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Alex DeMarban - Alaska Dispatch
Alaska Federation of Natives President Julie Kitka, Motilium ebay, Motilium mexico, pictured here at the 2013 AFN Convention, says there is no evidence to suggest the proposed changes to the Alaska Judicial Council are necessary. Loren Holmes photo
The state’s largest Alaska Native organization is rallying against a resolution that would increase the membership of the Alaska Judicial Council, 200mg Motilium, 40mg Motilium, which screens and nominates judicial vacancies.
The Alaska Constitution created the seven-member council that oversees the selection and retention of judges. Republican Sen. Pete Kelly’s Senate Joint Resolution aims to amend the constitution and add three additional members to the independent citizens’ commission. The resolution initially called for the addition of nine new members but was amended.
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At least one opponent of the proposed constitutional amendment argues the change would shift the balance of Alaska’s judicial system toward the governor’s socially conservative principles.
The Alaska Federation of Natives is arguing against increasing the size of the council. Ultimately, it feels the council could improve but overall is performing well. AFN passed its own resolution Tuesday opposing the change.
“There is no evidence to suggest that the council has failed to function effectively or efficiently in performing its duties, Motilium overseas, 20mg Motilium, or to suggest that a change to the Alaska State Constitution is warranted,” said AFN president Julie Kitka in a prepared statement.
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Cheyette said he’s personally more concerned that changing the council’s size could dilute the quality of its work. Five to 15 applicants vie for each judicial vacancy, and the seven members pore over binders of background, 1000mg Motilium, Motilium coupon, he said.
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“In short, there’s the chance they’d be less committed to picking the best judges for the state.”
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After the Judiciary Committee moved the resolution forward, gubernatorial candidate and former AFN president Byron Mallot said the state’s judiciary was under attack and “Alaskans need to rally to its defense.”
Mallot argues that state’s judiciary is highly regarded nationwide because of the selection process set forth in the Alaska Constitution.
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Anchorage Bay, near the Chignik Airport at the southern edge of Chignik Bay is seen in this 2005 aerial photo from West Construction Co. Bristol Bay Native Corp. plans to explore copper and gold prospects in areas around Chignik Bay in conjunction with Millrock Resources Inc. this summer. The Chignik fishery had a harvest of 3.4 million salmon, including 2.4 million sockeyes, worth $23.3 million in 2013.
Photo/File/West Construction Co.
Less than a month after Bristol Bay Native Corp. issued a statement supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that the proposed Pebble mine would endanger region salmon stocks, the Alaska Native corporation announced it had secured a partner to explore for copper and gold on company lands on the Alaska Peninsula.
The “area of interest” covers about 480,000 acres from north of Chignik Bay to Stepovak Bay to the southwest on the Gulf of Alaska side of the peninsula. The area is believed to contain approximately 125 million tons of near-surface copper ore and “remains open for exciting new discoveries,” according to a report from BBNC’s project partner Millrock Resources Inc.
BBNC Vice President of Land and Regional Operations L. Tiel Smith sent a letter to corporation shareholders dated Jan. 27 informing them of an agreement between Millrock and First Quantum Minerals Ltd. to fund the $600, Motilium coupon, Motilium paypal, 000 worth of exploration Millrock has planned for the area this summer.
First Quantum Minerals of Vancouver, British Columbia, Motilium usa, Motilium overseas, will have an option to hold up to an 80 percent interest in the joint venture, Millrock stated in a Jan. 27 release.
In a written response to questions, Motilium japan, Motilium australia, BBNC’s Smith wrote that the Chignik exploration does not conflict with the corporation’s stance on Pebble.
“What we have learned is that many factors contribute to risk, and that we benefit from getting adequate information to help us better understand those risks. In the case of Pebble, 50mg Motilium, 30mg Motilium, this information was available prior to their finalizing a mine plan because of the considerable data that had already been released,” he wrote.
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The 2013 Chignik Management Area commercial salmon harvest finished with a take of more than 3.4 million fish, nearly 2.4 million of which were sockeyes, Motilium craiglist, Motilium india, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The total ex-vessel value of the 2013 Chignik fishery was reported by ADFG to be $23.3 million.
