The first cohort of the collaborative veterinary program offered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Colorado State University graduated this year. The collaborative veterinary training program allows ten students to enroll each year, giving preference to Alaska residents. Students attend veterinary medicine courses at UAF for the first two years and at CSU for the last two years. The program was established between the two land-grant universities to give students in Alaska access to a top-ranked veterinary medicine education partially in their home state, where veterinarians are in high demand. Additionally, the partnership gives CSU veterinary students an opportunity to learn about Alaska fish and wildlife, marine animal science, and sports medicine and rehabilitation of sled dogs.

Hilton Anchorage

Columbia Sussex, which has owned and managed The Hilton Anchorage since 2006, recently completed an extensive multi-million dollar renovation, including upgrades to the lobby, dining establishments, guest rooms, fitness center, and conference spaces.

The hotel's new guest room design celebrates the up-to-date and accessible feeling of Hilton hotels. The natural color palette of earth and water tones highlights the beautiful colors of Alaska's pristine wilderness and Northern Lights with a modern and comfortable atmosphere.

Alpha Aviation

The Anchorage-based helicopter operator responsible for exclusive transports to a remote luxury lodge in Denali National Park and Preserve and a premier utility helicopter operator broadened its business with the purchase of Anchorage Helicopter Tours to create Alaska Helicopter Tours, powered by Alpha Aviation. The addition of Alaska Helicopter Tours expands Alpha Aviation's model of high-end tourism experiences including charter/utility work to offer helicopter flightseeing tours from locations in Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Knik River Lodge in Palmer.

NANA Construction

NANA Construction plans to expand its Big Lake facility this summer, increasing its existing industrial fabrication space from 14,000 square feet to 28,000 square feet--making it the largest facility of its kind in the state. Preliminary plans include the addition of a 240-foot by 60-foot, pre-engineered metal building featuring two 10-ton overhead cranes, bringing the total number of industrial cranes at the facility to eighteen. NANA Construction expects to complete the expansion by fall...

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