Alaska Digest

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2007

Online applications for PFD open Jan. 1

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JUNEAU - State Revenue officials say it's not too soon to start thinking about next year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend.

The dividend application period opens Tuesday at one minute after midnight, the first day of the new year.

The permanent fund Dividend Division is again encouraging Alaskans to apply online with its Early Direct Deposit option.

Applicants who apply online in January and select and qualify for direct deposit will be paid on Oct. 2.

All other eligible applicants who select and qualify for direct deposit will be paid Oct. 16.

The division will begin mailing checks to all other eligible applicants Nov. 14.

300 customers advised to boil water

KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is recommending that about 300 water customers continue to boil their water before drinking it.

Deputy public works director Rich McAlpin says a power outage Tuesday damaged electrical control components at a water plant.

That forced the department to use an alternate water source for Mountain Point customers.

Residents were advised to boil water for one minute if it was used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes.

Customers also were asked to conserve water.

The water boiling advisory could continue through the weekend until repairs are made.

Wagoner calls for an energy credit

KENAI - A Kenai Republican state senator says Alaskans need an energy credit program to ease the pain of home electricity bills triggered by high oil prices.

Tom Wagoner says he is putting together legislation to get a discussion started about ways to cut energy costs of residential users.

Wagoner proposes that the energy credit be triggered when the price of a barrel of oil stays above $60 for one year.

The measure would give every person in Alaska who paid for electricity distributed through a meter system a $750 credit.

Wagoner says the money would go directly from the state to utilities.

Anchorage scoff laws face seizure of vehicles

ANCHORAGE - A new law in Anchorage goes into effect Friday, allowing police to impound the vehicles of people who owe at least $1,000 in outstanding traffic fines.

Lt. Paul Honeman says police will have a list of names and license plate numbers and will be actively looking for them.

Officials estimate that 1,500 people each owe the city at least $1,000 in unpaid fines.

Under the new law, only moving violations are taken into account.

The Tanana Chiefs Conference gets grant

ANCHORAGE - The Tanana Chiefs Conference has received a $1.2 million federal grant.

The Alaska congressional delegation says the grant is from the federal Department of Transportation.

The money will be used to build an intermodal parking facility at the Morris Thompson Culture and Visitors Center in Fairbanks.

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