The latest unemployment numbers show that Southwest Alaska continues to lead the state in regional unemployment. The March unemployment rate in the Southwest region was 13.8-percent. That’s essentially unchanged from the 13.9-percent rate recorded in February.
14 sportsman’s and conservation groups have come out in opposition to legislation introduced in Congress that would take away a power currently held by the EPA that the agency intends to use in the Bristol Bay region. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.
Fishermen and processors are gearing up for the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery, which is largest herring fishery in Alaska. However, they apparently are not planning on taking part in a much smaller fishery to the west. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains.
The Alaska Federation of Natives is joining the call for lawmakers to increase funding for Alaska’s public schools. AFN is also calling for any such increase to be made through the established “Base Student Allocation”. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.
The Alaska House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday intended to allow more veterans to take advantage of hiring preferences. Senate Bill 145 was approved unanimously by the Senate back in March and a slightly different version of the bill was approved unanimously by the House on Wednesday.
A new study shows that lake trout in the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve have mercury levels that exceed the state and national standards for consumption by women and children. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.
The Alaska House of Representatives signed off on legislation Monday that would extend the buffer zone between schools and businesses that sell alcohol. Current law prohibits alcohol sales within 200 feet of schools and churches.
The members of the Alaska House of Representatives voted unanimously Monday in favor of a bill that would give Alaskans a new way to transfer property upon a person’s death. House Bill 60 would add Alaska to the list of 23-other states that recognize “Transfer on Death” deeds.
For many years the staff and Board of Directors for the Nushagak Cooperative have been trying to identify renewable energy projects that could be developed in the Dillingham area. So far those efforts have not resulted in a suitable project being found. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.
The members of the Alaska Legislature are working frantically this week to wrap up their work before the scheduled end of the session in Sunday. The House Minority Caucus outlined their priorities for the last few day’s during a press conference Tuesday morning. KDLG’s Mike Mason listened in and filed this report.
DILLINGHAM: Amanda Kernak, 24, of Kokhanok, was found unresponsive in her room at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center during a routine security check on April 10.
The Alaska Bureau of Investigations Major Crimes Unit was notified at 1:35 a.m.. Authorities said lifesaving efforts were attempted without success, and Kernak was later pronounced deceased. No foul play is suspected, and next of kin have been notified.
DILLINGHAM: George Washington Kase, 25, originally of Dillingham, was arrested Friday afternoon in Togiak for alleging breaking into the village clinic pharmacy and stealing prescription medications.
Kase had been employed as a peer mentor at the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation’s Behavioral Health Center, and had been speaking to others about addiction and recovery. The hospital said he was fired following the arrest Friday.