'If you got it, we brought it'.

Author:Harrington, Susan

Aves Thompson of the Alaska Trucking Association told me that a few months ago. It's the motto for the Alaska transportation industry, and boy, does he ever know what he's talking about! The association serves as the voice of the Alaska transportation industry--a multimodal and an intermodal endeavor.

Case in point: On May 14, I drove my old white jeep with the weathered gray duct tape flapping off the side mirror to the historic train depot in downtown Anchorage, boarded an Alaska Railroad double-decker visitor railcar that took me out along Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet and back to the Bill Sheffield Anchorage Railroad Depot at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport to watch six chefs compete in the "Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off" sponsored by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, and a few of their friends.

The crowd was enjoying wine from J. Lohr Vineyards and Winery of California, beer from Alaskan Brewing Co., wild Alaska seafood from the ocean, grilled Alaska Grown vegetables and a cornucopia of delicacies from afar. The chefs prepared fabulous wild Alaska seafood creations in their one-hour staggered windows and some big announcements were made. I kept thinking of that motto: "If you got it, we brought it" I envisioned the intermodal and multimodal transportation methods and logistics it took just to put the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off together, and I got it.

Marilyn Romano, Alaska regional vice president for Alaska Airlines, announced the fall 2012 release of Salmon-Thirty-Salmon II, a Boeing 737-800 with a beautiful wild Alaska salmon painted from tail to nose onto the aircraft, which will carry Alaskans and all things Alaska via air--a huge component of the transportation industry in the state. Another component is marine transportation--and the sea was well represented.

NOAA's Steve Davis announced the release of the agency's 15th annual "Status of Stocks: Report on the Status of U.S. Fisheries for 2011" which includes the news that the Bering Sea snow crab stocks have been declared rebuilt and the...

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