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Update for Saturday, February 18

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Constituent Arlene Briscoe visited Juneau for the Alaska Nurses Association.

 

Good afternoon everyone,

We are now about a month into this Legislative session, and our office is working hard on evaluating the state’s budget and the bills before the Legislature. There are many large issues moving through the process, and we will keep you posted as to opportunities for you to weigh in on matters important to you.

 

Two officers with the Anchorage Police Department visited the office this week.

Opioid Disaster Declaration

This week the Walker Administration took the important and necessary step of issuing a disaster declaration for the opioid epidemic. Opioid addiction and overdose are ravaging our state and risking the future of our next generation. Silence will not end this cycle of drug abuse – treatment, prevention, and emergency response capabilities are needed in our state to stop this epidemic in its tracks. The declaration allows the formation of an Overdose Response Program, which can distribute naloxone, a drug that saves opioid users from a fatal overdose.

Critical to assisting in stemming the growth of opioid related deaths is giving law enforcement the tools it needs to halt the spread of dangerous new synthetic drugs. In order to further that goal, our office has brought forward House Bill 24, legislation outlawing a dangerous new form of synthetic heroin called U-47700, or more commonly known by its street name “pink.” The bill will add U-47700 to the state’s list of schedule 1A drugs, a list that includes heroin and LSD, drugs with a high potential for abuse and lack any legitimate medical use. Without this listing, U-47700, which is up to 800% more potent than regular heroin, will remain perfectly legal under state law. We also want to thank Alaska’s law enforcement, substance treatment organizations and Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth for supporting House Bill 24.

Alaska’s Education Challenge

Delivering a quality education to every student in Alaska comes with challenges that are truly unique to our state. The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development and the State Board of Education have launched a comprehensive effort to improve our education system called “Alaska’s Education Challenge.” It starts with gathering public input, ideas from you and your neighbors, on how to make the education system more efficient and effective under the current fiscal situation. Once the initial public input process is completed, committees will be formed to make policy recommendations on five priorities already identified by the State Board of Education.

This flyer contains more information on how you can participate and links for additional information.

288,400 of your fellow Alaskans have already filed. Have you? The deadline to apply for the 2017 Permanent Fund Dividend is March 31. The most efficient way to apply is online and we have the link right here: http://pfd.alaska.gov/ The PFD division’s webpage also contains an explanation of the eligibility requirements and complete instructions if you need to file for a child or another adult. Dividends will be distributed in early October.

Go Cougars!

Attention all aspiring high school artists! The ASAA All-State Art Online Competition participation forms are due February 27. Here is the flyer with details on how to enter.

Today and tomorrow the Cougars compete in the Region IV Cross Country Ski Championships at Kincaid Park. Check out the team’s website for more details: http://servicecrosscountry.com/index.html

Here is the schedule for the basketball teams. Home games are in CAPS. The public is always welcome at Service High athletic events.

Girls Schedule:

Saturday, February 18 – BARTLETT VS. SERVICE @ 6:00 P.M.

Wednesday, February 22 – Service vs. Dimond @ 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 23 – WEST VALLEY VS. SERVICE @ 7:30 P.M.

Boys Schedule:

Saturday, February 18 – BARTLETT VS. SERVICE @ 7:30 P.M.

Wednesday, February 22 – Service vs. Dimond @ 7:30 p.m.

Before we go… the next generation of Cougars at Kasuun Elementary just released this month’s Kasuun newsletter.

Thank you for reading our weekly blog post. If there is anything we can do for you, please give us a call toll free at 888-269-3879.

Sincerely,


admin @ February 18, 2017

Update for February 10th

Posted in: Anchorage Issues, Budget, Education, Service High School | Comments (0)

Rep. Millett was joined by Brandy Johnson and members of the Alaska State Troopers for a committee hearing on legislation to provide health coverage to the families of public safety officers who died while on duty.

Hello everyone,

It has been another fast paced week here in Juneau where we are working every day to represent our constituents’ in House District 25.

Session Update

This week, the House passed a bill that will allow public safety and Alaskans with disabilities to communicate more effectively and prevent negative outcomes. By improving training for officers, updating the DMV’s driving manual, and allowing Alaskans to put a designated emblem on their licenses, those with non-apparent disabilities can be recognized and in the event of an interaction with an officer, can best explain their situation. This bill passed the House unanimously, and now heads to the Senate for their consideration.

In addition to work on legislation, budget subcommittees have been meeting every day to dig into the details of our state’s current spending. While still in its early stages, it is becoming more apparent in this budget process that there are opportunities for our state to scale back its spending on non-essential services. There are also some clear examples of ways that we can work smarter, and employ cost-saving measures to bring down spending, while maintaining the same level of service to Alaskans. We will continue to keep you posted as we move through this budget process!

