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ASRC shareholder Gabe Tegoseak poses with mentalist Oz Pearlman at the third annual Ivalu Gala.

Qaunaksrioiqput Stewardship – We employ financial discipline when managing our lands and assets to ensure that increases in business performance and shareholder returns are sustainable.


Contents T A B L E


1 Arctic Economic Council brings on first Northern Partner . ...................................... 3 ASRC and Ramboll Environ announce agreement to collaborate ............................. 4 Employee Resource Center (Savaktit Ikayuqtisiugviat)........................................... 5 Third annual Ivalu Gala a huge success .................................................................. 6 Letter from Muriel Brower for Flossie Hopson-Andersen award .............................. 7 Arctic Stars: highlighting Iùupiat youth, Jalene Kanayurak ..................................10 Shareholder Spotlight: Ryder Erickson . ................................................................12 Owner of The Baby Store Alaska wins entrepreneurship award ............................13 Village Corner . .....................................................................................................14 2017 Walker reception .........................................................................................17 Meet the AES interns ............................................................................................18 Winners of the ASRC/Petro Star Inc. barge-naming contest .................................19 Message from the North Slope Borough Drug Prevention Coalition .......................19 2017 March Madness Alaska .................................................................................20 President’s message . .............................................................................................


President’s message With the warming sun and increasing daylight returning to our North Slope communities, we begin to say goodbye to the darkness and deep chill of the Arctic winter and welcome the sure signs and promise of another Alaska spring. Soon, vibrant colors will replace the carpet of white covering millions of acres of tundra across our region; vegetation such as polar grass and the alpine foxtail will join the season of renewal and come back to life. Another sign of winter’s annual departure is crews, from my hometown of Tikigaq to three other communities on the North Slope, working to carve a path through a winter’s worth of sea ice and packed snow to be able to transport umiaks to the open water. I pray for a safe and successful whaling season for each of these crews; their efforts will help to fill local ice cellars – feeding local communities both now and later. Spring in Alaska also means March Madness – and I’d like to congratulate all the teams in and outside of our region for an exciting and successful state basketball tournament. Congratulations as well to Barrow Whaler freshman Anthony Fruean for being named to the ASAA March Madness all-tournament team. You can read the scores from the tournament “ As we look ahead to 2017 and beyond, we are keeping our eyes on page 21 of this newsletter.

on the horizon – seeking At ASRC, we are also working as a team to additional opportunities to prepare for the future. We were very busy throughout the past year deploying capital create economic opportunities to further diversify our earnings, while at the for our people.” same time protecting our core operations. In fact, 2016 was the busiest year for acquisition activity and investment in the Corporation’s 44-year history. We successfully established a new platform company and also acquired businesses in the Government Services and Industrial Services segments. I look forward to watching these companies continue to grow and provide sustainable benefits to ASRC and our shareholders. As we look ahead to 2017 and beyond, we are keeping our eyes on the horizon – seeking additional opportunities to create economic opportunities for our people. One we have been focusing on since incorporation is the future of the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National

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Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR. That’s why, through the Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat, we will continue to listen to Kaktovik residents for their valuable input into this issue. This is an important topic we’ll be updating in a future newsletter. Strengthening our relationships with others operating in the Arctic is another key to our longterm success. That’s why ASRC applied to be a Northern Partner with the Arctic Economic Council. As you’ll read a bit later in this newsletter, our application was approved and ASRC is now a member of the AEC family. As we move further into the New Year, we do so with a renewed but cautious sense of optimism. The price of oil continues to rebound from last year’s lows and our diversification has allowed us more flexibility to adjust to the ever-changing business climate in and outside of Alaska. I look forward to the future, and once again thank our shareholders and team of hard-working employees on making ASRC a stronger company. God Bless, and taikuu.  Rex A. Rock Sr. President, CEO



Arctic Economic Council brings on first Northern Partner Application unanimously approved by governance committee In February of 2017, one month after applying to be an Arctic Economic Council Northern Partner, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation’s application was unanimously approved. This makes ASRC the first organization in the Arctic with such a designation. There are various levels of membership at the AEC. “This is an important milestone for the Arctic Economic Council, and I’m honored to be to able call ASRC our partner,” said Tara Sweeney, AEC chair. “Engaging with the AEC gives businesses the opportunity to access both local and indigenous knowledge. ASRC has been doing business in the Arctic for more than 40 years and has grown into the largest locally-owned and operated company in Alaska. I’m pleased to see the organization continuing to look for additional opportunities within the region.”

