The change of command ceremony marks a
transfer of total responsibility and authority from
one individual to another. It is a time-honored
tradition conducted before the assembled crew,
as well as honored guests and dignitaries, to formally demonstrate the continuity of the authority
within a command.
The US Small Business Administration has launched a new Historically Underutilized Business Zones map (via Google Chrome) at www.sba.
gov/hubzone-maps. The HUBZone map is the first
step in the modernization effort of SBA’s federal
contracting programs. SBA has partnered with the
US Digital Service to streamline and enhance on-line services for small businesses.
The new HUBZone map helps small businesses in urban and rural communities determine if
they are eligible for participation in HUBZone’s
program. It features the latest HUBZone designations, “Qualified Disaster Areas,” and new
features to improve usability and assist with
HUBZone address assertions.
NOVAGOLD and its partner Barrick Gold Cor- poration announced that Donlin Gold, the co-owned operating company which is advancing
the Donlin Gold project in Alaska, has approved
a drill program designed to further optimize the
After completing extensive analysis of the
project’s parameters, Barrick and NOVAGOLD
concluded that the potential exists to enhance
the project economics through a more cost-effective project execution plan that could substantially reduce upfront capital. To this end and
to support this effort, the partners have approved
an $8 million budget (100 percent basis) for a
drill program designed to collect geologic and
geotechnical data this year.
SACRED GROUNDS CAFE
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL
Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced the grand opening of
Sacred Grounds Café in Juneau, a tribally-owned
business, in July. The new business venture “of-
fers an inviting atmosphere with an industrial
vibe created by high ceilings and exposed duct-
work. The coffee shop features a unique roasted
coffee blend supplied by Skyaana Coffee Co.,
a Native-owned coffee roaster in Klawock,” ac-
cording to the company. Sacred Grounds Café is
located at 320 West Willoughby Avenue in Ju-
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Di- vision of Oil and Gas received a unit plan of oper-
KOYUKUK RIVER TRIBAL TOURS
ations application from Hilcorp Alaska to drill a gas
delineation well within the Ninilchik Unit boundary.
Hilcorp’s project is comprised of drilling and
testing a delineation well targeting gas near the
Ninilchik Unit Boundary. The proposed well is ac-
cessed via the Pearl Pad and access road located
at approximately MP 132 of the Sterling Highway.
Access road and drill pad construction is antici-
pated for completion in September and Pearl 2
drilling, completion, and testing is scheduled
from October of this year through October 2018.
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Koyukuk River Tribal Tours launched in June of this year, providing an “authentic Koyukon Athabascan camping and vacation experience for guests who desire a short glimpse of life in Alaska’s Far North,”
states the company. Located in Hughes, their tours are up to six days long and include opportunities to
explore up and down river as well as throughout the nearby Indian Mountain hills.
The company has rentals and an outfitting line, including canoes, kayaks, and inflatables for clients
that want to travel unguided down the Koyukuk River. Koyukuk River Tribal Tours can also supply or rent
other necessary equipment such as a GPS or SAT phone.