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Update for August 4th

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Happy Friday to you from Anchorage! We hope school registration this week went well for you and your family!

Over the next few weeks a great number of events are happening throughout the District and around Anchorage. We hope to see you at some of them – as there is nothing better than interacting with the community we all love.

 

Anchorage Greek Festival

The 23rd annual Alaska Greek festival is right around the corner! The festival, which is always a favorite of ours to attend, will be happening August 18th through August 20th. All the festivities will be occurring at The Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church located at 2800 O’Malley Road in Anchorage. Come enjoy the great food, fun and people all for free!

For more details of the event click here. Opa!

 

Grown Local, Shop Local!

The South Anchorage Farmers Market (SAFM) is still going strong for another few months as we continue to have good weather. There are endless amounts of delicious, fresh and economical produce and seafood at the market for your choosing!

If you’ve got time on Wednesdays, stop on by anytime from 10am – 4pm behind the Dimond Center/in front of the Dimond Center Hotel to get your fill. Likewise, for a more family oriented outing we recommend heading over to the Subway/Cellular One Sports Center (on the corner of O’Malley & Old Seward) on Saturdays from 9am – 2pm. For more info, or to take a look at all the amazing Alaskan vendors at the market click here!

 

Back to School Nights

During the final week before school kicks back up, both Kasuun Elementary PTA and Trailside Elementary PTA are hosting back to school gatherings at their respective schools. On August 17th from 4:30pm – 5:30pm at Trailside Elementary, the PTA is hosting a back to school night. Students and parents will be able to find out which teacher they have been assigned starting at 3:30pm, and then get to meet their teachers out on the playground at 4:30pm.

At Kasuun, the PTA is putting on a back to school ice cream social on August 18th. The social will be from 3pm – 5pm at the school. Similar to the way Trailside is conducting their social, students and teachers get to see their class list, mingle with PTA board members and have some tasty ice cream!

 

Construction Update

The Seward Highway project from Dowling to Dimond remains underway. This week DOT provided another overview of traffic patterns and ongoing work.

NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN: Southbound Seward Highway traffic has shifted from the Seward Highway to Homer Drive, which now acts the southbound Seward Highway. Northbound Seward Highway traffic has shifted from the Seward Highway to Brayton Drive, which now acts as the northbound Seward Highway. Be alert to a reduced speed limit of 45 MPH throughout the construction zone.

Please note that no side road access will be permitted to and from the Homer Drive and Brayton Drive frontage roads during construction.Work will be in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through mid-October, In order to expedite the construction process.

 

Thank you so much for your engagement, and we hope you’ll stay in touch!

 

All my best,

Charisse

Update for May 8, 2017

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Cougar Crossover Ceremony!

Last Friday was a special day at Service High! The annual tradition of Crossover Day, when the entire student body gathers to transition or “crossover” into the following grade year, took place. Each class of students sits in the bleachers until seniors move to the gym floor, juniors take the seniors place and so on. The ceremony is a time of great fun, special recognition, reflection and celebration. My staff member, Hans, presented legislative citations to a large number of Service High School students & athletes for their outstanding accomplishments! Pictured are members of the Varsity football team selected to the Cook Inlet Conference team, and some selected to the All-State team!

These are truly amazing kids with incredibly bright futures! Wish I could have been there!

Go Cougars!!

 

Construction Continues Along Seward Highway

The Alaska Department of Transportation provided its weekly Seward Highway Dimond to Dowling project update on May 3rd. The update was as follows:

ROAD CLOSURE: Homer Drive is CLOSED to all traffic, from Dimond Boulevard to 68th Avenue. 68th Avenue will remain open during this time to traffic, and the Old Seward Highway will act as a main business access and DETOUR route.

Brayton Drive is CLOSED to all traffic, from Dimond Boulevard to 68th Avenue. Residents can access the northbound Seward Highway by using Sandlewood Place and Lore Road as an alternate DETOUR route. In addition, Sandlewood Place, Meadow Street and 68th Avenue should be used as a Brayton Drive business access DETOUR route.

Please note that no side road access will be permitted to and from the Homer Drive and Brayton Drive frontage roads during construction.

