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Alaska Joins Federal, State Crackdown on Four Cancer Charities

Alaska NewsThe Alaska Department of Law joined 49 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in a joint complaint charging four cancer charities and their operators with scamming consumers. According to complaint, the defendants—including Cancer Fund of America, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services and The Breast Cancer Society—collected $187 million in donations, most of which were wasted and misused.

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Disaster Declared for Dalton Highway Flooding

Alaska NewsMay 22, 2015 (PRUDHOE BAY) – Governor Bill Walker yesterday declared a state disaster in response to flooding within the North Slope Borough. This is the second such declaration the governor has issued in response to flooding on the Dalton Highway, but the geographic scope covered by this latest proclamation is wider.

Record-high temperatures accelerated spring snow melt in the Brooks Range. The high runoff overflowed the Sagavanirktok (Sag), Kuparuk and Colville rivers, causing flooding along portions of the Dalton Highway, Deadhorse Airport and nearby facilities.

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Dalton Highway Closed Due to Flooding

Alaska News(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – At 12 a.m. this morning, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) closed the Dalton Highway at MP 394-403 due to extreme flooding of the road. Water up to 2 feet deep has been reported over the road, and with warm temperatures forecast through this week, the water level is expected to continue to rise. The road is anticipated to remain closed until after the water levels crest; hydrologists with ADOT&PF and the University of Alaska Fairbanks expect this to happen late this week.

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Earthquake shakes Susitna Valley

Alaska NewsAn earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.50 shook residents of the Susitna Valley this morning at 7:49 a.m. The epicenter was 22 miles (35 km) NW of Willow.
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Alaska Joins Sprint and Verizon Cramming Settlements Consumers Eligible for Refunds

Alaska NewsThe Alaska Office of the Attorney General joined 49 states and the District of Columbia in settlements with Sprint Corporation and Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless resolving allegations that the carriers placed unauthorized charges for third-party services on consumers’ mobile telephone bills, a practice known as “mobile cramming.” Sprint and Verizon also reached agreements with the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

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Flags Lowered for Peace Officers Memorial Day

Alaska NewsMay 14, 2015 JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker today ordered all state flags to be lowered to half-staff on Friday, May 15 in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, and to honor all the men and women of law enforcement who put their lives on the line to maintain public safety.

“Donna and I thank all of our dedicated law enforcement officers who work tirelessly in the face of danger to ensure our public safety,” Governor Walker said. “We also remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty. I encourage all Alaskans to give thanks for our peace officers and their families, and for the selfless contributions they make to keep our communities safe.”

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Governor Signs Arctic Policy Bill into Law

Alaska NewsMay 11, 2015 ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker signed an Arctic policy bill into law today, taking a major step forward in defining Alaska’s involvement in Arctic development. Sponsored by Representative Bob Herron of Bethel, HB 1 outlines the state’s priorities for Arctic policy and spells out ways in which the state will attain those priorities.

“As the United States assumes chairmanship of the Arctic Council, it’s important that Alaska establishes itself as a leader in Arctic issues,” Governor Walker said. “This legislation is significant because it is the first of its kind to define Alaska’s role in the rapidly-changing Arctic.”

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2015 Police Memorial Ceremonies

Alaska News(ANCHORAGE, Alaska)‐ Alaska’s Police Memorial Week will begin this Friday May 8, 2015. To honor the fallen Law Enforcement Officers from across the state, there will be multiple ceremonies at various locations. Please come and show your support to the men and women who wear a badge in order to make Alaska a safer, better place and to remember those who have lost their lives in the process. This year we are saddened to be adding the names of two fallen Alaska State Troopers to the memorial. Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson and Trooper Gabriel Rich were killed in the line of duty on May 1, 2014.

