barrow will also offer breakfast, a variety of salads, soups, chips, soft drinks, milk and sliced apples.

“I am excited to be able to bring Subway® restaurant’s delicious, nutritious product to the people of Barrow,” said John Masterson, local resident of Barrow and co-owner of the new sandwich shop. “I look forward to seeing my neighbors and invite everyone to stop by and try our world-famous submarine sandwiches.”

Subway® Founder Fred DeLuca was a 17-year-old student when he co-founded the Subway® chain in 1965. With a $1,000 loan from family friend Dr. Peter Buck, he started the venture as a way to finance his college education. Today, there are 44,566 Subway® restaurants in 113 countries around the world. 

 


 

bty Dental is on the list of INC Magazine's 2017 5000 fastest growing companies in the United States!

Published September 5, 2017

We want to thank Anchorage for making btyDENTAL one of the fastest growing private companies in America according to INC. 5000 btyDENTAL has proudly served the Anchorage community with dental services for the past 10 years. Over the past decade, we have educated and cared for the oral hygiene of a diversity of Alaskans. We are continuously improving and expanding our services - we now offer dental services in eight locations within the municipality with extended hours of operation. We also accept walk in and same day appointments. 

It all started here in Anchorage with a desire to better meet the needs of our Alaskan community. We will continue to serve Alaskans with more accessible and affordable dental services. Thank you for your continued support.

 


 

Many Traditions, One Alaska: Teaching Alaska’s Connected History

Published September 5, 2017

The Alaska World Affairs Council invites you to join us for a conversation with Katie Ringsmuth, PhD and Paul Dunscomb, PhD on "Many Traditions, One Alaska: Teaching Alaska’s Connected History." This program will be hosted at 49th State Brewing Co Anchorage, food and beverages at this program will be available for individual order and purchase from 49th State Brewing Co.

Katie Johnson Ringsmuth, PhD, is the sole proprietor of Tundra Vision and teaches U.S., Alaska, and World History at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Ringsmuth is currently working with UAF, NPS, Trident Seafoods, and the Alaska Association of Historic Preservation to collect, interpret, and share the stories of cannery workers from the historic NN Cannery at South Naknek. She has curated several history exhibitions, including Home Field Advantage: Baseball in the Far North and Wrangell Mountain Skyboys. She has authored five publications for the National Park Service, with the sixth—At Work in the Wrangells: A Photographic History, 1895-1966—due out later this year.

Paul Dunscomb, PhD is the UAA Department of History Chair as well as a Professor of East Asian History. He worked in broadcast television for several years before beginning graduate studies in history. He lived in Japan for two years while working on his Ph.D. dissertation. While his initial research focused on Japan’s Siberian Intervention, 1918-1922 and Japanese Imperialism his most recent work attempts to bring not only Postwar Japan but events of the last two and a half decades into focus. His current work examines the crisis in Japanese professional baseball of 2004 as a means to understand the nature of change in Japan during the early Heisei period (1989-2009).

Admission tickets are available for $10 for members and $15 for the general public. High school, full-time university students, and active-duty military qualify for complimentary admission with advance registration. Please visit our website to learn more about the speakers and registration.

 


 

Armed Services YMCA Of Alaska

Published August 23, 2017

During the month of December the Armed Services YMCA will send a gift shipment to Alaska-based service members deployed during the holidays. These heroes have to spend the holidays overseas, away from their family—this season let’s show them how much they mean to our community!

HOW CAN YOUR ORGANIZATION MAKE THE HOLIDAYS SPECIAL FOR OUR TROOPS?

  • Set a goal! Determine how many of the 3,500 deployed Alaskan troops your organization can help provide care packages to.
  • Decide if you are going to only accept cash donations, or if you are also going to accept inkind donations if items from the Wish List.
  • Contact the ASYMCA at 907-552-9622 for marketing materials that can be branded with your company logo and personalized for your campaign.
  • Share the marketing materials with your group/ company, employees, friends, and neighbors. Make donation stations easily accessible.
  • If accepting in-kind donation items, be sure they are items off the established wish list. This ensures that everything will fi t in a medium size fl at rate USPS shipping box.
  • Set up your packing date and communicate this date with the ASYMCA so they can staff volunteers on site to help you.
  • The ASYMCA will pick up your boxes and/or donations and make certain that they’re in the hands of deployed military Alaskans in time for the holidays.
SUPPORT ALASKA’S DEPLOYED TROOPS.

