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New hires at Ahtna Environmental Inc.

Ahtna Environmental Inc., or AEI, is pleased to bring on board Matthew White, PE, CIH, whose responsibilities will include managing environmental scientists, chemists, industrial hygienists and environmental inspectors to meet workplace safety and environmental compliance regulations set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Army Corps of Engineers. White is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with more than 30 years of professional experience. His ability to interpret technical information and regulations into real and practical solutions for worker health and safety is highly valued by clients. White has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Nathan Hagar is AEI’s newest geologist, based in the Fairbanks office. Hagar attended the UAF and graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering. While at school, he worked as a student research assistant for the Institute of Northern Engineering, performing geologic mapping in the Yukon and Central Brooks ranges. Hagar will be a field team lead for projects such as the installation and startup of an air sparge/soil vapor extraction system at Fort Wainwright and will be sampling various contaminated media at Fairbanks sites and in Tanana.

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Martin Molyneux has joined AEI as a senior project manager as part of its construction team based in Anchorage. Molyneux has 27 years of experience in Alaska and California, managing megaprojects with values of over $5 billion on Alaska’s North Slope and performing operational work involving major facilities, pipelines, sealifts and fabrication. Molyneux has a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Justin Dunn has joined the AEI team as a senior project manager in Anchorage. He has an extensive background in commercial vertical construction throughout the state of Alaska and has worked on projects from the North Slope to Kodiak Island. His experience includes federal, municipal and private construction, which has increased his versatility and ability to manage different types of projects. Dunn has an associate of applied science degree in small business management from WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming.

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Marty Walker has been hired by AEI as a site superintendent based out of the firm’s Anchorage office. Walker has 22 years of civil construction experience, including an extensive background with equipment operation. Walker has supervised projects for federal, state, municipal and private projects, including ice-road construction on the North Slope under extreme weather conditions across sea ice, a new four-lane road and bridge for the 48th Avenue expansion in Anchorage, and the Port of Anchorage 20-acre expansion, which involved the hauling and placing of 1 million yards of fill material.

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AEI also announced the hiring of Wayne Johnson as senior superintendent in its Anchorage office. Johnson has 30 years of experience in all phases of the construction industry, including providing comprehensive project supervision, quality control, safety management and project administration. He is particularly knowledgeable about the logistical complexities associated with performance of projects throughout Alaska, including in remote locations. He has extensive experience with military, state and commercial clients.

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Bob Allen joins Ahtna Engineering Services LLC, as a senior environmental engineer. Allen has 30 years of professional experience and has been involved in all phases of contaminated site management, including site investigations, feasibility studies and remedial design. He earned his master’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University and his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Montana State University.

Ahtna Inc. is one of 13 Alaska Native Regional Corporations formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 and is based in Glennallen. The company has more than 2,000 shareholders, the majority of whom are of Ahtna Athabascan descent and it employs more than 1,300 people worldwide.

Landye Bennett Blumstein names new partner

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Elizabeth Saagulik Hensley joined the law firm of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP on Jan. 1. She is Inupiaq, a tribal citizen of the Native Village of Kotzebue, and is based at the firm’s Anchorage office. Hensley focuses her law practice on representing Alaska businesses and Alaska Native tribes, organizations and corporations in matters encompassing transactions, health care, employment, business organization, child welfare, hunting and fishing rights and responsibilities, co-management of natural resources and state and federal policy.

Hensley received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 2005 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2009. Her experience includes serving as general counsel to a regional tribal nonprofit organization, staff attorney and public policy liaison at an Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act regional corporation, an Alaska legislative aide and senior policy advisor for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior. She provided international human rights law support to the United Nations special Rapporteur on Rights of Indigenous Peoples through coursework and a legal fellowship.

Alaska Marine Lines expands service to Arctic Region

Alaska Marine Lines, an Alaska marine transportation company, is expanding its service from Seattle and Anchorage to the Arctic Region in 2019. Bowhead Transport will provide destination services at the North Slope villages of Point Hope, Point Lay, Wainwright, Utqiagvik (Barrow) and Kaktovik. Alaska Marine Lines will also service Deadhorse with its two annual sealifts. Bowhead, through its teaming agreement with Alaska Marine Lines, will continue to participate in the door-to-shore service to the Arctic that it initiated more than 30 years ago.

The new stops will be added to Alaska Marine Lines’ many ports of call, joining the major hubs of Naknek, Dillingham, Nome, Bethel and Kotzebue and more than 65 villages along the coast of Western Alaska. Alaska Marine Lines is part of the Lynden family of companies, whose combined capabilities include truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, scheduled and charter barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered air freighters, domestic and international forwarding and customs services, sanitary bulk commodities hauling and multi-modal logistics. Lynden companies are repeat winners in the annual Quest for Quality awards.

Swallings celebrated in Green & Gold News

For one, earning a degree was a solid step toward a chosen career path. For the other, the degree meant finally achieving an educational goal that had been placed on the shelf years ago in pursuit of a busy career.

Father and son, Mike Swalling and Chase Swalling, were both amid the graduates who crossed the stage at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Alaska Airlines Center for fall commencement in December. Mike Swalling, father to Chase and former head of Swalling Construction Company (now Swalling General LLC), received a master’s degree in engineering management. Chase Swalling, now employed by Davis Constructors & Engineers Inc., received a bachelor’s degree in construction management. Read the full story online from UAA’s Green & Gold News blog at