Alaska getting $50 million in federal money

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska companies, communities and institutions have been awarded more than $50 million in federal grants and contracts, the state's congressional delegation said Monday.

The single largest item was a $13.6 million contract to Watterson Construction Co. The Anchorage-based company is designing and building new housing on Elmendorf Air Force Base.

Other big-ticket items include a $5.5 million grant to the state Department of Education and Early Development to improve education and services for children with disabilities.

A $4.5 million loan has been extended to the City of Nenana for a dormitory for boarding students attending Nenana High School.

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District got a $3 million grant to set up a digital technology resource center in the Palmer-Wasilla area.

Among the other appropriations:

--$3.8 million in loans to Gates Construction Inc. of Kasilof to buy a wood-chipping facility and to refinance its sawmill.

--$3.6 million grant to Northwest Inupiat Housing Authority to renovate federal low-income housing.

--$3 million in loans for Colville Inc. of Deadhorse to purchase another oil-field supply business.

--$1.3 million grant to Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Juneau to improve statewide services for crime victims.

--$810,000 grant to the City of Dillingham and the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp. for design and engineering work on a new cold-storage dock in Dillingham.

--$400,000 grant to Hyder Community Association to help fund a bottled water plant in Hyder.

--$360,000 grant to Chalkyitsik Village Council to build a multi-purpose building.

--$60,000 grant to the University of Alaska Fairbanks to preserve and catalog 132 reels of historical film shot between 1927 and 1965.

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