Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It's hard to build anything up in Alaska without outright slave labor overseen by those with funding and access to resources.

So anyway, "they" keep getting in the way of making plans. This type of slowdown could be exactly what's leading to things like making major work camps happen, but I doubt it. And yet, somebody or somebodies know why North Korea ended up there in Canada...one long chain of command, one thing leading to yet another thing. A step at a time, one event and several congealing.

Multiple causes?

[Monday January 12th, 2015  6th  EDITION 7:31 P. M.]

Transportation commish ousted following defense of project JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State transportation commissioner Patrick Kemp has been ousted following his defense of the department's pursuit of the Juneau access road.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Walker, Grace Jang, said the administration asked for and received Kemp's resignation Monday. Jang says Walker insists on having commissioners aligned with his decisions and policies.

Walker recently halted new spending on six large-scale projects, including the road and Knik Arm crossing. He asked that project managers report on potential costs to delay or terminate contracts or obligations.

Kemp, in a letter to Walker's budget director, defended the Juneau project. The department also raised concerns that the state would have to repay federal funds if it ends work on the road and Knik Arm bridge before those projects are completed.

Federal regulators pause licensing process for dam JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Federal regulators have agreed to put on hold the licensing process for a massive proposed dam in south-central Alaska as the state decides how, or whether, to move forward with the project.

The Alaska Energy Authority, or AEA, requested the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission suspend the schedule for 60 days pending further notice on plans for the Susitna-Watana dam. AEA has been pursuing the project for the state.

Gov. Bill Walker last month directed that new, non-obligated funding for the dam and other big-ticket projects be halted to allow a review of the projects. The state is facing multibillion-dollar budget deficits amid a crash in oil prices.

An AEA spokeswoman says the authority is looking at options that would preserve the state's investment while preserving future license potential.