Community Meetings

The Anchorage Assembly gathers for a meeting this Tuesday evening at 5:00 p.m. One look at the agenda tells us it will be a busy night, and two weeks from now, the Abbott Loop Community Council holds its February 23rd meeting at Abbott Loop Elementary School. Left Click here to see the agenda.

Dating Violence Awareness

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and we have far too many examples here in Alaska of ways that our young people can be hurt or lose their lives at the hands of a harmful or violent partner. During this time, please talk to the young people around you and make sure they know they have a safe, supportive person to come to. Teens experience some of the highest rates of intimate partner violence, and often have the least understanding of the ways that they can prevent negative relationships and protect themselves.

These can be incredibly sensitive or difficult topics to bring up, even in the best of situations. Here are a few resources to help:

Additionally, you can empower young people to protect each other and help their friends and loved ones steer away from violent and abusive situations. Green Dot helps us to discover lots of options for intervening when we see signs of violence (Reactive Green Dots) as well as easy ways to begin to change our culture (Proactive Green Dots). Learn more here: http://dps.alaska.gov/cdvsa/Prevention-GREEN-DOT-AK.html

Courtesy: Service High Partners Club

Go Cougars!

We want to recognize the Service High School Partners Club for receiving the 2017 Inclusive Practices Award by the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. The club brings together students and special education students for all kinds of activities inside and outside the school campus. Kudos to everyone involved with the club.

Congratulations are also in order to Cougars Tyler Millar and Ryan Reid named to the 2016-2017 All-Cook Inlet Conference Boys Hockey Team. Only 20 players make the team and that speaks volumes about how well they played throughout the entire season.

Here is our weekly basketball team schedule. The home team is in bold.

Girls schedule:

February 13 – Service vs. Bartlett @ 6:00 p.m.

February 16 – Service vs. Chugiak @ 6:00 p.m.

Boys schedule:

February 10 (tonight) – Service vs. Colony @ 7:00 p.m.

February 13 – Service vs. Bartlett @ 7:30 p.m.

The abundance of snow this winter sets the stage perfectly for next weekend’s Region IV Cross Country Ski Championships, February 17 and 18 at Kincaid Park. The action begins at noon next Friday and at 11:00 on Saturday. Everyone is welcome to come out and watch the races.

Visit our Schools Month

February is also Visit our Schools Month. All ASD schools are offering guided public tours for the every Tuesday this month at 9:30 a.m. The 28th has been set aside for evening tours at 6:00 p.m. It is not necessary to have school aged children, the district wants everyone to learn more about their neighborhood schools and the great learning environment our children have each school day.

And finally… The little Timberwolves at Trailside Elementary send us their February newsletter.

Enjoy the snow this weekend! Please remember… we answer to you,

 

admin @ February 10, 2017

Update for February 3rd

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Rep. Millett, AK State Trooper Sgt. Doug Massie and House Republican Press Secretary Mallory Walser discussed public safety legislation last week.

 

Friends and neighbors,

We are back with another edition of our blog where we reach out to all of you back home about our efforts to formulate a state budget plan that protects vital services with the least possible financial impact on your family. This week we proudly moved legislation to fight the scourge of opioid drug addiction and an update on our multiyear effort to assist the families of fallen public safety officers.

Testifying to the House Judiciary Committee about House Bill 24. A bill to outlaw U-47700, a deadly form of synthetic heroin.

 

Preventing Opioid Addiction

The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed House Bill 24 on Wednesday. It outlaws U-47700, a new and deadly form of synthetic heroin that is more commonly known by the street name “pink.” The bill adds it to the state’s list of schedule 1A drugs, substances that have no legitimate medical use, are addictive and pose an immediate public threat.

To call U-47700 deadly is an understatement. It can be up to 800 percent more potent than traditional heroin so even touching it can be fatal. It was a factor in the deaths of three Alaskans and at least 46 people are known to have died from it in the Lower 48. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration believes it is made in overseas labs under conditions that make using it extremely dangerous.            

HB 24 has broad support from medical, law enforcement, legal and substance abuse treatment organizations. It now goes to the House Finance Committee for its consideration.

Critical Benefits for the Families of Fallen Officers

Our hearts were full this week after hearing over an hour of passionate testimony in the House Finance Committee on the incredible need for health coverage for the families of public safety officers who have died in the line of duty, House Bill 23. The plan before the Legislature currently would allow surviving dependents of fallen officers to retain their health coverage and continue to receive care until a “change of status” occurs. In the heartfelt testimony, families of fallen troopers, as well as active officers and their families reminded the committee that t is the least our state can do for those who put their lives on the line, to allow them to focus on their job and their duty, instead of worrying about whether they really want to enter a dangerous situation – whether their family will be taken care of were the worst to occur.

This piece of legislation will be brought before the House Finance Committee again this coming week, and we will keep you posted as it moves through the process.

