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ASRC shareholders gathered in Anaktuvuk Pass in mid-June for the annual meeting.

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Contents T A B L E


1 2017 ASRC Election results ..................................................................................... 2 Annual meeting of shareholders ............................................................................. 4 ASRC announces new acquisition ........................................................................... 5 Secretarial Order to reassess North Slope oil and gas potential .............................. 6 I!isaġvik College recognizes $1 million milestone ................................................... 7 Sweeney ends chairmanship of AEC and welcomes new chair ................................. 8 President’s Message ...............................................................................................

ASRC disappointed by U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in case regarding polar bear critical habitat ...................................................................

9 Arctic Stars: highlighting Iñupiat youth, Mekhi Omnik ..........................................10 Shareholder spotlight: Johnny Hutchens ..............................................................11 AES-RTS partners with Pebble to enhance Native contracting, employment and engagement ..........................................................................

12 Village Corner .......................................................................................................14 2016 Anaġi Award recipient ..................................................................................15 ASRC employee tackles highest point in Africa .....................................................16 Piuraagiaqta Spring Festival 2017 ........................................................................17 Subsidiary entering Anchorage fuel market ..........................................................18 ASRC board visits PSI North Pole Refinery ............................................................19 Bearded seal reinstated on endangered species list ............................................. 20 Message from the North Slope Borough Drug Prevention Coalition ...................... 20


President’s Message With a very busy spring season behind us, it is time to take full advantage of the cold’s lessening grip and the 24-hour daylight across our North Slope communities; it is a time for growth and renewal across the Alaska Arctic. At ASRC, the final days of spring also mean a time to travel across our region, as well as to Anchorage and Fairbanks, to meet with our shareholders; this allows us to renew relationships and connections as well as cultivate new ones. I’d like to thank each of you who made it to our shareholder informational meetings, including our annual meeting in Anaktuvuk Pass, which took place a few days late due to weather. When the weather improved and planes were finally able to land in AKP, it was nice to be greeted by so many familiar faces, and those who returned with the same positive energy, attentiveness and patience. I’d like to thank the many volunteers who helped make our annual meeting such a successful event. When it comes to our shareholders, your ideas, dedication and passion make our company stronger and help us deliver on ASRC’s mission, which is to actively manage our businesses, our lands and resources, our investments, and our relationships to enhance Iñupiaq cultural and economic freedom with continuity, responsibility and integrity. This is a journey that is best taken together.

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For those North Slope communities which take shareholders, your ideas, part in spring whaling, congratulations on a dedication and passion safe and successful season on the water. We make our company stronger were blessed in my hometown of Tikigaq to harvest 10 bowheads, with Utqiaġvik (Barrow) and help us deliver on bringing in 13, Wainwright successfully hunting ASRC’s mission.” nine and our friends in Point Lay harvesting two whales. Unseasonably cold conditions across the Arctic Slope made the hunting this year a real challenge, which makes the spring total for our region of 34 whales that much more impressive. During this season of renewal, I’m pleased to announce a new member of the ASRC family of companies. In late May, we finalized the acquisition of Finite Holdings, LLC as well as two of its subsidiaries. The companies will be managed and operated under the ASRC Industrial Services business segment. You can read more about these new acquisitions later in this newsletter.

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Another important business development includes the acquisition of Terminal 1 at the Port of Anchorage by Petro Star Inc. (PSI), which we announced in early May. This acquisition means PSI will be able to introduce a new source of fuel to Anchorage and allows the company to distribute its refined products into southcentral Alaska through its own terminal operations. This is an excellent opportunity for Petro Star, and I congratulate those who helped negotiate the terms and conditions with Tesoro. As we head into the summer, ASRC will continue on its path of growth and diversification, with an eye toward delivering additional benefits and opportunities for our shareholders and their communities. Along the way, as we have been since incorporation, we will be guided by our Iñupiaq values and traditions and remain ready to make decisions aimed at long-term benefits for our region. I look forward to sharing our progress. Taikuu and God bless.  Rex A. Rock Sr. President, CEO

2017 ASRC Elections The 2017 ASRC elections were held June 19, 2017 at Anaktuvuk Pass during the annual meeting of shareholders. The results have been certified and the following are officially elected to the board seats as indicated: SEAT



