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Alaska Marine Lines/Alaska Marine Trucking to Begin Seasonal Operations

By Media | Published: April 14, 2020

Alaska Marine Lines/Alaska Marine Trucking to Begin Seasonal Operations

Alaska Marine Lines/Alaska Marine Trucking is preparing to begin their seasonal operations into coastal Alaska and plan to operate as close to normal as they can with the many challenges we all face during this difficult time. Alaska Marine Lines provides essential transportation to and within Alaska by water from Kaktovik to Ketchikan and serves more than 100 coastal towns and villages in the state. Many of the markets they serve have very limited transportation alternatives for their essential food and supplies. Alaska Marine Lines takes their transportation responsibilities very seriously and are doing everything within their means to assure that our people remain healthy, allowing them to continue to provide these critical services in Alaska.

Business Spotlight: Naataq Gear: Arctic Wear

By Media | Published: April 5, 2020

Business Spotlight: Naataq Gear: Arctic Wear

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BSNC shareholder Alice Tununnanaq Bioff is the founder and owner of Naataq Gear: Arctic Wear, a company that draws from culture and tradition to craft contemporary, high-performance wear. The “Atmik” jacket is based off the traditional style of the qaspeq/atikluks with beautiful trim and is made with a hard shell/water resistant material. Bioff, who is originally from Koyuk, first had the idea to create the waterproof garment when a passenger aboard the Crystal Serenity cruise ship admired her kuspuk and asked if it was waterproof. With this idea and a sketch, Bioff entered the apparel industry and three years later, the Atmik jacket was finalized.

“Later as western culture made its way to Northwest Alaska and barges brought in supplies, women started utilizing the materials that were imported,” said Bioff on the Naataq Gear website. “I heard stories of women using the cloth flour sacks that came off the barges. They would take those sacks and make what we know today as qaspeq/atikluks. As time passed, depending on where you were located, the qaspeq/ atikluks were made so that you could identify where someone was from based on the style of qaspeq/atikluk or what gender they were from a distance. The qaspeq/atikluk has a rich history that continues today with new designs and materials used.”

Bioff’s parents are the late Harold Pilcher Sr. and Lily Mayland of Koyuk. To purchase the Atmik jacket or learn more about Naataq Gear, visit https://naataqgear.com/.

Statement from the Aurora Inn & Suites, a BSNC Company

By Media | Published: March 23, 2020

Statement from the Aurora Inn & Suites, a BSNC Company

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The safety, comfort and well-being of our guests, hotel employees and our home community of Nome remain the Aurora Inn & Suites’ highest priority. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aurora Inn & Suites has taken precautionary measures to protect guests, employees and the public. The BSDC Board authorized staff to close the Aurora Inn & Suites.

  • The Aurora Inn & Suites has stopped accepting new reservations, effective immediately.
  • The Aurora Inn & Suites is reaching out to guests with upcoming reservations to postpone or cancel their reservations.
  • For guests with existing reservations, the Aurora Inn & Suites will allow changes or cancellations without a charge.
  • At this time, entrance to the Aurora Inn & Suites is restricted to guests with current reservations and hotel employees.
  • The cleaning protocols and health and safety measures that are in place at the Aurora Inn & Suites are designed to address a broad spectrum of viruses, including COVID-19.
  •  Stampede Car Rentals is also no longer accepting reservations, effective immediately.

The Aurora Inn & Suites looks forward to resuming normal operations when the time is appropriate. Our hearts go out to the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event. The Aurora Inn & Suites will keep the community of Nome informed of any changes in circumstances. We thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate the uncertainties this pandemic has caused.

Sennungetuk created the first BSNC logo In Memoriam: Shareholder Ron Senungetuk

By Media | Published: March 20, 2020

Sennungetuk created the first BSNC logo In Memoriam: Shareholder Ron Senungetuk

BSNC shareholder and internationally renowned artist Ron Senungetuk passed away Jan. 21, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. Senungetuk was born in 1933 in a sod hut and spent his early childhood in Wales (Kiŋigin). Ron and his younger brother Joe Senungetuk were taught how to carve ivory by their uncle Andrew Seetook. The first BSNC logo was created by Senungetuk.