Our House Republican Caucus webpage is now live. My colleagues and I post our legislation, photos, biographical information and much more. Check back often because we are always updating it. Go to: http://alaskahouserepublicans.org/  

Go Cougars!

Based on the number of high school students playing basketball, it is Alaska’s number one prep sport. The Cougar basketball teams are in the final few weeks of the regular season with some great matchups still on the schedule. Home teams are in bold.

Boys schedule:

February 3 (TONIGHT) – West vs Service @ 7:30 p.m.

February 7 – East vs. Service @ 7:30 p.m.

Girls schedule:

February 3 (TONIGHT) – West vs. Service @ 6:00 p.m.

February 7 – East vs. Service @ 6:00 p.m.

The Classic Relay event on Saturday, February 11 sends the Service cross country ski team to Russian Jack Park for races against the other seven Cook Inlet Conference teams. Last but not least, the Service Debate, Drama and Forensics team is preparing for the state event February 23 and 24 at East High School.

Parents should know that the Anchorage School District will be administering the 2017 School Climate and Connectedness Survey to all staff and students in grades 3-12 from February 13 to the 24. The survey seeks to learn what students think about school safety, student involvement and other issues. The survey is confidential, voluntary and anonymous. It does not ask students any questions about their family. Check out a sample survey at this link:     http://www.asdk12.org/ae/surveys/schoolclimateandconnectednesssurvey/   if you wish to opt your child out of the survey notify her or his school in writing.

Community Meetings

 On Monday the Anchorage School Board will hold its regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. at ASD Headquarters, 5530 E Northern Lights Blvd. Read the agenda for details of the meeting.

 Have a Heart

Someone dies from cardiovascular disease every 40 seconds, making it the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. The most current estimates for both heart disease and stroke put the cost for health care and lost productivity at a staggering $312.6 billion. To promote a heart healthy lifestyle the American Heart Association recognizes every February as National Heart Month to educate and promote lifestyle changes that lower the risk of developing heart disease.  The association strongly recommends everyone who has not done so to take a CPR class, and if it has been years since your last training a refresher course is highly recommended. Many organizations and businesses offer CPR training in the Anchorage area and can be found by an online search for a class near you.

For more information on preventing heart disease, go to the American Heart Association web site at: www.heart.org

Alaska ABLE Plan

The Alaska Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) plan allows Alaskans with disabilities and their families the ability to open investment accounts and save money for their disability related expenses. Patterned after 529 college savings programs, money can be saved without losing eligibility for certain public assistance programs. The ABLE program was created by the legislature last year to ease the financial burdensdisabled Alaskans and their families face every day. Click here and here to read the flyer and go to the website at https://savewithable.com/ak/home.html  to sign up.

 

Before we go, watch for our annual session newsletter hitting mailboxes later this month with more news from Juneau.

 

Lots of sun is forecast this weekend so get out and enjoy it!

 

Sincerely,

admin @ February 3, 2017

Update for Friday, January 27th

Posted in: Anchorage Issues, Budget, Education, PTA, Public Safety, Service High School | Comments (0)

 

The House Republican Caucus holds a news conference each Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Tune into Gavel to Gavel to watch. Rep. Millett and other caucus members take turns chairing the meeting.

Today marks day 11 of the 2017 session and my colleagues and I are very busy doing the people’s business here in the capitol building. Of course, the main focus is on the budget and how we can accomplish aligning state spending with available revenues. My job is to protect your PFD and keep the government out of your pocketbook to the greatest extent possible.

Budget Work

The House’s Budget Subcommittees have begun their hearings, and members are digging into the functions of each department in the Executive Branch. House Republicans’ focus will continue to be protecting essential services – roads, public safety, education – and finding ways to eliminate programs that are not working, or are duplicated in the private sector. The budget should reflect our priorities as a state – we should not be scrimp on troopers to pay for industry marketing, nor should we forgo plowing roads to pay for redundant mail services. The subcommittees will continue to meet until the end of February, at which point House Finance Committee members will work their way through the subcommittee’s recommendations. Our office will keep you posted throughout the process!

Rep. Millett discussed the legislative session last week with public radio reporter Andrew Kitchenman.

Survivor Benefits Hearing

After years of hard work by the last two Governors, public safety officers and their families, and our office, it was encouraging to have the House Finance Committee hear an innovative plan to provide critical benefits to the families of fallen police and firefighters. The State of Alaska asks their public safety employees to provide for the protection and safety of our communities. It is only right that when our employees give their lives in the service of the state that we continue to serve the family they have left behind. We as a state owe a debt of gratitude to the brave families of fallen Sgt. Scott Johnson, Trooper Gabe Rich, and Trooper Tage Toll for their tireless advocacy on behalf of all survivors of those who have died in the line of duty. They are the reason that this plan is before the Legislature now, and have shown true courage in telling their stories and explaining how important coverage like this is for their families.

