First National Bank Alaska
First National Bank Alaska's newly renamed Wealth Management department (previously Investment Management & Trust Services) offers customers a full spectrum of investment, asset, and trust management services for business and personal finances. The new name is meant to better reflect the bank's global approach to helping Alaskans manage investable assets. fnbaiaska.com
The US Senate passed an appropriations package that includes $655 million dedicated to the design and construction of a new heavy polar security cutter; $20 million to acquire long lead-time materials for a second polar security cutter; and $400 million for offshore patrol cutters and $340 million for fast response cutters, six of which will be based in Alaska. Additionally, the bill provides $53 million for shore-side infrastructure facilities in Alaska to support the new cutters, with $22 million going to Kodiak and $31 million to Seward. senate.gov
The US Army Corps of Engineers released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Pebble Project, a copper-gold-molybdenum porphyry project, which would include an open-pit mine and associated infrastructure. The public comment period on the Draft EIS began March 1 and will end May 30, 2019. Comments can be submitted online, through testimony at public meetings, or by mail. The Draft EIS and all contact information are available at pebbleprojecteis.com.
AK House of Representatives
The Alaska House of Representatives created the first ever House Special Committee on Tribal Affairs. The committee will be chaired by Representative Tiffany Zulkosky (D-Bethel) and has been tasked with advancing strategic partnerships between tribes and state government. The House Special Committee on Tribal Affairs was created by the passage of House Resolution 5 on a 37-1 vote. It has been authorized for the duration of the current legislative session, which ends in January 2021. akleg.gov/house.php
Sabrewing | ACSPI
Sabrewing Aircraft Company and the Aleut Community of St. Paul island (ACSPI) signed a history-making agreement for Sabrewing to provide a mix of up to ten aircraft--including the 800-pound-payload Rhaegal and the 4,400-pound-payload Wyvern aircraft. The aircraft will be tested at a new ACSPI-created test range, one of the largest aircraft test ranges North America, centered about St. Paul Island.
Under the agreement, Sabrewing will provide equipment and training to allow the...