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Alaskans, Canadians work on cooperation
JUNEAU - A delegation of Alaska legislators reports headway has been made with Canadian officials on Arctic housing projects, a railroad to the Lower 48 and a natural gas pipeline.
The group recently spent a week in Alberta and the Northwest Territories negotiating formal documents called memoranda of understanding, which will spell out expectations for trans-border economic development projects.
"I believe Alaskans can learn from our eastern neighbors, and I am excited that any final memorandum of understanding that our respective governments will sign will emphasize our commitment to our Native people," said Alaska Rep. Reggie Joule, a Kotzebue Democrat .
A collaborative project among Alaska, U.S. and NWT housing agencies already has resulted in construction of low-income housing in Stebbins, Alaska, built by a NWT corporation. Impressed by the success of Arctic NWT villages in creating basic infrastructure, Alaska Rep. Carl Morgan, a Republican from Aniak, said Alaskans "need to import this knowledge."
Rep. Jeannette James, a North Pole Republican, said Canadian legislators and business leaders were excited about the prospect of a railroad and a gas pipeline that would extend from Alaska through Canada to the Lower 48.
Permafund selects manager, chairman
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. board of trustees has appointed a manager for a new $500 million portfolio.
Deutsche Asset Management will oversee stock investments designed to earn 0.75 to 1.50 above the Standard and Poor 500 Index.
Deutsche was one of four companies the corporation was considering to manage the new investment fund. INVESCO, Morgan (J.P.) Investment Management and State Street Global Advisers also were competing for the job.
The trustees heard final pitches from the companies during the corporation's annual meeting in Fairbanks last week. Funding for the new portfolio will come from one of three accounts Deutsche Assets currently manages for the corporation.
In other corporation matters, Clark Gruening was re-elected as chairman and Melphine Evans as vice chair.
Pioneer publisher dies at age 98
KETCHIKAN - Winifred E. Williams, a retired newspaper publisher and wife of a territorial secretary of Alaska, died Thursday at the Ketchikan Pioneers' Home. She was 98.
She was born Winifred Dow on July 15, 1902 in Tacoma, Wash. As a teen-ager, her engineer father coached her to become one of the nation's first licensed women amateur radio operators. When a Tacoma newspaper publisher started a radio station, he hired Winifred for her technical expertise and then transferred her to the newspaper as a reporter.
She later married another reporter, Lew M. Williams Sr. The couple moved to Juneau in 1935 where Lew Williams worked as a reporter and editor for the Daily Alaska Empire. In 1939, the Williams' bought the weekly Wrangell Sentinel,
Lew Williams Sr. served as secretary of Alaska (now called lieutenant governor) while Ernest Gruening was territorial governor. Lew Williams Sr. died in 1972.