Alaska’s Energy Desk | Climate Change | EnvironmentThis solar farm is built on oil industry money, know-how and even some recycled drilling pipeSeptember 20, 2018 by Nat Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage Share:Chris Colbert stands atop a ladder while installing parts at Alaska’s first commercial-scale solar projects in Willow, just north of Anchorage, on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (Photo by Nathaniel Herz / Alaska’s Energy Desk)Alaska’s first commercial-scale solar farm is about to come online. Its builders say they want to move the world toward cleaner energy sources. But they’re not ready to renounce oil and gas just yet.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/09/20SOLAR.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Jenn Miller is the project’s chief executive. She was working on her 400-panel commercial solar project north of Anchorage last week, with black flies buzzing and her dog, Ralfie, wandering around with a chunk of moose bone.Miller was there with her husband, Chris Colbert. They both had drills and leather tool belts and were moving a ladder around, putting in some of the last few pieces before they can flip the switch. Miller said she’s excited about the outlook for solar power and its potential to slow global warming.“The cool thing is, I don’t think renewables have to be a charity case. I think they can be a business case,” she said. “And the more you get to that point, I think the faster we are able to address the climate issue.”The solar farm could power about 30 homes. The local electric utility, Matanuska Electric Association, will buy the power at wholesale rates. That could slightly reduce the use of natural gas in its existing power plant and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.In a lot of ways, Miller fits the stereotype of someone trying to fight global warming. She has solar panels on her house in Anchorage. She bikes to work. She’s been on a river-rafting trip in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.But here’s something you might not expect: Miller works at BP, the oil company.“When I went to go work for an oil company out of college, the way you hear about oil companies is like, everyone who works there is evil,” she said. But, she added: “They’re actually nice people and they’re pretty smart.”The solar project is personal — it’s not endorsed or paid for by BP. But Miller is a project manager at the company, and her three partners are all current or former BP employees.One is Sam Dennis. Dennis drives a Tesla, a pricey electric car. He thinks the future is in electricity. But he also has a pickup truck, and he thinks the future will be built on a foundation that the oil industry helped create.In an interview at the site, Dennis pointed out that the solar panels at the site stand on a foundation of recycled oil drilling pipe. And that’s not all.“The money came from our work with the oil industry. And our expertise in running projects came from our work with the industry,” he said. “And I was thinking back, and I was like, how much of the development of oil 100 years ago was based on knowledge from coal?”Dennis said he thinks oil companies and their workers can help with the transition toward renewables. Just like the partners in this solar project, big oil companies have expertise building things. And they have a lot of money.It turns out that Dennis’ views aren’t that far off from the company he once worked for. Janet Weiss, BP’s top executive in Alaska, said her company has been boosting its renewable energy holdings after scaling them back following the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010.“What our company is doing is certainly taking some of the cash flow that’s been earned through the oil and gas and investing it into our renewables business,” she said in an interview. “It’s a natural evolution of what we need to do here on the planet.”To be sure, BP still produces a ton of oil — about 4 percent of global production. Its renewable investments are also small in relation to the company’s overall portfolio.But BP last year announced it was investing $200 million in a British solar company. It also has a wind branch, and Weiss said a company wind executive, Laura Folse, is interested in a trip to Alaska to see if the state has potential for power generation.Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott talks in Sitka earlier this year. (Photo by Katherine Rose/KCAW)Officials drafting Alaska’s new climate policy have also enlisted the oil industry in tackling global warming. Weiss last year was named to the state’s climate leadership team, which is chaired by a Democrat, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.“If the energy industry, as it exists now, is an opponent of dealing with climate change, we have a steep hill to climb,” Mallott said in an interview. “My belief is that they are a partner. They will continue to be a partner. But they must be held to account, as all of us must be.”Back at the solar farm, Miller was still drilling in parts, while Dennis fired up an excavator to fill in a trench. Miller said she wants people to understand that these climate change and energy discussions aren’t black and white.“I think a lot of times there’s an image that people who work for the oil industry are of certain political views or putting a box over their heads about climate change and don’t think it’s happening,” she said. “But I think humans are much more sophisticated than that. I think humans can hold a much bigger picture in their head.”The partners expect to get a 3 to 5 percent return on their investment, or roughly equivalent to bonds. Miller wouldn’t specify the exact cost of the project, but she said it’s in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.The project won’t generate much revenue in the winter — maybe $500 in the whole month of December. But some of the Alaska-specific challenges are offset by the high price that the project will get for its electricity, and the fact that solar panels actually operate more efficiently in cold weather.“We started looking at the numbers and started researching what you get for revenue for wholesale power, and then we started looking at what an installation would actually cost,” Dennis said. “And it was like, ‘Wow. Looks like it pencils out.’”Miller and her partners are already thinking about a second project. One option is to expand their existing site; another is to build a new one in a place with higher power costs than the Anchorage area, like Fairbanks.Share this story:
Alaska Native Corporations | Energy & Mining | Environment | Federal GovernmentIndigenous leaders hopeful Interior nominee Rep. Deb Haaland will protect Yup’ik ways of lifeFebruary 25, 2021 by Olivia Ebertz, KYUK – Bethel and Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:C-SPANInterior secretary-nominee U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland finished a two-day confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate on Feb. 24. Oil-state senators on the Senate Energy Committee challenged her on anti-development positions she took as a U.S. Congresswoman, but Sen. Lisa Murkowski seemed more intent on educating the nominee about Alaska’s unique circumstances. Share this story: Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/210224_haalandyk_pkg.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.If confirmed, Haaland will be the first Indigenous person to be the Secretary of the Interior, a cabinet position with massive oversight of Indian affairs. Haaland first addressed the committee in her Indigenous language, Keres, and then thanked them. She also made sure to show her gratitude to those who came before her. The “generations of ancestors who have sacrificed so much,” is how Haaland referred to them.Murkowski, who sits on the committee, used her allotted hearing time to tell Haaland about Alaska’s history, the role of Alaska Native corporations and the huge volume of Alaska land under the Interior Department’s control. Murkowski also made a pitch for the Willow project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. It would be the westernmost oilfield on the North Slope.“What I need to know is, is if you’re confirmed, will you commit to allowing the Willow project to proceed without additional changes or environmental review?” asked Murkowski.As a congresswoman representing central New Mexico, Haaland signed a letter last year asking the U.S. Department of the Interior to stop all work on Willow. Haaland said that if confirmed, she would work to execute President Biden’s vision for natural resources, even if it differed from her own. “I think being a Secretary is far different from being a member of Congress. And so I do take that role very seriously,” responded Haaland.Some Native corporations and organizations in Alaska have chosen not to opine on Haaland’s nomination, but the Alaska Federation of Natives publicly supports her. Support for Haaland is also widespread in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region, where many prominent female leaders have backed Haaland.“I think my initial reaction was, it’s about time,” said Y-K Delta representative Tiffany Zulkosky. Zulkosky also said that as the only sitting Native woman in the Alaska House of Representatives, she feels a sense of solidarity with Haaland. She says that because Haaland understands what life is like for Native people, she actually has a chance at protecting Yup’ik ways of life.One of the policies in particular that Zulkosky is hoping to work on with Haaland is about missing and murdered Indigenous women. And she expects that under Haaland, the Department of the Interior will engage more with Alaska’s state and tribal governments.“I’m really hopeful that the new administration under Deb Haaland’s leadership will continue to develop and strengthen the relationship the federal government has with tribes,” said Zulkosky.Former Y-K Delta representative Mary Peltola had a similar take: “I think what’s even more surprising is that it’s taken this long to have a Native American appointed to be the Secretary of the Department of Interior.”Peltola currently serves as the executive director for the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Her role as a local manager of fish resources means that she works closely with the Department of Interior, which has some jurisdiction over subsistence fish and game management on federal lands and in federal waters. Working with a Department leader who can more closely understand Indigenous lifeways and values is crucial, said Peltola.“The person who is Secretary of the Interior is important because they have so much discretion over regulation and laws that directly impact us in terms of things like hunting and fishing,” said Peltola. Peltola’s husband, Gene Peltola Jr., is the Alaska director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which is part of the Department of the Interior.Vivian Korthuis, the CEO of the Association of Village Council Presidents, a non-profit consortium of tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, said that there’s a lot of hard work ahead for Alaska Natives, and it can finally begin at a federal level under Haaland.“We are lacking housing, we are lacking safe and reliable transportation infrastructure and the general need for economic opportunities in our rural parts of the state. And in the Y-K Delta, I’m ready to work with her to implement all the solutions in rural Alaska,” said Korthuis.Korthuis said that she’s looking forward to working with Haaland.The Senate Energy Committee hasn’t yet scheduled a vote on whether to forward the nomination to the full Senate for confirmation. After the hearing ended, Murkowski told a reporter at the Capitol that she planned to meet with Haaland again.