“ Engaging with the AEC gives businesses the opportunity to access both local and indigenous knowledge. ASRC has been doing business in the Arctic for more than 40 years and has grown into the largest locally-owned and operated company in Alaska.”

The application was reviewed by the AEC executive committee before being approved by governance committee members. Larger businesses with their headquarters located within an Arctic state may apply to join the AEC family as a Northern Partner. The AEC’s full member representation includes a diverse collection of business industries that operate in and outside of the region. The AEC was established by the Arctic Council during the 2013-2015 Canadian chairmanship as an independent organization aimed at facilitating Arctic business-to-business activities and responsible economic development. ABOUT THE AEC

The AEC is a business forum established to facilitate Arctic business-to-business activities, promote responsible economic development and provide a circumpolar business perspective to the work of the Arctic Council. AEC represents a wide network of businesses pan-Arctic and across business sectors. The inaugural meeting was held in September 2014 in Iqaluit, Nunavut Canada. It has a 42-member board from eight Arctic states and six permanent participant organizations. Finland will assume the chairmanship from the U.S. later this year.





ASRC and Ramboll Environ announce agreement to collaborate During a signing ceremony in late January at the Arctic Frontiers Conference in Tromsø, Norway, ASRC and Ramboll Environ announced an agreement to seek and evaluate opportunities to work together to provide value-added solutions to clients. Facilitated by the Arctic Economic Council, this agreement is based upon a shared vision of collaboration that leverages the organizations’ complementary strengths and conveys a commitment to sustainable development in Arctic regions and around the world.

“ We are delighted to have found a collaborative partner whose core values and commitment to sustainability resonate so closely with our own.” “Since its start, ASRC has been guided by Iñupiaq values in actively managing its businesses, lands, resources and business relationships,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “We are delighted to have found a collaborative partner whose core values and commitment to sustainability resonate so closely with our own. We look forward to working together with Ramboll Environ.” A leading global environmental and health sciences consulting firm, Ramboll Environ brings to the collaboration a diverse suite of services, including environmental, renewable energy, health and safety, Arctic sustainable development, health sciences, climate change management, regulatory compliance assistance, due diligence, remedial design and engineering, impact assessment, ecology


and sediment management, and risk and exposure assessment and management. Ramboll Environ’s parent company, Ramboll, is the leading Arctic consultant with 30 years of proven experience in the pan-Arctic region. Nils Arne Johnsen, Arctic Director for the Ramboll Group, said, “We have more than 400 experts across 21 offices who bring unparalleled knowledge of the area’s sensitive natural environment, societal considerations and special working conditions. We are thrilled that our U.S. colleagues are adding to our longstanding heritage, bringing their expertise and experience to this critically important region.” “The Arctic is experiencing unprecedented interest from international companies looking to extract minerals, gems and oil, which is fueling the economic and social development of countries straddling the region,” said Frank Marrazza, President of Ramboll Environ’s Americas Division. “Our agreement with ASRC is an exciting enhancement to Ramboll’s longstanding experience in the Arctic and reflects the firm’s commitment to delivering environmentally and socially responsible outcomes that create enduring benefits for our clients and Arctic communities.” ABOUT RAMBOLL ENVIRON AND RAMBOLL

Ramboll Environ is a leading global environmental and health consulting firm with 2100 consultants working across 130 offices in 28 countries. We help a diverse industrial, financial, legal and government client base to solve their most challenging environmental, health and social issues and support a sustainable society.