There will be public testimony on this bill on Wednesday, February 1st at 1:30pm in the House Finance Committee. You can call in using (907) 465-4648 to share your thoughts on this important coverage (HB 23). This is a great opportunity for advocacy, and your voice will be heard across the Legislature.

Community Meetings

We have the slate of February PTA meetings and information about the state’s annual transportation fair. Please call the school if you have any questions about a PTA meeting, meetings are not restricted to parents with children attending the school.

Abbott Loop Elementary PTO – Monday, February 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Kasuun Elementary PTA – Thursday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m.

(Click here to read Kasuun’s January newsletter)

Trailside Elementary PTA – Thursday, February 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Hanshew Middle School PTA – Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Service High PTA – Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and the Municipality of Anchorage invite everyone to the 2017 Anchorage Transportation Fair on Wednesday, February 15 at the UAA Alaska Airlines Center Auxiliary. This is a showcase of walking, biking, and driving projects and plans in Anchorage. The fair and parking are free. Go to http://anchoragetranspofair.blogspot.com/ for details.

Go Cougars!

The boys hockey team plays its final regular season game tonight at 6:45 against hillside rival South High at Ben Boeke Arena. The Cook Inlet Conference playoffs begin next week. The cross country ski teams compete tomorrow in the Kincaid Cross Country Skiathlon Relay at 11:00 a.m. where the Cougars and eight other schools will race for best team and individual titles.

The basketball teams have two games coming up on Monday, the boys and girls varsity squads travel to South High, the girls play at 6:00 and the boys at 7:30.

 

Our blog page is a forum for the entire Abbott Loop community, so if you have information about a special event or meeting that may be of interest to your friends and neighbors, please send the details to rep.charisse.millett@akleg.gov

Before we go, please try to keep your vehicles out of the street so snow plow operators can clear out the foot of snow that blanketed Anchorage. Your cooperation will make your street safer for everyone.

 

Happy Friday,


 

 

admin @ January 27, 2017

Update for January 20th

Posted in: Anchorage Issues, Announcements, Budget, Service High School | Comments (0)

The House Republican Caucus gathered for a group photo on the steps of the capitol building this week.

 

Greetings from Juneau. The 2017 legislative session is underway and we are working hard to represent you, your family, our schools and neighborhoods. This week we have lots to share with you so let’s get started.

Session Update

We are now wrapping up the first week of session! This week committees have formally organized and heard overviews from the Governor’s administrative departments, early-filed bills were introduced, and members moved into their offices. The Governor also delivered his State of the State address, which echoed what we have heard from Alaskans and one another, which is that we all have a stake in putting our state on a stable fiscal path. While the House Republican caucus may not share his path forward, and would like to see government right-sized before taking money from Alaskans’ pockets, we too believe action must be taken this year. Next week will bring increasingly busy schedules, filled with budget presentations, floor sessions and committee meetings, but we will keep you posted all along the way!

BASIS

BASIS is the Alaska Legislature’s webpage for accessing bills, committee schedules and other important information so the public can stay informed on what we are doing in Juneau. It contains some powerful tools. For example, get automatic alerts when a bill is scheduled for a hearing or public testimony. The BASIS link is http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Home/BillsandLaws Look for the link titled “Bill Tracking Management Facility” about halfway down the page.

Watch committee hearings on Gavel-to-Gavel at www.360north or through “Live Now” tab at the bottom of the BASIS home page.

Representatives Pruitt, Johnston, Birch and Millett took the oath of office on Tuesday, the first day of the 2017 session.

 

Community Meetings

As a community service we like to provide a list of meetings for the coming week.

The Anchorage School Board meets on Monday evening at 5:30 at its headquarters on Boniface Parkway. Here is a link to the agenda:

http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/asdk12/board.nsf/Public#

On Tuesday evening the Anchorage Assembly gathers at the Loussac Library for a regular meeting at 5:00. Click on this link to view the agenda. http://publicdocs.muni.org/sirepub/pubmtgframe.aspx?meetid=1223&doctype=agenda

Our Abbott Loop Community Council holds its monthly meeting on Thursday the 26th beginning at 6:30 at Abbott Loop Elementary School. It is the best place to learn what is happening in our neighborhood from new development to neighborhood crime and safety issues. The agenda is posted here:

http://communitycouncils.org/servlet/viewfolder?id=88

 

Go Cougars!

The big sports news out of Service High School is this weekend’s 2017 Cougar Tip Off Tournament at the school gym. The format is a round robin style tournament and the visiting teams are ACS and Wasilla. The action gets underway tonight at 7:00 p.m. when Service plays the ACS Lions followed by a second game Saturday at 4:00 p.m. against the Warriors.

