Sen. Micciche(R-K. Pen): “We’re going to get folks that say, ‘Don’t work on other bills, work on the budget,’ but the larger reductions are going to be in these comprehensive bills that change the way we do business. Title 4 is one of them, revising the 30+ year old alcohol statutes. We know that alcohol is a major cost-driver in this state, it causes enormous health and social services costs, it is the number one substance that people abuse, and this bill will modernize those statutes, while still supporting a very important industry.” The bill was first read on March 3rd and referred to committees for further discussion. Legislation addressing other portions of Title 4 were approved last year, including adjustments to the penalties for underage drinking, but Micciche says there was some disagreement near the end of the session about business licenses and regulation. Over the summer, stakeholders held regular meetings to come to agreements on key issues like the regulation of internet sales of alcohol, Local Option Communities, and the role of the ABC Board and staff. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Parts of Alaska’s alcohol laws are 30 years old, and State Senator Peter Micciche says the state’s alcohol businesses, regulators, and villages need an update to the patchwork code. He rolled out a rewrite of Title 4 this week, insisting the bill can and should be addressed this year…
The start of the new fiscal year is July 1. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker has set up an “incident command” structure — similar to what is used during wildfires or other disasters — to prepare for a potential government shutdown. Leading the effort is Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth. Her department is reviewing what money could be spent for “vital” state services if the Legislature fails to pass a budget. While Walker characterized a shutdown as unlikely, he told reporters Thursday he wants the state to be prepared. He says the administration is increasingly concerned that a shutdown could occur with each passing day. Legislative leaders have said they don’t want to see a government shutdown but have yet to come to terms on a budget and plan for addressing Alaska’s deficit.
This year 111 tags were attached to halibut through Kachemak Bay, tags are worth $250, $500, $1000. There were also two big tags: Homer Charter Association tag worth $10,000 and the Homer Chamber of Commerce tag worth $25,000. The winning fish was caught by Ashley Camp from Vancouver, British Columbia with a 221.4 pound and 76-inch halibut. The fish was caught with Midnight Sun Charters and Captain Brian Nollar on the Belle Ile. The prize ceremony will be live streamed on Facebook @jackpothalibutderby. The Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby is the longest running halibut fishing competition, from mid-May to mid-September every year, with the largest total payout in Alaska. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 33rd annual Homer Halibut Jackpot derby came to a close on Saturday, September 15. Prizes for the Jackpot Fish, Released Fish, Kids Prize, Captains Prize, Top Seller and Just for the Halibut will be drawn on Thursday, September 20th at 3pm.
In addition, Dunleavy announced his administration will place an immediate freeze on all new regulations across all State departments. Feige has spent her career working in the energy sector, including as a geophysicist and consultant and in management-level positions. Governor-Elect Dunleavy: “In Alaska, few departments are as critical as Natural Resources. Corri is the perfect choice to lead it, especially given our shared vision to revitalize our natural resource sector.” Dunleavy: “A new administration means new priorities, and our focus is to implement the voters’ desire to position Alaska for economic growth. Our goal is to pause any new regulations before our team has had the opportunity to assess whether they are needed or will hurt the economy.” Feige has held such posts as director of the State of Alaska’s Division of Oil & Gas, commissioner on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor’s Energy Policy Commission, and general manager – Alaska for LincEnergy Operations, Inc. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy announced his appointment of Corri Feige as Department of Natural Resources Commissioner.
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will look at a resolution at their meeting on Tuesday to name an unnamed lake located in the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve as Jade Lake. The Alaska Historical Commission has requested comments on the proposal to name an unnamed lake in the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will look at the resolution at their meeting on Tuesday, February 6. In a memo to the assembly from Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, Ryan Richards, a pilot from Anchorage, has requested the name of Jade Lake for a small unnamed alpine lake in the Chigmit Mountains of the Alaska Range. According to Mr. Richards, the lake resembles the official jade gemstone of the State of Alaska on a clear calm day. It is accessible by small floatplane and is the epitome of wild, scenic and rugged Alaska. The lake is located at an elevation of 2,926 feet approximately 10 miles southwest of Mount Redoubt, and 25 miles north of Mount Iliamna.