Employee Resource Center (Savaktit Ikayuqtisiugviat) ASRC Human Resources has recently established a new Employee Resource Center (ERC). This center is located on the second floor of the main ASRC building in Utqiaġvik. The ERC was created as a service center for current ASRC employees to assist with orientation, policy review, goal setting, benefit review and elections, email, oracle access and for any online resource needs. There are a considerable number of employees who work in the field and may not have regular access to a desk with a computer – they needed a resource available to them. The center is available to all ASRC employees. The center was also put in place for ASRC shareholders who are seeking employment, training or education opportunities. Shareholder and community service representatives are also available to help shareholders with job applications, resume writing and to assist with signing up for training and education opportunities. The computers that were located on the first floor are now located in the ERC. We value our interactions with shareholders and want to make sure we have a center in place to support their career and educational goals. The ERC is equipped with five new computer kiosks with representatives available to assist when needed. Please contact: Monica Wiehl, HR Manager at 907.852.9432 with any questions.

The ERC was created as a service center for current ASRC employees to assist with orientation, policy review, goal setting, benefit review and elections, email, oracle access and for any online resource needs.





Third annual Ivalu Gala a huge success In early February, more than 400 guests gathered in downtown Anchorage to celebrate the third annual Ivalu Gala, benefitting Arctic Education Foundation (AEF). This year was extra special, as AEF was also celebrating its ‘ruby’ anniversary – 40 years of helping Iñupiaq residents of the North Slope with their educational goals. The event raises funds for the nonprofit foundation. In 2015 alone, AEF awarded nearly 500 scholarships to more than 300 students. Nearly 200 students assisted by AEF in 2015 were enrolled in bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degrees. “I’m proud to say the foundation has changed the lives of hundreds of people in all walks of life,” said Sandra Stuermer, AEF’s manager. “Education is the key to furthering one’s career. It is so important to have achieved an education, since employers look to fill their positions with highly-educated people.” The evening was filled with art, awards and even a little bit of mentalism and magic. AEF and ASRC were proud to host world-renowned magician and mentalist, Oz Pearlman, for his first performance in Alaska. Pearlman was a finalist on America’s Got Talent in 2015. He’s also made appearances on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as well as the Today Show, and has performed for celebrities and various audiences worldwide. You might have seen him the morning of the gala performing on Anchorage television station, KTVA Channel 11. Oz ended the evening with an unforgettable performance that left many asking, “How did he do that?”


In addition to hosting a fun-filled evening, the gala’s purpose is to honor those who have contributed to AEF’s success. This year, the Umialik Award, meaning captain or boss, went to Anadarko, which has given $500,000 to AEF since 2007. The Flossie Hopson-Anderson Award was presented to Muriel K. Brower, former AEF manager. While Muriel could not be there to accept this award, she wrote a heartfelt letter that was read to the crowd. (Her letter is included at the end of this article). Long-time ASRC leader and founder of AEF, Jacob Adams Sr., gave the keynote address. Jake’s long-time commitment to AEF made his reflection of the past 40 years a great insight to AEF’s history. The emcees for the evening were Patuk Glenn, community economic development project manager for ASRC, and her father, Richard Glenn, executive vice president of Lands and Natural Resources for ASRC. Richard and Patuk are a symbol of AEF’s success with both being AEF recipients and college graduates. It was a special moment to have both generations present on stage representing AEF and doing their part to give back to the foundation. The Ivalu Gala succeeded once again in raising more than $250,000 from sponsorships, donations, table sales, ticket sales and art auctions. All of the funds go directly to the foundation and the scholarships they provide for students across the North Slope and elsewhere. This goal wouldn’t have been met without wonderful sponsors and the event’s volunteer committee.


