Archive for the ‘Alaska’ Category

AK: Plans Library

February 2, 2009

Government at all levels involves a lot of planning. In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, unadvertised municipal plans were kept in locked basements that were only open to the public a few hours a month. Fortunately in the age of the internet, plans are easier to find. Just look at Today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

  • Plans Library– From the website, “The Library contains a wide assortment of plans submitted to the Division of Community & Regional Affairs (DCRA) by communities, agencies and contractors. The database contains Community Plans, Comprehensive Plans, Economic Development Plans, and Strategic Plans among many more general and project related plans (such as Water Waste Plans, Relocation Plans etc).”

Aside from being worthwhile documents in themselves (check out a few if you don’t believe me), plans are a valuable source of local history. Communities that have never had their local history set down in book form often have several pages worth of local history in plans. There are also often descriptions of current local conditions and lists of leading people and organizations in the community. Plans are useful to the historian and sociologist as well as to the community planner. Go check them out.

The Alaska page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Sheri Somerville.


AK: Economic Development

June 17, 2008

If you’re looking to build or expand your business/organization in Alaska, today’s State Agency Database Highlight should help:

Alaska Economic Development Resource Guide – This database allows you to search for economic development assistance based on type of organization, type of aid being sought (grants, technical assistance, etc) and area of interest (credit unions, native crafts, historic preservation, etc). Results include program agency, program goals, resource provided, eligibility guidelines, funding status, comments and program contact information.

The Alaska page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Sheri Somerville.

AK: What’s that rock? Get a Consultant

March 22, 2008

When geology matters, when you right the right person for your mining project, you need today’s State Agency Database Highlight from Alaska:

Alaska Consultant List – From the website “The Alaska Consultant List is intended to be a shortcut to finding Mining Engineers and Geologists that are properly licensed to perform consulting service business in the state of Alaska. The list provides names of persons by service who have requested to be listed. Pull down the list by service and click on the selected name to show contact information. The list is intended to be a service to the public; the Office of Economic Development makes no representation as to the competency of the persons or businesses.”

The Alaska Page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Sheri Somerville.

AK: Opinions Since 1960

March 2, 2008

Need an old or new court case from Alaska? Check out our latest state agency database highlight:

Alaska Case Law Service – This database provides opinions and some supporting documentation for cases decided by Alaska’s appellate courts since 1960. It is searchable by keyword, citation, decision date, party name, judge and opinion type and by docket number or counsel. Terms may not be combined. This service is operated by Westlaw on behalf of the Alaska Court System.

The Alaska page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Sheri Somerville.

AK: History and More from Digital Archive

February 3, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database highlight comes to us from Alaska:

Alaska’s Digital Archive – Multiagency database managed by the Alaska State Library. Rich collection of media including photographs, video, and audio. The contributing organizations are: Alaska State Library Historical Collections, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Seward Community Library Association, University of Alaska Museum of the North and Sitka Tribal Library.

The Alaska page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Sheri Somerville.

Alaska: Yummy Seafood Database

October 27, 2007

Today’s State Agency Database highlight is from my home state of Alaska:

Alaska Seafood Recipes – Searchable set of recipes utilizing salmon, halibut, crab and other Alaskan seafood. Maybe searched by type of dish (appetizer, salad, entree, etc), Seafood type, and consumer/food service.

Choosing smoked salmon, entree and consumer produced eight recipes, including this one:



Serves: 4

Prep Time: 15

8 oz. dried egg fettuccini

4 oz. asparagus (about 1-1/2 cups), trimmed and cut into 1- to 2-inch pieces

2 oz. sliced mushrooms (about 1 cup)

2 Tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 cup half-and-half

1 cup shredded Asiago or Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup chicken broth

6 to 8 oz. Alaska Smoked Salmon, chunked

Salt and crushed red pepper flakes, to taste

Cook pasta in a pot of boiling salted water according to package directions, adding asparagus during the last 3 minutes of cooking time and mushrooms during the last 2 minutes; drain.

While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a large pan. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute over medium heat. Reduce heat to low. Stir in half-and-half and cheese until melted. Stir in broth and Alaska Smoked Salmon; heat through. Season to taste with salt and red pepper flakes, if desired. Pour sauce over pasta to serve.

Nutrients per serving: 517 calories, 23.5g total fat, 14g saturated fat, 42% calories from fat, 139mg cholesterol, 28.5g protein, 45g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 608mg sodium, 349mg calcium and .3g omega-3 fatty acids.


For more databases from more states, please see the 50-State Agency Database Registry

Alaska State Museum Database

October 20, 2007

Have you wanted to explore Alaskan Art but couldn’t make it to Juneau to visit the Alaska State Museum? Today’s State Agency Database highlight fixes that problem:

Alaska State Museum Collections – Searchable catalog of the Museum’s 32,000 cataloged objects including Alaska Native material, historic artifacts, works of art, and natural history specimens. Alaska Native material, amounting to more than 15,000 objects, is the most outstanding part of the collection. Database may be searched by subject, culture, description, object name, maker, location or history.

Here is a sample record with photo:

Alaska State Museum 2003-16-1: candy dish – glass; printed – steamship; tourism

Object Name: candy dish
Accession Number: 2003-16-1
Description: glass; printed
Descriptive Narrative: Shallow glass dish with silk-screened photograph of the steamship S.S. Denali.
Subject: steamship; tourism
Collection Name: History
Dimensions: L: 4 1/2 in, W: 3 1/2 in

For more databases from more states, please see the 50-State Agency Database Registry.

SDOTD 8/12/2007 – AK: Campaign Finance

August 12, 2007

Today’s State Database of the Day comes to us from Alaska:

Alaska Public Offices Commission Info Quick (IQ)! – Searchable database of Campaign Disclosures, Financial Disclosures and Lobbyist Reporting for Alaska State Government. Searchable by candidate, officer holder, contributor, lobbyist and employer name.

For more databases from more states, please see the 50-state agency database registry.

SDOTD 7/17/2007 – AK:Oil and Gas Database

July 17, 2007

Today’s State Database of the Day comes to us from Alaska:

Alaska Oil and Gas Commission Public Databases – Searchable database of publicly available oil, gas and well data. Keyword and map based searching is available. Database requires IE 5.5 or higher. Be sure to watch the “how-to” screencasts before searching the databases. Records indicate where the wells are and whose they are.

This entry is actually several very closely related databases, but is definitely the place to go if you want the nitty-gritty of oil and gas well data in Alaska. Did I mention that you really want to watch the videos before searching?

For more databases from more states, see the 50-State Agency Database Registry.