Regulatory Problem Solved – Misguided U.S. Hunting Regulation Applicable Only to Alaska Shot Dead by the Congressional Review Act

WRITTEN BY:  James H. Lister Can the Change of Administration in Washington DC Also Solve Your Company’s or Industry’s Regulatory Problem? Hunting groups in Alaska and around the country, and many Native and non-Native residents of Alaska, strongly opposed a regulation adopted in the waning months of the Obama Administration that largely transferred management of [...]

April 13th, 2017|

Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot Celebrates Bethel Hospital Groundbreaking

Written by:  Adam W. Cook Attorneys Adam Cook, Leila Kimbrell, and Steve Hutchings at the Opening Ceremony on April 5, 2017 Birch Horton Bittner &  Cherot attended the groundbreaking for the new Paul John Calricaraq Project in Bethel, Alaska on April 5, 2017.  The $300 million Project, undertaken by the Yukon Kuskokwim Health [...]

April 7th, 2017|

Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot is on the move, and moving on up (to the seventh floor, that is)!

Written by:  Jennifer C. Alexander After 39 years at our location on the corner 7th and M streets, Birch Horton Bittner Cherot’s (“BHBC”) Anchorage office has relocated to the Peterson Tower at 510 L Street, Suite 700, effective April 1, 2017.  Our telephone numbers and email addresses have not changed, and our web address, with [...]

April 7th, 2017|

President Trump’s Budget Blueprint Would Eliminate EPA & USDA Drinking and Waste Water Infrastructure Funds for Alaska Native Villages

Written By: Michael Sebring & Jon M. DeVore Each year, Alaska Native and rural communities across Alaska apply for and receive grants to assist them in funding drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Some of these communities are critically under-served by water infrastructure. What does critically under-served look like? Up until 2016, citizens of Kwethluk [...]

March 19th, 2017|

Jack McKenna Completes Susitna 100 Winter Wilderness Race

Written by:  Jack McKenna, pictured below on his fat tire bike This past February, Attorney Jack McKenna competed in the Susitna 100 Winter Wilderness Race. He completed the 100 mile course in just over 31 hours on a fat-tire bicycle with 4-inch studded tires. The heavy snowfall in February made for soft trails and a [...]

March 17th, 2017|

Jason Brandeis’ Article on Marijuana Law Published in Bar Association Journal

Jason Brandeis’ Article on Marijuana Law Published in Bar Association Journal Alaska is one of few states that permits adults to purchase marijuana for medical or recreational use through a regulated commercial market.  But because marijuana is a prohibited controlled substance under federal law, this inconsistent legal status raises a number of issues for businesses, consumers, and [...]

March 15th, 2017|

Alaska’s Aging Fleet: Alaska’s Other Retirement Crisis

Written by:  Holly C. Wells It seems each season a new television series pops up, magnifying the mystery of Alaska’s waters and the lucky men and women that build their lives around them. One story that remains untold, however, is that of the Alaska fleet and its very real need for a retirement plan. Alaska [...]

March 10th, 2017|

Copper River Nouveau Trip of a Lifetime

Written by: Elisabeth Ross, pictured below with her husband, Ben Long Elisabeth (Lisa) Ross recently returned from a two week trip to the South Island of New Zealand sponsored by a board member of the Prince William Sound Science Center, a non-profit research and education center in Cordova, Alaska that Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot [...]

March 4th, 2017|

SBA Changes Its Joint Venture Profit Distribution Requirements: Profits must be distributed commensurate with the work performed

Written by: Carissa Siebeneck The SBA published an important regulatory change in a December corrections notice, so it may have slipped under the radar of your normal SBA rulemaking monitoring. In a correcting amendments notice published on December 27, 2016, the SBA changed the profit distribution rules for joint ventures applicable to 8(a) joint ventures [...]

March 1st, 2017|

IRS Makes Sweeping Changes to Determination Letter Program

Written by Amy P. Walters   The IRS has overhauled its determination letter program in a revenue procedure that sweeps away the five-year remedial amendment periods previously used to gauge whether a retirement plan document conformed to the requirements of the Code. The IRS will no longer periodically review individually designed plans, but will only [...]

February 28th, 2017|