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Report: Student surge not all from rural villages

...custody changes. Village flight was a hot topic in 2008 as energy costs rose. The state was giving Alaskans $1,200 "energy bonus" checks along with an unusually fat Permanent Fund dividend check, and officials thought families might be using that...
Anchorage seeks study of Native exodus to the city

...students since school started, while rural schools across Western Alaska report losing pupils. Comeau says the $1,200 energy bonus that came with permanent fund checks this year was supposed to ease energy costs for rural residents, but many used...
Energy solutions, not handouts, are needed

...misguided as the effort of Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, to present all Alaska Permanent Fund recipients a $500 energy bonus. Some problems are so overwhelming that only governments can amass the necessary funds to attack them. The current...


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