Support for a drug-sniffing dog for Bethel

Bethel Friends of Canines fully supports the City of Bethel Police Department’s future K-9 Program. We are an animal rescue organization that works closely with the City of Bethel Police Department to manage animal control issues in the community, including helping to run the city pound and finding homes for dogs in the pound.

A K-9 Unit is used by several law enforcement agencies within the State of Alaska. This would allow the department to take advantage of the K-9’s unique sense of smell to help combat drug use and abuse in our city. It would be like having another officer on board. A K-9 Unit would increase officer safety and the safety of the community. We believe that this model will be mutually beneficial to the community, the department, and the employees at the Police Department. Drugs are a bad problem in our community, and we believe that the addition of a police dog will be a great addition to the police department in combating this issue.

Theresa Quiner, Vice President

Bethel Friends of Canines

Sullivan congratulates Mary Peltola on the Special Election to U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) issued the following statement congratulating Mary Peltola on winning the special election to represent Alaska in the U.S. House of Representatives:

I congratulate Mary Peltola on winning the special election to serve out the remaining term of the late, great Congressman Don Young. The three-person Alaska congressional delegation has a long and distinguished record of working together to advance and defend the interests of Alaskans, despite not always agreeing on different aspects of politics and policy. Over the next four months, I am hopeful to be able to work with Representative-elect Peltola on the issues that truly matter to our state—combatting record-high inflation and energy costs, pushing back against the Biden administration’s unprecedented shutdown of our state, slashing job-killing regulations that limit our potential, unleashing Alaska’s vast natural resources with much-needed infrastructure, continuing the important buildup of our military in the Arctic, achieving sustainable and healthy fisheries for all Alaskans, and addressing social issues like our high rates of sexual assault and domestic violence and the mental health challenges that are impacting so many young Alaskans and Americans.”

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan

Anchorage, AK

Study abroad in Germany

High School students may apply now for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program to study abroad in Germany. ASSE is one of four well-established international exchange organizations that administer this prestigious program, which is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the German Bundestag (Parliament). ASSE has 50 scholarships available to American youth from the western and northwestern regions of the USA. ASSE is responsible for promoting the CBYX program, recruiting applicants, and selecting finalists. Students are encouraged to learn more and apply at The deadline to apply is December 1, 2022.

The CBYX high school program is administered regionally by four well-renowned international exchange organizations. CBYX is committed to representing the vast diversity of the United States. Therefore, we encourage applications from all U.S. citizens ages 15-18 to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Funding provided by the United States Government.

Lori Wichael

ASSE Congress-Bundestag Grant Program Manager

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs

Youth Advocacy Grant

Spirit of Youth is offering one grant, of up to $15,000, for youth advocacy in Anchorage. The Youth Advocacy Grant is specifically intended to support youth-led projects that meet the following goals: Increase advocacy skills among Anchorage youth, provide forums to discuss issues impacting the context/environment for youth in Anchorage, explore factors that impact youth mental health.

Priority will be given to youth-led initiatives within the 12-24 year old age range. The deadline to apply is September 16, 2022.

Spirit of Youth

203 W 15th Ave UNIT 103

Anchorage, AK 99501

Polling shows Alaskan voters understand ranked choice voting

Alaskans for Better Elections surveyed Alaskan voters after the August 16 Pick 1 Primary and Special Ranked Choice General Election and is thrilled to announce that 95% of Alaskans reported receiving instructions on how to rank their choices and 85% of Alaskans reported Ranked Choice Voting to be “simple!”

These are fantastic numbers – they really reflect the willingness of Alaskans to learn about our new system and understand the benefits, said Jason Grenn, Executive Director for Alaskans for Better Elections. It’s also a testament to the hard work of the Division of Elections and many organizations across the state who are determined to make sure our elections inspire confidence and work well for each and every Alaskan voter. We will continue to work with our fellow Alaskans to ensure these reforms are seen for what they are – nonpartisan, simple, and meant to put voters first.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Alaska Division of Elections in ensuring that all Alaskan voters are confident and empowered in the process.

Alaskans for Better Elections

Anchorage, AK

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