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Alaska’s Continuous Improvement Process Receives Top Honor None 

Alaska’s Continuous Improvement Process Receives Top Honor

A statewide procurement continuous improvement effort undertaken by the State of Alaska has received the Gold Award, the highest honor in the George Cronin Awards for Procurement Excellence, presented annually by the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO).

2018 Permanent Fund Dividend Reminder to Alaskans None 

2018 Permanent Fund Dividend Reminder to Alaskans

The Internal Revenue Service reminds Alaskans that the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) is taxable income for both adults and children, and must be reported on a Federal income tax return. Taxpayers should be sure to set aside enough to cover their tax bill, or consider making an Estimated Payment when they get their PFD.

US Department of Labor Awards Alaska $3.35 Million to Prepare Alaskans for Work in High-Growth Industries None 

US Department of Labor Awards Alaska $3.35 Million to Prepare Alaskans for Work in High-Growth Industries

The US Department of Labor awarded $3.35 million dollars to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development in Trade and Economic Transition Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs).

Municipality of Anchorage Releases Updated Plan for Homelessness None 

Municipality of Anchorage Releases Updated Plan for Homelessness

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced that the 2018 summer count of adult homeless persons in Anchorage is 1,064, an 18 percent drop from the 2017 summer count of 1,304.

August Employment Down 0.6 Percent From Last Year; Unemployment Rate at 6.7 Percent None 

August Employment Down 0.6 Percent From Last Year; Unemployment Rate at 6.7 Percent

August employment was down by an estimated 0.6 percent, or 2,000 jobs, compared to August 2017. Retail had the biggest loss at 1,000 jobs. Professional and business services lost 400 jobs over the year, and so did oil and gas.

State Prioritizes the Survival of Alaska Native Languages None 

State Prioritizes the Survival of Alaska Native Languages

Governor Bill Walker issued Administrative Order 300, formally acknowledging the emergency faced by Alaska’s Native languages, supporting their revitalization, and improving government-to-government relationships between Alaska’s state and tribal governments.

Federal Money Designated to Help Alaska Combat Opioid Crisis None 

Federal Money Designated to Help Alaska Combat Opioid Crisis

Governor Bill Walker offered a statement on the US Department of Health and Human Services’ announcement of $10.4 million in funding to help Alaska to combat opioid abuse:

Inaugural ACAST Meeting Kick-Starts Discussions on Alaska’s Military Competitiveness None 

Inaugural ACAST Meeting Kick-Starts Discussions on Alaska’s Military Competitiveness

The Alaska Civilian-Armed Services Team (ACAST) met for the first time last week to begin strategizing ways to make Alaska more attractive to federal defense agencies.

State Publishes Report on Active Faults, Seismic Hazards in Alaska None 

State Publishes Report on Active Faults, Seismic Hazards in Alaska

The Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys and Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission have published a report summarizing the current state of knowledge of active faults throughout Alaska.

Lieutenant Governor Highlights Public Hearing Schedule for Ballot Measure 1 None 

Lieutenant Governor Highlights Public Hearing Schedule for Ballot Measure 1

Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott issued a reminder of the public hearing schedule for Alaskans to provide input on Ballot Measure 1.