Utqiaġvik (Barrow) Oliver Leavitt 3 years 436,318 Seat 11 Utqiaġvik (Barrow) Crawford K Patkotak 3 years 485,393 Seat 12 Point Hope Rex Allen Rock Sr. 3 years 458,051 Seat 13 Wainwright John Delwyn Hopson Jr. 3 years 276,465 Seat 14 At-Large Seat 5 Mary Ellen Ahmaogak 3 years 306,955 Seat 15 For a complete list of the candidates and the vote count, please log on to www.iaminupiaq.com



Secretarial Order to reassess North Slope oil and gas potential welcomed by ASRC Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke makes announcement during scheduled trip to Alaska In late May, ASRC reacted to an order from U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, calling for updated assessments of recoverable oil and gas reserves on federal lands across Alaska’s North Slope – including the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) and the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR. According to the Secretarial Order, schedules for the revised plans needed to be complete by late June.

Secretary Zinke made the announcement during a keynote address at the annual Alaska Oil and Gas Association conference in downtown Anchorage. You can read Secretarial Order No. 3352 at the DOI site, at: https://www.doi.gov/sites/ doi.gov/files/uploads/so-3352.pdf

“I applaud the move by this administration in allowing more local input when it comes to the safe and responsible management of our lands,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., president and CEO of ASRC. “Secretary Zinke’s order is a very positive step when it comes to the future economy of the North Slope as well as the energy security of the nation.”





ASRC annual meeting of shareholders June, 2017



Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska


ASRC announces new acquisition DACA Specialty Services, LLC and D2 Industrial Services, LLC are now members of the ASRC familty of companies

In late May, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation announced the acquisition of Finite Holdings, LLC (“Finite”) and Finite’s respective operating subsidiaries DACA Specialty Services, LLC (“DACA”) and D2 Industrial Services, LLC (“D2”) by our wholly-owned subsidiary ASRC Industrial Services, LLC, or AIS. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, DACA was founded over 32 years ago. DACA’s suite of services include complex painting and coating applications, cleaning and abrasive blasting, interior and exterior tank lining, managed asset maintenance programs, as well as lead abatement and concrete containment. DACA serves industrial and commercial customers across multiple end markets, primarily in the Southeast region of the United States.

“ The additions of DACA and D2 to the AIS platform immediately augments the capabilities and geographic footprint of AIS’s construction, maintenance and repair operating group; positioning AIS to increase the value we bring to existing and new customers.”

D2 was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. D2 provides painting and coating services, primarily in the Midwest region of the United States, to government agencies as well as industrial and commercial clients. “On behalf of ASRC’s board of directors, I am pleased to welcome the talented employees of Finite, DACA and D2 to the ASRC family of companies,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., president and CEO of ASRC. “These acquisitions are an important step in the execution of the AIS strategy that we announced last September.” “DACA and D2 are customer-focused, valueadded service providers,” said Greg Johnson, president and CEO of AIS. “The additions of DACA and D2 to the AIS platform immediately augments the capabilities and geographic footprint of AIS’s construction, maintenance and repair operating group; positioning AIS to increase the value we bring to existing and new customers.” “Today is an exciting day for the employees and customers of DACA and D2,” said David Joiner, president of Finite. “I believe becoming a part of the AIS platform will provide additional opportunities for our talented workforce, allowing us to increase our service offerings for the benefit of our customers and ultimately increase our competitiveness.”





Facts don’t lie, but people do. “ They [Native corporations] make millions of dollars each year and do nothing to help their own people.” Pat Baker, Owner, Northern Trust Real Estate The fact is, Alaska Native corporations are committed to delivering on the original intent of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which is to return tangible benefits to Native shareholders and their descendants. Our collective work has paved the way for the success of our companies and ensured long lasting benefits for our shareholders and the people of Alaska. In 2015, the 12 regional corporations contributed an impressive amount of money to social initiatives and distributed millions to shareholders in the form of dividends and other value-added programs.

