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Explore Fairbanks recognizes local visitor industry at 2017 Annual Awards Banquet

Fairbanks, Alaska (AK) – Explore Fairbanks acknowledged the contributions of partners and other individuals and organizations for their support of the local visitor industry at the 2017 Annual Awards Banquet on April 21 at Raven Landing Center.   Awards were presented as follows: Golden Heart Award to the Alaska Federation of Natives Welcome/Fairbanks Four Potlatch organizing committee, represented by Melissa Charlie, Tonya Garnett, Doreen Deaton and Carole-Ann Newcomer, for their exceptional hospitality, commitment and effort to Fairbanks’ visitors; Aurora Award to the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, for its contributions to the development of the Fairbanks visitor industry; Jim and Mary Binkley Award to Trax Outdoor Center, for their creation, innovation,...

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FREE Concert Series Live After Five Kicks off Thursday, May 25th in Town Square Park

May 24, 2017 (Anchorage, Alaska) – The FREE outdoor Concert series “Live After Five” is kicking off Thursday, May 25th in Town Square from 5:30-7:30pm.   Sit back and relax in the sunshine every Thursday night from May 25th – August 10th  and enjoy a beer garden, food by food trucks, other concessions and best of all FREE Live Music! Live After Five features local favored bands as well as a couple of out of state acts. It is family-friendly and a great opportunity to enjoy a sunny summer night in Downtown Anchorage!   Live After Five 2017 Schedule: Summer Live After Five Schedule: • May 25 - 3 Generations of Blues • June 1 - Honky Tonk Dance Party - Hurricane Dave • June 8 - H3 • June 15 - Blackwater...

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Sullivan Helps Move VA Accountability Bill Out of Committee

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, thanked his colleagues for voting to advance S. 1094, the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, legislation which he cosponsored, out of committee.   “Two of my primary goals on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee have been ensuring veterans receive the care they have earned, and working to restore their trust in the VA. In my numerous conversations with Secretary Shulkin, we have agreed that requiring greater accountability from VA employees is absolutely essential to achieving these goals,” said Senator Sullivan. “This legislation sets a more reasonable bar for the dismissal or demotion of VA employees that are failing our...

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Chinese scientists visit UAF to learn from EarthScope project

Scientists developing a project to study the Earth’s crust in China are looking toward EarthScope, a similar project in the U.S., as a model for multidisciplinary science and open data sharing. Representatives from the SinoProbe project visited the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute this week after the 2017 EarthScope National Meeting in Anchorage. The 16 Chinese scientists toured the EarthScope National Office, which is housed at UAF, as well as other local research facilities. The original SinoProbe project is winding down to make way for a new, larger version, called SinoProbe-II. "It is part of a Chinese national priority to become the world leader in subsurface imaging by 2030,” said EarthScope National Office director and UAF geophysics...

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Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air win 16th FAA Diamond Awards for excellence in maintenance training

SEATTLE, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air have each earned their 16th Diamond Award from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for excellence in maintenance training. The FAA reserves this award for select carriers who complete the Aircraft Maintenance Training (AMT) program with 100 percent participation from eligible technicians. Alaska Airlines is the only major carrier to earn this award for 16 consecutive years. Horizon has earned the award for 16 of the past 18 years. In addition to the company award, five aircraft technicians earned individual FAA Gold Awards for going above and beyond the AMT program requirements: Nicholas Kula, Matt Grabowsky, Kevin Barrett, Vincent Estacio and Chris Pratt. "Earning the Diamond Award is no small feat....

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Sullivan, Heitkamp, Harris Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Boost Federal Employment Opportunities for Vets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) today introduced the bipartisan Empowering Federal Employment for Veterans Act to make sure federal agencies do everything they can to connect veterans with jobs that fit their skillsets in the federal government.   When veterans transition to civilian life, they have a variety of skills and talents from serving in the armed forces—and those skills are major assets in civilian jobs as well. The Empowering Federal Employment for Veterans Act would require large federal agencies to have full-time advocates for veterans’ employment, and would promote career development for veterans within agencies.   Although veterans made up 31 percent of the...

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SHI releases Beginning Tlingit Workbook

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has published a workbook for students studying Tlingit that teaches words and concepts through imagery. The volume, Beginning Tlingit Workbook, was written and compiled by Lance (̱X’unei) A. Twitchell, a member of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Southeast Regional Language Committee and assistant professor of Alaska Native languages at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). It is an extension of the landmark book Beginning Tlingit—which was edited by the late linguist Richard Dauenhauer and his wife, Nora Dauenhauer, a fluent Tlingit speaker and scholar, and published by SHI. Beginning Tlingit Workbook is part of an ongoing effort to revitalize Tlingit, and it underscores the commitment of young language learners and teachers...

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USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Support the Development of Rural Community Facilities

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2017 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA is seeking applications for technical assistance and training grants in the Community Facilities program. “Too often, rural community organizations lack the technical expertise they need to access federal dollars,” Perdue said. “These technical assistance and training grants will help rural organizations overcome hurdles that prevent them from fully utilizing the Community Facilities Program. Increased access to federal funding will help build essential community facilities, and will allow rural areas to thrive.” The grants are being provided through the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program. Congress authorized this new program in...

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Young Shares Thoughts on President’s Full FY18 Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young today shared the following statement on the Trump administration’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018: “I’ve served with nine Presidents – that's 45 budget proposals – and none of them really went anywhere. It’s the President’s duty to submit a budget to Congress, but it’s our responsibility to implement one and to set spending. Largely, this budget is a vision document and people shouldn’t get overly excited. If I had to sum it up quickly, I’d say this proposal was dead in Congress before the ink was even dry. “The President’s proposal clearly emphasizes a number of policy items and initiatives of national importance, including security, defense and...

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Ninth Circuit Upholds Big Thorne Timber Sale

May 23, 2017 (Juneau, AK) – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision today upholding the Big Thorne Timber Sale in the Tongass National Forest. This decision ensures that the sole remaining saw mill in Southeast can continue operating for now.   “In a resource-centered state, we must be able to responsibly develop our resources,” said Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth. “I’m pleased the Big Thorne Timber Sale can continue to move forward and hope that we will see more sales in the future that properly balance conservation with economic need.”   In 2014, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) authorized the harvest of 148.9 million board-feet of timber over 8,500 acres. Several environmental groups challenged the record of...

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