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Virtual reality provides new landscapes for Alaskan engineers and designers

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This story was originally written for Alaska Contractor Magazine.   While some might associate virtual reality with movies like “The Matrix” or “The Lawnmower Man,” Danny Rauchenstein of PDC Engineering connects VR to the future of his company. Rauchenstein is the Facilities Market Lead and Principal of PDC who led his team to integrating VR equipment with their software. Rauchenstein has been with the company for two decades. Through the years, he and other engineers […]

Getting REAL: Deadline approaches for new IDs required for access to federal agencies

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This article was originally written for Alaska Contractor Magazine.   Beginning Jan. 2, 2019, Alaskans will be able to apply for a REAL ID credential. Alaskans would be able to on Jan. 1, but the Department of Motor Vehicles is closed on New Years Day.   The REAL ID Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005, “established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s license and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies from accepting for […]

Planning for the future

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This story was originally written for Alaska Business. There is an array of degrees training workers for Alaska’s business community. From business administration to human resources, each individual is an important piece of the whole. Paula Bradison is the owner and managing director of staffing agency Alaska Executive Search. She obtained her associate’s degree in small business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and is a fourth generation Alaskan business owner. While the […]

‘Build Alaska’ educates about industry, records personalities for posterity

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This story was originally written for Alaska Contractor Magazine.   When Xavier Schlee was hired at Alaska Basic Industries 10 years ago, his boss told him he needed to learn to play golf. They went out for Schlee’s first round, having made a bet. If Schlee lost, he had to join the Associated General Contractors entertainment committee. He didn’t win on the links. But fast forward a decade later, and Schlee is still volunteering, typically […]

Cultivated by community: Spenard’s first neighborhood garden debuts in May

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This article was originally written for The Spenardian. A group of Anchorage women have banded together to build the first community garden in Spenard. Leading the charge is Michelle Wilber, program manager for the Alaska Community Action on Toxics’ Yarducopia, Alivia DeBusk, a member of the Anchorage Permaculture Guild, board member of Alaska Cold Climate Permaculture Institute, and owner of Adrift Gardens, Julie Leonard, Spenard resident, and Iris Crook, North Star resident who assisted with […]

With lack of publications, journalists take reporting into their own hands

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This article was originally written for True North Magazine. In recent years, a new form of journalism has emerged during a time when media is changing to cover the under-reported or not reported at all. From the dozens of staff laid off at the state’s largest newspaper to Anchorage’s alt-weekly being written by solely contributors, Alaska journalism is missing the mark on the local stories. Alaskan writers are taking journalism into their own hands through […]

UAA goes solar, panel by panel

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media. Anchorage may not get a lot of sun in the winter, but solar energy is increasing in popularity around town. From the Anchorage Solar Building to the Alaska Aviation Museum’s solar tracking array, establishments are doing their part to go green. Several UAA students recently had nine solar panels installed on one of the university’s buildings. Even though it’s a small contribution to energy efficiency, they’re […]

Fourth annual debate aims to spark public discussion

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press. A hot-button topic throughout the 2016 election and one that continues to bring out strong opinions in Facebook arguments and family dinners is immigration policy in the United States. On Nov. 13, the Seawolf Debate Program and Alaska Dispatch News are co-sponsoring the fourth annual Arguing Alaska Debate Series. Picking a topic that sparks public debate and has experts readily available is the job of Steve […]

RED ZONE: Faculty, students react to mandatory training

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This story was originally written for The Northern Light. The University of Alaska has entered into a Voluntary Resolution Agreement with the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. In February of this year, President Jim Johnsen received a letter from the OCR advising the university of the resolution of the compliance review system. This agreement results from OCR’s review of the university’s handling of sexual assault and sexual harassment incidents. According to UAA’s November […]

From octagon to hexagon: AFC embraces new ring, venue at Alaska Airlines Center

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media.   Oct. 18 was Alaska Fighting Championship’s 134th match, but the second one held at the Alaska Airlines Center. Fighters like Isaiah “Midnight Shadowz” Edwards and Rob “Calm Bomb” Rovera took to the ring to put their gloves to good use. Sarah Lorimer, president of AFC, said the move wasn’t easy. A lot of memories and fights have happened in the Sullivan’s cage. The Sullivan has […]