“My thanks to the donors, volunteers and staff who all helped to make the third annual gala a real success,” added Sandra. “Because of their tireless efforts, this event seems to be getting bigger every year.” AEF would like to thank the following sponsors: IVALU SPONSOR

($15,000) ASRC Federal Holding Company AMIKRAQ SPONSORS

($10,000) ASRC Energy Services ASRC Construction Holding Company Little Red Services.

AEF would also like to thank all the volunteers and crew leads who contributed their time and efforts to make the 2017 Ivalu Gala a success: Marie Duriez, Project Manager Ty Hardt, Sr. Communications Director Aurora Warrior, Volunteer Coordinator Georgianna Sielak, Registration Director Diana Velez, Live Auction and Model Director Annette Broste, Art Director Morgan Thomas, Communications Manager Georgia Hopson, Art Staging Director For more information about the Ivalu Gala, how to become involved or to be on future mailing lists - contact Marie Duriez at 907.339.6889 or MDuriez@asrc.com.

Letter from Muriel Brower for Flossie Hopson-Andersen award Thank you for the honor of this award, it means a lot to my family and me. Quyanaqpak! Thank you to the AEF board for your support while I was at AEF and thank you to the students who made the job more enjoyable than they could ever understand. It was easy to be committed to them because the dreams and aspirations I heard daily, which motivated me to help them and make sure they had the maximum resources AEF could provide. I truly miss the student’s interaction and progress; it is the heartbeat of the foundation. AEF has progressed into a powerful and meaningful foundation for ASRC through the years and has helped countless people earn educational and vocational freedom through degrees and certificates. The results have been evident through the achievements ASRC shareholders have contributed to not only the North Slope or Alaska – but to the world. The Ivalu Gala, which was founded on the concept of an important structural support in the Iñupiaq culture, sinew thread, has provided an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of AEF students as well as the vital contributions of people like you. Your financial support of AEF is the spirit of Ivalu; it is structural, it takes commitment and is necessary to keep the boat floating. Thank you for supporting the students and their dreams and thank you for this award. Please keep supporting AEF.





2017 Ivalu Gala February 3, 2017



Anchorage, Alaska






Arctic Stars: highlighting Iñupiat youth At just 22 years old, Jalene Kanayurak has earned the title of Miss World Eskimo Indian Olympics, graduated with a degree in nursing and using her platform to better the lives of rural North Slope residents. The Utqiaġvik native has long been a proponent of healthy living. Kanayurak grew up playing in Little Dribblers and later became a Lady Whaler, all while juggling a spot on the volleyball team and school band. The young athlete has even participated in the Native Youth Olympics, using her athleticism and traditional hunting skills to her advantage. “My favorite hunting story goes back to one day when we went out boating for seals,” recalled Kanayurak. “My brother Robert and I were up front and there was a bearded seal with its head up. I shot it and then we sped

up to harpoon it. It took us five tries, but we got it. That was the day Robert harpooned his first seal.” When she’s not hunting and fishing with her family, Kanayurak can be found at the Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital. As a registered nurse, she takes every opportunity to educate her patients – and even strangers – about the importance of physical, mental and spiritual health. “As a little girl, I remember my father getting up in the middle of the night to answer ambulance and fire calls, which really inspired me. I use my platform now as a nurse, and as Miss WEIO, to promote awareness of diabetes, suicide prevention and drug and alcohol abuse – topics important to me because they are issues across the North Slope and among our indigenous people.” Kanayurak has taken her healthy living platform to health fairs in Point Lay, Point Hope and Utqiaġvik – and she always encourages participation in community events such as Qitiq and Kivgiq.



Congratulations Tara Katuk Sweeney on being inducted into the Anchorage ATHENA Society. Your leadership and dedication to Alaska and the people of the Arctic Slope region is unparalleled.


