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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.

Coast Guard reintroduces shipboard diving capabilities to Arctic None 

Coast Guard reintroduces shipboard diving capabilities to Arctic

U.S. Coast Guardsmen and U.S. Navy sailors conducted shipboard dive operations from a Coast Guard cutter in the Arctic July 29 for the first time since two Coast Guard divers perished in a subsurface accident almost 11 years ago.

Population estimates by race and Hispanic origin now online None 

Population estimates by race and Hispanic origin now online

Population estimates by race and Hispanic origin for Alaska and for each borough and census area are now available online as downloadable Excel spreadsheets. These new estimates, which the department creates annually, are for the Alaska resident population in 2016 and include updated estimates for years 2011 through 2015.

Governor Signs $22 Million Revenue Bill into Law None 

Governor Signs $22 Million Revenue Bill into Law

Governor Bill Walker today signed into law Senate Bill 30, which is expected to generate between $22 million and $27 million in revenue to the state. The legislation, which the governor introduced, approves a four-year contract in which the State of Alaska will sell royalty oil to Petro Star Inc.

Senate Passes Sullivan’s Save Our Seas Act None 

Senate Passes Sullivan’s Save Our Seas Act

The U.S. Senate last week unanimously passed the Save Our Seas (SOS) Act, legislation introduced by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) to address the global marine debris crisis. The bill would boost the federal government’s domestic and international response to ocean waste, and allow the NOAA Administrator to declare severe marine debris events and authorize additional funds to states, like Alaska, for cleanup and response efforts.

Senate Unanimously Passes Sullivan-Backed “Forever” GI Bill Legislation None 

Senate Unanimously Passes Sullivan-Backed “Forever” GI Bill Legislation

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, spoke yesterday at the national Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) headquarters to celebrate the Senate’s unanimous passage of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, legislation co-sponsored by Sullivan, alongside Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA), that would eliminate the 15-year expiration date for veterans to use their G.I. benefits and expand eligibility to more veterans, service members and their dependents.

UPDATE: Coast Guard Cutter Maple reaches Northwest Passage during historic voyage None 

UPDATE: Coast Guard Cutter Maple reaches Northwest Passage during historic voyage

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Maple reached the Northwest Passage Thursday during their historic voyage accompanied by the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir Wilfrid Laurier and crew underway in the Amundsen Gulf, Canada.

Security Summit Alert: Tax Pros Warned of New Scam to Steal Their Passwords None 

Security Summit Alert: Tax Pros Warned of New Scam to Steal Their Passwords

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals to be alert to a new phishing email scam impersonating tax software providers and attempting to steal usernames and passwords.

APD Click it or Ticket Enforcement Nets Over 2000 Citations None 

APD Click it or Ticket Enforcement Nets Over 2000 Citations

The Anchorage Police Department recently issued 2,092 traffic citations using Click it or Ticket overtime funds. Citations ranged from speeding tickets, failure to wear a seatbelt and running red lights.

Statement on Colville River Unit 5th expansion decision None 

Statement on Colville River Unit 5th expansion decision

The Department of Natural Resources has issued a decision on ConocoPhillips’ proposed 5th expansion of the Colville River Unit focused on responsible development of oil on state and Arctic Slope Regional Corp. jointly-owned lands. The decision contains key provisions related to commitments to drill and creating jobs for Alaskans.