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March 31 Deadline to Apply for 2013 PFD is Fast Approaching

The March 31st deadline to apply for the 2013 Permanent Fund Dividend is coming up fast! If you are an Alaskan resident who has not yet filed a 2013 PFD application - apply online today! It is important to note that the deadline is on a Sunday this year, and PFD offices are not open on the weekends. Those who wait until the 31st to file will need to file online as most post offices will be closed that day as well. Paper applications are also available at distribution sites throughout the state, but must be postmarked no later than March 31st to be considered timely.

PFD Division Director Dan DeBartolo encourages applicants to file online, "The 2013 online application works on most web browsers, and will function on popular mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone. On our home page,, use the Test Your Browser tool to make sure the online application will work seamlessly for you."

Online applications must be completed before midnight, March 31st, 2013, Alaska Time.

Hand delivered applications will be accepted at all PFD Division Offices between 10 AM and 4:30 PM through Friday, March 29th, 2013.

This year, eligible applicants will be paid on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013. The 2013 dividend amount will be announced in late September. You can check your application status at any time by going to the division website and clicking on the blue myPFDInfo button.

To speak to someone in person you may call the Division at 465-2326 (Juneau area), 269-0370 (Anchorage area) and 451-2820 (Fairbanks area) or email for additional assistance. Public computers are available for online filing at all three PFD Division Offices during regular business hours.

Young snowmachiner rescued

On March 17 a 14-year-old girl made a cellphone call to the Alaska State Troopers in Dillingham just before 9 p.m. Troopers report that the call was short, broken and emotional, and that the girl had apparently gotten lost while driving her snowmachine between Dillingham and Manokotak. She reported that her clothing was wet.

Despite difficult weather conditions, an aerial search was launched and located the girl 8.5 miles southwest of Kanakanak Hospital. A ground recovery team arrived at the pinpointed location a half hour after midnight, but the girl had driven away on her snowmachine. Weather prevented the tracks from being followed. Four additional volunteers joined the search team at 3 a.m., and an hour later the girl was found on foot, 4.5 miles southwest of Kanakanak Hospital.

According to the report, the girl had gotten her snowmachine stuck in thick alders, after which she walked 4.5 miles until being rescued. She was taken to Kanakanak hospital in good condition, and released the next day.

Murkowski to Hold Subsistence Public Meetings in Alaska??Alaska's Senior Senator Lisa Murkowski announced this week that she will be holding two public meetings on subsistence topics in rural Alaska. The last year has seen an outpouring of strong opinions and demands for change as well as security in the realm of subsistence rights.

According to Murkowski's office, these meetings aim to provide rural Alaskans a forum for discussion of the cultural concerns and food security issues surrounding subsistence in Alaska. That testimony will then be taken back to the U.S. Congress and presented in a hearing with the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

"On the issue of subsistence, I believe that it's important to hear from as many rural Alaskans as possible, many of whom will not have the option of attending a hearing in Washington," said Sen. Murkowski.

The meetings will be streamed live from Murkowski's website for those who can't make it to the rural locations. The first will take place April 2 in Bethel at the Yuut Elitnaurvait, Inc. Training Center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The second meeting will take place in May in the Ahtna region.

According to Murkowski's office, the meetings are a follow up to a commitment to the Alaska Federation of Natives to bring subsistence issues to Congress.

Any Alaskan may submit their public testimony to the congressional hearing. To submit written comments for the upcoming Senate Energy and Natural Resources subsistence hearing, visit

The meeting web broadcasts can be found at ?


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