Later this season, Seward Highway traffic will be rerouted to the Homer Drive and Brayton Drive frontage roads. Work will be in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through mid-October, in order to expedite the construction process.”

To receive these weekly updates related to this major project click here to subscribe.

 

Our Deepest Thanks

We in our office just wanted to take a minute to thank the wonderful, capable and super-human Mary Rosenfield for her service to the PTSA at Service High. Mary has gone above and beyond during her time as President, juggling her life, family, PTSA duties and Lady Cougar Volleyball responsibilities with true professionalism and heart. We are going to sincerely miss her leadership and could not be more grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Mary. She will be missed by anyone and everyone who had the chance to work with her, and we wish her all the best. We’re now very excited to have Sharron Johnson step up and take the reins!

Likewise, Principal Michael Day of Kasuun Elementary has announced his resignation after nine tremendous years of humble and steady leadership. Mr. Day has been an honest and competent Principal over his near decade of service to our community. We are truly going to miss him, and wish him and his family the absolute best on their new endeavor with the Yukon-Kuskokwim School District. The people of Koyukuk are truly blessed to be gaining such a reputable educator! Best of luck Mr. Day! To read Mr. Day’s farewell letter click here. For parents with children at Kasuun, here is the new Principal advisory process developed by ASD.

 

Update for May 2, 2017

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Update from the Capitol

We’re now in Day 106 of the Legislative session. Things are a bit slow going as we continue to inch towards the session’s 120-day constitutional deadline. There will be meetings all of this week going over certain implications of revenue generation plans, and other bills will continue to be heard in committee. If you’re interested in following along, the Legislature has good resources and tools on our website www.akleg.gov. There you can watch live meetings, see the daily schedule of hearings, and find a list of bills that will be considered on the House and Senate floors. We encourage you to check it out!

As always, if you have questions or thoughts you’d like to share on any issues before the Legislature or in our community, please feel free to give our office a call or send an email.

 

Cougars in the News

We were so proud to see the Service Boys’ Soccer team highlighted in the paper last week! Check out the story on their victory over Juneau!

https://www.adn.com/sports/high-school-sports/2017/04/26/cougars-pounce-on-juneau-for-nonconference-soccer-win/

Community Events

The next two weeks in our community promises to be a busy time. This Thursday, May 4th at 4pm, Trailside and Kasuun Elementary will be holding their PTA meetings. Next week our Service Cougars and Hanshew Hawks will have their PTA meetings. The Service PTA gathers on Tuesday the 9th at 6pm, while the Hanshew PTA meets on Monday the 8th at 6pm. Looking forward towards the end of the month, the Abbott Loop Community Council has its monthly meeting planned for Thursday May 25th, from 6:30-8:30pm at Abbott Loop Elementary.

 

Earthquake Safety

Yesterday morning, residents of Juneau and those of us working here in the Capitol City, were awakened by not one, but two earthquakes with magnitudes over 6.0. We are so grateful that no one was hurt and that infrastructure remained intact, but mornings like this serve as a good reminder that here in Alaska, earthquakes are never out of the question. To give you and your family some peace of mind, you can take measures to prepare for emergencies like an earthquake. The Red Cross has some good information, as does the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management on how you can prepare for an earthquake.

Seward Highway Project Update

As of last Wednesday, Homer Drive is CLOSED to all traffic, from Dimond Boulevard to 68th Avenue. 68th Avenue will remain open during this time to traffic, and the Old Seward Highway will act as a main business access and DETOUR route. To stay apprised of what is happening with the project click here to subscribe to DOT’s newsletter email list.

Update for March 10th

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Rep. Millett had some great discussions and heard many good ideas from her constituents at the Anchorage Caucus meeting on February 25.

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It is Friday and that means our weekly constituent newsletter is ready for everyone. We believe it is important to share with all of you information on what we are doing to prevent the spread of deadly synthetic drugs, how our caucus is working to bring state spending under control and the special recognition awarded to three of our community’s amazing athletes! We really appreciate everyone taking a few minutes to stay in touch with us through this newsletter.

Senator Lisa Murkowski and the women of the 30th Alaska Legislature gathered for a group photo after her annual speech to the Alaska Legislature.

