Sixty percent of all federal dollars spent in Alaska are devoted to defense spending.
A new study shows just how dependent Alaska is on the military.
The state Labor Department estimates the military will spend $486 million next year on Alaska projects. The study is published in the December issue of Alaska Economic Trends magazine.
The largest percentage of residents with ties to the military live in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, where nearly a quarter of the population is employed by the military, or is a military dependent. The Denali Borough, home to Clear Air Force Station, is second with about 22 percent.
Juneau is command headquarters for the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska, but the largest Coast Guard presence is in Kodiak. About 18 percent of Kodiak residents are involved in the military. Most are in the Coast Guard.
Nearly 31,000 active-duty members of the military and their dependents live in Anchorage, but represent only 10 percent of the population in Alaska’s largest city.
In the capital city, the total number of military active duty and dependents reached 824 last year, representing 2.5 percent of Juneau residents, according to the report.
- In the past month, the top three leaders at the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority have submitted letters of resignation. The shake up comes at a time when the organization, which manages funds for mental health and substance abuse programming across the state, is undergoing a special legislative audit over concerns about financial mismanagement.
- Alaska’s U.S. senators have issued a second round of statements following the rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. This time their criticisms are aimed at President Donald Trump.
- States across the lower 48 will get to see a full solar eclipse Monday, August 21, as the moon slides directly in front of the sun for roughly two minutes. People from all over the world are flocking to towns that will fall under the path of the moon’s shadow.
- A science, technology, engineering, and math program geared towards Alaska Native students has guided one Kodiak local through both middle school and high school. And now, he’s off to college.