Several prominent economists, business leaders, and former state government leaders gathered in Anchorage earlier this month to discuss Alaska’s fiscal future. Among them was economist Gunnar Knapp who outlined the fiscal challenges facing the State of Alaska. KDLG’s Mike Mason listened in and filed this report.
Alaska’s unemployment rate remained steady in September at 6.8-percent according to the latest data released on Friday. That’s unchanged from the rate recorded back in August. Alaska’s rate is well above the national unemployment rate, which stood at 5.9-percent in August.
Friday marked the release of $7.5 million in federal disaster assistance for commercial fishermen affected by the 2012 failure of the Chinook salmon in the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers and Cook Inlet. Both US Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich welcomed the news and spoke in support of the decision.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Foundation released a study that shows how vulnerable finances are for American renters. The study also placed Alaska in the top five of renter’s states in the nation.
The study compared the finances of those who rent and those who own their own homes. 50 percent of renters are financially fragile however, only 21 percent of homeowners have shaky finances.
FINRA Investor Education Foundation research director Gary Motolla coauthored the study and says he looked at the financial capability and literacy of renters in America.
It looks like the largest herring fishery in Alaska could get a little bigger next year based on a larger forecast and bigger harvest quota. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued the 2015 Togiak Herring Forecast on Thursday.
An Alaska group received a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In 1968 the Fair Housing Act was created to prevent landlords from discriminating. Although times are significantly different, there is still discrimination which prevents some people from getting housing. In a report published by the US HUD, in 2010 there were over ten thousand housing discrimination complaints filed. The highest percentage of complaints were filed based on disability at 48 percent followed by race at 34 percent and marital status at 15 percent.
Governor Sean Parnell held a press conference with state officials (today) Thursday to discuss the state’s Ebola preparedness plan.
Parnell was joined in Anchorage by Health and Social Services Commissioner Bill Streur, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin and Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Cooper. Parnell said every indication pointed at Alaska being at low risk for Ebola however, he did stress that it was a concern.
The Bureau of Land Management transferred land to Alaska Peninsula Corporation, successor in interest to Newhalen Native Corporation. This fulfills the corporation’s final land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act for Newhalen.
A Dillingham City School teacher is being considered by the state of Alaska for teacher of the year.
Erika Schneider grew up in Massachusetts, went to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and immediately started applying for jobs in interesting locations-- like Alaska. She taught in the Bering Strait School District for four years and has been teaching in Dillingham for the past three years.