The payments workers actually received were less than $1,200 -- probably closer to $700 or $800 --- after taxes and other deductions were taken out, said Jim Duncan, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Administration.
It's been a challenging winter for rural Alaska villages. High fuel prices, reduced income from fishing and a particularly cold winter have left many residents struggling to heat their homes and feed their families. But the state has taken action and work continues.
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks is expecting to be in the national spotlight Sunday when Gov. Sarah Palin formally steps down and Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell swears in to take her place.
The state put several hundred extra dollars into most state workers' paychecks last week -- and millions into the state economy.
About 850 men and women, most of them fully decked in formal attire, braved the snow and wind Saturday night to attend one of the few events in Juneau where tuxedo pants outnumbered Carharts and high heels won out over Xtratufs. Gov. Frank Murkowski's fourth inaugural ball was held at Centennial Hall, Merchants Wharf and the Goldbelt Hotel. The first three balls were in Anchorage, Nome and the Alaska State Fairgrounds in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Ketchikan had its inaugural ball Sunday and others are planned for Kenai and Fairbanks.
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