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Local woman honored for her statewide work

A Juneau woman was recognized by her peers in May for her work in the behavioral health field.
State to accept federal education funds

The state of Alaska will accept $23.5 million in federal Education Jobs Fund money aimed at preventing teacher layoffs, despite a lack of budget-driven layoffs.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

Knowles pointed to a reduction of $116 million in welfare payments over the past five fiscal years during the dedication of an Anchorage Job Center on Thursday. That job center had been a welfare office.
The bear stalker

...bears," said wildlife biologist Kim Titus. "He fills a pretty specialized niche." Titus now serves as deputy director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation at Fish and Game. He worked closely with Beier on research projects on Admiralty...
Some village organizations owe the IRS payroll taxes

...getting grants and employees from earning credit toward their Social Security benefits, said Scott Ruby, deputy director of the division. "We've had that issue with several communities," Ruby said. Eileen McSherry, regional communications...

...Committee that he also objects to the growing use of Social Security numbers for identification. Chuck Hosack, deputy director of the Division of Motor Vehicles, said drivers can ask not to have their Social Security number on the license now.
Welfare payments to Alaskans dip to lowest point in 10 years

Alaska's welfare caseload is down 34 percent -- the lowest level since 1990, according to Gov. Tony Knowles.
Climate change may affect arctic biodiversity

Three local scientists merged their studies to provide a look at how the changing arctic environment can affect species through hybridization. Their work led to a commentary article published last month in Nature, an international science journal.
Legislators try to save Coastal Management, but there are hurdles

As legislators continued this week to try to craft a Coastal Management compromise and save the program, the administration of Gov. Sean Parnell was questioning whether it was already too late. Funding the program, as well as staffing it, would both be a concern, said Kim Kruse, deputy director of the Division of Coastal and Ocean Management. "It's kind of late at this point to reactivate things," she said.
Juneau's Don Dickey brought visitor industry to new level

When Alaskans look at the state's booming tourism industry in recent years, some of those in the know are saying that it was Don Dickey who quietly but cheerfully helped that boom come about."He was without a doubt the classiest, most gentle and most humorous man I've ever known, and he worked so hard to make Alaska the (tourist) destination it has become," said Karen Jacobsen Hansen, a former owner of Wings of Alaska.


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