In 2015 .................................................... 20,160 - Alaska employees .................................................... $1.1 billion - Alaska payroll .................................................... $167 million - dividends distributed .................................................... $7 million - scholarships awarded .................................................... 3,790 - individual scholarships .................................................... $15.7 million - nonprofit donations .................................................... BASED ON THE 2016 ANCSA ECONOMIC REPORT



Ilisaġvik College recognizes $1 million milestone The following is from a press release, distributed by Ilisaġvik College in early June: Ixisaġvik College President Dr. Pearl Brower is pleased to acknowledge the generosity of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) in contributing over $1 million to the college to help further the efforts of post-secondary education on the North Slope. By exemplifying the Iñupiat value of Aviktuagqatigiigñiq (sharing), ASRC has enhanced Ixisaġvik’s efforts to provide academic, vocational and technical education to all North Slope residents. ASRC President and CEO Rex A. Rock Sr. stated, “At ASRC, we are proud to support Ixisaġvik College, which for decades has helped to produce the next generation of leaders both inside and outside of our region. We have seen firsthand the difference it continues to make in the lives of our people. As the only tribal college in Alaska, I congratulate Ixisaġvik for its success and look forward to our continued partnership.”

President & CEO Rex A. Rock Sr. and ASRC Chairman Crawford Patkotak.

Referring to ASRC’s generous donations, Ixisaġvik President Pearl Brower stated, “On behalf of our students, employees, faculty and Board of Trustees, quyanaqpak to ASRC. Without their help, we would not be able to reach as many students as we do now. The students we educate bring knowledge and skills home that help to better life for their villages, families and the larger North Slope community. There is not a village on the North Slope that hasn’t been touched by ASRC’s generosity toward our goals. ASRC has truly been our partner in education.” Ixisaġvik College is a public, nonprofit, two-year accredited tribal college that provides quality post-secondary academic, vocational and technical education in a learning environment that perpetuates and strengthens Iñupiat culture, language, values and traditions.

Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Justina Wilhelm, Board of Trustee Amos Aguvluk Nashookpuk and student intern Cordelia Kellie.





Sweeney ends chairmanship of Arctic Economic Council and welcomes new chair In early May, the delegates of the Arctic Economic Council (AEC) convened in Fairbanks, Alaska for their third annual meeting. Tero Vauraste of Finland was welcomed as the new chair of the organization after a unanimous decision from AEC delegates. Vauraste takes over for Tara Sweeney, ASRC executive vice president of external affairs, as chairmanship of the organization shifts from the United States to Finland. “I am honored and excited to take over as chair of the AEC,” said AEC Chair Tero Vauraste. “I am thankful for the hard work done by Tara Sweeney in establishing the foundation for the organization and moving it forward. As Finnish businesses take over the chairmanship, the AEC will continue the work already laid down by the American leadership.” “The AEC has reached huge milestones in record time,” said AEC Vice Chairman Erling Kvadsheim. “The establishment of the AEC Secretariat just a year after the establishment of the Council speaks clearly on the devotedness of the membership and Tara’s leadership.” In addition to the transition of chairmanship, the AEC also elected a new executive committee, which will be led by Vauraste. Sweeney, Kvadsheim and Evgeniy Ambrosov representing Russia, will all continue in the


roles of vice chairs. In addition, the AEC membership welcomed Róbert Guðfinnsson from Iceland as a new vice chair. The full legacy membership joined in welcoming Icelandic representation in the organization’s leadership. “I look forward to working for the further development of pan-Arctic business ties, an issue very close to my heart,” said Guðfinnsson. Finnish businesses are committed to continuing the advancement of the five overarching themes of the AEC: • • • • •

Establishing strong market connections between Arctic States Encouraging public-private partnerships for infrastructure developments Promoting stable and predictable regulatory frameworks Facilitating knowledge and data exchange between industry and academia Traditional and indigenous knowledge and a focus on small and medium sized businesses

These are further promoted by the following three highlights, which are in line with the Finnish Arctic Council chairmanship program: • Interconnected Arctic • Competent Arctic • Safe Arctic The AEC will reach out for global businesses as an influential and decisive organization. It


is set to be a globally recognized stakeholder when decisions regarding Arctic businesses are made. “Being chair of the AEC has been a privilege,” said outgoing AEC Chair Sweeney. “I set out to establish a fully functioning organization

with a strong foundation, and I am now happy to pass on the chairmanship to Tero Vauraste and the Finnish business community. I am excited to see the Finnish priorities for the chairmanship and I am confident this will help move the AEC forward.”

