OPINION: Relief for Alaskans on Tax Day

The Alaska Railroad used to ship some of its 45 passenger cars on barges to Seattle every year, then put them back on tracks for a long chug to the Midwest for repairs and paint jobs.

The costs piled up, according to Tim Sullivan, the Alaska Railroad Corp. director of external affairs. Not only did it cost money for the shipping and the work. There was a price for flights and hotels for officials to inspect the work as well.

TERRA network completion a milestone for GCI’s Markley

Behind Alaska’s giant engineering feats such as GCI’s TERRA network are stories of the people who made it happen. 

One name for the history books is Rebecca Markley, GCI’s project manager for Terrestrial for Every Rural Region in Alaska from the first foot to the last leg. 

Markley choreographed the logistics for all 3,300 miles of it: leasing land, permitting and setting up transportation for crews. She tracked each cell tower site from construction to final set up. 

Alaska Railroad painting contract helps launch local business

The Alaska Railroad used to ship some of its 45 passenger cars on barges to Seattle every year, then put them back on tracks for a long chug to the Midwest for repairs and paint jobs. 

The costs piled up, according to Tim Sullivan, the Alaska Railroad Corp. director of external affairs. Not only did it cost money for the shipping and the work. There was a price for flights and hotels for officials to inspect the work as well. 

Alaska Railroad painting contract helps launch local business

The Alaska Railroad used to ship some of its 45 passenger cars on barges to Seattle every year, then put them back on tracks for a long chug to the Midwest for repairs and paint jobs. 

The costs piled up, according to Tim Sullivan, the Alaska Railroad Corp. director of external affairs. Not only did it cost money for the shipping and the work. There was a price for flights and hotels for officials to inspect the work as well. 

Enstar to cut rates with $5M benefit from 2017 tax reform

Enstar Natural Gas Co. anticipates $5 million in additional revenue coming in 2018 thanks to the U.S. corporate tax rate changing from 35 percent to 21 percent and plans to cut rates for its 144,000 customers. 

Enstar’s move is among the latest by companies on how they intend to use the benefits from the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. 

Enstar hasn’t determined yet the amount its customers’ rate will go down, said spokeswoman Lindsay Hobson. 

Budget talks underway, but no fiscal plan

The end of the legislative session is shaping up to be fairly anticlimactic as House and Senate leaders have begun negotiating the finer points of the $4.5 billion operating budget this week. 

The budget conference committee began meeting April 14, and while the 90th day of the session quietly came and went April 16, there is a general feeling the Legislature will wrap up soon. 

ConocoPhillips strikes oil in six exploration wells

The winter North Slope exploration season went so smoothly for ConocoPhillips the company was able to drill an extra well while hitting oil everywhere it tried, according to a statement issued April 16. 

Last fall ConocoPhillips announced it would be drilling five greenfield wells over the winter, which would make 2017-18 the company’s busiest exploration season in 15 years. However, “improved drilling efficiencies” allowed ConocoPhillips to drill a sixth well to further appraise its Willow oil discovery announced in January 2017, the company release states. 

AGDC chief recaps visit from Chinese delegation as funding unresolved

State officials leading the $43 billion Alaska LNG Project touted a productive visit from potential Chinese partners in the project while funding for the effort remains unresolved in the Legislature.

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