BBNC has staunchly opposed development of Pebble Partnership copper-gold claims near Iliamna Lake. In a formal statement issued Jan, 200mg Motilium. Motilium uk, 15 responding to EPA’s release of the Final Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, BBNC President and CEO Jason Metrokin said, 500mg Motilium, 750mg Motilium, “With today’s release, science has weighed in; Bristol Bay, 100mg Motilium, 40mg Motilium, its existing jobs and way of life could be irreparably damaged by a large-scale mine that is the size and scope of the Pebble project and therefore our fish, our people, 150mg Motilium, Motilium ebay, and our culture must be protected.”
Metrokin added that the company supports development that can be done “without causing unacceptable risks to the people, cultures and fishing economy of our region.”
The Pebble deposits are located on state land.
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A southern prospect, known as Kawisgag, Motilium us, is just inland from the town of Ivanhof Bay and the Mallard Duck Bay prospect covers more than 8 square kilometers south of Chignik Lagoon, which is fed by the river.
The Chignik River has a 10-year average escapement of approximately 686,000 sockeyes, ADFG reports.
Tim Bristol, executive director for Trout Unlimited’s Alaska chapter, a national nonprofit that also opposes the Pebble project, said the group took its stance on Pebble based on the size and location of the proposed mine and the potential risk it could pose to trout and salmon stocks.
The Pebble deposits contain an estimated 80.6 billion pounds of copper and more than 107 million ounces of gold near the headwaters of the Nushagak and Kvichak rivers, according to the Pebble Partnership.
“When Bristol Bay Native Corp. gets to the point where they’re ready to lay out a plan for the (Chignik) area we’re probably going to ask them tough questions, but at this time our focus is going to continue to be on the Pebble prospect,” Bristol said.
He noted, however, that “there’s definitely a little bit of irony” surrounding BBNC’s stance on Pebble and the Chignik exploration on its own land.
Pebble Partnership proponents have said the project should not be judged until an official mine plan has been released, a step the group has not yet reached after major mining company Anglo American Plc withdrew from its partnership with Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. last fall.
“The interconnectedness between surface water and groundwater in the Pebble deposit area is just one example of unique factors that make the Pebble deposit area the wrong place for a large-scale mine of this kind,” Smith wrote. “By comparison, we have only a small fraction of similar information about the Alaska Peninsula prospect area.”
BBNC also issued a statement on its website Feb. 12 — the same day Smith responded to questions from the Journal — stating that the company supports responsible resource development and that its opposition to Pebble and the mineral exploration on the Alaska Peninsula are “both consistent with its land use practices guided by a fish-first approach.”.
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Buy Motilium No Prescription, A Fort Yukon woman may have stolen more than $100,000 from the Alaska Native corporation for which she used to handle finances. By allegedly falsifying records from the corporation’s fuel store and stealing money from a safe, the state says, she collected enough cash to fund two family vacations and purchase a new vehicle.
Zelma Louie Fairchild is accused of stealing $118,085 over five months, according to an affidavit filed last week in Anchorage. She allegedly stole the money from the Gwitchyaa Zhee Corporation, a Fort Yukon-based Native village corporation.
The Office of Special Prosecutions is handling the case, but the charges have yet to go through a grand jury, so it hasn’t been decided if there is enough evidence against Fairchild to go forward with a trial.
Gwitchyaa Zhee draws some of the profits for its shareholders from a fuel store, and it’s from the store’s daily sales sheets that Fairchild allegedly funneled more money than her salary paid. The alleged thefts have come back to haunt her, as charges weren’t handed down until four years after the crimes are believed to have been committed.
As described by the state, Fairchild’s trouble started around the time she is believed to have stopped pocketing her employer’s money. On Dec. 7, Motilium japan, Motilium us, 2009, Fannie Carroll took over as the corporation’s general manager and discovered it had less money than “she thought it should.” In particular, 10mg Motilium, Motilium craiglist, the fuel store’s dwindled funds caught Carroll’s attention, according to the affidavit.
According to the corporation’s website, Motilium uk, 250mg Motilium, Gwitchyaa Zhee is involved in several established lines of business and is preparing to break ground on a combined powerhouse and heating utility that will use biomass technology. The fuel store’s finances were kept and accounted for separately from the rest of the corporation’s funds.
Carroll hired an accounting firm to review finances of the fuel store. The firm discovered losses of at least $118,085, 1000mg Motilium, 200mg Motilium, which vanished from mid-July 2009 to December 2009. There were several ways the losses occurred and were concealed, the affidavit says. The daily sales totals had allegedly been altered in records to falsely represent less money than was actually taken in, 40mg Motilium, Motilium ebay, and there was money missing from a safe.