The team won a hard fought game earlier this week against the Chugiak Mustangs and Cougar sharpshooter Nathan Fromm scored 26 of his team’s 49 points! This team is loaded with talent and that promises to make every game fun to watch so let’s have a great turnout this weekend.

On Tuesday the ladies team plays the visiting Dimond Lynx at 6:00 p.m. The Lady Cougars are struggling a little this season but that just means a little extra fan support is needed. Both teams have Facebook pages so you can stay up to date throughout the season.

The varsity hockey team has two games starting on Tuesday against West and South on Friday, the puck drops for both games at 6:30 at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.

Congratulations, Ian!

This week, KTUU News published story recognizing the great work of Alaskans across the state in increasing the employment of people of working age, ages 21-to-64, with a disability. Alaska has nearly double the national average of employment of people with disabilities, and one of those amazing members of our workforce is District 25 resident, Ian Miner. We first met Ian at his place of employment, the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, and have admired his ethic and drive ever since. Ian is mission-critical to the success of the council and helps our office coordinate meetings with council staff and members. He is a joy to work with, and we hope his success serves as an inspiration to Alaskans from all walks of life. Thank you for sharing your story, Ian, and congratulations on your career accomplishments!

To read and watch the story, you can follow this link: http://bit.ly/2jZDcyR

Before we go, Anchorage is experiencing the coldest temperatures in years so as you remember to plug in the car and make sure the kids are properly dressed before heading out to school in the morning, make sure to protect the four legged members of your family. Cats and almost all dogs will suffer frostbite or worse if left out in sub-zero weather. Just like children, pets depend on us to protect them. That information and many more cold weather tips can be found at the Red Cross of Alaska’s blog page: https://redcrossalaska.wordpress.com/

Write down this toll free number (888-269-3879) so you can reach us in Juneau. Our constituents are our number one priority.

 

Stay warm,


 

 

admin @ January 20, 2017

Update for January 13th

Posted in: Anchorage Issues, Budget, Service High School | Comments (0)

Dear friends and neighbors,

 

It is our pleasure to share with you the latest news from the state capitol and our neighborhood schools. If you have any submissions or ideas please let us know and we will gladly include them in the next post.

Back in Juneau

 

We have moved into our office in the Capitol, and are eagerly awaiting and preparing for the start of session. Our office is now Room 404, on the fourth floor of the Capitol, and we’d love for you to stop by and visit us if you’re ever in town! As we ramp up for the beginning of session, there will be a strong focus on evaluating the Governor’s budget, starting to vet new pieces of legislation, and constant communication with those we represent. Throughout 2016, we heard from our neighbors that they want to see Alaska’s government reflect its fiscal reality, and as your voice in Juneau, we will continue to bring government’s footprint down to the size we can afford. Our office is also working hard to pass legislation that we have long worked on to get the necessary benefits to the families of our public safety officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Our community’s safety is paramount, and we owe it to those who have given their lives to protect us to help keep their families afloat.

Please stay in touch as session progresses! Your calls, emails, testimony, and visits help guide every decision down here in Juneau, and we appreciate any and all input you have to offer. Thank you very much for your engagement and interest!

Go Cougars!

 

A full slate of Cougar sporting events are scheduled for this weekend and the following week. The ladies basketball team visits Chugiak on Wednesday for a match that begins at 6:00 p.m. The next day the team heads south to the Kenai Peninsula to participate in the 2017 Nikiski High Tip Off Tournament for games against the host team and Valdez on January 19 and 20.

The boys host the Chugiak Mustangs next Tuesday, and the Anchorage Christian School Lions on Friday. Tip off time for both games is 7:30 at the Service High School gym.

Moving from the hardwood to the ice, the boys’ hockey team plays the East Thunderbirds, 4:30 tomorrow at Ben Boeke, the Eagle River Wolves on Tuesday night at the Harry MacDonald Center before traveling north for games against North Pole and Lathrop.

Did you know the Cougars have a bowling team? It is true, and the next match is this Thursday at 3:15 at Center Bowl, 3717 Minnesota Drive. Cougar sporting events are not just for parents, students and staff. So put on your green and gold and support the Cougars all school year.

 

The temperatures are going to plunge next week so if your vehicle is outside at night be sure to plug it in and buddle up before going outside.

Have a great weekend everyone,

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

admin @ January 13, 2017

Update for January 6th

Posted in: Anchorage Issues, Education, PTA, Service High School | Comments (0)

 

Happy New Year everyone. This week we want to kick things off by inviting you and your family to our pre-session constituent meeting, this Monday, January 9 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Little Italy Restaurant, 2300 East 88th Avenue. We will have a preview of the upcoming session and fill you in on the details of what we are working on to protect our economy and families in 2017. Questions are encouraged! Please speak up and let me know your ideas on how we can move our state forward because your opinion guides my decision-making process during the session. Food and soft drinks will be provided so mark your calendar and we will see you Monday evening.

