An increase in sworn officers at the Anchorage Police Department (APD) has allowed the department to expand its presence in Eagle River by
an additional officer. For more than thirty years,
three officers have been assigned to Eagle River;
for the first time, there will be four officers with
the Patrol Division for each shift.
In addition, the Anchorage Assembly passed
an ordinance authorizing APD to begin the full-time patrols of the Seward Highway to Mile 75,
effective immediately. The Seward Highway to
Ingram Creek is now permanently a part of APD’s
service area. muni.org
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The Federal Highway Administration and Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
signed the final Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS) for the Cooper Landing Bypass on the Sterling Highway, which concludes an EIS process that
has taken longer than any other in the history of the
Federal Highway Administration.
This signing allows the State of Alaska to ad-
dress the long-standing issues with the Sterling
Highway between Milepost 45-60, which does
not serve the volume of traffic, fails to meet mod-
ern highway design standards, and has safety
Challenges related to developing the project
came from its proximity to the Kenai River and
Lake, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Resurrection Pass National Recreation Trail, as well as
steep terrain, nearby historic and cultural resource sites, and limited right-of-way.
F-E Contracting Inc. will be upgrading the Brett Memorial Ice Arena for $3 million in improvements. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly approved the contract in March.
A new ice rink slab, new direct CO2 ice making
refrigeration system, and exhaust systems will
be part of the renovations. The Brett Memorial
will be closed for six months during construction, March 26 through Labor Day. The new system will give twenty years of service and lower
energy costs. fe-contracting.com
Municipal Light & Power’s (ML&P) 2018 sec- ond quarter filing with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska decreased the Cost of Power
Adjustment rate to $0.01024 per k Wh, effective
April 1, 2018. With this filing, ML&P’s COPA rate
will be the lowest it has been since 2012.
ML&P’s COPA rate has declined since 2017
due to fuel cost reductions associated with
highly-efficient units at Plant 2A. This decrease
has resulted in 28 percent savings, or $36.25,
on the overall monthly bill for the average ML&P
residential customer consuming 550 kWh per
Savings have also been achieved through
ML&P’s investment in the Beluga River gas field,
which provides a secure, low-cost gas supply.
The utility purchased a one-third share in the field
in 1996, resulting in over $239 million in savings
to ratepayers from 1996 to 2016. After the 2016
acquisition of a portion of ConocoPhillip’s share,
ML&P now owns 56. 67 percent of the field.
ML&P’s COPA rate of $0.01024 is currently
the lowest in the Railbelt. The current COPA is
$0.07077 k Wh for Homer Electric, $0.11227 k Wh
for Golden Valley Electric, $0.07961 for Matanuska Electric, and $0.06776 k Wh for Chugach.
GCI and Teck Resources Limited announced today that high-speed broadband internet is
now operational at Teck’s Red Dog Operations,
one of the world’s largest zinc mines. The groundbreaking partnership between GCI and Teck has
also paved the way for expanded Internet and
wireless service to residents in the Northwest
Alaska community of Noatak.
This network upgrade enables Red Dog employees and Noatak residents to access online
content and stay easily connected with family
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