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Right-of-way group honors Parr for decades of service, mentorship

 

Charles L. Parr, SR/WA, more often known as “Charlie,” was recognized in January for his lifetime achievement and contribution to the International Right of Way, or IRWA, Arctic Trails Chapter 71 and its members.

The award is reserved for individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the right-of-way, or ROW, profession and the association during their lifetimes. Parr has served as an officer, mentor, instructor and newsletter editor and contributor to IRWA for decades. He is one of the founding members of Chapter 71 and has been a Senior Member since 1981.Parr has been an instructor for the association since 1983 and was recognized as one of the top ROW professionals in the U.S. and Canada in 1991.

“This is an award that comes from our hearts, to someone who has, from the beginning, been a constant mentor and inspiration for our chapter members,” said Sharon McLeod-Everette. “He was our first president and remains a mainstay for our chapter.”

A 57-year Alaska resident, Parr has more than 43 years of experience in ROW and land titles. He is qualified as an expert witness on ROW and title matters in the Superior Courts of Alaska. He has also instructed courses in ROW, easements and title matters for Ilisagvik College in Barrow and the College of Rural Alaska at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Throughout his career, Parr has worked on numerous complicated ROW and title matter projects. Some of the most interesting include ROW acquisition for a fiber-optic cable from Valdez to Prudhoe Bay and preparing legal descriptions for federal and state lands in connection with the trans-Alaska oil pipeline lease renewals. Parr is especially proud of his title opinion for the Cold Bay Airport, which involved the analysis of nearly 250 parcels, accompanied by a detailed graphic exhibit.

Parr started his ROW career by chance. He worked on several construction survey crews and as a construction inspector early in his career and applied for an opening for a ROW agent at Golden Valley Electric Association in 1974, not entirely sure what the job entailed. He learned quickly and was promoted to real property officer at the utility a few months later. He stayed there seven years.

He has continued his career in ROW, working for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities as an independent consultant and as a senior ROW professional at R&M Consultants Inc. He worked as airport leasing chief for DOT&PF’s Northern Region from 1984 to 1990, then returned to the private sector as an independent consultant in ROW, title and land management. From 1990 to 2004, he managed the Fairbanks office of Land Field Services.

Parr joined R&M in 2010, providing land acquisition services for the North Slope Borough, ROW services for the Aleknagik Wood River Bridge project, land and ROW services for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and ROW services for numerous Alaska infrastructure projects and studies.

 

Cornerstone Construction wins safety award

Cornerstone General Contractors Inc. was honored by the Associated General Contractors of America at the organization’s annual convention Feb. 27 in New Orleans. Cornerstone earned a third-place award in their category, the “250,000 to 650,000 work hours” building division.

The Construction Safety and Excellence Awards recognize construction companies that excel at safety performance. Judges look for company management commitment, active employee participation, safety training, work site hazard identification and control, and safety program innovation.

 

Davis Constructors recognized for Barefoot Mile

A fundraiser aimed at rescuing people who are victims of human trafficking earned Davis Constructors & Engineers Inc. a national recognition from Associated General Contractors of America in February.

The award came from AGC in the Community, an initiative of AGC Charities Inc., designed to showcase the community service projects of AGC of America’s chapters and members. The awards recognize chapter and member service projects that epitomize the essence of charitable giving through actual, hands-on service and donations to charitable organizations.

Partnering with Joy International, Priceless, MyHouse and Covenant House, Davis Constructors held the first Anchorage Barefoot Mile in May 2017. The Barefoot Mile is a 1-mile barefoot walk where participants stand behind the cause of human trafficking and walk in solidarity with children in poverty, who are the most vulnerable to trafficking. The goal is to remind participants and onlookers how effective a community can be when it joins for a common goal.

Human trafficking is the fastest-growing crime in the world today and is an annual $150 billion industry. It is the second-largest international criminal industry. Two million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade, and between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked in the U.S. each year. The crimes are happening on our doorstep: In a 2017 survey of homeless youth in 10 cities, Anchorage had the highest reported prevalence of human trafficking. The 2017 event drew more than 358 walkers and 68 volunteers and raised more than $203,000 from 266 unique donors to fight human trafficking. Davis Constructors & Engineers provided $50,000 in initial matching funds.

The second Barefoot Mile is scheduled for May 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Anchorage’s Town Square Park. Anyone who would like to donate or take part can visit http://www.alaskabarefootmile.org.

 

 

Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP names new partner, adds attorney

The law firm of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP announced in January that Leslie R. Need, a lawyer in the firm’s Anchorage office, has become a partner in the firm.

Need previously clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Roberts and Alaska Superior Court Judge Vanessa White and worked at the Alaska Attorney General’s office in the Child Protection section. Need focuses her practice on municipal, Alaska Native, environmental and natural resources law. She represents businesses and individual clients in litigation, both plaintiff and defense. Need received her B.S. from Kansas State University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law. She is a member of the Alaska Bar Association, American Bar Association and Anchorage Bar Association. She serves on the planning committee for the Alaska Bar Association’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and previously was the new lawyer liaison to the Alaska Bar Association Board of Governors.

Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP also announced that attorney Michelle Boutin has joined the firm’s Anchorage office. Boutin focuses her practice on bankruptcy, collections and creditor’s rights, civil litigation and construction law. She received a Bachelor of Science (with honors) from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law. She is a member of the Alaska Bar Association and is chair of the Bankruptcy section. She is a past officer and president of the Anchorage Bar Association and is a current member of the group’s Real Estate section. Boutin is a past attorney representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. She is admitted to practice to the Alaska State Bar, Federal District Court, District of Alaska and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP has offices in Alaska and Oregon. It provides legal services to clients throughout the Pacific Northwest, including to Alaska Native corporations, public and private corporations, lenders, real estate developers, municipalities, nonprofit groups and small businesses.