As for her success in the pageant world, Kanayurak credits her family and community. Without their encouragement and support, she says she would have never participated. “My sister made sure I was prepared, my mom took the time to hand sew my beautiful parka and my community sponsored my way to Fairbanks in order to participate in WEIO. Together, they have inspired me to be a good role model for our youth and to give back to my community in a positive way.” Kanayurak is the daughter of Lloyd and Abby Kanayurak. She will be competing in Albuquerque, NM on April 25-29 for the title of Miss Indian World.





Shareholder Spotlight: Ryder Erickson Self-taught artist makes a name for himself in Alaska Throughout middle and high school, that fascination never wavered. Erickson was constantly drawing in his sketchbook and worked often with his art teacher, Gary Eckenweiler, on projects and paintings. Although he eventually left home to attend Bible college in Colorado, art remained a large part of his life.

Watching the Siberian Yupik people as they etched figures and designs in driftwood, bone, ivory and baleen sparked an interest in young Ryder Erickson – an interest that would oneday inspire him to become an artist. While he was born and raised in Unalakleet, Erickson lived in several villages as a child due to his father’s vocation as a teacher, coach and fisherman. They spent most of his grade school years in Saint Michael, a primarily Central Yupik village. There, his love of art truly came to life. “In the early 1990’s, a mural artist came to visit and he asked several local students to help him complete a mural on the school’s library wall,” said Erickson. “I was in 5th grade at the time and jumped at the chance to work with him firsthand. He was young, carefree and had an energy about him that I admired. He looked as if he loved what he was doing and would never get tired of it.”

“While studying art history and techniques on my own, I became greatly fascinated by the power of color theory. I wanted to create art that was reminiscent of Native art or Alaska history, while adding colors that I felt were real and vibrant, based on my experiences growing up in rural Alaska and seeing the landscapes with the fresh air and bright sky colors all year long.” It wasn’t until 2013 that Erickson began selling his very own acrylic paintings – after an unexpected back injury changed his outlook on life and his career path. He is now well-known throughout the state for his brightly colored depictions of Alaska landscapes, wildlife and Native culture.

They filled the library wall with scenes of subsistence, Eskimo dancing, hunting, wildlife and the landscape. By the time the mural was complete, Erickson found himself intrigued by the entire artistic process.



When asked who has influenced him most as an artist, Erickson points largely to his own extended family. He has long looked to their work for inspiration. “My ultimate goal is to attempt, in small part, to preserve Iñupiat history, culture and traditional skills through art. The Elders pass away, and some of the old skills, stories and wisdom may pass with them if younger

generations don’t learn from them. If I depict Native culture [through my art] and it is seen by someone who doesn’t know what they are looking at, it becomes a conversation starter – in that way our culture can be discussed and hopefully won’t be forgotten.” You can find Erickson’s artwork on his website at ryderericksonart.com

Owner of The Baby Store Alaska wins entrepreneurship award Victoria Kellie, Iñupiaq, has won the 2017 Women Entrepreneurship of Alaska Award in the community outreach category for her business in Wasilla, The Baby Store Alaska. She accepted her award at the Petroleum Club at an evening ceremony on Friday, February 18, hosted by the Women Entrepreneurs of Alaska, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Utqiaġvik, Victoria spent the first years of her life raised in Wainwright before her family moved to Anchorage, eventually settling in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Victoria is a 2005 graduate of Colony High School and knew since her youth that she wanted to own her own business. In 2012, she received a loan from Alaska Growth Capital, a subsidiary of ASRC, to make it happen and has steadily grown her business on Main Street in downtown Wasilla. The Baby Store Alaska partners with the State of Alaska’s FosterWear program, ensuring that foster families can obtain quality clothing when they are placed with a foster youth, often the day of the placement. “I am entirely thrilled to be able to bring this award home to The Baby Store Alaska team. It really shows the dedication that we have toward ensuring our community member’s needs are met in raising healthy families,” Victoria said. “I also realize that raising healthy youth is the bedrock for ensuring the wellness of our communities and future generations. I am honored and humbled and sincerely thank my family and friends who have supported me in this venture.” The Baby Store Alaska is a locally owned youth and parent headquarters for clothing, toys, unique gifts, and all natural products located in downtown Wasilla. The online store can be found at thebabystorealaska.com










