Today was Anchorage’s Relay For Life with the American Cancer Society. A chance for people to get out and support other people in the community that are surviving in their challenges with cancer. This year the event was held at Begich Middle School, in East Anchorage. Sponsored by Providence Hospital, the local Fred Meyer stores, Home Depot, and other local businesses, this is the chance to get out, enjoy the day being with other people, and fundraising to help the American Cancer Society meet the needs of the community. The local Cancer Society is located at Providence Hospital. The Director of the Cancer Center at Providence, Betsy Baldwin, has been in the administration side of hospitals for more than 30 years. Her own personal experience surviving cancer here in Alaska, she confidently chose to stay in Anchorage to receive her care at Providence, instead of going to someplace like Seattle. Continuing on in her work, Betsy says that she is confident that Providence Hospital has provided good care to cancer patients, and her personal experience has helped her become more sensitive to the needs of Providence cancer patients.
Bicyclists toured the “stations” along C Street this morning as part of Bike To Work Day. Local businesses, ASRC Engineering , Dowl Engineering, CRW Engineering, Alaska Sand & Gravel, and the local Dish Network provider, among others, put out tables, with snacks & water for bicyclists to stop and refresh themselves. And GCI, replaced its local marketing on their electronic marquee, to wish bicyclists a happy day of biking. To see more “stations”, see Anchorage Good News on Facebook. To see an interview with Andrea Perezgao with Dish Network, see this author’s LinkedIn page.
Please give these local bicyclists a brake this evening during rush hour. They have to bike home also.
This year’s Small Business Administration Veteran-Owned Business of the Year, Bill Dishon, President of Orion Construction Inc. spells it out for people thinking about starting and growing a business of their own. Orion is based in Wasilla, but many of their projects are in Anchorage.
Schedules allowed for Bill, and Sec./Treasurer, Jeff Whaley, to talk to AGN by phone. It’s a first.
Aside from the Small Business Administration logo, provided by the local SBA office, the images for this audio/video article came from the Orion Construction website, including the screenshot of their website.:
Anchorage Federal Building/ US Courthouse Replacement on (6) Penthouse Roofs-Removed and replaced the roofs on (6) penthouses at the Anchorage Federal Building/US Courthouse in Anchorage, Alaska.
Wasilla Pool Improvements-Renovate the existing Wasilla Pool facilities
Bartlett HS Cafeteria and Kitchen Renovation-
Cafeteria and kitchen renovations at Bartlett High School
UAA RAS WIEDNER-
The work consists of demolition of partition walls and new construction, storefront, electrical, mechanical and AV design
Reflections Lake Pedestrian Bridge-Project consisted of constructing a 95-foot pedestrian bridge over Reflections Lake.
Demolish existing components, equipment, structures, and finishes. Install new obstacles. Provide gravel pad at entry of new vault toilet. Demolish existing Vault Toilet and replace with new one.
Congratulations to Bill, and all of the other recipients of this year’s awards.
A path to diversifying Alaska’s economy by growing small businesses with local investors, is the effort of the inaugural Alaska Angel Conference 2019. Investors and investors-in-training, from around Alaska, met at the 49th State Brewery, in downtown Anchorage, to hear the pitches of 5 Alaskan startup companies, one of whom to receive over $100,000 to invest in their business. At this conference, new investors learn how to discern what is a good return on their investment. The startup companies have been going through a weeks long training and networking to better run and grow the business. The winner of the Audience Choice award for today’s event, alcohol infused cookies, Molly B’s BINGERZ., which are available at Brown Jug Liquor. The winner of the Angel Investors check is RAMPER Innovations, a company in Sitka, the invention of Tim Fulton, that produces a portable moving ramp for safe and efficient luggage loading into commercial airplane cargo bays.
Next year’s conference is slated for Juneau.
Ready, Film, and Distribute are the key concepts taught at Anchorage South High School video program. This program is in its sixth year, is an extension of the program in place at Golden View Middle School, for 25 years. In the year-long program at South high school, Lee Butterfield – Teacher of Arts and A/V skills, introduces high school students to the world of video production, which culminates in a school-wide competition. He says that students have the ability to be able to study the craft of filmmaking and broadcasting from the 7th to 12th grade. This year‘s competition attracted 70 submissions from South High students and alumni, with over $10,000 worth of prizes available. Every year the event is a party in the parking lot at the school, open to the public with local food trucks, live music, and carnival games from the local National Guard.
This Friday, May 10, at 2:30 in the afternoon at the Beartooth, King Tech, will be holding its film festival.
