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10/24/14

AVCP and USDA Collaboration Project in Western Alaska

USDA Announces Naming Cooperative Agreement to Boost Outreach and the Development of Projects in Western Alaska Region as the 'Association of Village Council Presidents Village Outreach and Collaboration Project' ANCHORAGE, Alaska, October 24, 2014 – Citing importance of collaboration and partnerships in his speech to the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that a Cooperative Agreement has been established between USDA-Rural Development and the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP). The purpose of the agreement is based on the mission the two agencies have in common. "AVCP has been a critical player in accomplishing what rural communities need. This Cooperative Agreement has been established so that...

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10/24/14

ConocoPhillips Announces Funding Appr oval for Kuparuk Drill Site 2S

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. today announced that the Kuparuk field expansion project Drill Site 2S (DS2S) has been sanctioned for funding by ConocoPhillips and the Kuparuk co-owners. Plans for construction will move forward. This is the first new drill site at Kuparuk in nearly 12 years, and it is expected to add about 8,000 barrels of oil per day gross at peak production. “Drill Site 2S is one of the key projects that we announced after passage of SB 21,” said Trond-Erik Johansen, president ConocoPhillips Alaska. “This is in addition to the two rigs we have added to our North Slope drilling fleet as well as the new build drilling rig currently under construction. The positive investment climate we now have in Alaska has been an...

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10/24/14

Halloween lecture: 'Biology of Vampires'

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host a free public lecture, "Biology of Vampires,” Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 5:30 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. Parking on campus is free after 5 p.m. Biology professors Michael Harris, Andrea Ferrante and Andrej Podlutsky will give the presentation, which is part of the weekly research showcase hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity. ON THE WEB: http://www.uaf.edu/ursa/

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10/24/14

Sheridan Goat Hunt Closes

(Cordova)- Registration permit hunt RG231 for mountain goats in Unit 6C will close at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, October 25 by Emergency Order of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Hunt area RG231 which includes that portion of Unit 6C east of Scott Glacier and the main channel of Scott River, north of the Copper River Highway, and west of Sheridan Glacier and the main channel of Glacier River. The most recent survey for goats in registration permit area RG231 found 121 goats. The department set the maximum allowable state harvest at 6 goat units. Additional take beyond the harvest objective could harm the long-term stability of the mountain goat population. According to Cordova Area Biologist Charlotte Westing, the harvest is currently at 3 billies and 1 nanny. Hunters are...

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10/24/14

Insurance Fraud Awareness and Protecting Consumers—Two Goals with a Joint Purpose

In an effort to further increase consumer protection coverage and more efficiently address fraudulent activities against consumers and insurance companies, the Alaska Division of Insurance recently merged the Fraud Investigation and Consumer Services sections. The newly aligned section will address a wide range of issues from consumer complaints to administrative matters and criminal investigations. Bringing together the combined talents of seasoned consumer services representatives and fraud investigators will promote efficient sharing of information and resources. During the transition all staff will receive cross-training. The merged section will host presentations for the insurance industry and the public to provide general awareness of fraudulent insurance activities and the...

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AIDEA Reaches Another Interior Energy Project Milestone

10/24/14

AIDEA Reaches Another Interior Energy Project Milestone

All Permits to Build North Slope LNG Facility in Place (Anchorage) – The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) is pleased to announce that all permits needed to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on Alaska’s North Slope are in place. The plant will anchor the Interior Energy Project, which is designed to bring affordable natural gas to Fairbanks and North Pole for heating homes and businesses, and also for electrical generation. A major permitting issue for the construction of any LNG plant is securing a final air quality control permit and technical analysis report that allows the facility to operate. This typically is a long process, but BP Exploration Alaska worked with AIDEA to expedite the matter. “We are grateful for...

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10/24/14

DHSS supports domestic violence victims, public safety statewide

Inter-agency partnership helps victims, law enforcement officers ANCHORAGE – A multi-agency partnership to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and to hold perpetrators accountable, will continue with $850,000 from the state Department of Health & Social Services. The coordinating agency, the Municipality of Anchorage, formally accepted the funding early this week Since 2002, program partners report serving more than 16,000 Alaskans in 41 communities statewide. The program was named a “Best Practice” in the Police Executive Research Forum for 2010. “We are committed to collaborating with community partners as we continue to battle domestic violence and sexual assault,” said DHSS Commissioner William Streur. “The Alaska...

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10/24/14

Arctic Daily Update: October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014   Today's Events NSAR Tribal Consultations and Stakeholder Outreach Meetings for Department of Energy, October 23-24 (Anchorage, Alaska, USA); November 5, 2014 (Kotzebue, Alaska, USA); November 6, 2014 (Nome, Alaska, USA); November 10, 2014 (Fairbanks, Alaska, USA); November 12, 2014 (Barrow, Alaska, USA); November 14, 2014 (Bethel, Alaska, USA); and November 17, 2014 (Unalaska, Alaska, USA). The Department of Energy is pleased to announce upcoming tribal consultations and stakeholder outreach meetings on the...

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10/24/14

Transportation, China, Exports - Register Today for Fall 2014 Events

MARK YOUR CALENDARS & REGISTER TODAY - UPCOMING 2014 EVENTS: Dear WTC Members & Friends:   Fourth quarter 2014 promises to be one of the busiest in our 27-year history! Be sure to watch your inbox for announcements and updates so that you can fully participate in our programs, events and activities. Three of our major annual...

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10/24/14

House Minority Praises the Signing of a Bill Designating 20 Alaska Native Languages as Official State Languages

House Bill 216 Signed Into Law Thursday Morning October 23, 2014, Anchorage - The Native languages of Alaska’s indigenous people became official languages of the State of Alaska on Thursday during a bill signing ceremony held in conjunction with the 2014 Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention in Anchorage. Passage of the bill was a priority of the members Alaska House Minority Caucus and Alaska Native people from across the state. The prime sponsor of the bill was District 34 State Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka). The Sitka Democrat spoke during Thursday’s signing ceremony. “Language is our cultural DNA, it's our way of understanding the world. The extinction of a language is an immeasurable loss to a culture. The loss of Native...

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