The Challenge Life Foundation’s mission is to provide individuals the opportunity for a happy, healthy and productive life through education and stimulating programs that are mentally challenging and physically demanding. Justin Bourne, from Challenge Life, came to Atqasuk March 9-10 to talk with students about the importance of education and what they planned to do after graduation. Bourne also hosted a family basketball round-robin tournament during his visit. Four teams participated, with each team playing each other for the right to advance to the championship round. Team Gunderson edged out Team Shugluk in the finale to become champions. It was a great turn out and a fun event for everyone involved!





build an ice skating rink for the community of Anaktuvuk Pass. Located just behind the Nunamiut School, students can lace up their skates in the warmth of the building and come inside to warm up any time. For construction of the ice rink, Fire Chief Brian Gordon brings the truck to the school twice each week and uses a fire hose to flood the area – building up a nice, fresh sheet of ice. Once built, the health class students maintain the rink, using shovels to keep the ice clear of snow. The students enjoy the fresh air and the gratification that comes from working hard and providing a service for others. Every Monday evening, Fry provides skates, hockey sticks and pucks from the school, although the ice skating rink can be used anytime. Basketball season


Nunamiut School ice skating rink

Each year, Brooks Fry’s health education class works with the local fire department to


The boys and girls Nunamiut Amaguqs conquered the 1A Regional Basketball Tournaments in Kaktovik from March 8-11. The Amaguq boys faced the Kaktovik Rams in the championship game and secured a strong 77-56 win. The Amaguq girls also competed


in the championship game, versus the Wainwright Huskiettes, and won by a score of 49-23. Both the Amaguq boys and girls teams competed at the ASAA Basketball State Championships in Anchorage from March 15-17. Congratulations to the following seniors: Kristen Morry, Dominique Ekak, Jamie Ahgook and Hugo Kakinya. POINT HOPE

Exciting things are happening at the Tikigaq School this spring. Emma Kinneeveauk’s middle and high school bilingual classes learned how to skin a seal and make seal oil. Students even got to bring home a taste of their hard work. They will also learn the process of bleaching the seal skin. Kinneeveauk enjoys passing on her knowledge of skin sewing, and her students are making mouton mittens, phone cases and baby booties. She hopes to receive new sewing machines so she can pass that skill on to her students as well. Mrs. Harvey’s fifth grade class wrapped up their whaling unit. The students used books about whaling to write essays on what they learned. While looking through books about Point Hope, one student got to see a picture of his Aapa when he was younger. Whaling Captain Rex Rock Sr. also visited the classroom and passed on his traditional whaling knowledge. Mrs. Matumeak’s sixth grade class learned all about the human body and its functions. As a class science project, each student created life-sized bodies, which showcased internal organs and their purposes.

Tikigaq hosted this year’s 2A Regional Basketball Tournament, where the boys took second place and the girls took first place. The tournament began with an opening ceremony for the new gym, which features bleachers on both sides of the court, along with a running track and weight room upstairs. In the lobby, an outline of a bowhead whale stretches across the floor, with mock whale bones arched at the entrance doors. Glass cases display decadesold Iñupiaq tools, carvings and artifacts. The middle school boys and girls teams were able to travel to Point Lay, Kiana and Kotzebue this season. Thanks to the hardworking staff, the middle school was also able to host a basketball tournament with visiting teams participating from Selawik, Buckland and Noatak. Both the high school boys and girls teams advanced to the ASAA Basketball State Championships games in Anchorage. The boys placed fourth and the girls received third place honors. The high school seniors continue working hard towards graduation. Amy Stone, Rita Kowunna, Samantha Frankson and Dolly Hank have already completed all graduation requirements and are either taking extra high school classes or college courses. The seniors have mapped out their plans for the future by either going to college or joining the military. Congratulations to the class of 2017! Aŋirruk Feast Point Hope joined in celebrating the Aŋirruk Feast on March 7, with Rex and Ramona Rock Sr. serving their ninth whale tail. The crews worked the day before the feast, taking the tail out of the sigaloaq (ice cellar), where it’s been stored since the Fall harvest. The smell of the aged tail in the building captured everyone’s attention when they





