Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved a $618 million plan to expand the Port of Nome. Congressional approval is now the final hurdle for a long-sought plan for a deep-water port in Western Alaska, The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Wednesday.

Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, is home to more than 16.7 million acres of Tongass National Forest. Within the millions of acres of raw Alaskan wilderness, works a customized, one-of-a-kind ZX470LC-6 Hitachi machine. The machine isn't your average log loader.

Deutz Corporation announced two recent changes to its North American distributor network. Hamilton Engine of Portland, Ore., has been acquired by Palmer Johnson Power Systems of Sun Prairie, Wisc. The new company, now known as Hamilton Engine, a Palmer Johnson Company, will now cover not just the state of Oregon, but also the western half of Washington and Alaska.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Anchorage has been awarded a $25 million grant to assist with upgrades to the Port of Alaska, officials said. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant will help fund construction of a new $214 million petroleum and cement terminal that is part of a $2 billion modernization project.

Equipment Source Inc. (ESI) JCB is the newest addition to the growing JCB dealer network in North America. The new JCB dealer sells and services a full range of JCB construction machines — including excavators, skid steer and compact track loaders and telehandlers — from locations in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities conducted field investigations for the Highway Safety Project: Seward Highway Rock Fall Mitigation. Work includes analyses of locations between mileposts (MP) 104 and 114 with a history of rock falls.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Anchorage officials have hired consultants to help determine the best path forward for the stalled modernization project of the Port of Alaska. The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports the Anchorage Assembly's Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee approved a $45,000 contract last week for the project management firm Ascent PGM and the consulting firm Northern Compass Group.

The Alaska Senate on April 15 unanimously voted for a resolution urging the United States to issue a presidential permit allowing a railroad crossing between Alaska and Canada. "A railroad connecting Alaska to Alberta would provide a huge boost to our state's economy," said Sen.

Partnering with leading manufacturers and their employees, SMS Equipment strives to be the number-one solutions provider to the construction, forestry, mining and utility markets. SMS Equipment will serve as the official Alaska distributor for the full line-up of Komatsu heavy equipment.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A recent report shows spending on construction in Alaska is expected to increase by 10 percent this year, a sign the state's struggling economy is on the rebound. The forecast from the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska shows the value of "on the street" construction spending is expected to be $7.2 billion, The Anchorage Daily News reported.

The first sign of trouble was the sound. Very loud. Like a low flying 747, recalled Shannon McCarthy, administration operations manager of the Alaska Department of Transportation. Then came the jolt and McCarthy knew this was no low flying plane. It was the beginning of magnitude 7.0 earthquake that would shake southcentral Alaska for 18 to 35 seconds and trigger aftershocks for weeks after.