ASRC disappointed by U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in case regarding polar bear critical habitat High court denies formal request for review In early May, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari, which was asking for a review of the Ninth Circuit Court’s decision to uphold the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s designation of critical habitat for polar bears along Alaska’s North Slope. Joining ASRC in the petition were the State of Alaska, North Slope Borough, Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation, Kuukpik Corporation, Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation, Olgoonik Corporation, Inc., Tikigaq Corporation, Bering Straits Native Corporation, NANA Regional Corporation and Calista Corporation. “The fact the Supreme Court would ignore the legitimate concerns of our people is disappointing, but we knew the justices grant review in a very, very small number of cases like this and were not entirely surprised by this outcome,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “Given the circumstances, this is a decision we will have to continue to fight outside of the courts.” In 2010, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced its plan to set aside 187,000 square miles of Alaska coastline and adjacent waters as critical habitat for polar bears, an area larger than the state of California. That same year, ASRC and the State of Alaska commissioned an independent economic analysis of the designation, showing the cost to the state, the North Slope Borough and to ASRC could reach into the billions of dollars.





Arctic Stars: highlighting Iñupiat youth Ask Mekhi Omnik what his favorite sport was growing up and he will honestly admit – it wasn’t soccer. Now known as West Valley High’s allstar goalkeeper, he was once only interested in basketball and football. Omnik idolized quarterback Brett Favre and dreamed of being an NFL player himself. That is, until one injury changed his outlook and his life. “I had broken my collarbone [in football practice] and was waiting in the emergency room to be treated when I got a phone call from a good friend of mine, Shane Gillette,” said Omnik. “He was calling about the keeper position which had just opened up, and they needed someone to try out for the team.” Having never played soccer before, Omnik saw it as a challenge that he was eager to take on. Then a high school sophomore, he jumped into the goalie position and immediately began learning. By his senior season, Omnik was a pro. “I’ve loved everything about soccer since I started my first game, when I realized how fast the game is and how rarely it stops,” said Omnik.

With a total of 14 shutouts in his senior season, Omnik helped the West Valley boys soccer team enter the state tournament in May with a 17-0-0 regular-season mark and the Mid Alaska Conference title. The Wolfpack battled it out against the South Anchorage Wolverines for a 1-1 tie in the second 10-minute overtime. Although South took home the state title after prevailing 5-4 in penalty kicks, Omnik still describes it as the best day in his soccer career. “I’m so proud of how my team did this season,” said Omnik. “We worked so hard and I’m just glad I got to go onto the pitch with each and every one of my teammates. Not only did I feel like I went out and played with a great team, it was my family that I got to play with.” Omnik shies away from talking about his own accomplishments, instead crediting his fellow teammates and coaches. He said that together, they all helped him achieve his goal of being a great goalie during the short three seasons he spent in the net. Now that he has graduated high school, Omnik has a few new goals in mind – but don’t worry, playing college soccer is at the top of the list.



Shareholder spotlight: Johnny Hutchens Johnny Hutchens grew up in North Pole where his father was a Major stationed at Ft. Wainwright. At the tender age of 19 he was hired for part time summer work - cutting grass and doing general labor at the North Pole Refinery. Twenty-four years later, he’s one of four lead operators at Petro Star, supervising his own crew.    As Hutchens said, “I pretty much grew up at Petro Star.”  He was there when the plant was only producing 4,200 BBLs/day (refinery capacity now is 22,000 BBLs), and has seen the plant through every transition. “I don’t think there is a single piece of pipe still left from the original configuration,” he went on to say.  Hutchens came on full time shortly after ASRC became Petro Star’s sole owner. This happened with the first big expansion, and he was there when they installed the flash tower and crude tank. “There is always new equipment to learn,” he said. “Last summer was the asphalt tower, and during the winter it was the new Naphtha splitter for Golden Valley Electric Association. It keeps things interesting and challenging.” Hutchens recalled the time the refinery made JP-5: a high altitude, cold temperature helicopter fuel. The Valdez Refinery now routinely produces the fuel, but the North Pole Refinery only made it for one day – just to prove they could do it. He was the operator on shift during the historic occasion.

