Governor’s Adviser Applies For DVSA Job, One Week After Opening

first_imgThe new Director will be hired by the nine-member council, which will discuss the recruitment process during its next meeting in January. Amanda Price’s resume was received by the Council a week after Lauree Morton’s resignation on December 7th. The position has not yet been advertised openly. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Governor’s senior adviser on crime policy and prevention has applied to become the new Director of the state’s Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, just weeks after the previous Director was asked by the Governor to step down.center_img As we previously reported, Morton was approached by Governor Bill Walker and Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan in late November. Walker and Monegan say they want to take the state in a new direction to bring down Alaska’s high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault. They paid tribute to Morton’s work and her 30-year career of advocacy.last_img read more

Seward Highway Has Reopened In both Directions

first_imgPlease click for the original story This is a developing story please refresh for updates as they are made available. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As of  9:34am The Seward Hwy is now open in both directions.center_img The Seward Highway was closed in both directions from mile 112 to 109, near Beluga Point. Anchorage Police say a ‘distraught male’ fired a gun and threatened a citizen late on Wednesday.last_img

Alaskans Mock Hot-Weather Advisory Issued By City

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享While the Pacific Northwest swelters in triple-digit heat this week, Alaskans got their own unusual weather advisory Thursday. The missive from the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management told residents to prepare for temperatures that weather forecasters predict will range between the 70s and 80s throughout the Anchorage area this weekend. Anchorage officials later blamed a technical glitch for incorrectly adding the advisory label to the forecast by the National Weather Service. Emergency management office director Kevin Spillers says the expected warming trend itself prompted one city worker to ask if the weekend would be as hot as Seattle. Alaskans are accustomed to cold weather, but are hardy enough to handle such “hot” temperatures. The advisory was widely shared on social media, prompting chuckles and derision.last_img read more

House Passes Resolution On Proposed Plan For Offshore Lease Sales

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska House of Representatives passed House Resolution 6, weighing in on the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program. Speaker Edgmon: “I am grateful that the House was able to move quickly and show overwhelming support for both economic development and respect for all stakeholders in that development. I appreciate the Administration giving us the opportunity to speak to this issue, and hope they heed the combined voices of our Federal delegation, Governor, and State House.” Originally introduced by the House Rules committee, Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) was added as the resolution’s primary sponsor on the House floor at the request of Minority Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski) so that other members could add their names as co-sponsors. HR 6 was amended on the floor on Wednesday, February 21, by Representative John Lincoln (D-Kotzebue) to further request that the existing deferrals in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas be continued in future lease sales. House Resolution 6 passed by a vote of 33-5. The resolution was presented to U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) after she her annual address to the Legislature yesterday, at 11 a.m.center_img The current draft program calls for lease sales in 14 of the 15 planning areas in Alaska (there are a total of 26 planning areas across the country). Story as aired: Rep. Lincoln: “My district is home to the world’s most productive zinc mine, and one of the world’s preeminent oil fields, but we also rely on subsistence and have preserved our way of life by keeping it in the forefront of our minds whenever we pursue economic development. My amendment simply asks that we keep intact decades of work between industry and local communities identifying and protecting a crucial migratory corridor for Bowhead whales and two modest subsistence hunting areas adjacent to the whaling communities of Kaktovik and Utqiaġvik.”last_img read more

Food For Fines At Soldotna Public Library

first_imgReilly Selmser with the Soldotna Public Library: “The Soldotna Library is accepting food for fines. All food donations will go to our local food bank.”  FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Every year members of the Soldotna Public Library are given the opportunity to bring canned food items to receive credit towards existing library fines. Bring undamaged, unexpired canned or boxed nonperishable food items to the Soldotna Public Library service desk April 9-14, during open hours, and receive one dollar per item credit toward the reduction of your existing fines.center_img All donations will go to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. You have to be a member of the Soldotna Public Library and have a library card in order to participate.last_img read more

