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CIRI selling its Hawaii property

January 26th, 2016 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments

-Pacific Business News

CIRI, an Alaskan Native corporation, is selling its 13 acres of undeveloped oceanfront land in Hawaii that’s primed for a luxury residential project for an undisclosed price, the company with the listing said Monday.

Located in Poipu on the South Shore of the island of Kauai, the Makahuena Point Subdivision has 10 parcels that are fully entitled for luxury homes and is described as the last remaining undeveloped oceanfront parcels in the area, according to CBRE Hawaii, which is listing the property for the owner, CIRI Land Development Co., a subsidiary of Cook Inlet Region Inc.

The development calls for up to eight waterfront and two interior luxury single-family homes, and the Anchorage-based firm, which is similar to Kamehameha Schools in Hawaii, has received all the necessary entitlements and the special management area permit to develop the land.

CIRI Land Development said it expects to grade the property and install all necessary infrastructure for the development of the luxury homes.

and Jr., both of CBRE, are leading the marketing efforts for the sale of the land.

“The high-net-worth land market on Kauai has been one of the strongest segments of the real estate market in Hawaii over the past few years and we anticipate this trophy land listing will follow that trend,” Thoms said in a statement.

Construction on the Makahuena development, which is located Pee Road in Koloa at the site of the old Makahuena Point Coast Guard light station, was originally scheduled to start in January, but that date has been pushed to 2017.

“We are committed to a quality development and did not want to rush the project until all of the permits and design work are approved and ready to go so that construction activities can be completed as timely as possible,” said , vice president of CIRI Land Development, in a statement.

