With a record number of fifty-five junior division entries from youth ages thirteen to seventeen years—up from only five submissions
last year—the competition was fierce. Travis
Brase took home the first prize of $1,000 for his
idea, the Water Tank Depth Sensor, an ultrasonic
sensor that uses sound waves to measure the
amount of water in a holding tank.
In the cub division for youth ages twelve and
under, Erin Wallace won first place and $500
for her idea, Easy Voter, a handheld device that
allows US citizens to vote from any location on
Election Day. arcticinno.com
Alaska Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas and US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship Alaska Director John Hakala joined Alaska
Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) CEO
Roald Helgesen to sign standards of apprenticeship for the behavioral health aide (BHA) occupation. ANTHC, the State of Alaska, and the
US Department of Labor worked together for two
years to build the curriculum and coordinate with
regional Tribal health providers to establish this
new registered apprenticeship.
The BHA apprenticeship combines on-the-job
learning with classroom instruction. Experienced
mentors will work with the apprentices. ANTHC
designed BHA-specific curriculum and learning
materials and will continue to provide training
support and coordination for tribal health organizations participating in the program. The Alaska
Department of Labor and Workforce Development supported development of the apprenticeship with funding from the American Apprenticeship Initiative of the US Department of Labor.
Over the past year, Alaska employers created
approximately 200 new apprenticeships, including in the healthcare, aviation, and maritime sectors. labor.state.ak.us
The US Forest Service nominated, and the USDA selected, Ketchikan Ready-Mix &
Quarry (KRMQ) as the USDA HUBZone Con-
tractor of the Year for 2017. The USDA award
program celebrates the accomplishments of
small businesses, individuals, and groups. The
program encourages economic development in
historically utilized business zones—of which
Ketchikan is one.
Located in Ketchikan, KRMQ is owned by the
Enright family and has been in the business of
performing construction, concrete, and gravel
services in Southeast Alaska since 1994. Among
other active contracts, KRMQ is currently working on a Forest Service project to replace or relocate nine bridges along with other road maintenance on the Hoonah Road system.
Metal Supermarkets opened its 88th store in late fall in Anchorage. At Metal Supermarkets Anchorage customers have access to any
size, shape, or grade of metal, cut to size and with
no minimum order quantity.
Metal Supermarkets Anchorage serves a wide
variety of businesses and customers across the
state including tool and die shops, manufacturers, machinists, maintenance managers, fabricators, machine shops, contractors, construction
companies, fisheries, military, healthcare, education, and other government departments, as
well as hobbyists and home owners.
Metal Supermarkets stores stock a diverse selection of metal types including hot-rolled steel,
cold-rolled steel, stainless steel, and aluminum
in a wide variety of shapes including bar, tube,
sheet, plate, and more. The new store also offers
value-added services such as production saw-cutting, shearing, and same-day delivery.
Metal Supermarkets Anchorage is owned and
operated by franchisee and Anchorage resident
Terry Fisher. metalsupermarkets.com/anchorage/
UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA
The University of Alaska launched Career Coach, a web-based tool to help Alaskans
explore career and higher education opportunities. Developed in cooperation with Emsi, users
are able to easily browse current Alaska job postings, learn about workforce training and educational opportunities, and access current Alaska
labor market and wage data using simple online
tools. Career Coach is designed to be used by
individuals at varying career stages, from high
school students to adults looking to begin a new
The university plans to train campus career
services employees to assist students with Ca-
reer Coach and collaborate with the Alaska De-
partment of Labor & Workforce Development,
K- 12 school districts, libraries, and other organi-
zations to promote Career Coach throughout the
Coeur Mining announced in its Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results that initial development ore was mined from the Julian deposit during the quarter, “marking an important milestone
following two years of underground development.” During Q3 of 2017, a total of 172,038 tons
of material was milled at Kensington Mine and
27,541 ounces of gold was produced. coeur.com
ALASKA SEA GRANT
Alaska Sea Grant has received funding to help marine aquaculture businesses in the state
find good locations, obtain geoduck seeds, and
avoid shutdowns after heavy rains. The three
Alaska projects received about $400,000.
Alaska Sea Grant, a partnership between
NOAA and the University of Alaska Fairbanks
College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, will
award the funding to three nonprofit organizations to conduct the research.
The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation will develop a geographic information
system tool to help investors identify appropriate mariculture sites in Alaska, using methods
developed in Maine. The grant provides about
OceansAlaska, with $150,000, will develop
geoduck seeds for farmers, who are constrained
by inconsistent supply. The project aims to improve geoduck spawning and increase knowledge of hatchery procedures.
Pacific Shellfish Institute, with $95,000, will
study the relationship between rainfall and water quality in remote areas. Heavy rain can wash
coliform bacteria into the ocean near shellfish
growing operations, prompting closures. However, shellfish grow several feet underwater,
where coliform concentrations may be lower.
Since 1988 when Alaska lawmakers gave their
approval, the industry has grown from a single
farmer to some sixty-five aquatic farms, seven
shellfish nurseries, and two shellfish hatcheries.
Compiled by ABM Staff