Coronavirus | Southeast | TourismSitka officials vote to accept $1M donation from Norwegian Cruise LineApril 28, 2021 by Katherine Rose, KCAW – Sitka Share:The Norwegian Pearl tied up at Skagway’s Broadway dock in July 2017. Two more cruise ships are moored at the railroad dock in the background. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS)The City and Borough of Sitka may receive a $1 million donation from an international cruise line, which the company says comes with “no strings attached.”When the Sitka Assembly met on Tuesday, it voted to accept the donation. But it held off on deciding how to spend the funds.City Administrator John Leach told the assembly that Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. is offering the City of Sitka $1 million to ease the economic effects of the ongoing cruise suspension in Alaska.Leach said representatives from the company made the offer during a recent phone meeting. His first question: “What are the conditions for the donation?”“Before I even asked that question, they were very forthcoming and said that this is a ‘no strings attached, no quid pro quo,’” he said. “And they will have no involvement in the distribution decision that the city decides to make.”Leach said the company plans to make similar donations to other Alaska communities but did not specify which ones. KCAW has reached out to Norwegian Cruise Lines and has not been able to independently confirm the offer.The cruise line and its subsidiaries have been sending ships to Sitka for over two decades. And it has invested heavily in Southeast Alaska, funding cruise dock expansions in Hoonah and Ketchikan, and recently purchasing 3 acres of Juneau waterfront property where it plans to build a new dock.Leach said first he needed the assembly’s approval to accept the money. Then, once the donation is officially received, they could meet again and decide what to do with it.“You could direct me to provide some input to you on places where we could spend that. We could come back with another ‘Discussion/Direction/Decision’ item at a future assembly meeting with some ideas,” he said. “We could hear from the community for a while, take public input then.”But member Valorie Nelson already knew where she wanted the money to go. Nelson made a motion to accept the funds and put them toward capital projects or reserves.“The best thing we can do is capital projects which have been put on the backburner, for now, two years, at least,” she said. “There’s a lot of things that would benefit the quality of life for the residents as well as improve the issues, I think, that tourists visit our community for.”But Mayor Steven Eisenbeisz said he wasn’t ready to commit the money to a specific purpose.“I want to have a more thorough discussion in the future as to what we do with the donation. I’m happy to accept it, but at this point, I’m uncomfortable allocating it to a certain cause,” Eisenbeisz said. “Although I do agree with the notion that if we don’t put it in a certain pot right now, the requests are going to start pouring in and everybody is going to want a little bit of the free money.”Nelson’s motion failed 1-4 with members Crystal Duncan, Rebecca Himschoot, Kevin Mosher and Mayor Eisenbeisz voting against it. A second motion to accept the funds without any stipulations passed 4-1 with member Nelson opposed.Leach said he would contact Norwegian Cruise Line and accept the offer. He said there was no set timeline for when the city should receive the money.Share this story:
BooksCelebrityEntertainment IndustryRoxane Gay Would Prefer Not to Have to Be ExceptionalThe author says, “I want to get to a place where it is no longer newsworthy when a diverse creator has made interesting art”By Brittany Martin – February 11, 20192940ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItRoxane Gay has a powerful voice–and a packed schedule. The acclaimed author, whose works include Bad Feminist and Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, has a ninth book coming out this spring, a comic book on the way, film and TV projects in development, and a gig as a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times. She somehow gets it all done while jetting back and forth among her home in Los Angeles, Yale, where she’s a Presidential Fellow, and her many appearances and engagements. (On her flight back to L.A. this week, she sat across the aisle from Barbra Streisand, whom she described as “shimmering” and “luminous.”) She even finds time to tweet prolifically.All this hard work–and all while being a black, queer woman in America in 2019–might be exhausting, but she has established herself as one of the best-known writers working today and developed a devoted fan base that appreciate her bracing, honest words.This month, she’ll share that wisdom at four public events in Los Angeles. First up, a New York Times talk Tuesday, where she’ll share a stage with fellow writers Lindy West, Emily Gordon, and Guy Branum, for a night of comedy, advice, and readings. The next night, she’ll join Amanda Nguyen, an advocate for sexual assault survivors who worked on the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, which was signed by President Obama. The two will discuss survivors coming forward as part of the #MeToo movement, and a road forward for preventing sexual violence. Later in the month, she’ll be at the Museum of African American Art in Baldwin Hills with Marlon James, and at the Hammer Museum in conversation with author Tressie McMillan Cottom.As she prepared