Today, the Anchorage Police Department released a new crime suppression initiative to address violent crime and drug activity in Anchorage.
Alaska- On behalf of the Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zunkuft, Rear Adm. Michael McAllister, Seventeenth Coast Guard District commander, signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Alaska Southeast, establishing the university as a member of the Coast Guard’s Minority-Serving Institution partnership program, Monday.
Governor Bill Walker announced today the appointment of Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Andy Mack to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees. The six-member board sets policy for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC), and other funds designated by law, including the Alaska Mental Health Trust Fund. Commissioner Mack will fill a board seat reserved for one of the Governor’s cabinet members; the seat was vacated when former Department of Revenue (DOR) Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck retired in August. DOR Commissioner Sheldon Fisher holds the other Governor’s Cabinet seat on the Board.
Newly released data for the first quarter of 2017 show small increases in total wages in most sectors of Alaska’s economy. Wages increased by $25 million overall, or 0.6 percent, compared to the same period in 2016.
A statewide listening session on the future of the vital Alaska Senior Benefits Program will be held next week to gather input from Alaskan. The program is currently scheduled to sunset in June 2018. The listening session on Thursday, September 28 is sponsored by the House Health and Social Services Subcommittee on the Senior Benefits Program. The Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage), will be taking public input on House Bill 236 to extend the program until 2022.
The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation’s Office of Boating Safety was recently recognized with three awards at the 2017 conference of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
Governor Bill Walker announced today two new appointments to the Anchorage District Court. Michael Franciosi and Kari McCrea were selected.
Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in August, up two-tenths of a percentage point from July. The comparable national rate was 4.4 percent.
The Alaska Retirement Management Board (ARMB) retirement funds gained earnings of 13.35% for the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and 13.36% for the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, said Bob Mitchell, Chief Investment Officer for the Department of Revenue.