 


 

Outlook Law, LLC, Attorney Named to 2018 Best Lawyers List

Published August 22, 2017

Outlook Law, LLC is pleased to announce that Christine Williams has been included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. PRESS RELEASE

 


 

Sonosky Chambers New Partners

Published August 7, 2017

The Sonosky Chambers law firm is pleased to announce that Rebecca Patterson and Kendri Cesar have become partners in the firm. Rebecca and Kendri are both graduates of Harvard Law School. Before joining the firm Rebecca clerked for U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason and Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti, and Kendri clerked for Alaska Superior Court Judge Michael Jeffery in Barrow and worked as committee staff in the Alaska Legislature. Kendri is also a member of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Both are active in all aspects of the firm’s Alaska Native rights practice.

The Sonosky Chambers law firm is also very proud to announce that, effective August 1, 2017, longstanding partner Marissa Flannery has accepted an appointment as Vice President for Legal Affairs for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and that associate Maile Tavepholjalern will also be joining Marissa at the Consortium. ANTHC is the largest tribal health care provider in the United States and has worked with our law firm since ANTHC’s inception in 1997. The Sonosky Chambers firm wishes Marissa and Maile the very best in their new positions, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them, with ANTHC and with all of our tribal clients to better the health care and self-governance of the Alaska Native community.

  


 

Alaska USA Foundation raises over $69,000 for nonprofits

Published August 7, 2017

The Alaska USA Foundation launched the third annual Members Making Change donation drive, online and in Alaska USA Federal Credit Union branches. The drive raised over $69,726 in donations from the credit union’s generous members. The collected funds will be used to assist nonprofit organizations that provide needs-based programs for children, veterans, and active duty members of the military and their families.

The Alaska USA Foundation was established in 2003 to support 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that provide needs-based services to children, veterans, and active duty members of the military and their families. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed over $1.5 million to these organizations and is honored to assist those that provide direct services in support of its mission.

 


 

Youth Fundraiser

Published July 28, 2017

This fundraiser is to assist youth with schools supplies, cap and gowns, and other items for the 2017/2018 school year. Visit our websites: envisioneesak.com and thegapprogram.com.

 


 

 


 

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union welcomes new VP of Special Credits

Published July 13, 2017

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that Chris Brown has been selected for the position of Senior Vice President, Special Credits.

“Chris brings a great deal of experience to the position,” said Wayne Bailey, Chief Lending Officer. “He’s no stranger to the world of financing, and has proven leadership skills that will greatly benefit Alaska USA.”

Brown has more than 23 years of lending and collections experience, including 18 years with Ford Motor Credit. He holds both Bachelor and Master of Advertising and Public Relations degrees from Michigan State University.

Learn more at alaskausa.org http://www.alaskausa.org.

 


 

Alaska USA Foundation donates $75,000 to local military and youth programs

Published June 6, 2017

Alaska USA Foundation has donated $75,000 among five community service programs.

$50,000 was donated to the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) of Alaska to help support military service members and their families. The funds will aid in the operation of the more than 30 programs ASYMCA provides, including hospital morale visits, Operation Holiday Joy, and Operation Kid Comfort.

$10,000 was donated to Stand Down, Inc. to help in-need and homeless veterans access vital medical, dental, mental health, and substance abuse services.

$5,000 was donated to the Great Alaska Council in support of Boy Scouts of America. The funds will provide Scouts without financial means or transportation the opportunity to attend day camps.

$5,000 was donated to Alaska Legal Services to provide high quality legal services to low- income veterans and families, as well as disadvantaged people and communities.

$5,000 was donated to Camp Fire Alaska in support of youth development programs that service more than 5,000 youth annually in the state of Alaska.

