ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Almost every Alaskan will be $1,106.96 richer this year, thanks to dividend checks from the state's oil royalty investment program distributed annually to eligible residents just for living here.

Gov. Frank Murkowski on Wednesday night announced the amount of the checks, which end a five-year slide in dividend amounts from the Alaska Permanent Fund, established in 1976 after North Slope oil was discovered. Dividends have been paid since 1982, ranging from $331.29 to a record high of $1,963.86 in 2000.

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