Alaska News Nightly Monday Sept 28 2015

first_imgShell pulls out of the Arctic, citing lack of resourceJohn Ryan, KUCB – UnalaskaAfter sinking eight years and more than $8 billion into the effort, Shell Oil is pulling out of the Arctic Ocean.Murkowski calls Shell pull-out a ‘kick in the gut’Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.Sen. Lisa Murkowski says news that Shell is pulling out of the Alaskan Arctic hit her hard.Anchorage convenes task force to combat human traffickingZach Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageA new working group in Anchorage is bringing city, state, and federal resources to combat human trafficking across Alaska.Sen. McGuire won’t seek re-election in 2016Rachel Waldholz, APRN – AnchorageSenator Lesil McGuire, a Republican from Anchorage, likely surprised attendees at the Arctic Energy Summit in Fairbanks today when she announced she would not seek re-election next year.Buldir Island a ‘life changer’ for seabird researchersLauren Rosenthal – APRN ContributorImagine spending three months on a windy island at the tip of the Aleutian Chain. There’s no internet, no cell phones, and not much company — besides the millions of seabirds who flock to Buldir Island to build their nests.As ice melts, Arctic opens for cruise shipsEmily Russell, KNOM – NomeAs sea ice melts and temperatures rise, the Arctic is seeing an increase in vessel traffic, but it’s not just icebreakers and research vessels making the journey up north. Cruise ships, mainly European ones, are also taking advantage of the region’s more navigable waters.DEC to spend $4 million on Wrangell junkyard cleanupKatarina Sostaric, KSTK – WrangellThe Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week it will spend about $4 million to clean up a former Wrangell junkyard site with high levels of lead contamination.With reservoir low, Kodiak asks citizens to conserve waterKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakIt’s been a dry summer for Kodiak, which has lowered bodies of water throughout Kodiak Island, including the Monashka Reservoir.EIS forthcoming for proposed Donlin gold mineLakeidra Chavis, KYUK – BethelPermitting for the proposed Donlin Gold mine, which will affect communities along the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is underway. An official draft of the statement examining the mine’s affects on the environment will be available at the end of November. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more


Amazon May Split HQ2 Between Crystal City Va and Long Island City

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon is in final negotiations and plans to split its second headquarters evenly between two East Coast cities. Amazon 3 min read –shares Amazon May Split HQ2 Between Crystal City, Va., and Long Island City, N.Y. Image credit: via PC Mag Rob Marvin Register Now »center_img As leaks and rumors hit a fever pitch, Amazon is reportedly on the brink of announcing the winner(s) of its nationwide urban pageant for the lucky city that will be home to its second U.S. headquarters, nicknamed HQ2.According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon plans to split its HQ2 evenly between two of the biggest metropolitan areas on the East Coast: Crystal City, Va., (right across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.) and none other than New York City. The Journal says a decision and announcement could come as soon as this week.The New York Times overnight corroborated the Journal’s story, and added that the New York location will reportedly be in Long Island City, a neighborhood in Queens just across the river from Manhattan.Amazon began soliciting proposals for HQ2 in the fall of 2017. In early 2018, it released its list of 20 finalists. Amazon’s requirements included a metropolitan area with more than 1 million people, close access to an international airport, and “a stable and business-friendly environment” offering “urban or suburban locations with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent.”Amazon estimates HQ2 will bring more than $5 billion in construction investments and as many as 50,000 jobs to the city amidst decades of ongoing investment in the surrounding community. If this report comes to fruition and HQ2 is indeed split between Crystal City and Long Island City, it remains to be seen how those projections would be distributed and scaled across multiple urban areas.However, until Amazon officially announces its HQ2 winners, there are reasons for pause. Just yesterday, the Journal reported that Dallas was also still in the mix along with Crystal City and the Big Apple as Amazon’s late-stage negotiations progressed with a handful of final cities. That report also said that until recently, cities including Chicago and Miami had also still been in discussions with Amazon.Crystal City seems to be the surest bet at this point. The Journal story came a day after The Washington Post reported that the Virginia suburb, located smack dab between the Pentagon and Ronald Reagan National Airport, was engaged in advanced planning for HQ2, down to specific buildings and employee moving plans.This report was seemingly corroborated in a tweet from Mike Grella, Amazon’s director of economic development, admonishing the source who leaked the Crystal City negotiations to WaPo.Memo to the genius leaking info about Crystal City, VA as #HQ2 selection. You’re not doing Crystal City, VA any favors. And stop treating the NDA you signed like a used napkin. https://t.co/wqrZLqr8MQ— Mike Grella (@MikeGrella) November 3, 2018Take these rumors with a grain of salt until Amazon makes its official announcement. If it does turn out to be Crystal City and Long Island City, we hope Amazon has a plan for how to deal with all the traffic. Associate Features Editor November 6, 2018 Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queuelast_img read more