11-14-16 Remembering Landon Kelly, A Respected, Admired 40-year Friend

Landon B. Kelly (1923 - 2016) Landon Kelley ADN.  Landon B. Kelly, a major architect of Prudhoe Bay and a man affectingly called the "John Wayne" of the North Slope, died on Oct. 26, 2016, in Anchorage, Alaska, on his 93rd birthday. A service is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at St. John United Methodist Church, 1801 O'Malley Road in Anchorage. Following a long career in the oil industry Outside, Landon went to the North Slope in January 1969 as the first Prudhoe Bay [...]

By | November 13th, 2016|Personal|0 Comments

10-11-16 Join Us Tomorrow (Wednesday) 6 p.m.!

ALASKA WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL SOCIAL EVENT (MORE INFO HERE) Join us at 5:30pm for a social mixer with our guest speakers prior to the program start at 6:00pm. Beverages will be available for purchase during the event and social hour. Please plan to arrive earlier if you plan to eat food prior to the program or plan to try 49th State Brewing Co‘s delicious food after the discussion. Speakers: Community Perspective – Mead Treadwell Prior to joining Pt Capital as President, Mead Treadwell served as Alaska’s lieutenant governor and was [...]

9-19-16 “Do Alaska’s Citizens SERIOUSLY Want A Government Owned, Politically Controlled Gas Pipeline/LNG Project? Really?”

Honoring another dearly departed friend, Father Norman Elliott From Ak-Headlamp this morning: AGDC president Keith Meyer challenged the idea that Alaska LNG isn't the best path forward for the state in an Alaska Dispatch News op-ed. According to Meyer, "Everyone wants to monetize their gas, but we want to open the project to broader market participation. AGDC welcomes producer investment but also recognizes that investing in the project assets as an equity owner may not generate the return they need. Setting up a transparent tolling structure allows [...]

9-16-16 Honoring and Remembering Bill Brooks

Point of Personal Privilege:  Your author was honored to have called Bill his friend.  -dh William E. Brooks (1916 - 2016) "Bill's smiling face will be missed. We are thinking of..." - Steve & Joanna Bobko-Hillenaar William (Bill) Edward Brooks has "gone west". He died September 15 at the age of 100. Bill was born February 9, 1916, in Klamath Falls, OR to Alden Ira and Leota Jean Brooks and grew up on a cattle ranch where he learned hard work and respect for others that later brought him great [...]

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9-15-16 Kish Returns To Capitol Hill

We are delighted to note that one of Washington's most knowledgeable energy analysts is joining the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan.  We think our Alaskan, Canadian and Lower 48 readers will be grateful that such an advisor will be in such a position to improve energy decision and policy making in Washington.  -dh GOP Energy Veteran Kish To Ryan's Office: As Playbook readers found out this morning, Institute for Energy Research Senior Vice President Dan Kish is headed to Speaker Paul Ryan 's office as a new policy adviser for energy, environment, [...]

9-12-16 Father Elliott: Dearly Departed – State Fiscal Crisis & Gas Pipeline Confusion Continue

From Must Read Alaska: FATHER ELLIOTT TAKES HIS LEAVE Beloved to many Alaskans, Father Norman Elliott passed away on Sept. 9, 2016. He was 97. Father Elliott was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was heading to seminary when he joined the Army in 1942, after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Elliott fought the Germans in France, Luxembourg, Germany, and England. In an interview, he said in 2013: “I remember good times, I remember bad times.  I remember times where I barely escaped by the skin [...]

9-5-16 Our Friend, Hugh O’Brian, Leaves A Great Legacy!

Dearest departed: Hugh O'Brian by Dave Harbour One year I served as Chairman of the Hugh O'Brian Youth foundation - Alaska (HOBY). Hugh and his black lab stayed with us -- and our chocolate lab, Jake -- during one of Alaska's Foundation events in the mid-80s. Fully committed to youth leadership training, he would call on a regular basis from his Beverly Hills home to check on our progress developing that year's Alaska program: bringing dozens of rural and urban high school upper class achievers to our Alaska Pacific University venue [...]

By | September 5th, 2016|Personal|0 Comments

3-10-16 Alaska’s Fiscal Crisis – Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan BREAKING NEWS....ADN by Rashah McChesney.  Alaska Governor Bill Walker (NGP Photo) had a press conference today.  It seems to have been much ado about?  Please enlighten us on what this report means aside from some consolidation and a little elimination of duplication, maybe.  Pardon us if we are confusing "political optics that something is being done to courageously face 'Alaska's Fiscal Crisis'," with something important that is, indeed, being accomplished -- like eliminating one or more of these agencies.  Of course, any action will have to be delayed until a [...]

3-4-16 A Personal Aubrey McClendon Perspective by Richard Lee Ranger

On Alaska radio 4:30 - 5 today -dh "If the world around us seems increasingly chaotic, you may not be overreacting.  You may simply be sensing signals to become more serious about soul searching, personal planning and decision making."   -dh CBC.  ... debate over the Energy East pipeline becomes more about national unity. More. Yesterday, in a case that means as much to Oil & Gas as it does to other natural resource industries, John Sturgeon (NGP Photo) addressed the RDC breakfast meeting about his case before the U.S. Supreme Court.  See Sturgeon's [...]

3-3-16 Fracking Pioneer Dies In Oklahoma City Car Crash

We are sad to note a report from a reliable source that an important oil industry player is leaving Alaska.  Following a disappointing 4th quarter 2015 net loss of $7.2 billion -- but not necessarily related to it -- Apache Corporation will be leaving Alaska.  Details to follow.  -dh  From Embassy News - Canada - comes this Mackenzie Valley Pipeline update by Marie-Danielle Smith. Former Governor Frank Murkowski (NGP Photo) Suggests "Another Approach" To Providing Alaska North Slope Gas Producers With Fiscal Certainty.  Note: we have always reminded readers that fiscal certainty provided for gas [...]


February 14, 2016 FROM OUR CUENCA, ECUADOR FRIEND, FORMERLY OF HARRISBURG, PA., EDDIE THE EXPAT #17 (Prepared 2-12-16) Hi gang! I had planned to write this sooner but I had computer problems and had to have the tech come to the apartment to lay his healing hands on the machine. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank my fan club for all the cards, letters and emails that I received in 2015. I am astounded that one person can compose so much! I hope your holidays went well: New [...]

By | February 14th, 2016|Personal|0 Comments

2-9-16 Announcing Calgary Conference

See EIA's "Short Term" Energy Outlook Released A Few Minutes Ago! Alaska House To Consider Only Budget Legislation Until Budget Is Passed, Re: Alaska Fiscal Crisis!  ADN by Nathanial Herz. Senator Lisa Murkowski  Makes Kenai LNG Facility Announcement Today! "Hot Off The Press HERE": U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released a report prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) raising key questions about President Obama’s proposal to levy a new $10-per-barrel tax on oil. *   *   *  Also see this House Resources Committee statement, just released! Having Chaired the Calgary O&G Symposium when the Alaska overland and [...]