 


 

Alaska USA welcomes new Financial Advisor

Published May 26, 2017


Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has hired Mike Klopfer to serve as Financial Advisor in Anchorage, Alaska. “Mike is going to make a great addition to Alaska USA Financial Planning and Investment Services,” said Julia Niziolek, Executive Director, Insurance and Investment Services. “He has a proven track record of helping individuals and organizations successfully plan, and realize their financial goals, and will continue to provide this important service for Alaska USA members.” Klopfer holds a degree in Biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has served as a financial planner since 2003. Learn more at alaskausa.org/investment.

 


 

Alaska Railroad launches Catch the Train Photo Contest

Published May 18, 2017


Beginning today, the Alaska Railroad will launch its third-annual Catch the Train Photo Contest through its website and social media channels with a new partnership to celebrate the centennial of Denali National Park and Preserve. The grandprize winner, to be chosen from the 12 finalists via a public online vote, will receive the honor of the Alaska Railroad calendar’s cover, $1,500 and the Railroad’s new Denali Getaways package. This new package commemorates the park’s centennial with round-trip rail travel for four to Denali and overnight accommodations at the Grande Denali Lodge. For additional rules and regulations, visit www.alaskarailroad.com/catchthetrain.

 


 

Shoot for the Troops

Published May 18, 2017


Shoot for the Troops is a 100-shot sporting clays tournament. All proceed form this tournament help to fund the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska programs across the state including: Teddy's Child Watch, Food Pantries, Operation Kid Comfort, Y on Wheels and Operation Holiday Joy. For more info, contact Sarah Riffer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


 

Kumin Hires Youngest Associate in 40-year History

Published May 15, 2017


Kumin has promoted architect Sarah Salazar to Associate, making her the youngest Associate in Kumin’s 40-year history. She joined Kumin in 2010, relocating from New Mexico, where she managed large-scale military projects for the USAF. During her seven years in Alaska, she has taken on increasing responsibilities within Kumin and the design community. She is the 2017 President of the AK Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and held leadership positions in AIA since 2012. Her Alaskan design projects have taken her from Anchorage to Tununak to Ketchikan. In addition to mentoring younger staff members, Sarah volunteers in community-wide cleanups, Bike to Work Day Treat Stations, local marathons, triathlons and business soccer teams. She is a licensed Architect in Alaska and New Mexico.

 


 

Alaska USA FCU Receives Lender of the Year Award

Published May 15, 2017


Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has received the Small Business Administration’s 504 Alaska Lender of the Year award for 2016. The award is given to the lender with the highest number of approved 504 program loans in a calendar year. The 504 program provides long-term, fixed-rate financing for small businesses and is designed to contribute to the economic development of communities.

“It’s a real honor to have received this award,” said Dave Hamilton, Executive Director, Business and Commercial Services. “Alaska USA is committed to providing financial capital to Alaska’s small business owners so they can continue to grow and create jobs.”

Learn more at alaskausa.org.

 


 

RIM Promotes Jason Arnold to Associate

Published May 8, 2017


RIM is pleased to announce that Jason Arnold, AIA CDT, has been promoted to Associate in the Alaska office. For the past nine years, Jason’s talents and enthusiasm have been leveraged across a range of project types. He has taken on key leadership roles in the professional community through involvement with Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA)—serving as the Alaska State IDP Coordinator since 2011. He is also RIM’s liaison for the annual summer-long Bike Anchorage event, where he has coordinated a treat station for the past few years. In addition, Jason’s active involvement in Habitat for Humanity, Bean’s Café, and City Wide Clean Up encourages other RIM staff to participate. And in March of 2017, after months of intense studying, Jason successfully passed the Architecture Registration Examination and earned his architectural license in Alaska. Congratulations, Jason!

 


 

144 Activities in Town Square Park

Published May 2, 2017

Calling all Anchorage businesses and organization to join Anchorage Downtown Partnership's 144 Activities in Town Square Park! This summer Anchorage Downtown Partnership hopes to activate the space in the park with fun, energetic activities that bring in new visitors and positive energy. We are asking Anchorage businesses and organizations to host "an activity in the park".

For $99, an organization can use the park for a day, accompanied with our "space activation trailer" filled with summer games and toys (frisbee, corn hole, hula hoops, chalk, cheese, checkers, etc.). If a business or organization wants to host a different kind of event (ice cream social, company picnic, live music, etc.) we help to facilitate the planning of the event. We also will advertise your activity on our various marketing channels.

