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Transportation

Flight of the Condor. Condor, the charter subsidiary of Lufthansa, landed its first charter flight from Frankfurt at the Anchorage International Airport on May 31. The weekly flights, running until Sept. 10, could bring up to 3,400 tourists to Anchorage each summer.

Condor is now the second carrier to offer charter service to Anchorage, following Swiss Air, which inaugurated summer flights between Zurich and Anchorage last year.

Harbor Buoys Juneau. When A.J. Associates announced plans to build a new $6 million, 200-slip commercial barge and ship harbor in Juneau, everyone jumped aboard the idea. After Gov. Wally Hickel expressed interest in the idea, legislators coughed up $3 million, enough to complete the first phase of the plan, and Juneau leaders praised the harbor as a way to employ some of the workers laid off from the Greens Creek mine.

A.J. Associates already has preliminary plans and permits in place, so the project could begin this summer -- if the idea passes state and municipal review and secures adequate funding.

Timber

Chugach May Get Axed. The Chugach National Forest is on the U.S. Forest Service's list of national forests to be phased out of commercial timber sales by 1998. A total of 62 national forests made the cut list after being identified as below-cost forests.

The Chugach National Forest produced 5 million board feet of timber in 1992, compared to 130 million feet produced by private forests around Alaska.

Big Buyout on Afognak. With $38.7 million, the Exxon Oil Spill Settlement Trustee Council will buy 42,000 acres of land on Afognak Island from its Native corporation owners. The move will close logging at Seal Bay, on the northeast corner of Afognak.

Laws for Logging. A new set of logging regulations from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, known as the Forest Practices Act, became law on June 10. The rules sets up no-logging zones alongside salmon streams on private and state land, and also regulates other areas like road and bridge standards and water quality.

Fishing

Tax on Trawlers. A new bill from the Alaska State Legislature calls for a 3.3 percent tax on pollock, cod and other fish caught in Alaska waters and transferred to off-shore processors. The tax could bring the state up to $9 million a year. On-shore processors already pay a similar tax.

OK for Shellfish Sites. The state approved applications for five oyster and mussel farms around Kachemak Bay, after concluding that the proposed sites would not conflict with fishing and tourism operations in the area. Most local residents attending public hearings on the applications opposed opening the shellfish farms. Two sites were moved from Kasitsna Bay to Jakolof Bay to satisfy citizens' complaints.

Government

Apportioning the Political Pie. A final reapportionment plan received a stamp of approval from Gov. Wally Hickel in late May. The plan, which will stay in effect until 2000 if it passes final approval hurdles, does away with requirements that would have forced some incumbent lawmakers to run against each other in future elections. Another minor change in the plan places Nenana back into the North Pole district. Now the plan must be approved by the U.S. Justice Department and must pass any lawsuits posed by the public.

Military Cutbacks. Latest word on military cutbacks facing Alaska include pulling 1,170 soldiers out of Fort Richardson in Anchorage by October 1994 and reassigning the 323 Air Force and civilian workers at Galena.

Oil & Gas

Jobs in Sunfish Oil Patch. How many workers does it take to develop Cook Inlet's Sunfish oil field? As many as 800, says Arco official Robert Iden, if the field is as large as hoped for. Once development is finished, however, Arco would only need 120 full-time workers.

Exploration Plummets. America's 30 largest energy companies cut back their oil exploration efforts by 26 percent in 1992, according to a survey conducted by Arthur Andersen & Co. Factors triggering the decrease were low natural gas prices and a large market of overseas oil.
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Author:Woodring, Jeannie
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Date:Jul 1, 1993
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