From operating forklifts to running dozers, much has always been expected from the North Pole Refinery’s crew of operators. Employees are cross-trained in positions throughout the plant, and Hutchens can fill in almost everywhere. Refinery turnaround happens each May and are the most intense times of the year. Dayto-day operations cease completely, and focus shifts to maintenance-related activities throughout the facility. Hutchens was the night shift supervisor for turnaround in 2016.  With all of the tie-ins last year, the pressure was really on. But he had a great crew in place, many of whom he’s trained himself.

He’s also operated just about every piece of heavy equipment at the plant. “When I first started, if you could find the key, you were running it,” Hutchens said.





AES-RTS partners with Pebble to enhance Native contracting, employment and engagement In mid-June, ASRC Energy Services Regulatory and Technical Services (AESRTS) announced it has entered into a business relationship with the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP), proponent of Alaska’s Pebble copper-gold project, to provide business development and mentoring services to enhance future contracting opportunities for Alaska Native village corporations with landholdings near the project.

PLP has extended invitations

to Alaska Native village corporations with landholdings near its project to participate in a collaborative business development planning initiative to be led by AES-RTS. “Local stakeholder involvement in responsible resource development projects is important, and ASRC Energy Services is a leader in stakeholder engagement,” said Doug Smith, president and CEO of AES. “Local stakeholders need a meaningful seat at the discussion table to ensure they receive the maximum benefit possible. We look forward to working with PLP, and with the Alaska Native village corporations with which Pebble has established relationships, to ensure that Native contracting, training and employment opportunities associated with Pebble are optimized at every stage of the project’s development.”


PLP has extended invitations to Alaska Native village corporations with landholdings near its project to participate in a collaborative business development planning initiative to be led by AES-RTS. The project’s goal is to establish a consensus approach to Native contracting during the permitting, construction and operating phases of the proposed Pebble mine – including facilitating complementary contracting roles for participating corporations, and strategic investments to enhance their capacity and competencies. “We have long believed that Native corporations, their shareholders and other residents of southwest Alaska must be directly involved with and benefit directly from development of the Pebble Project,” said Pebble Partnership CEO Tom Collier. “The important work we have engaged AES-RTS to undertake this year is just one of many initiatives we will be moving forward in the near-term to bring that commitment to life.” PLP expects to advance the Pebble Project into the federal and state permitting process following the 2017 field season. Many of the Native corporations involved in the business development planning initiative will provide contract services to Pebble this summer.



That’s the amount of money spent by the government in a single year to ensure animals and insects remain on the threatened or endangered species list. Imagine the improvements to our schools, health care facilities and other basic services if that• money was spent for the benefit of the people.

Our Voice. Our Vision.


Arctic Slope Native Association City of Anaktuvuk Pass City of Point Hope Native Village of Atqasuk Olgoonik Corporation Arctic Slope Regional Corporation City of Atqasuk City of Wainwright Native Village of Point Lay Tikigaq Corporation Atqasuk Corporation City of Utqiaġvik IỊisaġvik College North Slope Borough Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation Native Village of Kaktovik Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation Nunamiut Corporation Native Village of Point Hope Wainwright Tribal Council










Spring and summer in Anaktuvuk Pass and the Arctic is most definitely a joyous arrival after a long, cold and dark winter. At the breaking point of spring, residents travel and go ice fishing for Arctic char, lake trout and some river trout. Towards early May, the migratory birds come through our pass - hunters are then on a harvest for geese and ducks. Gathering of sweet underground roots (masuq) is an annual harvest to add to our diet. Living around the mountains, there are waterfalls that stream down from the peaks. Pristine fresh mountain spring water is definitely the best. Although the main herds of tuttu are up north at the calving grounds, there are a few that wander nearby. Hunters travel in the outskirts of AKP on the lookout for tuttu. Many days they can come home with none; but the outdoors do them good. This is a great time to connect and enjoy each other’s company. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the community of Anaktuvuk Pass comes together at the community center and works on projects that are essential to our way of life. We are very grateful for the three Elders who offer their expertise and teach. Big thank you to ASRC and PetroStar for supplies, materials and sewing machines. Nunamiut School sponsored a spring fling, Fun in the Sun, which awarded students for good attendance and celebrated the end of the school year. Community volunteers






snowmachined the students out into the country, had a bonfire and cooked food. Activities included skiing, a rifle shooting contest, sumo snow wrestling, ice skating and a snowshoe race.

