More Government, Military, Politics

Issue

Title

$7.5 Million of Workforce Development Grants to be Awarded None 

$7.5 Million of Workforce Development Grants to be Awarded

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is seeking grant proposals for two workforce training and development programs. There are $5.5 million in grant funds available for the State Training and Employment Program (STEP) and $2 million for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program grants. The grants will support projects providing employment and training services to eligible youth and adults.

State of Alaska and Federal Government Advance Highway Project None 

State of Alaska and Federal Government Advance Highway Project

The Federal Highway Administration and Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facility signed the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Cooper Landing Bypass on the Sterling Highway, which concludes an EIS process that has taken longer than any other in the history of the Federal Highway Administration.

Alaska USA Honors Alaska’s Military with 23rd Annual Appreciation Breakfast None 

Alaska USA Honors Alaska’s Military with 23rd Annual Appreciation Breakfast

Alaska USA honored more than 60 members of Alaska’s armed forces, including 12 recipients of the Service Person of the Year award, at Alaska USA’s 23rd annual Military Appreciation Breakfast in Anchorage.

Boat and Ship Building Sector in Alaska Poised for Growth None 

Boat and Ship Building Sector in Alaska Poised for Growth

The State of Alaska Division of Economic Development, in partnership with the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, released the first in a series of reports examining several emerging economic sectors in Alaska. The report focuses on Alaska’s promising boat and ship building sector.

Alaska House Votes to Allow Elected Officials to Solemnize Marriages None 

Alaska House Votes to Allow Elected Officials to Solemnize Marriages

With recent court closures, adding elected officials to this list provides Alaskans an easily accessible marriage option to perform the ceremony without having to go through the time-consuming process of arranging for a marriage commissioner appointment.

House Unanimously Passes Legislation Authorizing Commercial Hemp Farming in Alaska None 

House Unanimously Passes Legislation Authorizing Commercial Hemp Farming in Alaska

The bill passed the house by a vote of 36-0... SB 6 was carried on the House floor by Rep. Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage).

Minimum Wage Exemption for Persons with Disabilities Eliminated None 

Minimum Wage Exemption for Persons with Disabilities Eliminated

Following a regulatory change that goes into effect today, Alaska employers are no longer allowed to pay less than minimum wage to workers who experience disabilities. In repealing 8 AAC 15.120, Alaska joins New Hampshire and Maryland as the first states in the nation to eliminate payment of subminimum wages for persons with disabilities.

GCI Hires Jim Steele as Director of GCI Government None 

GCI Hires Jim Steele as Director of GCI Government

GCI, Alaska’s largest communications and technology company, announced today that Jim Steele has been hired as director of GCI Government, within GCI’s Government, Healthcare & Education team.

John Lincoln of Kotzebue Appointed to Vacant House District 40 Seat None 

John Lincoln of Kotzebue Appointed to Vacant House District 40 Seat

Secretary Zinke Approves Initial Plan to Build a Life-Saving Road for Alaska Native Village of King Cove None 

Secretary Zinke Approves Initial Plan to Build a Life-Saving Road for Alaska Native Village of King Cove

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed an agreement with the Alaska Native King Cove Native Corp., which is made up of tribal members from the local Agdaagux and Belkofski tribes, to build a life-saving road between the Native village and the nearby all-weather airport in Cold Bay.