Currently the Seward Police Department has 10 police officer positions. Terry is proposing to add an eleventh officer and will be asking the council to approve additional funds in the budget to create the position. A number of Seward residents testified during the council meeting on Monday to voice their frustration over the handling of a recent homicide investigation. One woman stated that she’d “never felt more unsafe in Seward” Seward is run as a City Manager form of government, which means that Terry’s vote is treated the same as a council members. Terry: “The mayor, who I am, is just the presiding officer, so my vote is the same vote as the rest of the council members.” Terry: “During the budget work sessions I put forward having an additional police officer, just for the safety of our officers and to address crime. So, what we are looking at now is we are going through the budget process on how to fund that position.” This proposal will go before the council for introduction on November 25. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Seward Mayor Christy Terry is kicking off her first term as mayor in a big way by trying to tackle the recent rise in crime in the small town. Terry plans to propose a new position within the Seward Police Department after a recent City Council meeting showed a big shift of unease throughout the community. Terry: “What we are experiencing throughout the State of Alaska is increased drug use, increased crime, and for a local police department another officer is needed to address some of the problems we are experiencing.”
As of 3 p.m. on Sunday, 15 cases in the Fairbanks/North Pole area have a known epidemiologic link to these practices. This is out of a total of 28 positive COVID-19 cases in the Fairbanks/North Pole area identified to date. The practices in this building are cooperating with public health officials in the investigation and have been proactive and supportive of efforts to safeguard patients, staff and the Fairbanks/North Pole community, according to a release from DHSS. Persons who develop symptoms within 14 days of exposure should consult with a health care provider and notify the Fairbanks Public Health Nursing office at (907) 452-1776. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Section of Epidemiology has identified an influx of COVID-19 cases in Fairbanks that are all connected to two medical practices in the building at 3745 Geist Road, which includes McKinley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and ATI Physical Therapy. State of Alaska epidemiologists and public health nurses have already notified persons that have been identified as close contacts to confirmed cases associated with this cluster. However, out of an abundance of caution, everyone who spent time at these practices or with practice staff during March 9-29 is encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Social Services announced a total of 194 people testing positive with COVID-19 in Alaska combined across Saturday and Sunday. Of those 194 people, 154 are Alaska residents. The Kenai Peninsula was not immune to this spike in numbers, with five residents being from Soldotna, three from Kenai, and two in Seward. There was also one nonresident case in a Seward seafood industry worker. Anchorage was also heavily hit, with a total of 58 residents testing positive over the weekend. The new daily high for COVID-19 positive cases among Alaskan residents was set on Sunday, where 93 of the weekend’s 154 residents were reported. Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anne Zink, noted on a Sunday Facebook post that there is a clear trend towards younger positive cases. She also recently offered advice for how Alaskans can help curb this severe spike: “This is the time to be able to hunker back down, making sure that you are doing the things that you can to minimize the spread of the disease, minimize your contact with others, extended time within indoor facilities. Instead of going to a restaurant, order out from your favorite restaurant. Drive your RV up and have a nice night up in your RV and not in the restaurant itself. Try ot order out food for delivery from your grocery store instead of going inside the store. This is no the time to be getting together in larger gatherings, or even medium gatherings. Keep those bubbles really small as we really try to keep the lid on COVID-19.” That leaves a total of 847 active COVID-19 cases, among residents, the state. Of those cases, 27 are currently hospitalized. In the Kenai Peninsula, there are 119 active cases. There have now been a total of 1,479 cases among residents in Alaska. Of those cases, 615 have recovered and 17 have died. Inpatient bed capacity is still strong, with 644 available. A total of 86 ICU beds also remain available, and 262 ventilators are available, with only 22 currently in-use, among COVID and non-COVID patients. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 1.54%.
