Alaska Statute 23. 10.065(a) requires the
Alaska minimum wage to be adjusted using the
Consumer Price Index for urban consumers in
the Anchorage metropolitan area (Anchorage
CPI-U) for the preceding calendar year. The Anchorage CPI-U increased 0.4 percent in 2016,
rising from 216.909 to 217.830. As a result, the
minimum wage rose from $9.80 to $9.84 effective January 1, 2018.
“These modest annual adjustments ensure low
wage workers don’t have to wait for several years
to see their wages raised to keep up with inflation,” said Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas.
The Alaska minimum wage applies to all hours
worked in a pay period regardless of how the
employee is paid: whether by time, piece, commission, or otherwise. All actual hours worked
in a pay period multiplied by the Alaska minimum wage is the very least an employee can be
compensated by an employer. Tips do not count
toward the minimum wage.
NATIONAL SEATING & MOBILITY
National Seating & Mobility is opening its first location in Alaska in Anchorage. “The contin-
ued growth of the company supports our goal to
reach more clients in need of mobility solutions,”
said Bill Mixon, NSM, CEO. “We are excited to
operate our first location in Alaska and to expand
our presence in the Washington area.”
Assistive Technology Provider Wayne Gould,
a CRT industry veteran in Alaska, will serve cli-
ents from the Anchorage branch.
“NSM represents the client-focused, do-the-right-thing approach that I’ve also subscribed
to,” said Gould. “In today’s changing environment, I felt that NSM was the best place for me
to take care of my clients, and at the same time
provide me with a long term stable career.”
Northern Dynasty Minerals entered into a framework agreement with First Quantum
Minerals which says that an affiliate of First
Quantum will execute an option agreement with
Northern Dynasty. The option agreement contem-
plates an option payment of $150 million staged
over four years that will entitle First Quantum to
acquire the right to earn a 50 percent interest in
the Pebble Limited Partnership for $1.35 billion.
The option period may be extended for up to two
years by First Quantum making payments to be
agreed upon. The amounts will be offset against
the $1.35 billion additional investment. Within
five business days of the execution of the frame-
work agreement, First Quantum will make an
early option payment of $37.5 million to Northern
Dynasty. The Early Option Price Installment will
be applied solely for the purpose of progressing
Pebble Project permitting.
Pebble CEO Tom Collier said, “This represents
exciting news for the project. We will soon initiate
the permitting and review process with a much
smaller and more environmentally sensitive plan
for a mine at Pebble. We are very pleased to have
the financial resources to move through that process. This thorough and comprehensive process
allows everyone an opportunity to express their
views about Pebble.
“This initial investment by a well-established
copper mining company speaks volumes about
the economic opportunity Pebble represents to
Alaska. Pebble development could make a significant contribution to Alaska’s economy and
provide year-round jobs for Southwest Alaska.
Additionally, Pebble could provide important revenue to state and local governments.
“We will continue to expand our Alaska team
and engage with Alaskan firms to help us ad-
vance Pebble through the permitting process.
We look forward to 2018 and more open dialogue
with all stakeholders about our mine plan.”
On December 22, Pebble finalized documen-
tation and filed for a US Clean Water Act 404
permit with the US Army Corps of Engineers,
thereby initiating federal and state permitting for
the Pebble Project under the National Environ-
mental Policy Act. pebblepartnership.com
Anew clinic opened in December in the An- chorage 5th Avenue Mall that plans to take
the hassle out of healthcare by giving patrons
easy access and less expensive options for simple treatments and check-ups.
Shoppers and patients can find the Capstone
Express Clinic near JCPenney and Claire’s on the
1st Floor of the mall.
Capstone Express Clinic is a full service
medical clinic mimicking traditional Urgent Care
facilities. Because Capstone is a telemedicine
unit, patients speak with doctors via video chat
and skip long lines, higher-cost check-up rates,
Patients can come to Capstone for a virtual
doctor’s appointment with an MD based in a
Capstone clinic in Boniface. The doctor will diag-
nose using digital stethoscopes and otoscopes,
while a medical assistant can do things such as
process tests via an onsite lab or administer an-
tibiotics for common ailments like strep throat.
Capstone accepts almost all insurance coverage and offers competitive rates for out of pocket
transactions. Additionally, the clinic hopes having the clinic conveniently located in the mall
will drive people to get the check-ups they need
by removing the inconvenience of high costs or
long drives. capstoneclinic.com
SITKA MEDICAL CENTER
Sitka Medical Center opened Sitka’s first walk- in express care clinic in January. The Sitka
Medical Center Express Care Clinic fills the gap
between visiting one’s primary care provider and
an unnecessary trip to the emergency room with
clinic hours on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and
Mondays until 6:00 p.m.
The Sitka Medical Center Express Care
Clinic doors are open to everyone in the community. It also accepts most healthcare plans—
including Tricare, Medicare, Denali Kid Care, and
Medicaid. The clinic also has a sliding fee scale
payment option for eligible patients without insurance. Eligibility depends on income and family size, and patients may apply at the Express
Care Clinic also.
Express care offers an alternative for patients
when their provider’s schedule is full, as there is
no need to schedule an appointment. The Sitka
Medical Center Express Care Clinic is located at
814 Halibut Point Road. sitkaexpress.com
The National Defense Authorization Act was igned on December 12, which requires all
drone owners to register their unmanned aircraft
systems. Previously, two groups were exempt.
Some owners were exempt due to their mem-
bership in a community based organization
focused on safe and appropriate use through
established guidelines and education. Owners
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