Budget Update

The House Finance Committee considered over 200 amendments that would have reduced the size of government this week. Brought forward by House Republican members of the Finance Committee, amendments were offered to cut premium pay, duplicated spending, funding for deleted positions and non-critical programs, such as trade advertising. Unfortunately, nearly all of these reductions were declined by the House Majority, who chose instead to increase the budget by over $200 Million.

When our state is facing an over $2 Billion deficit, we can’t keep digging ourselves deeper and deeper in debt. Especially when the House Majority is looking to tax Alaskans, government needs to take action to cut its costs and better reflect its revenue. Growing the budget during a fiscal crisis and then asking Alaskans to pick up the tab is unrealistic and ignores the recessionary effect of this downturn on families’ pocketbooks.

The budget will now head to the House floor, where we will continue to work to convince colleagues of the serious need to right-size government and to offer amendments to that effect. We will keep you posted as this budget process continues!

Fighting Opioid Abuse

On Monday, legislation, House Bill 24, that criminalizes the possession and sale of the incredibly dangerous synthetic opioid U-47700, also known as “Pink”, was overwhelmingly passed by the Alaska State House. It empowers state and local law enforcement to put dealers behind bars and save the lives of Alaskans caught in the downward spiral of opioid addiction.

Our legislation is one component of Alaska’s comprehensive statewide plan to fight opioid addiction, a menace to our society destroying lives, families and communities. House Bill 24 is now up for consideration in the Senate where we hope swift action will be taken.

Cougar Basketball

Congratulations to three Service basketball players, Katie Pearce, Dominic Norman and Nathan Fromm for making the 2016-2017 All Cook Inlet Conference Girls and Boys Basketball Teams. Katie was a star throughout the 14 game regular season while Nathan and Dominic were real sharpshooters on the hardwood, frequently posting the highest individual scores each game. In fact, Dominic and Nathan scored a combined 47 of the team’s 81 points in Wednesday’s Cook Inlet Conference playoff victory against Bartlett. The win advances the boys team to tonight’s semi-final matchup against East at 5:00 p.m. at the West High gym.

Friend and Dist. 25 constituent Kristin Luby with the American Heart Association was joined by Kelly Larson from the Alaska State Fair and Mike Bridges with First National Bank of Alaska for a discussion about smoke free workplaces and ending tobacco use.

Free Smoke Detectors

Home fires have tragically claimed the lives of several Alaskans this winter so we are proud to see the American Red Cross of Alaska and Chugach Electric teaming up to provide free smoke detectors. Just visit the lobby at Chugach Electric headquarters next Friday, March 17 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.to sign up for the free lifesaving detectors. For more details check out this Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/1245527548896602/

Before we go… The Hanshew Middle School PTA needs to fill out the executive board for the 2017-2018 school year. Interested parents can learn out more by sending an email to PTA President Bright Nygard at HanshewPTA@gmail.com Nominations will be voted at the April PTA meeting – and let’s not forget the school newsletters from Service High and Trailside Elementary.

Cool temperatures and sunny skies are forecast for this weekend so enjoy the last few weeks of winter.

We are here to serve you, your family and our community.

 

Warmly,

 

Update for March 3rd

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

 

 

 

District 25 constituent Gillian Dezzutto visited the Juneau office this week.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

 

Today is day 46 of the 90 day regular session – our half way point – and this week has been has been filled with meetings on the budget, oil and gas taxes, healthcare, and many other issues important to Alaskans. Our office has also been incredibly lucky to have many visits from District 25 constituents this week – all advocating for issues important to them and to our community. If you find yourself in the Capitol City this session with an advocacy group or you simply want to stop by and say hello, please come by our office, Room 404!

Budget Update

This week the House Democratic Majority introduced their edited version of the state budget. We were disappointed to see that despite the over $3 Billion deficit, their budget increases state spending by hundreds of millions of dollars and expands non-essential state programs. Along with a rise in spending, the Majority’s budget eliminated a proposal to use some of our state’s budget reserve, and instead took a large and risky draw from the Permanent Fund’s earning reserve. While smart uses of our state’s assets can benefit the state, such a hefty draw from our earnings reserves in one year can serve to erode the value of that account and the corpus of the Permanent Fund itself.

