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Fat Friday: Alaska delegation locks up more than $17 million

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch
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Every Friday Alaska’s congressional delegation touts how much federal grant and loan funding it has helped bring home. And Alaska Dispatch does its part to contribute to the long history of journalistic stenography. In effect, we take out the funky code, and some of the breathless descriptions, and pretty much lay out the goodies received for the week.

Some Fridays are fatter than others, but this one skews more towards the glutted than the lean. Some of this week's biggest winners include the Alaska Division of Public Health, which will receive nearly $5.5 million for "terrorism preparedness and emergency response operations." Three Alaska airport projects -- two in Anchorage, one in Deadhorse -- will also split about $5.5 million. Anchorage and Juneau will also split about $1.5 million in family planning funds.

There were plenty of other piecemeal grants up for grabs though, for a grand total of more than $17 million -- read on and see what your community or employer may have received.

U.S. Department of Commerce

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • $129,000 to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to develop an estimate of the subsistence harvest of halibut in Alaska for 2012.
  • $338,885 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for focused studies on the previous 10 years' studies of the seasonal distribution, residency, and foraging patterns of marine mammals in waters of the Kodiak Archipelago.
  • $119,997 to the Island Trails Network in Kodiak for the Tugidak Island Alaska Community Marine Debris Removal Project.
  • $276,763 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for Alaska Earthquake Information Center (AEIC) Seismic Station for operational maintenance of the CrestNET seismic network.
  • $110,000 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for funding of various research programs.
  • $118,253 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for Alaska Sea Grant Education Services to deliver extension and outreach services to Alaska's coastal communities.

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 National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

  • $20,000 to Bethel Broadcasting Incorporated to upgrade the analog television facilities to digital broadcasting.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • $597,542 to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Sitka.
  • $1,056,660 to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center for coordinated care operations.
  • $1,027,090 to the Municipality of Anchorage for family planning services.
  • $595,833 to the Manillaq Association in Kotzebue.
  • $525,000 to the Iliuliuk Family and Health Services in Unalaska.
  • $566,270 to the City of Juneau for family planning services.
  • $5,429,355 to the Alaska Division of Public Health in Anchorage for terrorism preparedness and emergency response operations.
  • $215,841 to the University of Alaska Anchorage for National Resource Centers on Older Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.

U.S. Department of Justice

  • $11,051 to the North Slope Borough for to support travel costs for investigators to make quarterly trips from Barrow to Anchorage, Alaska to coordinate and perform interdictions of illegal drug and alcohol at the regional airports and mail distribution centers. 
  • $45,080 to the City of Fairbanks for to pay the personnel costs of a trained drug investigator to participate in the Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement unit.

U.S. Department of Transportation

  • $2,000,000 to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities for the Deadhorse Airport to rehabilitate existing apron pavement.
  • $1,425,000 to the Municipality of Anchorage for Merrill Field to acquire safety equipment and/or fencing.
  • $3,000,000 to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for environmental mitigation.

National Endowment for the Arts

  • $50,000 to the Native Village of Mary's Igloo in Teller for the Our Town Program support community engagement and design for Mary's Igloo Community Development Center.