for those talks, we were able to catch up with her with a few questions about courage, diversity, and Vanderpump Rules.You’ve been living in Los Angeles for the last few years. What have you been enjoying about life here? I love the weather, the sprawl of the city, the diversity, the many really different neighborhoods and communities, the incredible murals everywhere you look, how there is always something to do, and the amazing bookstores. Just the overall vibe of the place. Every single day in L.A., I find some small marvel.What does a typical day look like for you? These days, I don’t have a typical day, which is both a blessing and a curse. I generally start my day checking email, social media, and my calendar. When I am in L.A., I exercise and work out with my trainer, and then I dive into whatever meetings and calls I need to get through. I often have events in the evening. Sometimes I am traveling and I do a lot of work, be it email or writing or reading or grading, while on planes, because the internet is slow, I have nothing else I can do, and so I get right down to it.Your next book, How to Be Heard, will be released later this year. Why did it seem like the right time for a book that explores finding the courage to speak up?I am often asked, “How do I find my voice?” and in How to Be Heard, I want to answer that question as best I can. Now is an essential time for a book like this because the political climate is incredibly fraught and there are so many people who are being affected by the decisions of the Trump administration. Their stories, their truths deserve and demand to be told.https://www.instagram.com/p/Bq6JoPTFYZ4/Another of the many things you’re working on is a new comic book series, The Banks, with start-up publisher TKO Studios. How is that project going? The Banks is a caper story about three generations of black women who are master thieves and plot to make the heist of a lifetime–while also exacting revenge on a man who did something unforgivable that changed the course of their lives. It has been wonderful working with TKO Studios. I’ve been given a lot of creative freedom and I get to have input on all aspects of the process. I can’t say enough good things about them.After your work on the comic World of Wakanda, does seeing the success–and now even Oscar nomination–of the Black Panther movie give you any hope that Hollywood is serious about becoming more inclusive? Not really. There is so much work yet to be done. I am encouraged, certainly, but as long as we’re still naming the exceptional movies, we’re living in a world where diverse creators have to be exceptional to even get a shot at telling their stories.I want to get to a place where it is no longer newsworthy when a diverse creator has made interesting art. I want to get to a place where there isn’t so much expectation placed on the shoulders of diverse creators, where we are allowed to make flawed work and still work again.“We’re living in a world where diverse creators have to be exceptional to even get a shot at telling their stories. I want to get to a place where it is no longer newsworthy when a diverse creator has made interesting art. I want to get to a place where there isn’t so much expectation placed on the shoulders of diverse creators, where we are allowed to make flawed work and still work again.”I sure hope we reach a point where we expand our understanding of diversity beyond black and white, and even queer and straight. There are so many ways of being in this world, and all those ways of being deserve to be seen and heard.At your appearances this month, you’ll be talking about topics of trauma and survival. How do you balance what you share publicly with an audience, either in person or in your writing, with preserving emotional space for yourself? I have very firm boundaries and I hold true to them. I may seem like I am very open, but I am only sharing with my audience what I want to share with them. In truth, I am a very private person and I value my privacy a great deal. When I disclose personal things, it is in service of my work and what I am trying to say.You’ve mentioned that you’re a fan of Vanderpump Rules. What makes it a fave? It is basically the Seinfeld of reality television. Nothing happens, but that “nothing” is incredibly fun to watch.Roxane Gay appears at four events in Los Angeles this month: New York Times Op-Ed Live, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater; Survivors Rise: Roxane Gay and Amanda Nguyen in Conversation, February 13 at 7 p.m. at USC’s Bovard Auditorium; Marlon James in Conversation with Roxane Gay, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of African American Art; and Tressie McMillan Cottom and Roxane Gay, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hammer Museum RELATED: Author Rachel Kushner Takes On California’s “So-Called Justice System” in Her New BookStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSBlack PantherDiversitymetooRoxane GayPrevious articleA Peek at Some of the Stolen Art the LAPD Is Trying to Track DownNext articleTake a Peek at Frank Gehry’s New DTLA TowerBrittany Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORL.A. 