Man killed at drilling site
Last Wednesday’s death of an Anchorage man working for a geophysical services company at a drilling job site west of Homer is under investigation by Alaska State Troopers.
A Thursday AST dispatch indicated that troopers were called about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday by an operations supervisor with SAExploration. The supervisor reported that 26-year-old subcontractor Brian Mitvitnikoff died while walking between two drilling sites near Chinitna Bay, about 50 miles from Homer across Cook Inlet. Troopers from Anchor Point responded to investigate.
According to SAExploration’s website, the firm provides “seismic data acquisition services to the oil and gas industry in North America, South America and Southeast Asia.”
In a statement Thursday afternoon, the company’s executive chairman, Jeff Hastings, identified Mitvitnikoff as a subcontractor with Crew 84, which was working to support seismic drilling operations. He said SAExploration is cooperating with troopers as they investigate Mitvitnikoff’s death.
While troopers didn’t find any signs of foul play, Peters says no determination as to how Mitvitnikoff died will be made until his body arrives at the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage for an autopsy. His next of kin have been notified.
Unemployment rate at 6.1 percent in June
Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in June, up two-tenths of a percentage point from May. The comparable national rate was 7.6 percent, unchanged from the previous month.
Despite a small increase, June’s rate is still near pre-recession lows. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined six-tenths of a percentage point over the first six months of 2013.
The not-seasonally adjusted rate increased to 6.6 percent in June from May’s revised 5.9 percent. A June increase in the not-seasonally adjusted rate is normal as students enter the workforce and seasonal school employees look for summer work.
Rates increased over the month in 20 of 29 boroughs and census areas. The nine areas that bucked the statewide trend are characterized by highly seasonal economies dependent on fishing or tourism.
Organizations seek goods for flood survivors
Alaska volunteer organizations and the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management are working together with community volunteers to provide supplies and tools to the 2013 spring flood survivors.
The most requested items by 2013 spring flood survivors include:
• Tools for construction, tools for home-rebuilding, building materials, non-perishable food, kitchen goods (pots, pans, dinnerware), cleaning supplies and disposable paper products.
Individuals willing to donate items are asked to call the donation hotline, 1-855-374-4790. A manager will schedule a time to pick up or drop off identified items, which will then be packaged and transported to impacted communities.
Financial gifts are the best way to immediately help survivors. A list of charitable organizations active during the 2013 Spring Flood response and recovery are available at Ready.Alaska.Gov.
Volunteers should confirm their need before traveling to impacted areas. Groups willing to travel to Alaska to assist should visit Ready.Alaska.Gov for a list of organizations to contact for opportunities.
Please confirm a need before donating to volunteer organizations. During a major disaster, receiving items that are not needed becomes a burden to the community. Those unneeded items will be donated to an Alaska charity.
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