D’Tigress star Evelyn Akhator believes Nigeria’s triumph at the 2019 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket in Senegal was down to their “zeal to win” which she said was much more intense than all the opponents they faced on their way to retaining the trophy.Nigeria retained their title with a 60-55 points victory over hosts and eleven-time champions Senegal on Sunday in Dakar to complete an impressive unbeaten run that has now stretched to 13 games dating back to the bronze medal match against Angola in the 2015 edition in Yaoundé, Cameroon.Speaking to busybuddiesng.com after the team touched down at the Murtala Mohammed International airport on Monday night to a heroic reception, the Centre/Forward who was named in the team of the tournament for the second consecutive time after achieving a similar feat in Mali 2017 said the entire both old and young were driven by an intense hunger for glory. Photo Credit: FIBA“It’s just all about the zeal, the zeal to win. The young ones wanted to win gold and we wanted to retain the tournament in Africa, we wanted to retain the Cup.“The thing is just believing in ourselves and we tried to do it as much as we [could],” the 24-year old Perfumarias Avenida of Spain player said.Download AudioFacing hosts Senegal in front of a reported 15,000 home crowd – the largest ever recorded for a basketball event on the continent – must have been daunting and it was evident in the way the game swung with the D’Tigress who had led in the first three quarters having to dig deep to claim the win after Senegal drew level in the fourth quarter with a little over two minutes left on the clock.Akhator said D’Tigress always knew they’d face Senegal at some stage in the tournament and knew they’d also have to deal with a hostile crowd. That mental preparedness she said, helped the team keep their heads during Senegal’s resurgence late in the game and also helped them cope with the febrile atmosphere in the Dakar Arena.“I think it’s our poise, our zeal and our patience to just keep calm,” Akhator explained about how the girls were able to cope in the face of overwhelming support for the home side.“[On Sunday] we were playing against 15,000 in the crowd, that’s a lot! But the poise and the calmness to just.., we knew before we left Nigeria that we were going to play against Senegal, not just the players but also the crowd. We knew that for sure and we kept our poise I think that’s what actually helped us.” Download AudioAt the sound of the final buzzer, the entire team erupted in pure joy but Akhator says the whole thing still seems a bit surreal and it would probably take a few days for the reality of their feat to sink in.“I’m excited, I’m so excited [but] it hasn’t dawned on us yet, maybe two, three, four days time, it’s going to dawn on us that we are still retaining the trophy and we are the African champions. It hasn’t dawned on us yet, we are still living in the moment and the joy and I’m excited [about] that.Download AudioNigeria’s win also means they have qualified to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifiers November where they will come up against Congo DR and Mozambique in Group A.Despite their high status as Africa’s best side and having dispatched Congo DR with ease at the 2019 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket, Akhator who had a stint in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) as the 3rd overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the Dallas Wings, said D’Tigress will not “take any team lightly” as they plot their way to the Olympics after narrowly missing out on the 2016 edition in Rio.“We’ve seen Congo [DR], we’ve played against [them] before and Mozambique we played against them two years ago, and they gave Senegal [a] tough time. “We can’t take any team lightly, we’ve got to prepare and come together again and do what we’ve got to do to play.”Download AudioRetaining the trophy – Nigeria’s fourth overall – is yet another impressive feat by D’Tigress who last year in Spain, became the first African team to reach the FIBA Women’s World Cup Quarter-Finals.And for young women inspired by D’Tigress feat looking to take up the sport, Akhator who averaged 11 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in the tournament has a word of advice – keep at it, no matter the circumstances. “Believe in yourself, keep working no matter how hard it is, just keep working. It might not happen today but in the long run, it definitely will happen.”Download Audio RelatedWomen’s FIBA Afrobasket: Otis Invites 15 Players for Title Defence as Nigeria Camp Opens in LagosJuly 25, 2019In “D’Tigress”2019 AfroBasket: Unbeaten D’Tigress Beat Senegal To Retain TrophyAugust 19, 2019In “Africa”Basketball: D’Tigress Face Mali After Mozambique Win In pre-Olympics Qualifiers.November 17, 2019In “BasketBall”
The University of Louisville basketball team made the pared-down recruiting list of seven teams for five-star New Jersey junior wing/guard Tyus Battle on Monday. The University of Kentucky, notably, did not.The 6-foot-6 Battle is now considering U of L, Connecticut, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Syracuse, his father told Scout.com. He’s rated the No. 11 player overall in the 2016 class and the No. 4 small forward by Scout.U of L coach Rick Pitino watched Battle two weeks ago, and his staff has recruited him consistently for months.Battle’s father told Scout.com that his son would like to officially visit Louisville in March and Duke in April. Duke is seen as probably the team to beat at this stage.Maverick Rowan of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Terrance Ferguson of Dallas, Miles Bridges of Huntington, W.Va., V.J. King of Virginia and Josh Jackson of California are other top wings interested in Louisville in 2016.UK was one four schools eliminated from Battle’s list on Monday. He visited Lexington in mid-October for Big Blue Madness, and he had a scholarship offer from the Wildcats. He had been one of the few common targets of UK and U of L in 2016. Another one, Las Vegas-area point guard Derryck Thornton Jr., is a friend of Battle’s and has expressed interest in playing with him in college, although it’s not certain Battle’s decision will have a big impact on Thornton’s.As for wings, UK is still in the thick of it with elite juniors Malik Monk, Jayson Tatum, Jackson and King.Battle also cut Virginia, Miami, Florida and Villanova.