Every Friday Alaska's congressional delegation touts how much federal grant and loan funding it has helped bring home. And every Friday, 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.
As always, save for a few ingrates, most of the citizens of Alaska are no doubt grateful for the federal largess, thanks to U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, along with Uncle Don. And this week we.re all particularly grateful. Like Holy Hamhocks grateful. The spoils? More than $1.8 billion. Yes, that's billion with a big B:
Here's how the spoils breakdown:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Andrew Parkerson-Gray University of Alaska:
$1,105,000 for NOAA Cooperative Alaska Research & Satellite Services, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy and for validation of GOES-R Volcanic Ash Products. $9,899,777 to Cynthia Suchman of the North Pacific Research Board for ecosystem research. $5,142,674 to Kevin Brooks of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for generating and maintaining fishery data, research and management, extending the length of the fishing season under the Crab Rationalization Program and research and management of the Pacific Salmon Treaty.
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Rural Development
$250,000 to the University of Alaska Anchorage's Small Business Development Center for support, creation and training in Native Alaskan communities. $128,000 to local small business for support of wind, solar or energy efficient improvements.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
$5,813,651 to the State of Alaska for program and emergency management performance grants.
U.S. Department of Transportation
$40 million to the City and Borough of Juneau for the Juneau International Airport construction.
U.S. Department of Justice
$111 million to 221 different law enforcement agencies across the country as part of the COPS Hiring Program (CHP). $646,000 to the Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board to provide payment to eligible crime victims. $1,307,108 to the Alaska Department of Public Safety Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to enhance crime victim services in the state.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
$2,700,000 to Anchorage School District to connect middle school students and promote water quality restoration of Chester Creek.
U.S. Transportation Command: Office of Legislative Affairs
$8,661,100 to Evergreen Helicopters of Alaska for fixed wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance, and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation services.