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Economic Confidence Dips in First Quarter None 

Economic Confidence Dips in First Quarter

Alaskans’ economic confidence dipped in the first quarter of 2018, as measured by the Alaska Confidence Index (ACI). The composite index fell to 51.9, a drop of 2.6 points from the fourth quarter of 2017. The decline was driven by weakness in respondents’ read of the current situation at all levels—state, local, and personal—as well as slightly worsening expectations for local and state economic conditions.

Governor Walker Establishes Alaska Military Museum None 

Governor Walker Establishes Alaska Military Museum

Governor Bill Walker signed Administrative Order No. 293 to memorialize Alaska’s military heritage and explore the creation of an Alaska Military History Museum.

VOICE Supports Consultation and the Scoping Process for ANWR Leasing None 

VOICE Supports Consultation and the Scoping Process for ANWR Leasing

Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat (VOICE) and its North Slope members are committed to our continued involvement with the Kaktovikmiut and assisting them in working with BLM and the Department of Interior throughout the scoping and EIS processes to bring forward the concerns of our communities.

APD Promotes 10 Officers into New Leadership Roles None 

APD Promotes 10 Officers into New Leadership Roles

Employment Down 0.8 Percent, Unemployment Rate Unchanged None 

Employment Down 0.8 Percent, Unemployment Rate Unchanged

Alaska’s total employment was down an estimated 0.8 percent in March from March 2017, a loss of about 2,600 jobs.

DNR Revives Bristol Bay Advisory Group and Issues Pebble Exploration Permit None 

DNR Revives Bristol Bay Advisory Group and Issues Pebble Exploration Permit

After careful review, the Department of Natural Resources is taking steps to reestablish the Bristol Bay Advisory Group, originally created to provide input on the 1984 Bristol Bay Area Plan (BBAP).

Reservists Provide Medical Care for Underserved Regions of Alaska through Arctic Care 2018 None 

Reservists Provide Medical Care for Underserved Regions of Alaska through Arctic Care 2018

A joint and multinational contingent of Reservists kicked off Arctic Care 2018, an Innovative Readiness Training Exercise based out of Kotzebue, Alaska, April 16.

Office of Boating Safety Releases Annual Alaska Boat Accident Statistics None 

Office of Boating Safety Releases Annual Alaska Boat Accident Statistics

The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation’s Office of Boating Safety has released the State of Alaska’s 2017 boating accident statistics in advance of Safe Boating Week (May 19-25, 2018). Statistics include U.S. Coast Guard reportable accidents involving boats used for non-commercial purposes such as recreation, personal transportation, and subsistence.

Alaska Businesses Selected for Opportunity Alaska: China Trade Mission None 

Alaska Businesses Selected for Opportunity Alaska: China Trade Mission

Governor Bill Walker announced the delegation for Opportunity Alaska: China Trade Mission, which will include fisheries, tourism, and investment businesses, as well as a baby food maker, an architecture firm, and a university.

Tax Credit Bonds are Constitutional Under Alaska Law None 

Tax Credit Bonds are Constitutional Under Alaska Law

The Governor proposed legislation, SB 176 ("An Act Establishing the Alaska Tax Credit Certificate Bond Corporation"), which would authorize the issuance of bonds to pay off the state's tax credit liability in a lump sum rather than paying it down incrementally over the coming years.