Alaska Congressional delegation announces grants and awards

Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dozens of state agencies, nonprofit groups and businesses have received federal grants and contracts totaling more than $100 million in the past month, Alaska's congressional delegation says.

The contracts included $58 million to Petro Star of Alaska's Valdez refinery to supply the Defense Logistics Agency with fuels.

Grants included $14 million to the state Department of Fish and Game for restoring salmon habitat and enhancing stocks, and $3.35 million went to the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. to improve public housing and reduce drug-related crime in them.

Another $146,000 will go to the Seldovia Village Tribe for a national berry growth enhancement project; $135,000 is headed to the Gulf of Alaska Coastal Communities Coalition of Anchorage to stabilize and restore Gulf fisheries, and another $450,000 will be shifted to the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association for forecasting and restoring salmon runs.

The delegation said $1.2 million will be assigned to the Bristol Bay Housing Authority to develop the Southwest Alaska Vocational Education Center, and $12.2 million is headed to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for runway, airfield lighting and flight tracking improvements, and a noise monitoring system.

Among the other grants and awards:

-- The University of Alaska Fairbanks will gain $113,353 to measure otolith growth increments in flatfish, $31,667 to support a graduate student in the field of population dynamics and $51,000 to increase development and rapid response programs.

--The Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs gets $151,176 to conduct and research and collect landing statistics from state groundfish fisheries.

-- The Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission will get $304,800 for operations.

--The Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission gained a $138,700 grant to conduct harvest data and assessment programs on harbor seals.

--The Northwest Arctic Borough School District will receive $303,751 to provide services on academic enhancement, counseling and financial aid for post secondary students.

-- The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services in Juneau received three grants -- the first for $1.837 million for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer early detection program; $1.84 million for a better beginnings young childrens project and $780,443 for a public health preparedness program and to set up a program to respond to bioterrorism events.

-- The City and Borough of Juneau for its International Airport has gained a $700,000 grant to complete a phase 1 of runway safety improvements.

--The North Slope Borough at Nuiqsut gets a $920,000 grant to build safety areas at the ends of the village's runway, and

--The U.S. Department of the Interior has awarded a $2.37 million contract to Hamilton Construction of Skagway to upgrade utilities at the Glacier Bay Park headquarters at Bartlett Cove.

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