FYI – News briefs & announcements – June 25

Prepare for more pain at the pump

Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 10.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.13/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.68/g.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 12.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 16.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

Kickin’ the North Fork up a notch

The Department of Transportation will replace a large culvert at Mile 17 of the North Fork Road (South end, approximately a half mile in from the Sterling Highway intersection).
Starting Monday, June 23 through Friday, June 27, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., expect one-lane traffic and up to 15 minute delays. Beginning Monday, June 30 at 8 a.m. through Tuesday July 1 at 6 p.m., the road will be closed at this location to thru traffic. The Department appreciates your patience while we complete this project.
For more information, please call the Department of Transportation at 235-5218.

IRS imposters ramp up robocalls

The Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has received several reports of callers pretending to be from the IRS in hopes of stealing money or identities.
The IRS will not initiate contact about a tax return processing problem over the phone or by email. The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any taxes due via U.S. mail.
Alaskans who receive a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS should hang up and call the IRS at (800) 829-1040. An official representative will address any concerns.

Help protect those who protect you

The side of the road can be a dangerous place for emergency vehicles. No one knows that better than first responders like troopers, police and fire/EMS.
In the summer of 2007, the “Move Over Law” went into effect. The law requires vehicles to move over for parked vehicles with flashing emergency lights on roadways with two or more lanes in the same directions when possible or to noticeably slow down.
Violators of the law face a two-point ticket and $150 fine. Injuries that occur because the driver fails to slow down or move over makes it a misdemeanor crime that will result in a mandatory court date.

Gov signs legislation to improve DMV

Governor Sean Parnell was joined by Senator Peter Micciche as he signed legislation that will increase efficiencies at the Division of Motor Vehicles. Senate Bill 206 will enable the DMV to send email notifications for vehicle registrations and online renewal of driver’s licenses. The legislation also adds serious crimes — including murder, stalking, robbery, indecent exposure and distribution or possession of child pornography to the list of crimes that would prohibit a person from obtaining a school bus driver’s license.

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