 

What’s next? Public testimony on the budget began yesterday and will continue today, and we will be listening to how Alaskans react to this late-in-the-game surprise as well as hear from residents about their take on the size of our government. Do you want to weigh in? Anchorage is having public testimony from 1:00 p. to 3:00 p.m. today at the Anchorage LIO (website: http://anchorage.akleg.gov/ ) We will also be working with colleagues to introduce amendments in the Finance Committee to reduce the duplicative, non-critical spending that our budget still includes.

 

Majors Jeff Laughlin and Bernard Chastain with the Alaska State Troopers met with Rep. Millett this week.

Criminal Justice Update

 Our office has been working closely with state prosecutors, victims’ advocates, the Anchorage Police Department, state troopers, and many others in law enforcement to find potential fixes to the dangerous omnibus criminal justice overhaul passed last year, Senate Bill 91. This bill risked the safety of our communities by reducing and changing many of the penalties for criminal offenders without sufficient safety nets and accountability measures to ensure that outcomes would improve. It needs a whole lot of work, and our office is partnering with others across the state to get the input of our constituents on how we can make them feel safer in their homes and regions. If you are interested in sending your ideas for ways we can improve our community and state’s safety, please reach out to our office! We have all witnessed the truly upsetting rate of violent and non-violent crime in Anchorage, and can all do more to prevent that rate from growing.

Strength. Resilience. Justice.

Individuals and organizations that assist crime victims seeking justice in the judicial system while helping them to put their lives back together deserve special recognition. Victims for Justice, an advocacy group dedicated to representing victims of crime, is seeking nominations for its annual awards banquet at the Egan Center April 8. The four awards are an integral part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 2-8 and the theme this year is Strength. Resilience. Justice. To nominate an individual or organization, fill out the online nomination form at https://victimsforjustice.ejoinme.org/nomination The deadline for nominations is March 15.

 

Go Cougars!

Gus Schumacher did it again! The Service Senior captured the Skimeister title last weekend at the ASAA Nordic Ski State Championships by posting the fastest individual times at the three day event, and he did it just days after winning the Skimeister title at the Cook Inlet Conference Championships. Congratulations to Gus for amazing back to back performances and to the entire team and coach Jan Buron for a successful season on the ski trails.

Practice sessions are underway for the Cougar soccer and track and field teams. Due to the collapse of The Dome earlier this winter, the season opener has been tentatively scheduled for March 31, of course we will have more details as they become available. Schedules for the soccer teams are still being worked out and will be released soon.

Community Meetings

Members of the Anchorage Assembly and Anchorage School Board will gather a joint meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at City Hall in the eighth floor conference room beginning at 10:00 a.m. A review of the 2017-2018 ASD budget and its six year capital improvement plan are on the table for discussion. The Anchorage Assembly will hold a regular meeting that evening at the Loussac Library.

Agendas for both meetings can be found at the municipal meetings webpage. http://www.muni.org/Residents/Pages/MuniMeetings.aspx

 

Car Seat Checkups

The Anchorage Fire Department is offering free car seat and booster seat checkups on March 8, 9 and 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at downtown Fire Station #1, located at 100 East 4th Avenue. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will inspect seats and booster seats to check for proper installation and educate parents about the safe use of car seats.

For more information, please call Safe Kids Alaska at 907-212-3194.

Do 1 Thing

Shelter. It is one of the essential needs anyone caught in a disaster must have to survive and assist others injured and in need of care. Do 1 Thing is a non-profit organization that works to prepare communities for an emergency or disaster. Each month it brings attention to one thing families and communities can do to be disaster resilient. March is about the steps necessary to locate safe, secure and habitable shelter. Go to the Do 1 Thing at: http://do1thing.com/topics/sheltering  for all the details.

 

We are here for you and your family, so please keep in touch. Our toll free number is 888-269-3879.