entered, as it’s a wonderful aroma to Elders and many who have grown up with this tradition. People gathered at the Qalgi to get a taste of the aged muktuk tail. Many others came to set a bowl on the porch to receive a portion of the long-awaited delicacy – as has been the custom. The first portions cut are given to the captain’s wife for her to pass out to the clans from which the crew members came from. Next are the Ungaksiksigaq captains and former captains. After aŋirruk has been distributed to all the captains, the captain’s wife passes aŋirruk to the rest of those attending the feast. When everyone attending has had a taste of the prized muktuk, the remaining aŋirruk is put into the bowls to be set on the porch. It often takes three-to-four hours for a small whale to be cut and five-to-six hours for a larger whale. This particular whale caught by the Rock crew last spring was 46-feet long. POINT LAY

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Walter Kowunna, a junior at Kali School, attended an all-state science fair in Anchorage in March. Kali School students won first place in the North Slope Borough Battle of the Books competition. The students also competed in the statewide tournament this Spring. Kali School boys basketball results – 16 wins; 9 losses Kali School girls basketball – 4 wins During Kivgiq 2017, high school junior Ethan Tukrook of Point Lay won the messenger race. Ethan also broke the record of 18 min. 26 sec. at the regional cross-country meet held in Utqiaġvik. Ethan’s parents are Ira and Julie Itta.


• Point Lay’s homemakers program is still ongoing. Contact Point Lay’s ICAS office for more information. • The Point Lay Fire Department held a successful fundraiser for a former employee/volunteer and fire/EMS

responder. The department sold runzas, aqpik pie and potato salad.


Igloo Making by Sally Aguvluk

Rossellen Swan recently made an igloo for the North Slope Borough Sculpture and Igloomaking Contest, but it wasn’t easy. Before Swan started the project, she researched igloo-making techniques. Using just two knives and a shovel, she began constructing the blocks for the igloo. When I found out about her project, I offered to help her each day after work. As we began building the igloo, we noticed some of the blocks didn’t look quite right, so we took them down and made new ones. From there, everything went fairly smoothly until we reached the very top of the structure. We were unsure what size to make the blocks, how thin they needed to be and how to stack them just right. We took quite a few breaks to figure out the details and were ultimately able to finish our first igloo together. While we didn’t place in the contest, we had so much fun building the igloo – and that is what counts the most.


2017 Walker reception February 27, 2017

Washington, D.C.





Meet the AES interns



My Iñupiat name is Aaluk. I am from the Nusunginya family on my father’s side and the Brower family on my mother’s side. I was born and raised in Barrow and moved to Anchorage to attend UAA where I’m a full-time student majoring in Natural Science. I joined the AES Internship Program at the beginning of 2015 to work in the Legal department.

My Iñupiat name is Agnauraq. My mother is Agnuk and my aaka and aapa are Etook and Saulaaq. My mother’s family is from Wainwright and I grew up in Anchorage. I’m a full-time student at UAA majoring in Art with a minor in English and I will be graduating in December of 2017.

Currently, I am rotating between different AES departments and in doing so, I am gathering experiences and a better understanding of how my area of study correlates with my future career plans. The patience and support I have received during my internship showcases the shared enthusiasm for attaining my degree and entering the workforce. My internship not only reinforces my work and study habits such as planning and scheduling, but also improves my communication and teamwork skills. I’m extremely fortunate to be part of the AES Internship Program as I continue to learn about AES operations.