Regarding the upcoming session, I am honored to be chosen by my colleagues to serve as the House Minority Leader for the 30th Alaska Legislature. Leading a coalition of 17 legislators during these challenging times will be a tremendous responsibility but one that I truly look forward to.

Anchorage School District Update

This week, we had the privilege of meeting with Dr. Deena Paramo, the new superintendent of the Anchorage School District, to talk about priorities for the upcoming session and to share the thoughts and ideas we discussed during our recent visits to District 25’s neighborhood schools. Dr. Paramo brings substantial experience to our district and had encouraging ideas to improve student and staff outcomes and experiences. Most exciting perhaps were her concepts for expanding opportunities for college-level courses for high school students and a reinvigoration of the current programs for vocational and professional education.

We shared with her the concerns and ideas brought to our office regarding integration of Mt. Iliamna students into Kasuun Elementary classrooms, and needed upgrades to Abbott Loop Elementary. We also heard about the more global needs of ASD, and their hope to use existing resources to prevent the need for budget increases. Dr. Paramo has proven to be an efficient manager, both of personnel and finances, and we were so encouraged by her goal to better use the resources that ASD currently has, and practice budgeting restraint.

Community Meetings

Our PTA’s are ready to continue working to make our schools the best they can possibly be.

Hanshew Middle School PTA – Monday, January 9 at 6:00 p.m.

Service High PTA – Tuesday, January 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Trailside Elementary PTA – Thursday, January 12 at 4:00 p.m.

Kasuun Elementary PTA – Thursday, January 12 at 4:00 p.m.

Abbott Loop Elementary PTA – Monday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m.

The Abbott Loop Community Council meeting will be held Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Abbott Loop Elementary School.

City Leaders will gather for an Anchorage Assembly meeting on Tuesday, January 10 at 5:00 p.m. at the Loussac Library. Here is a link to the agenda. http://publicdocs.muni.org/sirepub/pubmtgframe.aspx?meetid=1222&doctype=agenda

 

Go Cougars!

Service High athletics resume next week with both basketball teams and the hockey team getting back into action. The boy’s hockey team has back to back games next Friday and Saturday at Ben Boeke Arena against Juneau on Friday and the east High T-Birds on Saturday. The puck drops for both games at 4:30.

Meanwhile, the boys and girls basketball teams visit the West High Eagles. The ladies play Monday night at 6:00 and the boys games tips off on Tuesday night at 7:30. We will keep you up to date on as many Cougar teams as possible each week. If you have any information about the teams please email us at rep.charisse.millett@akleg.gov

Ride Along with Alaska State Troopers

An incredibly generous team of Alaska State Troopers invited our office to participate in a ride-along this week. To best represent those who serve our community, it is important to truly understand what a “day in the life” looks like, and to hear from our boots on the ground about their ideas and concerns. We will share our experience and thoughts next week!

Crime Reporting Guide

The Municipality of Anchorage and the Anchorage Police Department released a guide for Anchorage residents on how to properly report a crime. This is really informative and we appreciate Community Liaison Jared James for making this available.

APD wants to hear from you. Residents reporting crimes, small or large, help us track what is happening in our city and enhance public safety.

To ensure our dispatchers can prioritize emergency calls, there are multiple ways to report crime and suspicious activity to the department.

911:

Call 911 in an emergency, if your or someone else’s life is in danger, if there is a crime in progress, if someone needs serious medical attention, or if there is a fire.

Non-Emergency Line (907-786-8900 press 0):

The non-emergency line can be used when a crime has been committed but the suspect is no longer on the scene, if a person needs non-life threatening medical attention, or any situation where you believe an officer should respond but it is not an emergency. The non-emergency line is answered by 911 dispatchers, but it make take a little longer to get through while they are handling 911 calls. Please be patient.

Online Report:

For crimes where an officer will not be able to respond, but the department still wants to know the information, use the online reporting tool. Incidents eligible for online reporting are: suspected drug activity, fraud or identity theft, harassing phone calls, liquor violation, lost property, suspicious activity, shoplifts (for businesses only) IF there is no suspect information, theft (not including a theft of a firearm or vehicle), theft from vehicle, vandalism, and vehicle tampering. The online report forms can be found at www.muni.org/police.

Crime Stoppers:

Residents can call or email anonymous crime tips through Anchorage Crime Stoppers. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to the arrest of a wanted felon or solves a felony crime. To report a tip call 561-7867 or go online to anchoragecrimestoppers.com

Homeless Camps:

The Anchorage Police Department takes reports of illegal camps in the Anchorage area. Find a camp reporting link on the muni.org homepage, the APD homepage, or through ANCWorks. A resident can report a camp anonymously and request status notifications. When reporting a camp, residents can drop a pin on a map, take a photo, or use their exact location. That report is placed on the APD Community Action Policing team’s workflow system to start to the cleanup process.