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ANCs search for Oil and Gas

January 12th, 2016 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments

by Alex DeMarban- Alaska Dispatch Doyon Oil Rig Nenana Basin 2013Doyon used this rig to drill a well in the Nenana basin in 2013, about 60 miles southwest of Fairbanks. The company is planning to drill a third well this summer in its hunt for oil. Doyon Alaska Native regional corporations are wildcatting for oil and gas in the state’s frontier basins, eyeing little-explored prospects after dusting off old studies by major oil companies. They aren't seeking the huge petroleum discoveries like those on the North Slope that have buoyed giants such as BP, Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips. Instead, they say smaller finds will serve their goals of creating jobs for local residents and providing affordable energy in villages beset with towering costs, including more than $10 a gallon for gasoline and heating oil in some areas. Doyon Ltd., the state's largest private landowner, is targeting an oil prospect in the Nenana basin about 60 miles southwest of its Fairbanks headquarters. Getting to its remote camps means ferrying workers and portable drill rigs across the Nenana River. But with the state’s highway system, railroad and power grid a relatively close 10 miles away, discoveries can be “quite modest” yet still economical, said Jim Mery, senior vice president for Doyon. “This is going to look a lot more like a Lower 48 project or maybe a Canadian prairie project,” and not the big oil fields many Alaskans are accustomed to, he said. Other Native corporations eyeing frontier basins include Ahtna, planning to drill a gas well this spring near its headquarters in Glennallen, and NANA, which wants to conduct seismic surveys not far from its Northwest Alaska headquarters in Kotzebue. The exploratory work is eligible for the state tax credits that some lawmakers want to reduce to help counter a massive budget deficit caused by sliding oil prices and historically low oil production. A Senate working group that held hearings on the tax credits last fall cited Native corporations’ unique role in Alaska as one reason frontier exploration should continue to receive a benefit if the $500 million program is scaled back. Created by the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the corporations and nine other regional Native corporations are supposed to use their large land holdings to promote “economic health” in their regions, said the summary report from the Senate working group. They also return profits to their Alaska Native shareholders. The uniqueness of the frontier basins is another reason the tax credits, which can reimburse up to two-thirds of explorers’ costs, should be continued for frontier efforts, the report said. “These are virtually unexplored and undeveloped parts of the state, so those incentives will help bring them on line, just like it revitalized Cook Inlet,” said Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, who convened the working group. Besides the North Slope and Cook Inlet fields, Alaska is home to about a dozen sedimentary basins that have never had proven, significant discoveries leading to oil or gas production, said Paul Decker, resource evaluation manager in the state’s oil and gas division. That could change, however, if the right economic, geologic and other conditions aligned, he said. Collectively, the frontier basins have been called Middle Earth, the area outside Cook Inlet and the North Slope. “This is wildcat country,” Decker said. Hunting for oil Doyon, owning 12.5 million acres, is primarily hunting for oil. It believes some prospects in the Nenana basin may contain about 60 million barrels of oil and 200 billion cubic feet of gas. That amount of gas would be enough to heat and power Fairbanks for 20 or so years, if the entire city of 30,000 converts to natural gas, Mery said. Also, propane refined from the natural gas could be hauled down the Tanana and Yukon rivers to several villages, helping lower heating costs and possibly electricity there, too. The discovery could be so small that crude oil would initially be delivered by truck to the refinery at North Pole near Fairbanks. The company also hopes to put oil into the 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline for markets outside Alaska. “These activities have a high degree of risk and we may not find anything of production (value),” Mery said. “This is still frontier exploration. But every step we’ve taken in the last five years has been a positive step.” In the 1980s, Arco and Shell separately explored the Nenana basin. They stopped exploring the area when that decade’s oil price collapse ate into profits, Mery said. Also abandoning the region then were Exxon and Amoco, which later merged with BP. The two companies explored the Yukon Flats north of Fairbanks, but left after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 shifted Exxon’s attention away from the region. Doyon dusted off those seismic studies to look at both areas, and has conducted its own seismic studies. The work has involved flying in equipment on Hercules cargo aircraft to reach camps in the Yukon Flats, and building a 15-mile dirt road near Nenana prospects. By the end of this year, the company will have spent about $100 million, with $60 million of that reimbursed by state tax credits, Mery said. This summer, the company plans to drill its third well in recent years in the Nenana basin, part of seasonal work employing 60 to 90 people. Oil and gas production can lead to jobs and higher dividends for the corporation’s 20,000 shareholders, while also providing oil field work for Doyon companies such as Doyon Drilling, an equipment and services provider. “This potentially creates new markets for our other companies,” Mery said. Searching for natural gas Ahtna, with 1,900 shareholders, hopes to discover natural gas to help lower the cost of living in the Copper River region in Southcentral Alaska. Residents there mostly burn costly heating oil to warm homes, said Tom Maloney, chief executive of Ahtna Netiye, an Ahtna holding company. Lower costs will help stop the out-migration of residents from the region’s eight villages, he said. “Affordable energy is one of the biggest reasons people are leaving the various villages around the state,” he said. Eleven wells have been drilled in the last half century, including by companies such as Amoco in the 1980s, said Maloney. Ahtna has analyzed data from the wells and is focused on an area about 12 miles west of Glennallen, population 500. Last winter, Ahtna built a 175-mile trail, allowing workers on snowmachines to provide ground support to a large rig engaged in shooting seismic waves. This year, the corporation is building its first drilling pad and employing about 75 people. Drilling is set to begin April 1, with Texas-based HXR drilling services doing the work. “This is our first real well with Ahtna as owner and operator,” said Maloney. “You feel like a pioneer,” he said, such as Exxon or BP in the North Slope’s early exploratory days in the 1960s. The well should help Ahtna understand if it’s sitting on a prolific prospect, and will, it is hoped, lead to more drilling to define the field, he said. The exploratory work is extending seasonal work in the region that often slows in winter and spring. That will help fill hotels and generate commerce for local businesses. “This will have a tremendous positive impact on people living in the area,” he said. NANA, with about 12,000 shareholders with roots in Northwest Alaska, is reprocessing old seismic studies with modern technology, said Lance Miller, the company’s vice president of natural resources. Some of the early studies in that region were done by Socal in the 1970s, before it became Chevron. NANA hasn’t done any fieldwork of its own but it’s hoping to conduct seismic work next year, he said. It’s eyeing two sites not far from the city of Kotzebue, including the Kobuk Delta to the east. The 11 villages in the region face some of Alaska’s steepest fuel costs. Though gasoline prices have dropped below $2 a gallon in the Lower 48, many Alaska villages are still locked into last year’s prices because fuel is delivered in summer when rivers are open. Gasoline prices range in Northwest from $6 to $10.75 a gallon, depending on the village, according to a September survey from NANA. Heating oil sells for similar amounts, boosting costs to warm homes. Cheaper energy will help villagers and could expand business opportunities in the region, making mining cheaper or lowering the cost of value-added fish processing for companies that, say, want to smoke commercially caught fish. “Affordable energy is a critical link in sustainability, so it’s a priority for us,” Miller said. Bookmark and Share

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Calista announces fall dividend for second consecutive year

