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Apply Now for Alaska's Permanent Fund Dividend!

By CAK Staff

Alaskans, don’t miss out on your share! March 31st is the last day to sign up for this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend. The online application makes the process quick and easy. Here’s the link to the PDF website. http://pfd.alaska.gov/ If you need a little extra help with the online PFD site and application, check out this link with tutorials and instructions from OWL’s digital literacy website. http://library.alaska.gov/dev/OWL_PFDlinks.pdf  

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Connect Alaska's Work Highlighted on White House Blog

By CAK Staff

Last week, Anne Neville, the Director of the State Broadband Initiative for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, visited Alaska and spent time with Connect Alaska, learning about its work to expand broadband adoption, access, and use in the state. Read more about the visit here.

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OWL Project Reconnects Alaskans with Famous Sled Dog

By CAK Staff

By Katie Paglini If you’re a dog lover and especially if you’re an Alaskan, you’ve likely heard the story of Balto, the Siberian Husky sled dog who led his team on the final leg of the 1925 serum run, in which life-saving medicine was transported by sled dog from Nenana to Nome, to fight an outbreak of diphtheria in the remote western Alaska community. Through a series of events after that famous run, Balto ended up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he happily lived out his days, later being preserved after a natural death. His new home became the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and thanks to broadband and the innovative use of the Online...

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Alaska’s OWL Grant Extended for an Additional Year!

By CAK Staff

Since the launch of the federal Online with Libraries (OWL) project back in December of 2010, library officials have been working towards using the allocated $8.2 million to enhance public computer centers at 96 libraries in Alaska. In addition to providing faster Internet connections to these libraries, many in remote rural areas, Alaska OWL has also worked to establish an innovative public videoconferencing network for a number of purposes, ranging from online training in remote villages, to recording and preserving indigenous languages. Those directly involved with the project say it has been a great success for Alaska, despite its...

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