Alaska Congressional Delegation Celebrates Legacy Of Senator Ted Stevens

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan, Lisa Murkowski, and Congressman Don Young, Wednesday joined in celebrating the life and legacy of the late Senator Ted Stevens and his contributions to Alaska and the nation. The Alaska Congressional Delegation joined members of the Stevens family, friends, congressional colleagues, and former staff at a ceremonial unveiling of a portrait of Senator Stevens, which will be hung in the U.S. Capitol. At the time he left office, Senator Stevens was the longest-serving Republican U.S. Senator in history. Stevens was a staunch proponent of national security and traveled the world to visit our military men and women. As a longtime leader on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, he worked tirelessly to ensure those who serve our country in uniform had the best equipment, better pay, and needed care. As an appropriator, Stevens secured federal funding that allowed thousands of rural Alaskans to gain access to basic water and sewer infrastructure, telemedicine, bypass mail, and essential air service. He was a strong supporter of Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act, which provides equal opportunity for women to participate in sports, and authored legislation to create the U.S. Olympic Committee. Stevens devoted more than six decades of his life to public service. He served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II, flying missions in the China-Burma-India theater in support of the Flying Tigers. He later worked at the Department of the Interior, under then-Secretary Fred Seaton, as his point man in the push for statehood for Alaska. After arriving in the Senate in 1968, Stevens went on to chair five committees and served as a member of Republican leadership for nearly a decade. His legacy includes an incredible number of measures that built Alaska and bettered America, including legislation to settle most Alaska Native land claims, enable the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and protect and sustain America’s fisheries. “Senator Ted Stevens was my colleague and my mentor, but most importantly he was my friend. Our families were very close. We would hunt and fish together, and when we were both in Washington, D.C., we were legislative partners focused on getting things done for our great state and its people. Ted’s life was one of service to Alaska and service to his country. Ted was a quintessential public servant — he fought for our country in World War II, would go on to serve in the State Legislature, and spent the remainder of his career standing up for Alaskans in the United States Senate. He was a force to be reckoned with but was also a man of great faith and dedication to family. The day we lost Ted was a dark one for our state and country, and not a day goes by where I don’t think of my friend and his legacy. However, Ted’s family and friends can rest easily knowing that his fingerprints continue to be felt across Alaska, and his deep love of our state lives on in our young people,” said Congressman Young. “Today’s portrait unveiling is a special day for all who knew him. It is my great hope that future generations of Alaskans can look upon this portrait and be reminded of a man who gave his all to our state and country. I would like to thank everybody who worked hard to make this possible – particularly the Ted Stevens Foundation. I know Ted is looking down and is proud of everyone continuing the good work he did here on earth. May God bless Ted Stevens, his family, and all those who have been and will be inspired by Alaska’s ‘Uncle Ted.’” In 2000, Stevens was voted Alaskan of the Century. The Anchorage International Airport is named for him, his beneficial impact can be seen and felt all throughout the 49th state, and Alaskans celebrate his legacy each year on Ted Stevens Day—the fourth Saturday of July.center_img “The spirit of Ted Stevens lives with us in Congress, throughout the country, and certainly in Alaska. And now we have this beautiful painting in the Capitol—created by an exceptional Alaska artist—to reflect that spirit,” said Senator Sullivan. “Senator Stevens’ service to our country and our state is an example to all. His whole career was spent fighting for our country and for those across the globe who shared a thirst for freedom. But his true love was Alaska, and his true passion was the ‘Alaskan Dream’— a dream of an Alaska with promises of the 21st century ‘springing up from the Arctic.’ An Alaska where our federal government works with us, not against us, to achieve our destiny and to develop our resources. An Alaska that lives up to the potential the country saw in it when Congress voted to allow the territory to become the 49th state. Ted Stevens brought us closer to that dream and calls on each of us to carry on his legacy and fight for the state we all love.” “Every American should know who Ted was and why he so clearly deserves this honor. Ted dedicated his life to public service, spending more than six decades fighting for the state and country that he loved. Ted was a World War II veteran, he helped Alaska achieve its dream of statehood, and in his forty years in this chamber, he was both a leader and a force to be reckoned with,” said Senator Murkowski. “I hope this portrait of Ted will be a daily reminder for those of us who serve here – that we can work together, even on the hardest of days; that if we do, we can achieve great things for the American people; and that sometimes, that just might require us to say ‘to hell with politics’ – just do what’s right.” The portrait, sponsored by the U.S. Senate Commission on Art, will be part of its Senate Leadership Portrait Collection, which honors past Leaders and Presidents Pro Tempore. The portrait recognizes Senator Ted Stevens’ service as President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate from 2003 to 2007. It was painted by Dean Larson, a former intern of Senator Stevens from 1980-1981, who grew up in Palmer, Alaska. Photo and Video courtesy of Sen. Dan Sullivanlast_img read more

Two Candidates Vying For Vacant Soldotna Mayor Seat

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two candidates are vying for the recently vacated Soldotna mayoral seat, former Mayor Pete Sprague, and Charlene Tautfest. A special election will be held on Tuesday, December 17, to fill the vacant mayor seat after the sudden passing of Mayor Dr. Nels Anderson.  The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Any qualified voter may vote an absentee ballot for the precinct in which he/she resides and is registered. Absentee voting in person begins December 2, at Soldotna City Hall. In his candidate statement Sprague stated: “Four years ago, I followed Dr. Nels Anderson’s footsteps to serve as your Soldotna mayor. I wish to follow in Dr. Anderson’s footsteps to once again serve as mayor. I am proud of my twenty years of service to the community as a council member, assembly member, and mayor.” Tautfest did not provide a candidate statement, but listed under experience; Alaska Mental Health Board 2013 – Current, Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness 2018 – Current, and Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education 2019 – Current. For additional information, contact the City Clerk at 907-262-9107.last_img read more