“It’s a great group of people, they care and want to see you succeed.” Carrie Jokiel sits comfortably on the couch in her office. She is this year’s recipient of the award for Women-Owned Business of the Year – ChemTrack, presented by the Small Business Administration. “And I think, that’s one of the nice things about Anchorage, and about our state, is that we can have impact pretty quickly.” ChemTrack has been providing environmental services since 1973. It has cleaned in Anchorage but mostly around the state. Carrie refers to it as “cleaning up dirt“. A lot of what ChemTrack does, is fufill contracts for the federal government. Cleaning up the spills that were made in Alaska during World War II. Jokiel is an alumni from University of Alaska Anchorage and hard-working, but attributes a lot of for success to having access to people and networks. She also shared a video of a process called contract mobilization, where banking institutions can partner with small businesses, to assist owners better in the financial decisions they make for their business.
Carrie Jokiel and the other Alaskans, will receive their award at a ceremony this Friday the 10th, at 10:30 am – 11:30 am at the Loussac Library. To be followed by the Alaska BizFair, noon – 5pm.
Rich photographs of Alaska wildlife and close-up scenery hang on the walls inside of the Caffe D’arte at Dimond and King Street. It’s First Friday for the month of May! The air is filled with the smell of coffee and the soothing sound of Jonathan Heynen, a local musician. He sings and plays the guitar while people look at the artwork. Jonathan performs by himself and with another person at locations around Anchorage. He will be the subject of a soon to be produced Anchorage Free Press article showcasing local Alaskan artists. The photographer whose colorful photos adorn the walls is Joanie Havenner, another local artist. She’s done other first Friday event at other locations, but is her first time at Caffe D’arte. Among the free samples sitting on the tables for guests, Joanie displays her artwork that has been published in Alaska Magazine, and will also be included in a 2020 personal calendar and the wildlife calendar from Greatland Graphics, here in Anchorage. The calendar will be available for sale at local gift stores on June 1st. You can see more about her artwork online at http://www.photosbyjoanie.com, also http://www.wildalaskaimages.com. Joanie is on Facebook and Instagram under Wild Alaska Images and Photos by Joanie.
Timothy and I walk through the parking lot of the Alaska Native Cultural School, he is spying for a place to pick up trash. He talks about his daughter joining in picking up trash this year. Then, we reminisce about our childhood cleanup experiences. He grew up on the East Coast and I grew up on the West Coast, neither one of us remember any type of citywide cleanup efforts. Anchorage, Alaska truly is a beautiful place, with a lot of good people. Today, we are getting out and showing love for community, just like Anchorage Women’s Clinic volunteers working along the East side of Northern Lights. Please join in today, 2 PM to 6 PM, there are opportunities for food, and to pick up as a group. Cleanup all week long, during this citywide cleanup organized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. There is free dump access also. Check with the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, online anchoragechamber.org.
The snow is melting, but look at all that trash laying around! People of Anchorage! please come out this week and help clean up the trash. Let’s work together to care for our home, Anchorage, Alaska. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce has organized a citywide cleanup effort which will kick off Saturday, April 27, 2pm -6pm. There are going to be several locations around Anchorage, including The Lakefront Anchorage, a hotel at Lake Hood, in the Spenard area. Anchorage Waste will be there with supplies to collect trash, along with food, for those participating. Laurel Andrews at Anchorage Waste, pointed out that Picking up litter means reducing water poisoning.
The very first event of the kick off is the “Super Sweeper”, where students, parents, families, and others in the community come together at participating schools to pick up. Like, the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School at 550 Bragaw. Fred Meyer, has distributed bags to the community and has contributed $5000 worth of gift cards to be received for picking up trash. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce has information regarding this week long event, including tomorrow’s kick off, on their website http://anchoragechamber.org. Detailed information about the locations and participants can be found on Facebook: Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Post pictures of yourself having fun, with the hashtag, #anccitywidecleanup.
My mouth is salivating as I head over to Alaska Sweet & Savory’s grand opening at the Gathering AK Café. The Café is a part of Anchorage re:MADE’s project “Guest Chef”, to help local people with their dreams of becoming restaurant owners. Today is the sixth and final grand opening at the café. As revealed in a previous article of Anchorage Good News, the word is… the lasagna is “amazing”. Even a customer in the store today, talked about how popular the lasagna is. Unfortunately, I have some dietary restrictions, but that does not deter Shawn Dinkins owner of Alaska Sweet & Savory catering, she has gluten-free and even vegan options. The menu has its regular items, but she also adds a couple of different entrees, like meatloaf, to the menu each week.
Looking back over the last week, in all these different local restaurants, the most important thing to each one of these chefs: customer service. No matter what day I went in, if a customer had a particular need, the chef was there, eager to listen and to provide good food. To see The list of restaurants currently at the café and their menus go to Gathering AK Café on Facebook.