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Handy Map of Current Natural Hazard Events

Public NoticesThe Interior Geospatial Emergency Management System (IGEMS) provides the public with both an overview and more specific information on current natural hazard events. It is supported by the Department of the Interior Office of Emergency Management. View the map at IGEMS.
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Alaska DOT&PF Releases West Susitna Access Study

Public NoticesThe Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has issued a report for public review. Termed a “Reconnaissance” report, the study identifies locations that may benefit from surface access (i.e. road and/or rail) and evaluates the potential access routes. More specifically, the study identifies:
Resource development and use opportunities west of the Susitna River;
One or more potential crossings of the Susitna River; and,
One or more potential transportation corridors to access identified resources.
The majority of the area under study is not accessible by the existing road network. Providing surface access to some of these natural resource-dense areas could facilitate further exploration, development, and use of these resources. Natural resource development in Alaska helps to create jobs and stimulate the economy. Creating access to resources also enables residents and visitors to use the land recreationally. Public review and comment on the study is invited.
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BREAKING NEWS: Alaska Crime Lab Investigation

Public Notices(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Department of Public Safety Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory has discovered irregularities involving six controlled substance reference standards used in the testing of illegal drugs. Those six are morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, opium, codeine, and amphetamine. Foreign matter was discovered in these controlled substance reference standards. An audit of the Crime Lab’s controlled substance reference standards is underway. The Crime Lab is also notifying its accrediting body, The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board. The irregularities found do not impact the Crime Lab’s ability to identify submitted suspected controlled substances or the scientific validity of past lab tests.

The irregularities were discovered when new, more sensitive testing instruments began to be used by the Crime Lab. The discovery of irregularities in the standards has prompted a broader review, to include a criminal investigation, which is being performed by the Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Bureau of Investigation.
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MATANUSKA-SUSITNA BOROUGH PUBLIC NOTICE

Public NoticesThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB), Land & Resource Management Division, has received an application from Mahay's Riverboat Service for a 5-year temporary land use permit to use borough-owned land located north of Talkeetna, AK, along the Susitna River within Section 26, T27N, R05W, S.M., Alaska. The permit would allow for applicant to provide short nature hikes in association with riverboat tours. The site has a temporary picnic shelter, toilet facility, replicas of a trapper's cabin, cache and native shelter, primitive trails and a dock. Applicant is currently using the site under a 5-year land use permit for similar river tour activities.
Supporting material is available for public inspection during normal business hours on the 2nd floor of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough building in the Land Management Division at 350 E Dahlia Avenue, Palmer, Alaska. Public comment is invited on this request. If you have any comments please mail or deliver them to the borough offices at the address indicated above, no later than January 19, 2014. If you have questions about this request: call Bruce Paulsen at 861-7867 between 8:00-5:00 or you can send an e-mail to: LMB@matsugov.us (PLEASE REFER TO MSB006879 WHEN SUBMITTING COMMENTS).
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2014 PFD Application Period is Open

Public NoticesAll eligible Alaska residents may apply online here: https://pfd.alaska.gov/

Lots of related info there also.
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