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1/9/2019
A welcome return

All Alaskans want a number.

The number as of this writing is 14,496.

That’s how many Alaskans filed online for the 2019 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend as of Tuesday afternoon.

After a week offline, pfd.alaska.gov access has returned. A potential breech of information prompted the state to remove the online application almost immediately after the Jan. 1 start of the year’s signups.

The week is only a delay. It shouldn’t affect any Alaskans wishing to apply. The deadline isn’t until March 31.

The website mentioned above provides all manner of assistance in filing, and then in following up. It’s possible to view the status of an application, or even change the status of the Pick. Click. Give. opportunity. Pick. Click. Give. is a way to contribute all or a portion of a dividend to a nonprofit registered with the permanent fund dividend office.

For Alaskans who aren’t that excited about online signup, the paper application remains a possibility. In Ketchikan paper forms are available at the Ketchikan Legislative Information Office and Ketchikan Public Library.

Either way — online or in paper — the time to sign up is now.