Thank you Alice – Craig Medred

Source: Thank you Alice – Craig Medred


With Alaska’s largest newspaper today bankrupt and frightfully close to the verge of disappearing forever from the scene, there are a lot of people lining up to bash owner and publisher Alice Rogoff.

For some of them, those emotions are understandable. Mark Miller of M&M Wiring has every reason to want to burn the Alaska Dispatch News to the ground. Miller has been screwed out of almost $500,000 by the news company and to any small businessman that is a fortune.

It hurts not just Miller. It devastates the small crew that works not only for him, but with him. Miller is not one of those bosses who sits in an office or arrives at the work site to order people around. He’s a guy who buckles on a workbelt and puts in a day with the crew.

I admit to a lot more respect for the Miller’s of the world than for the Rogoffs of the world, but one cannot dismiss Rogoff as simply some rich lady from the East Coast trying to rip off Alaska because she most definitely was not that.

Rich lady’s from the East Coast don’t roll out their sleeping bag on the floor of someone’s unfinished, unheated, under-construction home in rural Alaska and say, “thank you very much for letting me have a place to sleep.”

The Rogoff picture is a complicated one, and the job of journalists is to stand back, put aside their emotions, and look at the realities of complicated pictures.


907 Updates August 18, 2017

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The sentence was the result of a plea deal reached between the State and Beebe. The victim’s mother said the lighter punishment was an acceptable exchange for avoiding a potentially lengthy and painful trial.

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DEC Contaminated Sites: Aqueous film forming foam advisory August 18, 2017

Dear CS Listserv Subscriber:

The attached letter and fact sheet is to alert government officials and fire, health, safety, and environmental professionals to the health risks posed by certain aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) fire suppressants manufactured prior to 2002 that contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and to recommend you take action to remove these products from your fire suppression inventory, if necessary. These PFAS and precursor compounds include perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which are suspected to adversely affect human health and are both difficult and costly to clean up in the environment after use.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has established cleanup levels in regulation in 18 AAC 75 for PFOS and PFOA in contaminated soil and groundwater. Given that PFOS and PFOA-containing products are considered hazardous substances, DEC requires the release of these products, in any amount, to be reported immediately to the State.

In the last several years, DEC has identified a growing number of contaminated sites across the state where the use of certain formulas of AFFF during fire suppression and training has resulted in the release of PFAS, including PFOS and PFOA, into the groundwater. At some of these sites, the PFAS contamination has impacted community water supplies. In addition, workers who use AFFF are often exposed directly to these chemicals during fire suppression activities. While the science surrounding these compounds is still evolving, DEC believes it is in the public’s best interest to share with facility and vessel operators as much information as possible about these risks so former and current users of PFAS-based AFFF can take appropriate action to reduce risks to human health and the environment. For more information about the health risks, chemical structure, use and manufacturing history of specific formulas of AFFF, or how to dispose of products you may have in your inventory, please refer to the attached fact sheet.

DEC recommends that if you use AFFF in your operations or store these products for use in fire-suppression, you should review your inventory for AFFF products that were manufactured prior to 2002, as these stocks may likely contain PFAS. If you have such products, we strongly encourage you to remove them from use and replace them with more recently manufactured AFFF. AFFF that contains PFAS should be returned directly to the manufacturer or shipped out of state for disposal by a certified hazardous waste disposal company.

· For more information on disposal of PFAS-based AFFF, please contact the Statewide Hazardous Material Team Coordinator at (907) 269-4198.

· For questions about whether a release at your facility or a site where AFFF was used may have resulted in contaminated soil or groundwater, please contact the DEC Contaminated Sites Program at (907) 465-5390.

Thank you for your attention and assistance in helping protect Alaskans’ public health and environment.


Sally Schlichting

Unit Manager for Technical Services, Policy & Regulations

ADEC Contaminated Sites Program – Juneau, Alaska

Division of Spill Prevention and Response

Phone: 907-465-5076

DEC Division of Spill Prevention and Response Contaminated Sites Program


AFFF Advisory Letter And Fact Sheet

907 Updates August 17, 2017

Snow on the mountains this morning~


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907 Updates August 15, 2017

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