Anchorage: May 8, 2015. The event starts at 3pm at the Alaska State Crime Detection Laboratory on 4805 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.
Fairbanks: May 15, 2015. The event starts at 11am and is located at the Fairbanks Police Department at 911 Cushman Street.
Juneau: May 8, 2015. At noon there will be a wreath-laying at Evergreen Cemetery. At 5:30pm that evening there will be another ceremony at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

*National Police Memorial Day is recognized on May 15 every year. Alaska holds its main memorial service in Anchorage the Friday before the national memorial so families of the fallen officers can attend both events.
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DEC Names New Public Information Officer

Alaska News(JUNEAU, AK) –The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has named Candice Bressler as its new public information officer. Bressler takes over from Ty Keltner who served DEC for four years prior to joining the Office of the Governor earlier this year.

Bressler most recently served in a similar role as the department communications coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). She began her state service in 2009 as the ADF&G workforce development program coordinator, focusing on recruitment and retention strategies statewide. Bressler is currently in her second year as co-chair of the Governor’s Denali Peak Performance Awards Program, a statewide effort recognizing outstanding state employees for their dedication to excellence in their jobs.


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Governor Bill Walker extends condolences to President of Nepal

Alaska NewsApril 28, 2015 JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker extended his condolences to President Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal following the tragic earthquake and aftershocks that struck the country last week.

“The thoughts and prayers of Alaskans are with the people of Nepal this week,” said Governor Walker. “We join people around the world in mourning the lives lost and the devastation that struck this beautiful country.”

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Gov. Applauds Passage of Child Support Bill

Alaska NewsApril 27, 2015 JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker thanked the Alaska Legislature today for passing his amendments to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, HB 106. Under the newly adopted legislation, Alaska will be able to enforce and collect child support from people living in other countries.

Alaska’s Uniform Interstate Family Support Act prevents a parent from evading his or her child support obligations by simply moving to another state. HB 106 amends the Uniform Act to ensure the same efficient and expedited processes can apply between countries, just as it occurs between states.

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Gov. Walker Adopted into Kaagwaantaan Clan

Alaska NewsApril 21, 2015 JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker said today he is honored the Kaagwaantaan clan adopted him—an honor bestowed upon very few Alaskan leaders.

“I am so humbled, honored and touched the Kaagwaantaan (pronounced “COG-won-tahn”) has embraced me into the clan’s fold,” Governor Walker said. “Being welcomed into the Tlingit community, and getting to take part in this unique tradition, is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

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ADOT&PF suspends seasonal weight restrictions on Parks Highway travel to, from Prudhoe Bay

Alaska NewsThe Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) will suspend temporary seasonal weight restrictions for commercial vehicles traveling the Parks Highway with an origin or destination in Prudhoe Bay. Commercial vehicles transporting commodities to Prudhoe Bay over the exempted routes will be allowed 100 percent of legal axle weight. No permit is required.

The shifting of legal axle weight on the drive groups up to 2,000 pounds on the Steese and Elliott highways has been extended through April 22, 2015.

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Gov Thanks Those Working To Reopen Dalton Hwy

Alaska NewsApril 14, 2015 JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker today extended his thanks to the state agencies, private industry representatives, and private contractors who have been working together to re-open the Dalton Highway. These efforts come in response to flooding on the Sagavanirktok (Sag) River, between miles 390 and 405 of the Dalton Highway, and Governor Walker’s April 7th disaster declaration for the area.

“I am so grateful for the dedicated men and women who have been working 24 hours a day to re-open this vital economic corridor,” Governor Walker said. “Working in harsh conditions on the North Slope is taxing on even the strongest individuals. The commitment of the Dalton Unified Incident Command and private contractors to work in this environment is to be commended.”

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Dalton Highway Closed Except for Critical Loads

Alaska News(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) –Beginning this morning, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) successfully led several permitted loads through Mile 399-405 of the Dalton Highway. This section has been closed to traffic since last Sunday. The Dalton Highway remains closed except for critical loads that have been pre-authorized by the Dalton Unified Incident Command.

As of 6 p.m., 55 trucks had transited the closed section of the highway carrying critical loads pre-authorized by the Dalton Unified Incident Command. Convoys have traveled the highway in both directions. Between convoys, the road is inspected and maintained to ensure conditions continue to be safe for travel.

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