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Mayor Berkowitz Names New Municipal Manager

Today Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced that William (Bill) D. Falsey will step into the role of Municipal Manager for the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) on November 1. Mike Abbott, who has served as Municipal Manager for the Berkowitz administration since 2015, will join the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority as its CEO.

New maps describe tsunami hazards for Juneau and Kodiak None 

New maps describe tsunami hazards for Juneau and Kodiak

Juneau and Kodiak have new maps to help prepare for tsunamis in the event of a large earthquake or underwater landslide.

Governor Walker Appoints Leslie Ridle as Administration Commissioner None 

Governor Walker Appoints Leslie Ridle as Administration Commissioner

Governor Bill Walker announced today that he has appointed Leslie Ridle as Commissioner of the Department of Administration. Ms. Ridle has previously served as the department’s Deputy Commissioner, and has been Acting Commissioner since former Commissioner Sheldon Fisher transitioned to the Department of Revenue.

Federal Changes Regarding Religions Exemptions and Accommodations Announced None 

Federal Changes Regarding Religions Exemptions and Accommodations Announced

Today, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Internal Revenue Service, and Employee Benefits Security Administration filed two interim final rules providing a broader exemption from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) female contraceptive coverage mandate.

Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Mallott Honor Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska None 

Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Mallott Honor Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska

Governor Bill Walker and Lt. Governor Byron Mallott today join Alaskans statewide in honoring Indigenous Peoples Day, and recognizing the history and heritage of Alaska’s First Peoples. Earlier this year, Governor Walker signed House Bill 78 into law, formally establishing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day. In 2015 and 2016, Governor Walker issued one-year executive proclamations to make the designation.

Young’s Native American Energy Act Approved in Committee None 

Young’s Native American Energy Act Approved in Committee

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 210, the Native American Energy Act, legislation sponsored by Alaska Congressman Don Young that addresses the federal government’s overregulation of Indian lands and promotes energy development by Indian tribes and Alaska Native Corporations.

Allison Mendel Receives Attorney General’s Award for Pro Bono Service None 

Allison Mendel Receives Attorney General’s Award for Pro Bono Service

Deputy Attorney General Ed Sniffen presented the eighth annual Attorney General’s Award for Pro Bono Service to Allison Mendel yesterday at a ceremony celebrating the fortieth anniversary of AWAIC (Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis) and marking the start of Domestic Violence Action Month.

Register now: Population and Economic Data Conference and Workshop in Juneau None 

Register now: Population and Economic Data Conference and Workshop in Juneau

On Oct. 12 and 13, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the U.S. Census Bureau’s sixth annual population and economic data conference will be held at the Andrew P. Kashevaroff (APK) Building in Juneau.

October 2017 Alaska Economic Trends None 

October 2017 Alaska Economic Trends

Anchorage Police Department Implements New Crime Suppression Initiative None 

Anchorage Police Department Implements New Crime Suppression Initiative

Today, the Anchorage Police Department released a new crime suppression initiative to address violent crime and drug activity in Anchorage.