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.
U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced his retirement after a 40-year career, characterized by his climb from a firefighter to a District Ranger, Forest Supervisor to the head of the U.S. Forest Service, leading more than 30,000 employees working in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico.
Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in July, up two-tenths of a percentage point from June. The rate is up half a percentage point from the beginning of the year. The comparable national rate for July was 4.3 percent.
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) has opened a public process to gather information about broadband internet service in Alaska, including current and future projects. The RCA will use the voluntary information for a report to the Alaska Legislature. The effort to examine the availability of broadband internet in Alaska is the result of intent language inserted into the FY 2018 budget at the behest of House Finance Committee member Representative David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks).