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Exposure to Silica Training None 

Exposure to Silica Training

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will hold a free safety training in Anchorage on silica exposure. Roughly 2.3 million workers are exposed to crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries, and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

Young Pushes for New Ground-based Interceptors in Amendment to National Defense Authorization None 

Young Pushes for New Ground-based Interceptors in Amendment to National Defense Authorization

As the U.S. House of Representatives continues debate on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, Alaska Congressman Don Young is pushing for the inclusion of an amendment to strengthen our nation’s missile defense systems and authorize the development of an additional 28 Ground-based Interceptors. Young’s amendment to the NDAA, expected to be voted on this evening, closely reflects legislation he introduced earlier this year with Senator Dan Sullivan – the Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act.

ASYMCA of Alaska to Welcome New Associate Executive Director None 

ASYMCA of Alaska to Welcome New Associate Executive Director

The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska is pleased to announce Garry Berry as our new Associate Executive Director. Berry will start in his position in early August.

Sullivan Lauds Committee Passage of BUILD Act None 

Sullivan Lauds Committee Passage of BUILD Act

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, thanked his colleagues for passing S. 822, the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act of 2017, out of committee today. The BUILD Act includes an amendment, co-sponsored by Senator Sullivan, that would protect Alaska Native Villages and Corporations from liability for the clean-up of contaminated lands conveyed to them under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).

Governor Walker Donates Portion of Salary to Support Safer Alaska Opioid Response Effort None 

Governor Walker Donates Portion of Salary to Support Safer Alaska Opioid Response Effort

As a part of continuing work to build a Safer Alaska, Governor Bill Walker on Sunday donated $11,000 of his salary to support the Wasilla Police Department’s fundraiser for a new drug detection K9. In April, the department’s only drug detection K9, Marshal, was euthanized after a veterinarian found inoperable, cancerous masses in his abdomen.

Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Alaska, conducts change of command ceremony None 

Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Alaska, conducts change of command ceremony

Capt. Jeffrey Westling transferred command of Coast Guard Base Kodiak to Capt. Jeffrey Good during a change of command ceremony at Base Kodiak, Tuesday.

Coast Guard Cutter Maple begins historic voyage through Northwest Passage None 
Sen. Wilson Commends Effort to Lower Alaskans’ Health Care Costs None 
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Alaska to Receive $332 Million in Federal Funds to Lower Health Insurance Premiums None