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Alaska Railroad Names Clark Hopp Chief Operating Officer

Alaska Railroad Names Clark Hopp Chief Operating Officer

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) has named Vice President of Engineering Clark Hopp as chief operating officer (COO), effective January 1, 2018, when current COO Doug Engebretson retires.  The COO oversees rail transportation, engineering, mechanical, safety and grant administration functions. “Involved with railroading for more than two decades, Clark […]

Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm CCA Board Awards New Grants

Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm CCA Board Awards New Grants

by Katherine Schake- The Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm (KMTA) Corridor Communities Association (CCA) Board of Directors held their annual fall meeting on October 18th, 2017 at the newly constructed Bison Hall at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. In addition to fostering partnerships within the Kenai transportation corridor, the association receives and […]

An aerial view of Grewingk Glacier on an October day, fifty years to the month after the landslide and tsunami. The cliff to the right of the glacier could slide again, which local geologist believe could cause another massive tsunami. Photo: Bjorn Olson.

Grewingk Glacier Landslide and Tsunami

by Bjørn Olson- Imagine hovering in a helicopter above Grewingk Glacier Lake, in Kachemak Bay, fifty years ago. From this safe vantage, you watch as 80 Empire State Buildings worth of material slowly dislodge from the steep slope above the lake, and then let go all at once. Cleaved from […]

Alaska’s Past is Still Being Written

Alaska’s Past is Still Being Written

Contributed by KMTA Kenai History featured in Trails Across Time: History of an Alaska Mountain Corridor Ever wondered about the quartz veins in the road cuts along the Seward Highway? Did you know Johnson Pass hasn’t always been a recreational trail – prospectors blazed it in the 1890s and it […]

Open Enrollment: Nov. 1 – Dec. 15

Open Enrollment: Nov. 1 – Dec. 15

This year’s Open Enrollment runs from November 1 – December 15, 2017.  Health insurance plans sold during Open Enrollment start January 1, 2018.  After December 15, you can enroll in 2018 health insurance only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Staff at Seward Community Health Center can help […]

Photo: Bob Bolton with a plug of northern tundra soil from the Seward Peninsula extracted during a field trip in early September 2017. To Bolton’s left are Anne Gust Brown, Jerry Brown, Lydia Vaughn of the University of California Berkeley and Amy Breen, like Bolton a scientist with the International Arctic Research Center at UAF. Photo: Evan Westrup.

When Jerry Brown came to Nome

by Ned Rozell- A few Alaska researchers recently accepted a surprise assignment of giving Jerry Brown a tour of the Seward Peninsula. The California governor was stopping in Nome on his way to a meeting in Russia. The 79-year-old environmentalist and leader of a state that resembles a progressive nation […]