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7:19 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Fiscal Challenges in Alaska

Alaska's fiscal challenges were addressed during a forum held in early October in Anchorage.
Credit Alaska Common Ground

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.

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Business
3:16 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Alaska's Unemployment Rate is Once Again Higher than the U.S. Rate

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development released the unemployment data for September on October 17.
Credit Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

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.

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Fisheries
12:48 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

First Installment of Fish Disaster Assistance Released

Credit National Geographic

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. 

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Other
11:49 am
Fri October 17, 2014

New Study Shows Alaska Among Top Five Renter's States

Credit Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

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.

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Fisheries
11:01 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Togiak Herring Forecast Released

The 2015 Togiak herring forecast was released on October 16.
Credit ADF&G

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.

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Events & Information
10:07 am
Fri October 17, 2014

US HUD Awards Alaska with State's First Fair Housing Grant

Credit US Department of Housing and Urban Development

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. 

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Fisheries
5:20 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

BBEDC Changes the "Processing Plant Grant Program"

The Community Development Quota organization for the Bristol Bay region has made a significant change to the biggest pot of money it can give out at one time. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

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Bristol Bay Field Notes
4:17 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Bristol Bay Field Notes for October 17, 2014

Health
1:31 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Governor Parnell Speaks on Alaska's Ebola Preparedness

Credit Office of Sean Parnell

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.

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Open Line
1:22 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Open Line for October 16, 2014

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Open Line
1:22 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Open Line for October 15, 2014

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Other
10:04 am
Thu October 16, 2014

BLM Alaska Fulfills Final ANCSA Entitlement for Newhalen

Credit Bureau of Land Management

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.  

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Education
9:10 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Dillingham School Teacher Finalist for Alaska Teacher of the Year

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.

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