The investigator’s account of Fairchild’s scheme goes like this: Fairchild allegedly had access to the safe. She didn’t allow her employees to assist with accounting tasks like reconciling daily cash amounts. She insisted that all money orders brought in by customers to be cashed be left blank (one Gwitchyaa Zhee employee allegedly saw Fairchild take money orders that were never entered on the daily deposits). And she requested money from the corporation to cover fuel purchases for the fuel store’s operations.
“The fuel store should have been profitable enough to afford the supply of fuel that was sold,” Alaska State Troopers investigator Andrea Jacobson wrote in the affidavit. Since Fairchild’s departure from the corporation, 150mg Motilium, Motilium canada, the fuel store is profitable and Gwitchyaa Zhee has declared a shareholder dividend.
Jacobson said when she contacted Fairchild after she left the corporation, she admitted to making changes on the daily sales sheets. “She claimed she was only doing what ‘they’ told her to do to make the sales sheets match the cash register sheets.”
Fairchild allegedly vacationed twice in 2009, 20mg Motilium, Motilium india, once in Florida and once in Hawaii, trips that included several family members. In February 2009, 50mg Motilium, Motilium coupon, she financed a new vehicle with a $32,820 price tag. The woman’s bank accounts’ balances floated around $1, 750mg Motilium, Motilium mexico, 000 at the beginning and end of 2009, but during that time about $94, Motilium usa, Motilium paypal, 000 in deposits had moved through the accounts from various sources.
Her alleged tale of siphoning corporation funds isn’t as surreal as that of another criminal case involving tribal funds. Lori Chum, former president for the Native Village of Tatitlek, 500mg Motilium, 100mg Motilium, turned herself into U.S. Marshals and began an 18-month prison sentence for misapplication of tribal funds , 30mg Motilium, Motilium australia, including double-dipping into the village's bank accounts, wrongful and inflated payments to herself, Motilium overseas, and outright theft of the village's money. Clum had a compulsion for narcotics and booze, driven by her own personal tragedies.
Fairchild has no criminal convictions in Alaska, according to the affidavit.
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Motilium For Sale, Every Alaska Native corporation (ANC) and many Tribal businesses started a company without having a business.
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If it’s so hard to start a Native business then why are some Alaska Native Corporations so successful?
The top 20 Alaska Native Corporations create a misleading picture of the Alaska Native corporation community. It’s true, the top ten percent of the ANC community is financially successful. However, 250mg Motilium, if one looks a little deeper at the top performing ANCs, we can see a majority of their start-up businesses did not begin from “nothing” and can actually be placed into two major categories; Natural resources and government contracting.
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The first step in starting a business outside the two main categories and with no money is to acknowledge it will be extremely difficult. With this understanding comes the acceptance that some attempts may come up short and fail, Motilium For Sale. Failing in Indian Country is a death sentence. Motilium overseas, This is a serious topic I will address later in another paper.
The next step would be to truly understand the fact that successful start-ups are only created by talented individuals. I believe in acquiring talent from wherever you can find it. Motilium For Sale, I also believe in Native businesses growing their own talent. Both methods work and are needed, Motilium usa. What’s important to understand is no business operates successfully for very long without talented individuals. In regard to these “talented” individuals, it’s more important to have the “right” individuals as opposed to business minds with high IQs.
ANCs and Tribes value education. Many ANCs have successful scholarship and intern programs, Motilium For Sale. We are now seeing the dividends of those programs paying off with the return of Alaska Natives with PhDs, JDs, MBAs and diverse work experiences returning home to work for ANCs and Tribes. Unfortunately, much of this talent is attracted to the Regional corporations and large village corporations and tribes instead of the small village ANCs and tribes.
The future of the Native enterprise
The Native talent pool is growing and eventually talent that only went to large Native enterprises will spill over to fill all positions; even in the smaller Native businesses. New Native leaders are emerging and are bringing with them new ideas of what a Native enterprise should be in the 21st century. Motilium For Sale, These Native institutions may lack a "what" and "how" for their business but have an incredibly powerful "why". It's this understanding of "why" they are in business that has brought them this far and will propel them into the future.
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