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Seldovia Station – One Man Shop!

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Taken from the State of Alaska DOT publication, “Plane Talk”

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George Oliveira says: “This job has been a good career choice – it is both challenging and rewarding. I love serving the public and all the things I get to do for the DOT & PF.”

Seldovia is one of the oldest communities on the Kenai Peninsula.  And, as is the case with many towns in Alaska, it’s off the road system, relying on air service, passenger ferries, and the Alaska Marine Highway for access. The Alaska DOT&PF has 79 maintenance facilities across the state responsible for all maintenance and operation activities to keep our highways, bridges, airports, buildings, and harbors in good condition and safe for the traveling public.  Only one of these facilities is a year-round one man shop and that’s the Seldovia Station.

Winter Sanding & Snow Removal Operation,  Seldovia AirportThis station has been managed solely by George Oliveira for the last 24 years. George is responsible for both the airport and state maintained roads in the Seldovia area.  Some of his duties include blading, snowplowing, brush cutting, sign repair, dust control, inspect, clean, and replace culverts, clean ditches, springtime sweeping of the paved streets in town, screening gravel for both road/airport resurfacing projects and winter sand, and maintaining and issuing appropriate NOTAM’s for the airport.  Along with that he is also responsible for the everyday maintenance of the shop and equipment, including all necessary safety inspections and training.    George is the first responder to all work related emergency situations such as storms, fallen trees, mud and landslides, and roadway/airport flooding. 

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAKevin Jones, Homer Airport Manager says, “George does it all!  Over the years he has been a pleasure to work with and in my opinion his service to the Seldovia community has been outstanding.  With him being the only employee stationed there, any time day or night, weekend or holiday, when an emergency arises or the weather doesn’t cooperate, George is there assessing the problem, planning a solution, and putting it into action.”

(4) 1-22-07Kerry Long, FAA Alaska Administrator, visited Seldovia last summer.  He said, “It’s amazing to find someone like George who is able to run the Seldovia Airport maintenance operations single handedly.  In listening to him explain everything he does, from mining and crushing rock for the runway surfaces to maintaining, repairing, and operating  the heavy equipment, one quickly realizes that the extensive skills, experience, and responsibilities George has, are few and far between.  The City of Seldovia and surrounding communities are very lucky to have him keeping their limited road system and airport lifeline operational and in top condition year round.”  

Alaska DOT&PF to Host Tustumena Replacement Vessel Public Meetings

| May 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jeremy Woodrow

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(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) will present the Tustumena Replacement Vessel Reconnaissance Report to the communities of Kodiak Island, Southcentral and Southwest Alaska May 19-22, 2014. The report, available online at dot.alaska.gov/amhs/tusty_replace, will be presented at three regional locations with teleconference availability for neighboring communities at the following dates, times and locations:

Unalaska: May 19, 5 – 7 p.m.
Teleconference:  Chignik, Sand Point, False Pass, Akutan, King Cove, Cold Bay
Location: Unalaska City Hall Council Chambers, 43 Raven Way, Unalaska, Alaska

Kodiak: May 21, 5 – 7 p.m.
Teleconference: Port Lions, Ouzinkie, Old Harbor
Location: Kodiak Public Library Multipurpose Room, 612 Egan Way, Kodiak, Alaska

Homer: May 22, 5 – 7 p.m.
Teleconference: Seldovia
Location: Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus, 533 E. Pioneer Avenue, Homer, Alaska

To participate by teleconference, dial 1-800-315-6388, conference code 3905#.

An open house for meeting attendees will be held from 5-5:30 p.m. The teleconference and presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to review the report prior to the meeting. Time for questions will be provided immediately following the presentation.

In addition to the public meetings, Alaska DOT&PF will accept public comments regarding the Tustumena Replacement Vessel Reconnaissance Report throughMay 30, 2014. A copy of the report is available online at dot.alaska.gov/amhs/tusty_replace. Comments may be submitted via email todot.amhs.tustumenareplacement@alaska.gov.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 254 airports, 11 ferries serving 35 communities, 5,619 miles of highway and 720 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.

Contact Jeremy Woodrow, 907-465-8994Jeremy.Woodrow@alaska.gov