In response to the economic changes occurring in Alaska due to low oil prices, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed Administrative Order 281 in early March to explore and streamline development opportunities in the state, according to a press release issued by the governor’s office. The order specifically cites the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) as agencies that will look for ways to increase efficiencies.
The Washington State Convention Center Addition project team has removed general contractor and construction manager Skanska-Hunt from the project after selecting the contractor last year, according to a press release put out by the convention center. The team will retain current subcontractors assigned to the project and does not anticipate significant delays in the delivery schedule.
The State of Oregon Department Geology and Mineral Industries created a Landslide Susceptibility Map for the state to identify regions that are prone to the natural disaster. The map can help cities, communities and counties identify areas that are at risk for landslides in the future.
Tongass National Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart put a hold on the Saddle Lake, Alaska, timber sale in order to allow for the completion of a supplemental environmental review and a review of public comments. The decision comes in response to appeals filed by environmental groups, including Greenpeace, GSACC (Greater SE Alaska Conservation Community), Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity and The Boat Company, according to a press release from the Center for Biological Diversity.