Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker officially signed House Bill 141 into law, reauthorizing the Technical Vocational Education Program (TVEP) for another three years. HB 141 was sponsored by Representative Zach Fansler (D-Bethel) and passed both chambers of the Alaska Legislature with broad bipartisan support.
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a crewman from the fishing vessel Unimak, a 183-foot fishing trawler, near Cold Bay, Alaska, Friday.
The Alaska Supreme Court issued a decision today upholding Governor Bill Walker’s action last year to reduce the permanent fund dividend appropriation in the budget bill.
Governor Bill Walker today thanked U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao for directing the Federal Highway Administration to reexamine the alternatives for the Sterling Highway MP 45-60 project, often referred to as the Cooper Landing bypass project.
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will hold a free workshop on excavation safety. Cave-ins pose the greatest risk and are much more likely than other excavation related accidents to result in worker fatalities. Other potential hazards include falls, falling loads, hazardous atmospheres, and incidents involving excavation damage to a pipeline.
Today, APD Chief Justin Doll announced the promotion of Captain Ken McCoy to Deputy Chief of Operations. Additionally, Lieutenants Julie Shank and Kevin Vandegriff have been promoted to Captains of the Patrol and Crime Suppression Divisions.
The Anchorage Police Department is pleased to announce a new unit called the Community Relations Unit.
The Department of Natural Resources is inviting Alaskans interested in owning a piece of the Last Frontier to participate in the 2017 Remote Recreational Cabin Sites staking program. This unique offering gives Alaskan residents the opportunity to stake their own parcel of state land within one of two areas. This year’s staking areas are Mount Ryan II, along the Steese Highway, and Granite Mountain, on the Kuskokwim River.
Multiple agencies under a unified command continue to respond to potential pollution from the fishing vessel Akutan in Captains Bay near Unalaska, Sunday.
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.