I joined AES in 2015 as an intern in the Quality department. My responsibilities within the department have grown immensely in the past year and I am continuing to gain new skills. One of my favorite parts of the internship is writing and I enjoy to edit, update, and create company documents and forms. I feel very fortunate to be able to contribute to our company’s growth and success. Last summer, I had an opportunity to intern with ASRC Federal in Maryland. It was amazing to get to work on several public outreach and social media projects with Arctic Slope Technical Services (ASTS) and NASA Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN). After I graduate, I hope to continue working within the family of ASRC companies.


Winners of the ASRC/Petro Star Inc. barge-naming contest Petro Star Inc. is chartering a new doublehull barge to transport its fuel from Valdez to various marine locations. The 420-foot, 80,000 barrel capacity barge is currently being constructed and needed a name. In mid-March, a contest was held to select a name and have it submitted to Harley Marine for consideration. After a thorough review of the list of submissions in the contest, the winners have been selected.

FIRST PLACE SUBMISSION: • “Saggan” (Edward Saggan Itta)

Dorcas Stein RUNNERS-UP: • “Iglaaq” (meaning ‘traveler’)

Mary King • “Paatchiq” (meaning ‘barge’) Kaylene Killbear Thanks to everyone who participated!

Almost 30 percent of crimes committed in 2014 were alcohol-related (not including rape or assault). – Data source: Alaska North Slope Borough Police Department, 2014 –











If you or someone you know is in need of support, do not hesitate to contact one of the following resources: • • •

Call the North Slope Borough Hotline at 1-800-478-0267 Call the North Slope Borough Behavioral Health Center at 907-852-0366 Call the North Slope Borough Prevention Program at 907-855-8501







2017 March Madness Alaska ASRC proudly supports the student athletes and coaches competing in the 2017 ASAA State High School Basketball Championships. Good luck to all the teams!



ASAA BASKETBALL SCORES State Championship Games Held at Alaska Airlines Center (Anchorage, AK) 1A GIRLS



Opening Round Nikolaevsk................. 40 Anaktuvuk Pass ......... 35

Opening Round Point Hope................. 53 Metlakatla................. 48

Quarterfinal Barrow...................... 50 Bethel Regional.......... 41

Consulation Newtok..................... 43 Anaktuvuk Pass.......... 36

Semifinal Nenana..................... 44 Point Hope................. 30

Semifinal Anchorage Christian.... 53 Barrow...................... 50

3rd/5th Place Point Hope................. 48 Glennallen................. 40

3rd/5th Place Barrow...................... 45 Nikiski...................... 34



Consulation Anaktuvuk Pass.......... 64 Noatak...................... 58

Opening Round Petersburg................. 62 Point Hope................. 39

Quarterfinal Barrow...................... 63 Delta Junction............ 57

Consulation Chefornak................. 60 Anaktuvuk Pass.......... 48

4th/6th Place Point Hope................. 45 Glennallen................. 40

Semifinal Grace Christian.......... 42 Barrow...................... 36


Opening Round Newhalen.................. 63 Anaktuvuk Pass.......... 59

3rd/5th Place Barrow...................... 57 Valdez....................... 56





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ASRC Elder and shareholder rates After May 15, 2017 (Summer Rates): SHAREHOLDER RATE: $ 189.04 + 5% tax NON-SHAREHOLDER RATE: $ 304.11 + 5% tax

· Upgrade to deluxe room is possible based on availability · Rate may be discounted depending on number of nights booked · Must present shareholder card and ID to receive discounted rate

All rates and upgrades are based on availability at the time of booking.

ASRC shareholders must show their shareholder ID card on their first visit and stay at the Top of the World Hotel. The shareholder’s ID card will be entered into the hotel database, and the next time the shareholder stays at the hotel, the front desk clerks will be notified that they are ASRC shareholders and will qualify for the lower hotel rate. For more information please contact the hotel at 907.852.3900 or by email at twh@tundratoursinc.com.

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1Q 2017 ASRC Newsletter  

1Q 2017 ASRC Newsletter