How Not To Report:

For a report to be official, it needs to be given to dispatch or reported online through the APD website www.muni.org/police  The Anchorage Police Department cannot take reports of crime through social media channels such as, NextDoor, Facebook, Facebook messages, Twitter, and the ask APD email account. These channels are not monitored 24/7 and dispatchers cannot send an officer to respond unless something is properly reported.

Additional public safety information can be found at the APD website:https://www.muni.org/Departments/police/Pages/default.aspx

Upcoming Legislation

We have pre-filed three pieces of legislation for the upcoming session. While the session is still a few weeks away, we’ll be having conversations with stakeholders and colleagues, and gathering back-up information to get the bills ready for hearings this spring.

Public Safety Survivor Benefits: This bill has been an important piece of legislation that our office has worked on for many years now, along with families of fallen public safety officers and community advocates. We have worked hard to address concerns brought up in previous hearings, and believe the current draft of the bill will provide the best care for the families of those who have sacrificed everything to keep us safe. We will keep you posted as progress is made on this critical policy.

Dangerous Opioid Prevention: In an effort to help stem the tide of the opioid epidemic in Alaska, prosecutors have asked help in addressing the prevalence of an incredibly dangerous drug, U-47700, by adding it to our criminal schedule. The drug has nearly 8 times the potency of morphine, and when abused can cause serious overdose and death. While drugs and their chemistry are ever-changing and incredibly difficult to keep up with, this measure would be a tool available to those prosecuting and keeping dangerous dealers off of our streets.

“Blue Lives Matter” Bill: To help prevent the heinous murders of those who serve and protect our state, this bill would make the murder of public safety officers an automatic “Murder I” sentence, essentially an automatic life sentence. As a community, we need to show support to those we ask to run into danger, and show those who seek to cause them harm that there are no second chances. This will hopefully serve as a powerful agent of deterrence.

Ravens Roost Visit

If you’re looking for a warm, motivated, community-oriented neighborhood to join, you have to check out Raven’s Roost in District 25! Mary Miner and some of her fellow founders gave our office a tour of their growing community off of Abbott Road this week. They explained their philosophy of growing a tight-knit family of neighbors in the heart of South Anchorage, and showed us their modern units. Putting together an innovative development of this kind is no small feat, and we want to congratulate Mary and her team on their hard work and dedication! They’ve really created something special.

That is all for this week. Our Juneau office will be open on Monday so if you need to reach us for any reason just call our toll-free number at 888-269-3879. Our mailing address is 120 4th Street, Room 402, Juneau, AK 99801.

 

Warmly,

 

 

admin @ January 6, 2017

Update for December 30th

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Happy New Year!

We would like to wish you a truly Happy New Year! 2016 has brought about a lot of changes, and we here in the Millett office are very optimistic about the progress that we can achieve as Alaskans in 2017. Our state continues to face many challenges, both financially and socially, but our communities across Alaska continue to be some of the most generous, enthusiastic, and caring. We have so much faith in the kind of action that Alaskans will take in the coming year, and encourage everyone to stay engaged and help others where they can. This is the most amazing place to call home and we all deserve to enjoy the many gifts that this state has to offer.

2016 Highlights

This year has been filled with obstacles and challenges, but we have much to be thankful for and many accomplishments of which to be proud. Alaskans came together this year to discuss and brainstorm ideas to address our fiscal downturn in ways that we have never seen before. Across the state, diverse advocates and experts emerged for nearly every possible solution to our challenges, and enormous progress was made in evaluating each idea. Despite our financial concerns, our state also set record amounts of charitable donations through our PFD Pick Click Give Program, individual donations, and foundation giving. There is no truer sign of community engagement than taking the time and finding the generosity to give to those less fortunate during times of fiscal stress.

Our office was proud to see government reform measures and spending reductions passed in Juneau in 2016, along with bills to protect children and provide for families in need. There’s more work to do this year, but this past session certainly helped to move the needle.

Abbott Loop Community Meetings

Here is a list of the first PTA meetings for the new year and the upcoming Abbott Loop Community Council meeting.

Hanshew Middle School PTA – Monday, January 9 at 6:00 p.m.

Service High PTA – Tuesday, January 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Trailside Elementary PTA – Thursday, January 12 at 4:00 p.m.

Kasuun Elementary PTA – Thursday, January 12 at 4:00 p.m.

Abbott Loop Elementary PTA – Monday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m.

Abbott Loop Community Council – The meeting will be held Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Abbott Loop Elementary School.

