FYI News briefs & announcements – Oct. 17

Public testimony taken on highway erosion
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is soliciting comments and information on a proposal to repair a bluff erosion feature along the Sterling Highway at milepost 153.35. An open house public meeting will be held 4-7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Homer City Council Chambers. The proposed project area is located 3.75 miles north of Anchor Point. The purpose of this proposed project is to preserve the safety and sustainability of the Sterling Highway. The proposed project would: Excavate eight feet of saturated sand from the base of erosion feature, backfill the excavation, construct a five foot riprap layer from the base of the constructed slope to the water table and construct an embankment. Construction is to being next summer.

Begich asks, “How can I help?”
Members of Alaska’s travel and tourism industry from across the state took the opportunity to meet with Sen. Mark Begich and Daniel Halpern, a board member of Brand USA, about how the federal government and the recently created Brand USA marketing initiative can help support the industry in Alaska. 
The meeting took place during the first day of the Alaska Travel Industry Association’s annual convention Tuesday, which welcomed more than 500 delegates to Anchorage to review recent industry research and discuss Alaska’s marketing plans for the coming fiscal year.
Begich was an original co-sponsor of the Travel Promotion Act, which passed in 2010 and led to the creation of Brand USA to market the United States as a travel destination to potential international visitors.
Zumbathon to be held October 27
A “Party in Pink” Zumbathon with six instructors will be held at The Bay Club from 11a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 27. Tickets will be $10 with 75 percent of the ticket fee benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure and its global non-profit partners. Visit for more information. 

Need for STEM Education
Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell pitched the work Alaska and other states are doing together to encourage enhanced science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Treadwell led a panel discussion at a national aerospace manufacturing conference in Texas. America’s workforce is falling behind in science and engineering capabilities, they told industry leaders.
 “This meeting drove home for me the absolute importance of our students’ readiness in math and science,” Treadwell said.

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