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Governor Signs Bill Reauthorizing the Technical Vocational Education Program None 

Governor Signs Bill Reauthorizing the Technical Vocational Education Program

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.

Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing vessel near Cold Bay, Alaska None 

Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing vessel near Cold Bay, Alaska

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.

Alaska Supreme Court Upholds Governor’s Veto None 

Alaska Supreme Court Upholds Governor’s Veto

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 Walker Thanks Secretary Chao for Reopening Sterling Highway Alternatives None 

Governor Walker Thanks Secretary Chao for Reopening Sterling Highway Alternatives

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.

Excavation Awareness Training None 

Excavation Awareness Training

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.

APD Promotes Deputy Chief and Two Captains None 

APD Promotes Deputy Chief and Two Captains

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.

APD creates new unit focused on community relations None 

APD creates new unit focused on community relations

The Anchorage Police Department is pleased to announce a new unit called the Community Relations Unit.

Alaska Residents – Stake your own parcel of State Land None 

Alaska Residents – Stake your own parcel of State Land

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.

Multiagency response to fishing vessel Akutan continues None 

Multiagency response to fishing vessel Akutan continues

Multiple agencies under a unified command continue to respond to potential pollution from the fishing vessel Akutan in Captains Bay near Unalaska, Sunday.

Sullivan Welcomes NOAA Marine Debris Director to Alaska None 

Sullivan Welcomes NOAA Marine Debris Director to Alaska

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.