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Fireweed yields tasty treats from Kenai bees

...annually. All hives must be registered with Alaska's Division of Agriculture, according to Alaska statutes.Director for the Division of Agriculture Franci Havemeister said in 2014, 16 people registered their beehives, 162 bee shipments were...
DOT sacks 40 workers

Departmental budget cuts and limits on state spending outlined by the Legislature will result in a reduction in services and the elimination of state jobs. More than 40 employees at the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities received notice terminating their employment with the agency Thursday. Department officials blamed the layoffs on a $6.5 million reduction by the Legislature to Gov. Tony Knowles' proposed budget. Thirteen of the 70 jobs cut from the DOT budget are in Juneau.
Report: State, federal governments unprepared for responding to oil spills

...would not have been able to contain the spill in the rough seas around the Aleutians. Larry Dietrick, state director for the Division of Spill Prevention and Response, said the Coast Guard has completed the first phase of a risk assessment study...
Mayes picked to head senior, disabilities agency

ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell has picked a new director for the Division of Senior & Disabilities Services. Duane Mayes will begin the job Dec. 20. The agency serves senior citizens, adults with disabilities...
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Bill collectors seize 5 percent of Alaska dividends

ANCHORAGE - Bill collectors will grab about 5 percent of Alaskans' permanent fund dividends this year, according to the state Department of Revenue. The state transferred the bulk of $911 million in permanent fund dividends into bank accounts via direct deposit Wednesday and the rest will be mailed later this month.
Addiction centers do the cuts, feel the pain

Drug- and alcohol-rehabilitation centers in Alaska are starting to feel the pain of state budget cuts, with most clinics facing increased caseloads and others discontinuing some services altogether. A looming fiscal gap prompted Gov. Frank Murkowski to slash about $130 million from the budget this year through line-item vetoes.
Gov.: More funds to help prevent substance abuse

Gov. Frank Murkowski is calling on the Legislature to approve $7.1 million in increased funding for state programs that prevent substance abuse and fetal alcohol syndrome.
Alaska Digest

...biological science and biological oceanography. He most recently served a second appointment as the departments director for the Division of Commercial Fisheries. The commissioner must first be nominated by the joint Board of Fisheries and Board...
State shuts Fairbanks detox center

FAIRBANKS - The state is investigating the Fairbanks Native Association's new detox center after a nurse practitioner quit because of safety concerns.
Chamber mayor, assembly candidate forum

This is the second of two-part coverage of the mayoral and assembly candidate question and answer forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Sept. 27 as part of its weekly lunch lecture series.


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