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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, March 25, 2010

2 contracts awarded for Laysan Island projects

Advertiser Staff

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded two contracts totaling $306,424 for projects on Laysan Island under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The stimulus funds will go to Northern Management Services, a maintenance and general contracting company based in Sandpoint, Idaho. The projects will employ eight workers, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.
The company will install a solar panel array at the Laysan Island research facility to provide power for water desalination, communication equipment and other critical needs. The existing system will be used for secondary power needs, the service said.
Other work involves replacing a food storage unit and four deteriorating metal-frame fabric structures used as living quarters.
The Fish and Wildlife Service said the cost of the projects is substantial because chartered ship service is needed to transport workers, materials and equipment on the six-day one-way voyage to Laysan Island, located approximately 930 miles northwest of Honolulu.
The island is part of the the Papahšnaumokuškea Marine National Monument.