Senungetuk attended Mt. Edgecumbe High School where art instructor George Federoff recognized his incredible talent working with wood and applied for a scholarship for him to attend the School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. In 1961, he won a one-year scholarship to go to graduate school in Oslo, Norway, where he met his future wife, Turid, a silversmith. In 1965, Senungetuk founded and directed the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Native Arts Center, the nation’s first university Native art degree program.

Senungetuk’s artwork is on display in private collections, offices, museums and galleries throughout Alaska, the U.S. and internationally. He has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Alaska Governor’s Award for the Arts, the Rasmuson Foundation’s Distinguished Artist Award and the Alaska State Council on the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. He also was named Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His support of education was expressed through his many donations of artwork to Bering Straits Foundation scholarship program auctions. Ron Senungetuk’s influence on Native and non-Native students during his tenure at UAF continues, as many of his students now carry on his legacy as artists and teachers.

Record of Decision (ROD) North River Radio Relay Station; Unalakleet, Alaska

By Media | Published: February 10, 2020

Record of Decision (ROD) North River Radio Relay Station; Unalakleet, Alaska

Record of Decision (ROD)
North River Radio Relay Station; Unalakleet, Alaska

Eagle Eye Electric (a Bering Straits Company)

This ROD Amendment documents a change to the remedy selected for the cleanup of contaminated soil at the North River Radio Relay Station site. As the lead agency, the United States Air Force (USAF) has selected a new remedy, Offsite Disposal of Contaminated Soil, Capping, and Land-Use Controls (LUCs), for Sites SS001 (Area C) and SS003 (Area A). This remedy was chosen in accordance with CERCLA, as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986, and, to the extent practicable, with the National Contingency Plan (NCP) (Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations [CFR], Part 300 et seq. [40 CFR 300 et seq.]). The response actions selected in this ROD amendment are necessary to protect the public health or welfare or the environment from actual or threatened releases of hazardous substances into the environment. The USAF is committed to implementing, monitoring, maintaining, and enforcing all components of the selected remedy to ensure that it remains protective of human health and the environment.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Robert Johnston, Project Manager
AFCEC/OLAR
Robert.johnston.17@us.af.mil
1-800-222.4137 (toll-free)
907-552-7193 (direct)

Global Asset Technologies Employees Receive Medal of Honor

By Media | Published: February 6, 2020

Global Asset Technologies Employees Receive Medal of Honor

BSNC subsidiary Global Asset Technologies, LLC (GAT) Project Manager Mike Guyer and IPPOS Deputy Program Manager Lance McCune were presented the Medal of Honor by the Gendarmerie for their excellence in International Police Peacekeeping Operations and Support (IPPOS) program support on Jan. 8, 2020 in Dakar, Senegal. The Medal of Honor by the Gendarmerie was signed by Senegal President Macky Sall, an extremely high honor.

GAT’s IPPOS program provides trainers that work to ensure that police officers, from countries such as Senegal, Cameroon, Togo, Burkina Faso, Benin, Rwanda and Ghana, have the essential skills needed to safely conduct their United Nations peacekeeping missions. With the instability in the region and the growing hunger crisis, the police officers are equipped with the expertise to patrol neighborhoods and refugee camps, protect buildings, or quickly and appropriately respond to an emergency. On their return, the police officers are able to apply these same skills within their home country. GAT has been training these officers as well as implementing a Training of Trainers program since 2015.

Introducing Board Director Cindy Towarak Massie

By Media | Published: February 5, 2020

Introducing Board Director Cindy Towarak Massie

BSNC subsidiary Global Asset Technologies, LLC (GAT) Project Manager Mike Guyer and IPPOS Deputy Program Manager Lance McCune were presented the Medal of Honor by the Gendarmerie for their excellence in International Police Peacekeeping Operations and Support (IPPOS) program support on Jan. 8, 2020 in Dakar, Senegal. The Medal of Honor by the Gendarmerie was signed by Senegal President Macky Sall, an extremely high honor.

GAT’s IPPOS program provides trainers that work to ensure that police officers, from countries such as Senegal, Cameroon, Togo, Burkina Faso, Benin, Rwanda and Ghana, have the essential skills needed to safely conduct their United Nations peacekeeping missions. With the instability in the region and the growing hunger crisis, the police officers are equipped with the expertise to patrol neighborhoods and refugee camps, protect buildings, or quickly and appropriately respond to an emergency. On their return, the police officers are able to apply these same skills within their home country. GAT has been training these officers as well as implementing a Training of Trainers program since 2015.

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