Update for Saturday, February 18
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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