Young, drawing on Alaska’s example, said the partisan tilt of Puerto Rico’s electorate shouldn’t guide the decision.
Three Puerto Rican students came to study at the University of Alaska Southeast this fall in search of an adventure. But their semester abroad turned into a stressful ordeal after Hurricane Maria left them cut off from their families.
On Monday, a portable emergency radio kit went from Juneau to Puerto Rico to help with communications during recovery after Hurricane Maria.
Spanish-immersion students in Anchorage are well on their way to a goal of raising $10,000 to benefit fellow students in Puerto Rico hit hard by Hurricane Maria. That includes Romig Middle School’s sister school in Puerto Rico, teacher Anaely Leon-Hernandez said.
The administration has waived the Jones Act for Puerto Rico. Under the law, only U.S.-flagged ships are allowed to move goods between U.S. ports.
The U.S. territory filed to restructure billions in debt earlier this year. Those economic straits threaten to hobble the island’s ability to cope with the effects of the Category 5 hurricane.
A state Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigator is looking into claims of workplace health and safety issues at the Silver Bay Seafoods processing plant in Naknek.
In the draft rule, Alaska would have had to cut emissions by 26 percent. But the state will not have to comply with new federal mandates.
In Puerto Rico, poverty and lax rules have stranded about 300,000 dogs as strays. So, rescue groups are sending many of those dogs to the mainland — and trying to change attitudes on the island.
Jose Vasquez was recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard Thursday for helping to save the other three passengers on the Wings of Alaska flight despite his own injuries.