Please contact Rosie Frankowski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 612-250-3453 for more information.

http://anchoragedowntown.org/events/144activitiesintownsquarepark


 

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announces new Executive Director of Insurance and Investment Services

Published May 2, 2017

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that Julia Niziolek has been selected for the position of Executive Director, Insurance and Investment Services. She previously held the position of Manager, Administration and Compliance, Alaska USA Trust Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union.

“Julia brings a wealth of experience to the position,” said Brian Wolf, Chief Operations Officer. “She’s previously held various insurance licenses and she has also been actively involved in the development and management of the credit union’s Financial Planning and Investment Services, making her the clear choice for Executive Director.”

Niziolek has more than 13 years of experience in different sectors of the financial services industry. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree, both from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Learn more at www.alaskausa.org.

 


 

Alaska Credit Union League Donates $16,000 to Alaska Business Week

Published April 25, 2017

The Alaska Credit Union League donated $16,000 to Alaska Business Week to support and promote the business education of Alaska’s future leaders and entrepreneurs. The Alaska Credit Union League has supported the Alaska Business Week program since the program started in 2010. The donation will support the League’s mission to improve people’s financial lives through education.

About Alaska Business Week
Alaska Business Week is a one-week summer program for Alaska high school students. The program teaches participants basic principals of private sector business and important leadership skills they will need for their post high school plans. Participants live on a college campus, work as teams on a dynamic business simulation, develop a new product concept, and present their results with the guidance of a mentor from the business community.

Learn more at alaskacreditunions.org.

 


 

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announces new Vice President of Secondary Marketing

Published April 14, 2017

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that Jayson Schmett has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Secondary Marketing. He previously held the position of Secondary Marketing Operations Manager.

“Jayson’s leadership qualities and his ability to anticipate the needs of our members and professional partners is a great asset to the company,” said Steve Larson, Executive Director, Mortgage and Real Estate Lending.

Schmett has been with Alaska USA for 13 years, holding a variety of positions with increasing responsibilities. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Wyoming.

 


 

Midnight Sun Home Care Acquires Home Care Division from CareNet, Inc.

Midnight Sun Home Care, a premier senior care company in Anchorage, is pleased to announce the acquisition of another highly respected local provider’s in-home care division. CareNet, Inc. was recently approached by a national franchise for acquisition of their home care division, but chose instead to sell their home care line of business to Midnight Sun Home Care, citing the agencies’ similar values, philosophies, and Alaskan business roots as deciding factors.

CareNet, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is owned by local residents and registered nurses Brett and Lorna Mills. CareNet, Inc. will continue to offer private nursing care management, but will no longer offer in-home caregivers. They will refer those looking for in-home caregiving services to Midnight Sun Home Care.

“CareNet, Inc. has had the privilege of caring for seniors in the Anchorage community for 21 years,” says Owner Lorna Mills, RN. “We are excited to see our non-medical home care services continue under the Midnight Sun Home Care banner.”

The acquisition will provide Midnight Sun Home Care clients and their loved ones with additional coverage as the agency’s staff expands. The transition will also allow CareNet, Inc.’s caregiving staff to continue working for a locally owned company.

“We are honored to have been specifically chosen by CareNet, Inc. to carry on their in-home caregiving services, and we are excited to welcome CareNet’s dedicated caregivers to our team as we continue providing care for Alaskans by Alaskans,” says Kevin Turkington, Founder and Owner of Midnight Sun Home Care.

 


 

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Lead on, Aliy! Aliy Zirkle teams up with ANDVSA to help end violence in Alaska

Published March 7, 2017

Popular Iditarod contender Aliy Zirkle has announced an effort to fund youth education and violence prevention programs designed to promote healthy, safe, and strong communities across Alaska.

Backed by sponsor Matson, Zirkle is partnering with Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) to support and expand youth programming statewide, including rural villages along the Iditarod route, communities Zirkle has come to know well over her years of racing.

“The support and care I’ve received in the villages over the years has been phenomenal,” Zirkle said. “I’ve been looking for a way to give back; and, if I can help get more kids involved in this program that strengthens their communities as well as themselves, it’ll be a start.”

