Nearly 700 civilian and military personnel around the state who work with the Alaska National Guard have been furloughed.
The federal technicians are not considered to be necessary to carry out or support lifesaving or safety missions.
Alaska Guardsmen who are on active-duty orders are not subject to furlough. They may back-fill closed offices and positions usually held by furloughed technicians, or they may perform non-excepted duties.
In addition, the National Guard’s inactive training that’s held one weekend a month and two weeks out of the year has been postponed indefinitely.
An officer who normally deals with the Alaska media on National Guard issues was contacted on Tuesday afternoon by a KTOO reporter inquiring seeking more details. But he said he was no longer allowed to speak for the Guard since he was also on furlough.
- At a 30-day wellness camp hosted at Ekwok Lodge, participants fought alcohol and drug addiction with fishing and berry picking. Friday was graduation day.
- Before he was reassigned, Joel Clement was part of a working group focused on village relocation and coastal resilience in Alaska.
- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and its partners, including Kodiak area Native corporations, are at the beginning of a two-and-a-half year, $1.8 million study of elk and bears on on Afognak Island to help balance game management and logging.
- Kodiak Island Borough resource manager and officer Maggie Slife was part of a group that went out on a rainy day to inspect the completed replanting of the burn area the Chiniak fire left behind in 2015.