Heading to Juneau

In a few weeks we will be packing up our office and heading back to Juneau where our number one priority will be keeping Alaska’s economy intact and providing a sustainable future for our children. Our state government has to continue to reduce its spending if we hope to maintain a strong, healthy economy. While reductions have been made in previous years, this year has shown us that oil prices are too low to sustain the size of government we have today, and tough reductions must be made to ensure we have a legacy to pass along to the next generation. We will also be prioritizing ongoing reforms to services that government currently provides and protections for the essential services that provide for our life, health and safety.

While in Juneau, we want to continue to encourage you to reach out with your ideas, questions and concerns. We are but a phone call, email, or visit away, and are truly interested in your perspective on the diverse set of challenges we have before us as a state and will be working hard to make sure our community’s voices are heard in the Legislature. We will also continue to have updates on this blog page and on social media – Facebook and Twitter – as to work being done in Juneau and community events of note. Let us know if you have any events or topics you’d like us to highlight!

Our session contact information:

120 4th Street, Room 402

Juneau, AK 99801

Toll Free: 888-269-3879

rep.charisse.millett@akleg.gov

Our door is always open to our friends and neighbors, so if you find yourself in Juneau during session make sure to stop by and say hello. We are never too busy for our constituents.

 

Enjoy the snow,


admin @ December 30, 2016

Happy Holidays

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My office and I want to take a minute to express how grateful we are to live in this wonderful community. We are so appreciative of the engagement, support and generosity that exists here in Anchorage and our state. We wish you the most rich, wonderful holiday season. If you need anything in the coming year, please reach out to us. We are here to serve you!

School Visits

 This week we had the most amazing pleasure to meet with and re-tour our wonderful schools in District 25. The schools in our district are Abbott Loop, Trailside and Kasuun Elementary Schools; Hanshew Middle School; and Service High School. We toured the schools, met with principals and staff, watched students perform at concerts, and observed best practices. We could not have been more blown away by the dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism that was exhibited at all five schools.

A few programs were truly stand-out as we toured the schools this week – Hanshew’s pre-AP program, Abbott Loop’s Foundations program, and Service High School’s commitment to CIT students.

By encouraging middle school students to push themselves and learn how to meet the high bar of advanced placement classes that will meet them in high school, the pre-AP program at Hanshew helps students prepare themselves for the rigor to come in later classes. Principal Brain lauded the accomplishments of teachers, students and parents in creating a creative and intellectual environment for advanced learning. Their enrollment in pre-AP classes has been high, and all of us should be encouraged by the high level of learning and accomplishment occurring in these amazing classrooms.

The Foundations program has been an amazing example of the achievements possible when democracy is able to take hold in our schools. When teachers and administrators are able to work together to shape policies and the environment around them, true progress is possible and all voices can be heard. That is the astounding progress we were able to observe in Abbott Loop Elementary School.

One last note to round out our school visits: we have to recognize the truly astounding charity that both students and adults in our schools are capable of. The Parent Student Teacher Association (PTSA) at Service High School has been a tremendous supporter of our students who are in need (CIT) by providing necessities this holiday season and throughout the year. Thank you so much to those who work towards a better future and community.

Thank you again to our schools for opening themselves up to us, and for championing our students every day of the year.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Millett Office!

 

Warmly,

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admin @ December 23, 2016

Update for November 23rd, Thanksgiving Edition

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Rep. Millett flipped the coin during the opening ceremonies at the Service High Boys Football Game on October 15th

Rep. Millett flipped the coin during the opening ceremonies at the Service High Boys Football Game on October 15th

Hello everyone,

We have a little community news to share with you all before the long Thanksgiving weekend gets underway.

 

December PTA Meetings

Please call the school if you have any questions about the PTA meeting and as always, everyone is invited to attend. Participation is not limited to parents with children attending the school.

Trailside Elementary PTA – Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Kasuun Elementary PTA – Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m.

(November edition of the Kasuun Knights newsletter)

Abbott Loop Elementary PTO – Monday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Hanshew PTA – Monday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Service High PTA – Tuesday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Do 1 Thing

A major power outage, natural disaster or severe weather can strike at any time of the year, but the consequences of losing heat and lights during the long, dark and cold winter months can be far more serious, even life threatening.

The Do 1 Thing campaign urges Alaskans to prepare for the worst by keeping an emergency supply kit at home in case of an evacuation. Do 1 Thing recommends four additional actions necessary to be prepared:

  • Gather your emergency supplies in an accessible place
  • Create an emergency supply kit for your pet, your car, and your workplace or school
  • Stash some cash in case ATMs and credit card machines are not usable in a disaster
  • When severe weather is predicted, make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas and if you have a backup generator have extra fuel on hand because gas stations can be closed if power is lost

For more information, check out the webpage at http://do1thing.com/

We are always available to answer any questions or concerns you have. Our office number here in Anchorage is 269-0222.

We wish you and your family an enjoyable and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend.

 

Warmly,

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admin @ November 23, 2016