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Officials amend disclosures in response to APOC complaint

The Alaska Public Offices Commission will hear three out of more than 200 complaints that in some way relate to an annual Kenai River Fishing event, but two officials have already amended their filings to correct the issue, they said.
APOC complaints filed over Kenai River Classic participation, gifts

...themselves or their families in relation to an annual Kenai River fishing event.The complaints filed against Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources Ed Fogels and Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell assert...
Bonds net low rates

The state of Alaska has sold $200 million in voter-approved general obligation bonds, using the state's strong financial position and federal subsidies to get a low 2.78 percent interest rate, state officials said.
Health care a state focus

...cost curve down from 9 percent to 2 percent, that would be almost miraculous," said Mike Barnhill, deputy commissioner of the Department of Administration. Barnhill's department, which oversees health care coverage for most state employees...
Livey to replace Perdue as health and social services commissioner

JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles picked a deputy commissioner of the Department of Health and Social Services to head the agency when outgoing Commissioner Karen Perdue leaves in October.
Retirement board faces debt

The Alaska Retirement Management Board Friday delayed making a decision on how much extra money needs to be set aside for future pension costs in the next year's budget.
Road safety issues talked over

Community leaders, potential stakeholders and concerned residents Tuesday gathered to discuss the future of highway safety on the Kenai Peninsula. Sen. Mark Begich, who supports the safety initiative through its primary facilitator Girdwood 2020, attended the meeting billed as the Seward and Kenai Peninsula Highway Transportation Corridor Safety Summit hosted at the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration building in Soldotna. "A plan is needed to fix the highway system," said Dave Wilson, Girdwood 2020 Highway Safety Committee chair.
Alaska State Troopers race across state for sick children

The sense of teamwork was palpable. A 10-strong group from the Fairbanks Police Department stood waiting to supply a racer for each of the 38 legs of the Alaska State Troopers Adventure Relay Friday at the trooper's Soldotna post. Emergency personnel from all over the state have kept in steady contact with each other about trail conditions along the 630 miles of the Soldotna to Fairbanks course. Firefighters from Central Emergency Services showed up to temporarily block traffic for the start of the three-day race.
Workers sign up for credit protection services after identity crises

More than 25,000 anxious public employees and retirees have signed up for credit protection services after a state contractor last year lost personal data on 77,000 current and former state, municipal and school employees, state officials say.
State's credit outlook downgraded

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A major New York bond rating firm said Tuesday that Alaska should reduce the gaping chasm between its income and expenses or expect to pay higher interest rates when it borrows money.


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