Now, while the nation's attention is fixed on a fluctuating health care industry, is a worthy time to remind the public of some staggering facts that should be making more headlines for the impact they have on any person paying into or benefitting from the health care system.
At 35 years old, Myla Odom of Anchorage was at a career crossroads. After years of administrative work, she wanted to explore options for more hands-on physical work. It's a similar story for Caren Moss, 40, who also made the transition from office work to trade skills. "Construction was something I knew I wanted to try, something I knew I would enjoy instead of something just to pay the bills," Odom said.
When Tesoro's Kenai refinery began operations on the peninsula, bell bottoms were all the rage and everyone was celebrating the landing of the first man on the moon. There were 17 employees then, and the refinery had a total crude throughput capacity of 17,500 barrels per day. Now, 43 years later, the refinery employs more than 200 community members and can process 72,000 barrels of crude per day to provide products to the surrounding areas. "We are proud to employ Alaskans to make products that Alaskans buy," said Kenai Refinery Vice President James Tangaro.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a number of safety violations against the Federal Aviation Administration's regional traffic control center here.
Add "resumes" to the list of the basic "three Rs" taught in school.
ConocoPhillips Alaska President Jim Bowles, who was killed in an avalanche in the Grandview wilderness area Saturday, was no stranger to the Kenai Peninsula, a company spokesperson says.
Ask Randall Davis what the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill was like and he'll sum it up in two words: war zone.
Legend has it that, once upon a time, a strong back and can-do attitude were all a young man in Alaska needed to snag a lucrative job in the oil industry. Those days are gone, but opportunities still are around -- if a person literally does their homework.
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