TEAM CAMP CHAMPIONS: A group of eight

youth traveled to Wasilla, Alaska for a skills and sportsmanship basketball camp. They were chaperoned by Tony Edwards and Cody Rigney. The camp consisted of 56 teams from across the state. To close the camp, a tournament was held and the AKP team won first place with an undefeated record. Thank you ASRC, NSB and Nunamiut Corporation for your contributions.


more than 10 years to Nunamiut School. They are now retired.


2016 Anaġi Award recipient In mid-June, Arctic Education Foundation reached out to Serena Nesteby to let her know she was being recommended for the 2016 Anaġi Leadership Award. Nesteby is currently working to finish her Master’s degree in social services. The Anaġi Leadership Award is an annual competitive scholarship where AEF is committed to award a successful winner up to $20,000 annually for four consecutive years. The actual award level is determined by a student’s financial need. Financial need is determined by taking into consideration educational expenses such as: tuition, fees, books, supplies, equipment, room and board, less additional scholarships from other organizations. Congratulations to Serena!





ASRC employee tackles highest point on African continent annually to lead a workshop at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences with doctors and nurses from countries in that region, and suggested the team fly down before his workshop and climb Kilimanjaro. Team members include Carroll and Betz as well as Luke George – a neighbor of Carroll’s while living in Utqiaġvik, his girlfriend Dorothy Hoople from Palmer, and Nelson Carpluk from Mountain Village. ASRC Legislative Affairs Associate Quinton Carroll spent much of his winter and spring making final preparations for a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in western Tanzania. He left for the 19,341 foot mountain in late June, and hopes to start his climb by early July. To prepare, Carroll has been hiking in the Chugach Mountains regularly to build up the stamina required to successfully reach Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro’s true summit. He’s also been hitting the weights. He hopes it’ll be enough to reach the roof of the African continent. “I’d like to think we are prepared physically and have all of the supplies we need; my biggest concern is how the team will handle the elevation change as we are coming from sea level in Anchorage,” Carroll said before his flight to the city of Arusha in northern Tanzania. “Personally, I’ve never spent more than a few days above anything higher than 7,500 feet, so it’ll be interesting to see how we acclimate to the thinner air.” The idea for heading to Kilimanjaro came from Carroll’s friend Bourke Betz, who is an epidemiologist at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Betz travels to East Africa


“My motivation to climb Kilimanjaro comes first and foremost from my parents,” added Carroll. “My father has done trips and expeditions across the world - ranging from dog sled expeditions to the North Pole, 1,000 mile canoe trips down the Yukon River or even climbing peaks in Wyoming and the Northwest. My inspiration comes from my mother who is as strong willed as anyone I’ve ever come across. She skied from Barrow to Atqasuk on her 50th birthday, has been a co-captain for her brother George Adams’ whaling crew for as long as I can remember, and has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to Arctic Slope Native Association. I can’t thank them enough for the many amazing adventures during the course of my life.”

Quinton Carroll summiting Mount Marathon in summer 2016.


Piuraagiaqta Spring Festival 2017

April’s annual Piuraagiaqta spring festival in Utqiaġvik (Barrow) brought residents out from across the region to celebrate in fine form. Food, art, play, competition, music and more made for several days of fun for all ages. First held in 1984, the Piuraagiaqta event celebrates the arrival of spring and the advent of the whaling season. While the spring games are all about fun, they also involve skills needed for whaling, and the competitions are meant to invigorate the local whaling crews physically and mentally.

and features a wide variety of activities and community get-togethers. ASRC sponsored the Qaqqulaaq and Tuttu Contests at the Teen Center to wrap up the festival. Overall, sunny weather made for a beautiful Piuraagiaqta weekend.

The 34th year of the event included umiaq races, harpoon throwing contests, snow machine races, cooking and snow sculpture contests and, of course, the famous Piuraagiaqta parade through the City of Utqiaġvik. While the spring festival was historically created to energize and ready the whaling crews for the impending hunt, today’s Piuraagiaqta offers something for everyone





Subsidiary entering Anchorage fuel market Petro Star Inc. purchases Terminal 1 assets at the Port of Anchorage

In June, Petro Star finalized the acquisition of Terminal 1 at the Port of Anchorage (POA) from Tesoro. This acquisition was the culmination of a year’s worth of efforts by the Petro Star and ASRC senior leadership teams in paving the way for Petro Star to enter the Anchorage retail and commercial fuel market – the state’s largest. Barge access through the Port of Anchorage Valve Yard will permit Petro Star to deliver its refined fuel from the Valdez refinery, and the truck rack at Terminal 1 will allow for sales to begin this summer.