BOF Adopts Proposal To Protect Kenai River King Salmon

first_imgAccording to documents submitted to the board by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, The current plan does not adequately protect late run kings during the last week of June while they are moving and staging outside of river mouths or in August when a significant proportion of the large females are returning. Preseason Assessment from the BOF: The Department shall, using all available information, provide the public with a projection of total run size of Late-Run Kenai River King Salmon at the earliest possible time. Prior to June 20 make a determination of whether projected run of Late-Run Kenai River King Salmon is large enough to support the full amount of fishing mortality provided for in the Combined Kasilof Salmon Management Plan, the Late-Run Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Management Plan and a full season of fishing with bait and retention of Kenai River king salmon of all sizes in the Kenai River sport fishery. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Board of Fisheries adopted proposal 104 at the their meeting on Friday in Anchorage. The proposal adopts a new Kenai Late Run King Salmon Conservation and Management Plan. The proposal establishes an escapement goal of 15,000-30,000 fish. Adopt Kenai Late Run King Salmon Conservation and Management Plan revisions as follows:Sustainable Escapement Goal Current 13,500 – 27,000 big fishOptimum Escapement Goal Proposed 16,500 – 30,000 big fish Finally, the current sustainable escapement goal (SEG) is not based on maximum sustained production which is the appropriate standard for the sport priority king run – rather it is based on a lesser maximum sustained yield standard which favors an increased allocation to the commercial fishery.last_img read more

Blessing Okagbare: Campaign For Athletes Rights Gets Global Athlete Backing

first_imgNigeria’s Blessing Okagbare celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the final of the women’s 100m athletics event at Hampden Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on July 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISNigerian sprint queen Blessing Okagbare has received public backing by athlete-led organisation Global Athlete at the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco after she spoke up for athlete rights prior to the competition. The newly-formed organisation spoke up for the former Commonwealth wealth champion after she criticised the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for including her on its list of confirmed athletes for the African Games without her prior knowledge.“Who this list help? Can they please tell us what and when we will be getting our training grant, please?” The 31-year old wrote on Twitter in July. According to, Global Athlete, in an open letter signed by its director general Rob Koehler and group start-up member Akwasi Frimpongsaid, said it would stand side by side with all athletes from Africa to ensure their rights are protected and there is no retribution for the basic human right of speaking up. “We encourage all athletes to use their voice. Remember, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athlete Declaration of Rights and Responsibilities clearly states that all athletes have the right to freedom of expression. “Athletes’ voices will change the future of sport for the better – now is the time to join the growing band of athletes all over the world by standing tall and being vocal for positive change and meaningful engagement.”The letter called on sport leaders at the African Games to ensure fundamental rights are upheld and that a clear mandate be sent to African Government leaders for athletes to have an equal say on meaningful compensation and training plans.“The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) must follow the IOC’s words that Olympic Solidarity is there to help athletes from nations in need. “It is time for the funds to be sent directly to athletes and not through third parties,” the missive concluded. Global Athlete stated aim is to help athletes gain a more represented voice in world sport in the recognition that the neglection and suppression of the athlete’s voice has gone on for too long.RelatedIAAF World Championships: Oduduru, Okagbare Cleared To Compete, AFN Technical Director Sunday Adeleye Faces Axe Over MixupSeptember 29, 2019In “Athletics”Okagbare: Sprinter Dispels Rumours Her Disqualification Was IntentionalAugust 27, 2019In “2019 African Games”Okagbare, Oduduru Headline 95-Man List For AAC In AsabaJuly 14, 2018In “Africa”last_img read more

Alexis Sanchez: Chile Forward Completes Inter Milan Loan Move

first_imgManchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has joined Inter Milan on a season long loan till 30 June 2020.The Chile international, 30, will link up with ex-United team-mate Romelu Lukaku, the striker having joined Antonio Conte’s Serie A side for £74m this summer.He is the highest earner at Old Trafford, and it is believed United are subsidising his wage – around £400,000 a week – to allow the move to Inter.Sanchez has had a disastrous 19 months at Old Trafford since leaving Arsenal in January 2018, scoring just five times in 45 appearances.He scored twice last season and only once in the Premier League and, had he stayed at the club, would have predominantly played in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to give more opportunities to teenage forward Mason Greenwood, who has made three substitute appearances so far this season.RelatedAlexis Sanchez: Inter Announce Permanent Transfer Of Man Utd FlopAugust 6, 2020In “England”Alexis Sanchez: Inter Milan Loan Move StallsAugust 22, 2019In “England”Ashley Young: Manchester United Agree Fee For Inter Milan MoveJanuary 17, 2020In “England”last_img read more