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Multiagency response to fishing vessel Akutan continues None 

Multiagency response to fishing vessel Akutan continues

Multiple agencies under a unified command continue to respond to potential pollution from the fishing vessel Akutan in Captains Bay near Unalaska, Sunday.

Sullivan Welcomes NOAA Marine Debris Director to Alaska None 

Sullivan Welcomes NOAA Marine Debris Director to Alaska

ANCHORAGE, AK – U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) this week welcomed Nancy Wallace, director of the NOAA Marine Debris Program, to Alaska. The Senator and Director Wallace joined a roundtable discussion with Peter Murphy, Alaska regional coordinator of the NOAA Marine Debris Program, Chris Pallister, director of Gulf of Alaska Keeper, and Molly McCammon, director of the Alaska Ocean Observing System, on the topic of marine debris and the Senator’s Save Our Seas (SOS) Act, which passed the Senate in early August.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tidwell Closes Distinguished Forest Service Career, Announces Retirement None 

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tidwell Closes Distinguished Forest Service Career, Announces Retirement

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced his retirement after a 40-year career, characterized by his climb from a firefighter to a District Ranger, Forest Supervisor to the head of the U.S. Forest Service, leading more than 30,000 employees working in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico.

Unemployment Rate at 7.0 Percent in July None 

Unemployment Rate at 7.0 Percent in July

Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in July, up two-tenths of a percentage point from June. The rate is up half a percentage point from the beginning of the year. The comparable national rate for July was 4.3 percent.

Coast Guard buoy tenders compete in the Buoy Tender Roundup Olympics in Juneau, Alaska None 
Regulatory Commission of Alaska Seeks Information About Broadband Internet Coverage None 

Regulatory Commission of Alaska Seeks Information About Broadband Internet Coverage

The Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) has opened a public process to gather information about broadband internet service in Alaska, including current and future projects. The RCA will use the voluntary information for a report to the Alaska Legislature. The effort to examine the availability of broadband internet in Alaska is the result of intent language inserted into the FY 2018 budget at the behest of House Finance Committee member Representative David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks).

Governor Walker Signs Bills on State Ferries and Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Exchange None 

Governor Walker Signs Bills on State Ferries and Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Exchange

Governor Bill Walker today signed a trio of bills in Southeast Alaska. Senate Bill 3 reestablishes “best management” standards for the handling of waste water discharged from small commercial passenger vessels – including state ferries – while Senate Bill 33 officially names the two new Alaska Class Ferries currently under construction M/V Tazlina and M/V Hubbard. Senate Bill 88 complements federal legislation to approve a land trade between the United States Forest Service and the Alaska Mental Health Trust. SB 3 was signed in Sitka; SB 33 and 88 were signed in Ketchikan.

Attorney General Appoints New Kodiak DA None 

Attorney General Appoints New Kodiak DA

The Department of Law announced the appointment of Gustaf Olson as the new Kodiak District Attorney starting September 1, 2017. Mr. Olson replaces Steve Wallace who became the Bethel District Attorney earlier this summer.

Coast Guard to celebrate annual Buoy Tender Roundup in Juneau, Alaska None 

Coast Guard to celebrate annual Buoy Tender Roundup in Juneau, Alaska

The Coast Guard 17th District is scheduled to host its annual Buoy Tender Roundup in Juneau, Alaska, Aug. 14-18.

Anchorage Joins Waze Connected Citizens Program None 

Anchorage Joins Waze Connected Citizens Program

Today, the Municipality of Anchorage announced a data-sharing partnership with Waze (http://www.waze.com), the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers. Designed as a free, two-way data share of publicly available traffic information, the Connected Citizens Program promotes greater efficiency, deeper insights and safer roads for citizens of the Municipality of Anchorage along with more than 250 other partners around the world.