October 20th, 2015 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments

Calista_logoAlaska Dispatch staff BETHEL – Calista Corp., the Alaska Native regional corporation for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, announced Wednesday that it was issuing a fall dividend for the second year in a row. The $2 million Akilista Dividend will be paid out by Nov. 13, Calista said. The corporation has about 13,000 shareholders. Those who hold 100 shares, the average, will each get $151, Calista said. This marks the second year that Calista is awarding two dividend distributions, a spring dividend from its business operations and a fall dividend from its investment portfolio. Since its creation under the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Calista has distributed more than $33 million, more than half of that in the last three years. Unlike some regions, Calista does not have big mineral or logging resources to develop. Bookmark and Share

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Begich signs new client focused on Native American issues

March 30th, 2015 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments

Alex DeMarban - Alaska Dispatch
March 30, 2015
Former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich.Loren Holmes photoFormer U.S. Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska will provide consulting services to a top legal firm focused on American Indian and Alaska Native matters. The Northern Compass Group, the consulting company Begich created after losing his re-election bid to Republican Dan Sullivan last fall, will work with the law firm of Sonosky Chambers Sachse Miller & Munson. The firm is based in Washington, D.C., with offices in Anchorage and Juneau. It's Begich's third announced client, with more clients to be announced in the near future, he said. “We are excited because they represent a lot of Alaska tribes, and as a senator and Anchorage mayor I did a lot of work with tribes,” Begich said. Begich would not say what’s he’s being paid for his services. “I do know, but I’m a private sector person now. Great that you asked, but I don’t have to tell you,” he said. The role is a natural fit for Begich, who worked with his Alaska colleagues in Washington, D.C., to find solutions to the state’s challenging Native issues, said attorney Lloyd Miller, one of the partners in the firm Begich is now consulting for. As a member of the Senate’s Indian Affairs Committee, Begich's work included helping expand the powers for Alaska Native tribal courts to preside over prosecution of domestic violence cases under the Violence Against Women Act. One victory was allowing tribally run clinics and hospitals to provide services to veterans and be reimbursed by the Veterans Administration, Begich said. Begich knows Congress and the federal government well, from large agencies to small, Miller said. “He knows how the federal government works in a way that is unique to a person who has served as a sitting senator,” said Miller. “That gives him a unique set of skills to help Alaska Native interests and Lower 48 tribes navigate through the maze of the U.S. government.” Miller said members of the law firm were meeting with Begich for the first time on Monday to begin determining what issues he will work on. The meeting will include exchanging ideas and hearing Begich's suggestions on various American Indian and Alaska Native issues. “He cannot have any contact with a member of any Congress or staff for two years, so one area he certainly will not be working on is lobbying or advocating in Congress. But what he can do is speak to someone and say if you are going to Congress, you might think about this and this and this,” said Miller. “He can strategize and help Native organizations think tactically on how to go about solving problems,” he said. One of Begich’s first orders of business might be working with tribally run health care organizations represented by the law firm, Miller said. As senator, Begich, working with Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, worked to bring full federal funding to contract support costs for tribal health care services in 2014 and 2015, Miller said. The change brought an additional $200 million or so into the state each year, said Miller. There is uncertainty, however, about whether full funding will continue permanently. Begich could offer advice on how to make that happen, Miller said. Begich, who has four employees working at the consulting firm, has previously announced two clients. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice as well as Grant Aviation, an Alaska airline, benefit from Begich's efforts in the Senate involving general aviation and as an advocate for health care programs, including the U.S. Affordable Care Act.
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March 6th, 2014 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments

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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.

Increasing the council’s membership, the resolution’s sponsors say, Motilium canada, 30mg Motilium, would increase regional representation and protect against any one member running the show and exerting dominance in nominations.

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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Daniel Cheyette, associate general counsel for Bristol Bay Native Corporation, 150mg Motilium, Motilium australia, spoke before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, relaying AFN’s concerns over the resolution. However, Motilium paypal, 10mg Motilium, the committee decided to advance the bill to the Finance Committee.

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.

“The group of seven works well together; they work closely and develop relationships, deciding these important positions together, 750mg Motilium, 250mg Motilium, ” Cheyette said. “If the number increases ... there’s less of a compunction on folks if they decide to do less work. They may think someone else looked over the binders of information.

“In short, there’s the chance they’d be less committed to picking the best judges for the state.

Cheyette added the current criteria for council members includes geographic diversity. The guideline simply hasn’t been implemented, Motilium india, 50mg Motilium, he said. Members Chief Justice Dana Fabe and private attorneys James E. Torgerson work out of Anchorage. The council’s two remaining attorney members are based in Fairbanks and Juneau.

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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