In this Issue:
Donlin Gold is staffing up for a summer field program at the site of the proposed large gold mine, a sign of confidence in the multi-billion-dollar project.
Anchorage officials will open bids next week on the first phase of reconstruction of the aging Port of Alaska, the fuel and cement dock. This will be the first “hard” bid on the project and a reality check on a $2 billion preliminary estimate for the entire project.
Alaska Healthcare payments to providers continue, Medicaid contract to PCG, Inc., Interior tribal health care expanding.
State “fast” ferries now for sale
ANWR Lease sale is starting airborne geophysical surveys will help in bid preparation. and ASRC wants to sell Placer. The oil Search continues with Pikka. The state resurrects SALSA. Tepid show at Cook Inlet sale as well as the Squabble over well bonds.
Alaska wage and salary employment going up, which is continuing trend of small monthly gains that show the state’s recession may have ended.
A second special session is beginning in early July, the PFD still has everyone in a gridlock, mainly over the amount of the PFD $3,000 or less.
In Alaska Fisheries news we will be discussing Alaska’s importance to Seattle, the crab harvest outlook, a surge in mariculture interest, and push for Alaska seafood exemption.
Kenai looks at tourism tax hike but there may be some push back.