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James Langton U.S. exchanges scrap political contributions Nasdaq says that the deal aims to boost its corporate services business by expanding its newswire distribution and gaining access to Marketwired’s social media targeting tools and analytics. “This is a major opportunity for our corporate solutions business to enhance its end-to-end portfolio of services for communication professionals — including news distribution, media research, social media and analytics,” says Stacie Swanstrom, senior vice president and head of corporate solutions at Nasdaq. “We will also make use of existing resources — including an expanded presence in North America, particularly Canada — to provide an even stronger service and account management experience for our clients.” Earlier this year, Nasdaq bolstered its presence in Canada with the acquisition of alternative trading system, Chi-X Canada. See: Nasdaq completes acquisition of Chi-X Canada The exchange operator says that the acquisition of Marketwired is expected to be accretive to its non-GAAP earnings within 12 months. TMX caps stronger 2020 with Q4 profits growing to $71.8 million Related news The New York-based Nasdaq Inc. has completed its acquisition of the Toronto-based newswire service Marketwired L.P., the stock exchange operator announced on Thrusday. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Earlier this month, Nasdaq announced that it would be buying Marketwired from OMERS Private Equity. TSX proposes flat fee for retail market data Keywords Stock exchangesCompanies Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
4-H Cubbies Show Off Skills at Parish Achievement Day UncategorizedApril 13, 2008 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Hanover 4-H Cubbies showed off their skills in naming and taking care of plants and animals, public speaking and other areas, at the 2008 Parish Achievement Day held recently at the Hopewell High School.The youngsters, age five to eight, competed in mounting mini displays, reciting poems; identifying seeds, pets and plants; colouring posters; among other things.Introduced last year, the Cubbies programme is the latest initiative of the 4-H Movement, through which it hopes to capture young people as soon as they enter the school system.“They are at the right age to identify farm animals, pets, seeds, say little poems, understand the importance of plants to human beings and so we implemented that programme,” explained Executive Director of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Lenworth Fulton.The hope is to instill the necessary discipline, skills, values and attitudes, which will help the youngsters to become productive and worthwhile members of society.Mr. Fulton noted that membership in the Cubbies programme has grown since it was introduced last year and expectations are high that there will be continued growth in the coming years. Approximately 42 schools and one community club exhibited their work and participated in various competitive events at the Achievement Day. Related4-H Cubbies Show Off Skills at Parish Achievement Day Related4-H Cubbies Show Off Skills at Parish Achievement Day Related4-H Cubbies Show Off Skills at Parish Achievement Day
Five Clark County standouts make all-state basketball teamsPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Wednesday, March 25, 2020in: Sportsshare 0 Union, Battle Ground, Columbia River, and La Center athletes named among the best in Washington The Class 4A Greater St. Helens League continues to have an excellent basketball season.A few weeks after three boys teams from the league made it to the state’s final 12, two players from the league were voted to The Associated Press’ all-state, first team.Union senior Tanner Toolson, who was named Mr. Basketball by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, is on the first team. So, too, is Battle Ground junior Kaden Perry. Tanner Toolson, the state’s Mr. Basketball from the coaches’ association, was also voted first-team, all-state by The Associated Press. Photo by Mike SchultzBattle Ground junior Kaden Perry, who said he intends to sign with Gonzaga, was voted to first-team, all-state by The Associated Press. Photo by Mike SchultzMeanwhile, in 4A girls, Mason Oberg of Union was an honorable mention selection. She helped the Titans to the state semifinals, the first trip to the final four for the program.Mason Oberg of Union was named honorable mention all-state by The Associated Press. Photo courtesy Heather TianenNate Snook of Columbia River made the first team for Class 2A boys. Hunter Ecklund of La Center made the first team for Class 1A boys.Nate Snook led Columbia River to a 17-5 record and a 2A Greater St. Helens League title. He was named first-team, all-state for Class 2A. Photo by Mike SchultzHunter Ecklund of La Center capped his tremendous four-year varsity career with a first-team, all-state selection. Photo by Mike SchultzToolson led Union to a school-record 27 wins. The Titans lost in the Class 4A state semifinals before winning the third-place game.Perry was one of the most dominating players in the state, helping the Tigers make it to the dome for the second consecutive season. Battle Ground lost in round-of-12.Skyview lost in the quarterfinals.In 4A girls, Union went on a magical postseason run, reaching the final four. The Titans ended up taking home the fifth-place trophy.The La Center boys made it to the round-of-12, losing to rival King’s Way Christian. The Knights lost in the quarterfinals. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Battle GroundClark CountyLa CenterLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : COVID-19 update: Four new cases confirmed in Clark County Next : ‘Say it with flowers’ — Woodland bulb farm donates thousands of flowers to hospitalsAdvertisementThis is placeholder text