National Park Service

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve opened its second public use cabin: The historic Joe Thompson cabin is at the base of the newly revitalized Portage Creek Trail on the north shore of Lake Clark about thirteen miles from Port Alsworth. This is an opportunity for park visitors to step into the shoes of a mid-century cabin builder, prospector, and commercial fisherman--stay in his cabin, hike the trail towards his prospect, and explore the Lake Clark country he lived in for forty years.

Columbia Sussex

Columbia Sussex acquired three new properties in Alaska's largest city. With 1,341 rooms now in its inventory, the purchase makes Columbia Sussex the largest full-service, year-round hotel operator in the state.

The new midtown properties include the Hilton Garden Inn located at 4555 Union Square Drive with 125 rooms, built in 2001; Hampton Inn at 4301 Credit Union Drive with 101 rooms, built in 1997; and Homewood Suites located at 101 W. 48th Ave. with 122 rooms, built in 2003.

These properties join the twenty-story Marriott Anchorage Downtown and twenty-one-story Hilton Anchorage, which Columbia Sussex has operated for more than a decade. The Hilton just underwent an extensive, multi-million-dollar renovation and the Marriott is on schedule for a similar one this winter.

Baker Hughes Company

Baker Hughes, a GE company has changed its name. The company is now known as Baker Hughes, and as of mid-October its Class A common stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "BKR." Baker Hughes' new name and brand better reflect its current and intended principal business operations and diversified portfolio.

Excalibur Alaska

Retailing 100 percent authentic and officially licensed sports merchandise from apparel and jerseys to hats and home decor, Excalibur Alaska has opened a location next to JCPenney in the 5th Avenue Mall. Excalibur Alaska is open seven days a week and the merchandise it carries features logos from NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, and NCAA teams.

Arctic Innovation Competition

The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management awarded $30,000 in cash prizes to the winners of the 2019 Arctic Innovation Competition.

The top prize of $10,000 in the main division was awarded to Todd Krieg for Fish Wheel Salmon Selector, which improves on the classic fish wheel by safely returning coho and Chinook salmon to the river to...

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