 

Warmly,


 

 

Update for February 24th

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Rep. Millett testifying before the House Finance Committee on House Bill 24 on Wednesday.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

 

Welcome to our constituent newsletter! We are committed to providing all of you with the latest news and information on legislation, the budget, school events and community news each week from the state capitol. Today we want to tell you about our efforts to stop the scourge of opioid addiction that is destroying Alaskans caught in the trap of drug abuse, their families and our communities. We also have the schedule for March PTA meetings and lots more.

Fighting Opioid Addiction

This week our legislation, House Bill 24, which would criminalize the possession and sale of the incredibly dangerous opioid U-47700, was passed out of the House Finance Committee. If passed, this bill would give our law enforcement the tools to get more of this deadly drug off of our streets, and the ability to further punish those who continue to deal opioids. A key measure in solving the addiction crisis in our state is removing dangerous substances from our communities and giving people the opportunity to wrench themselves from their demons. House Bill 24 now heads to the House floor for a vote.

Budget Update

House Budget Subcommittees are wrapping up their process this year, and their recommendations are heading to the full Finance Committee for review. The new process established by the Finance Committee Chairs this year has been very limited and has mainly included high-level overviews of departments, instead of actual budget numbers and department evaluation. In spite of this obstacle, the House Republican Caucus has brought forward, and will continue to propose, reductions to our budget that draw down non-critical government spending. For example, within the Legislature’s budget our office brought forward cuts that would eliminate the Legislative Lounge and eliminate per diem for legislators who reside in Juneau during session. Both of these amendments were rejected by the subcommittee chair, and will unfortunately not be cut this year.

Our state can’t expect to get itself back on a stable path without limiting our expenditures, and cuts need to be made this year. We will keep you posted with more of our budget cutting amendments and how they fare in this budget.

 March PTA Meetings

  •  Trailside Elementary PTA – Wednesday, March 1 @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Abbott Loop Elementary PTO – Monday, March 6 @ 5:30 p.m.
  • Hanshew PTA – Monday, March 6 @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Kasuun Elementary PTA – Thursday, March 2 @ 4:30 p.m.
  • Service High PTA – Tuesday, March 2 @ 6:00 p.m.

The Service High and Trailside Elementary PTA executive boards are actively recruiting new board members for the 2017-2018 school year. Serving on an executive board requires commitment and dedication to improving the educational experience for students with fundraisers and afterschool events while supporting and encouraging the hard work teachers, administrators and staff put in each and every school day. Please send an email to Service PTA President Mary Rosenfield at serviceptsa@gmail.com or Trailside PTA President Jessica Maves at trailsideptapresident@gmail.com if you can help.

Go Cougars!

The big news this weekend is the 2017 ASAA Nordic Ski State Championships underway today and Saturday at Kincaid Park. The Cougars have a great team and skied really well at the Cook Inlet Conference Championships last weekend. We also want to extend a special congratulations to Gus Schumacher for winning the title of “Skimeister,” for clocking the fastest times among all the young men at the two day event.

Here is the weekly schedule for the basketball teams. The regular season is coming to a close so catch a game and support our young athletes. Home games are in CAPS.

Boys Schedule:

Friday, February 24 (TONIGHT) – SOUTH VS. SERVICE @ 7:30 p.m.

Monday, February 27 – Service vs. East @ 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1 – EAGLE RIVER VS. SERVICE @ 7:30 P.M.

Girls Schedule:

Friday, February 24 (TONIGHT) – SOUTH VS. SERVICE @ 6:00 P.M.

Monday, February 27 – Service vs. East @ 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1 – EAGLE RIVER VS. SERVICE @ 6:00 P.M.

Living with Cancer

If you or a loved one are living with cancer there are many programs and services available from patient lodging, to classes to emotional support. The American Cancer Society offers these services, and much more, even for patient’s families. The information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.

Stay in touch with us all session long and remember to write down our toll free number, 888-269-3879 for our constituents, friends and neighbors back home.

Last but not least, Fur Rondy kicks off this weekend, check out the schedule at http://www.furrondy.net/ and go have some fun this weekend.

 

Warmly,


Update for Friday, January 27th

Friday, January 27th, 2017

 

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,


 

 

Update for January 6th

Friday, January 6th, 2017

 

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,

 

 

Update for December 30th

Friday, December 30th, 2016

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,


Update for November 23rd, Thanksgiving Edition

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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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