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Glenn Newkirk PR FINALArctic IT Appoints Glenn Newkirk to Sales Team

Published February 22, 2017

Arctic Information Technology (Arctic IT), the award-winning managed services provider in Alaska, announces the addition of Glenn Newkirk to its Platform and Infrastructure sales team. In this role, Newkirk will apply his passion for technology and his customer-first philosophy to further the growth of TotalCare by Arctic IT, the company’s managed services offering.

“Arctic IT has a reputation for excellence,” said Mark Mathis, senior account executive at Arctic IT. “Glenn’s experience in sales and dedication to providing best-in-class service and solutions to his clients will be an asset to our team.”

Glenn adds more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing to Arctic IT. After many years at several high-profile food and beverage distributors, Glenn shift his focus to the IT industry; taking a position with a multi-national technology company. He has his bachelor of science from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and serves the community by volunteering as a YMCA basketball coach.

 


 

BruceHellenPressRelease FINALArctic IT Appoints Bruce Hellen as President

Published February 14, 2017

Arctic Information Technology (Arctic IT), the award-winning top managed services provider in Alaska, has appointed Bruce Hellen as president. In this role, Hellen will apply his passions for technology and business development to build upon the company’s position as a market leader in tribal, federal, and managed services technologies. Arctic IT is an 8(a) small business and a wholly owned subsidiary of Doyon Government Group (DGG).

“We are pleased to have Bruce join the Arctic IT team,” said Julie Morman, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Doyon, Limited. “His experience and leadership are tremendous assets, and we look forward to continued successful business results under his guidance.”

Hellen served for 24 years in the United State Air Force. After retiring in 2010 as a Colonel, he entered the private sector as the director of business practices for a $1.5 billion company, primarily focusing on marketing, sales, and branding strategies. Next, he led a major RFID research and development project, resulting in multiple patents and international recognition as the world’s number one RFID implementation program in 2015. Hellen has led multiple organizations of various sizes throughout his military and private sector careers, ranging from small teams to large organizations.

“I look forward to working with the talented and passionate team at Arctic IT. I am committed to the pursuit of excellence in providing IT solutions to our customers with world-class service and support,” said Bruce Hellen, president of Arctic IT.

 


 

First Friday with SBA

Published January 3, 2017


Your business is registered in SAM and may qualify or already have a socio-economic contracting certification. So why aren't you getting federal contracts? Come learn about federal government contracting opportunities using various federal data bases. And hear from former JBER contracting officer, Melissa Blair as she reveals tips to search for procurement opportunities and responding to solicitations. The more you know, the better your chances of securing a federal government contract! Register: https://marketing2government.eventbrite.com POC: Clark Bihag / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 907-271-4850.


 

Kumin project selected as 6th most beautiful hospital in U.S.

Published October 26, 2016

Norton Sound Regional Hospital was voted 6th most beautiful hospital in the U.S. during Soliant Health’s 8th annual “Most Beautiful Hospitals” competition. Kumin was Architect of Record, with Mahlum of Seattle as medical planner. The voting shows a high degree of current/former employee satisfaction with the hospital's beauty and functionality. Also evident is a strong sense of community pride in the facility. The new hospital features stunning views of the surrounding tundra, Alaskan native artwork, and state of the art comprehensive healthcare for the Norton Sound region.

 


 

Hire East High School Students

Published October 26, 2016

Do you need music for your event? The East High School Orchestra program's Symphonic ensemble is available for special performances. Our students are wonderful, mature students who are eager to play and earn money to finance our group trip to work with the Orchestra program at the University of Hawaii in March of 2018. All contributions for student players go directly to the performing students trip expenses and the Orchestra program. For more information, please contact Janeen Wilkins, Orchestra Director at (907) 575-1789 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


 

EasyPark Offers Parking Amenities To Downtown Anchorage Parkers

Published September 20, 2016

EasyPark announces the launch of downtown Anchorage’s first parking Amenities Program. All guests in downtown Anchorage that park in any EasyPark garage or surface lot will have the option of utilizing free services such as personal escort to their vehicle, tire inflation and battery jump starts. EasyPark’s Amenities Program is available 7 days per week from 5am-midnight through our central dispatch center. For those that require any of these services, just call or text the dispatch number 297-4471.

 


 

 

 

 

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