Vol. 7, No. 4 | April 2013    Having trouble reading this email? View it online.

NANA Partners with Technical Center to Train Driller Helpers

As companies prepare to begin core drilling near Red Dog Mine this spring, 16 northwest Alaska residents were trained in the basics of assisting drillers, in hopes of becoming employed. The Core Driller’s Helper Training program is a collaborative effort between NANA Development Corporation’s subsidiary, Tuuq Drilling, LLC, subcontractor Ruen Drilling, Incorporated, and the Alaska Technical Center in Kotzebue. The 40-hour course includes a combination of classroom instruction and hands on learning.

Although no jobs are guaranteed, Thom Schmidt, health, safety and environmental director for Ruen Drilling, said training events like these are a great opportunity to scout out local talent, as the company gets ready to drill at the nearby Red Dog Mine, one of the largest producers of zinc in the world. “Some of the guys, even ones who have never worked in mining before, really showed an aptitude for the work,” said Schmidt.

Tuuq Drilling General Manager Mike Baker said up to 20 entry-level workers are needed to help, as NANA looks for more core deposits at Red Dog and possibly at Bornite in the Ambler Mining District 200 miles away. “Tuuq doesn’t have people trained on the drills. In our partnership with Ruen, we have similar goals, like getting the work and making a profit. But we also have a goal of helping NANA shareholders learn to drill and eventually have a company run completely by the shareholders,” said Baker.

The training ended March 30, with an additional 16 hours of Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) training. A critical component of training for anyone wishing to work in the mining industry.

Tuuq Drilling is planning another round of Core Driller’s Helper Training near the end of April to prepare for up to twelve additional positions.


Akima Moves to New Colorado Springs Office

The reception area in Akima’s new Colorado Springs office reflects an Alaska theme and offices have a view of Pikes Peak.

More than 30 Akima employees in Colorado Springs have recently been relocated to a new office building; located just five miles from the previous office and directly across the street from the U.S. Air Force Academy. According to Lori Kuzara, senior director, capture management services for Akima, LLC, “The new space is beautiful and its open floor plan promotes good communication and team morale. Great location, close to the airports, and you can’t beat the view of Pikes Peak!”

Employees from Akima, LLC, Five Rivers Services, Wolverine Services, and Akima Technical Solutions share the new 12,690 square feet of office space on the third floor of the five-story building. “Lockheed Martin is the largest tenant, with the top one-and-a-half floors, and NANA subsidiary, WHPacific, will soon occupy the first floor,” according to Colin Schmeisser, president of Akima, LLC Engineering and Technical Services Group. “It was an empty shell, so we were able to design our offices from scratch. Kelly Ross, from the Akima Charlotte office, came out to Colorado and did a superb job of managing the move and office preparation.”


Akima sponsors luncheon for Sen. Murkowski

Pictured with Senator Murkowski, from left to right: Fritz Westlake, Shareholder Program Manager, Akima; Lewis Hitzel, Business Development Executive, Affigent; and David Hoy, President, Facility Infrastructure Group, Akima.

Akima served as a patron to support an April 9 reception and luncheon honoring Senator Lisa Murkowski for her 2013 Energy “Good Scout” Award from the Boy Scouts of America, National Capital Area Council. Sen. Murkowski was commended for her leadership in energy and the environment, and for helping to foster a strong foundation for youth in the community. The event was held in the offices of the American Council of Life Insurers in Washington, D.C.


Akima Construction Services Completes New Buildings for U.S. Department of Energy

Opening the Savannah River Site’s new engineering building are (from left): Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Senior Vice President for NNSA Operations & Programs, Dennis Donati; NNSA Savannah River Site Office Manager, Doug Dearolph; and Akima Construction Services President, Paul Karmanzinski.

A ribbon-cutting on Feb. 1 at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site opened the door to the first of two new buildings that are scheduled for occupancy this year as part of its modernization program. Akima Construction Services, LLC was responsible for the design, construction, and furnishing of both buildings–the 16,000 square feet engineering building and the 12,000 square feet process support building.

The engineering building is one of the cornerstones of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s long-term plan to modernize and consolidate the Savannah River Site (SRS) tritium facilities as part of its mission to turn a Cold War nuclear weapons complex into a 21st century nuclear security enterprise.

Addressing the crowd of employees gathered to witness the ribbon-cutting, NNSA Savannah River Site Office Manager Doug Dearolph credited the excellent partnership, teamwork and collaboration among NNSA, SRS management and operating contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, and construction contractor Akima Construction Services for completing the building with zero accidents and on budget.

The new Engineering Building, which will provide office space for nearly 100 engineers, is the first building in the SRS that will meet the guiding principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings. The guiding principles cover integrated design principles, optimized energy performance, water conservation, indoor environmental quality, and reduced environmental impact of materials.



Veteran NANANordic volunteer coach, James Oksoktaruk, came back to teach about 2,000 NANA region students how to Nordic ski and the benefits of healthy, active living.

What do you get when you mix lots of snow, Olympic athletes, college ski coaches, college, and high school skiers with about 2,000 kids in rural Alaska? You get a whole lot of laughter, winter fitness, tools, and memories to last a lifetime. NANANordic is a group of volunteers, and coaches from Alaska, the lower 48, and Europe helping to create a long-term, sustainable ski program in Northwest Arctic of Alaska. This year the program expanded from four to all 11 villages in the NANA region, plus Anaktuvuk Pass, from April 8-24.

The Northwest Arctic has great terrain, climate, and school system for a ski program. At the end training session, 20-40 sets of skis, poles, and boots were left at each location. The program's goal is to teach kids how to ski as part of a healthy lifestyle.

For more information and photos of the Ski Across the Arctic experience the NANANordic coaches and students had this year, please visit their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NanaNordic


Junior Achievement

Kathleen Johnson, NDC legal administrator, leads a workshop with Noorvik village students on education, career options and personal finance.

Students in all eleven NANA Region villages got a taste of the business world last month when NANA Development Corporation (NDC) business leaders teamed with Junior Achievement to bring economic education to future NANA leaders. The program focused on personal finance, education and career goals, as well as the benefits of staying in school.

Students in fifth through eighth grade participated in workshops that helped them draw connections between education, career options and personal finance and think about how they can translate their interests to successful careers. Students compared different jobs’ salaries to see how their education and career choices impact their spending power, and they learned the basics of cash, credit and insurance.

We’d like to thank all of the volunteers who traveled to the NANA region villages to teach the students.

Tiffany Scott NANA Development
Kathleen Johnson NANA Development
Robin Kornfield NANA Development
Carol Richards NANA Development
Blythe Campbell NANA Development
Bill Monet Akima
Mamie Karmun Akima
Colin Schmeisser Akima Energy
Lucy Boyd WHPacific
Karen Godwin NANA Development
Tim Ahern NANA Development
Scott Geuss NANA Development
Andreas Bohman NANA Development
Mark Breunig NANA Development
Rosny Rizik NANA Development
Mary Anne Aadnesen NANA Development
Chris Aadnesen Alaska Railroad
Ngoni Murandu NANA Development
Robert Nelson Tuuq Drilling

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