Skip to comments.Alaska Railroad to eliminate jobs as jet fuel shipments wane
Posted on 06/21/2012 5:49:28 AM PDT by thackney
The Alaska Railroad is eliminating 52 positions.
KSKA reports not all are currently filled, so the actual number of layoffs will be fewer.
The railroad's director of strategic planning, Bruce Carr, says layoffs are necessary because less fuel is being shipped from the Flint Hills Refinery in North Pole to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. That equates to about a $5 million loss.
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Ted Stevens was from the old family neighborhood ~ Brightwood, currently just another part of Indianapolis/Marion County Indiana.
In Ted's day he was one of my father's neighborhod playmates and also a relative of some kind ~ the Stevens family were closeby so Ted would come over to play ~ our folks didn't allow the kids to go play elsewhere ~ rules are rules in the COFB so I've discovered, so Ted, and the Scalf kids, the Stones, and others like the Luarks (look them up) played at the house.
What is remarkable is all these folks were hard core old time from the foundations Americans, but in the wider community Brightwood was 40% foreign born folks ~ mostly from the rest of the world, with Arabs, Turks, Armenians, Russians, Jews, Chinese,......
These people worked the railroads ~ and many of their children grew up to work the oilfields. At the same time there were few college graduates ~ mostly Catholic priests, and maybe a minister or two, and theirs was by all accounts then, and even today, the roughest place to live in the state of Indiana, and maybe even the Midwest.
Ted grew up and they named the Anchorage airport after him. I think Naptown ran an interstate highway through his mom and dad's home.
Found this, from which the following: Brightwood developed as a small town before its annexation by Indianapolis. The town provided its residents with a high school located in the northeast part of Brightwood, private water works installed in 1894, and operated two volunteer fire departments: the Wide-a-Wakes and the Alerts.
Obviously attracted industrious folks.
It was quite the international community ~ rather like what you’d find at the waterfront ~ there was a huge railyard there.