This is an excellent opportunity for Petro Star, and gives customers in this area of the state another choice when it comes to purchasing quality fuel and receiving superior service. Currently, PSI operates refineries in North Pole and Valdez, producing jet fuel as well as multiple grades of ultra-low sulfur diesel. Through its distribution arms – Sourdough Fuel and North Pacific Fuel – PSI delivers products such as heating oil and marine diesel directly to end users, as well as operates a fleet of gas stations and convenience stores. PSI also produces specialty turbine fuels for two electric utilities – Golden Valley and


Copper Valley Electric Associations – and is the main supplier of petroleum products to the Defense Logistics Agency/Department of Defense within the state. “This is an excellent opportunity for Petro Star, and gives customers in this area of the state another choice when it comes to purchasing quality fuel and receiving superior service,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “I congratulate PSI for the successful negotiations and look forward to seeing it expand into the southcentral market.” “Petro Star has been looking for ways to expand into the largest fuel market in the state for quite some time,” added Doug Chapados, PSI president and CEO. “Until now, we did not have storage or fuel distribution facilities in southcentral; Terminal 1 gives us both, as well as access to the Port of Anchorage for receiving barge deliveries.” The deal was made possible after Tesoro was required by the State of Alaska Attorney General’s office to divest certain assets in return for authorization to acquire the Flint Hills Resources POA terminal last year. After a competitive bid process, PSI was selected to purchase the Terminal 1 assets as the qualified third-party. Tesoro continued to operate Terminal 1 for a limited transition period while PSI secured the necessary permits from state and federal agencies. Terminal 1 includes 200,000 barrels of storage, associated piping including access to the Port of Anchorage Valve Yard, a truck loading rack and other facilities.


ASRC board of directors visit PSI North Pole Refinery May 26, 2017





Bearded seal reinstated on endangered species list What does this mean for subsistence hunting? Following a lengthy legal challenge, the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) has reinstated the listing of Beringia and Okhotsk population segments of bearded seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) – citing the possible future shrinking of sea ice and drops in seal populations due to climate change. The Beringia bearded seals can be found in the Beaufort, Chukchi and Bering Seas off of the coast of Alaska. The Beringia and Okhotsk seal populations were originally listed as threatened under the ESA in December of 2012. Two years later, the Alaska District Court removed the threatened listing of the Beringia distinct population segments of bearded seals. The District Court’s decision was then reversed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, meaning the listing under the ESA for the Beringia bearded seal is currently in effect. ASRC and other groups plan to petition the United States Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit’s decision.

The ESA provides exceptions that allow Alaska Natives and residents of Alaska Native villages to engage in subsistence hunting of threatened species so long as the harvest is not done in a wasteful manner. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently sent a letter to Alaska Native regional and village corporations confirming that the ESA allows for subsistence harvest of listed species by Alaska Natives. In the letter, NOAA stated that there is no evidence that the subsistence harvest of ice seals by Alaska Native hunters is negatively affecting local populations, and that NMFS does not anticipate the ESA listing of the bearded seal will lead to additional regulation of subsistence hunting. This could change if there is a decline in seal populations. The ESA listing of the bearded seal population is being monitored very closely by ASRC and ASRC will continue its efforts to challenge the listing. If conditions change we will update the situation for hunters in a future newsletter.

Having more than five alcoholic drinks within an hour is considered binge drinking. When people binge drink they are more likely to black out, vomit and develop more risky behaviors. Know your limit and stay in control. 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






How to Avoid It.to avoid it ALCOHOL& BINGEING and how

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alcoholic drinks in one hour, it is considered binge drinking.

3 alcoholic drinks in one hour, it is considered binge drinking.













Drinking before the age of 20 - 25, can lead to unrepairable brain damage. It is strongly advised that you wait until you are over 20 before drinking to avoid damages.


Data Obtained From The Department of Health and Human Services





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ASRC Elder and shareholder rates 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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