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District 25 Update for June 8, 2018

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Good afternoon!

We hope you’ve been enjoying these sunny evenings as much as we have – it finally feels like summer! We understand that you probably want to get off to your weekend and outdoor adventures, but before you do we wanted to share a brief note on some community updates.


Teaching Entrepreneurship

This Saturday, June 9th, is Alaska Lemonade Day! This program selects a day each year to teach our youth about business, economics and confidence by helping them start their own lemonade stand. It began with a vision to shape Alaska into a place that breeds, grows and attracts entrepreneurs. Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some.

To learn more about Lemonade Day or to register your budding young entrepreneur, visit:


ANWR Update

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that they will be investing over $4 million in construction to support drilling in ANWR. This money will go towards six projects designed to improve or construct existing outbuildings and facilities needed for oil exploration readiness and research operations. Our office has been very encouraged by the progress made thus far by private sector companies, along with state and federal agencies towards creating new jobs and growing our resource development potential in Alaska.

Additionally, we were recently able to participate in the public scoping meeting on the Coastal Plan Oil and Gas Leasing Program. We shared the positive economic impacts this project could have in our state and encouraged leaders to closely involve Alaskans throughout the process. Support for opening ANWR has long been a top priority for our office, so we’re very excited to see this dream begin becoming a reality.


Seward Highway Project Update

Considerable work is underway along one of our District’s main thoroughfares, the Seward Highway. This coming week further road and ramp entrances to the Seward Highway will be closed off. Until Monday, June 11, the northbound Dowling Road Off-Ramp will be closed. Likewise, starting June 12 at 8 p.m., the southbound Dowling Road On-Ramp to the Seward Highway will closed for roughly 3 weeks. Detour routes will be open and accessible to the public. Please follow the signs and speed limits in this major construction zone.


As always, if you have any questions for our office please reach out! Email us at: or give us a call at 907-269-0222. Have a wonderful weekend!


All my best,

Update for January 19, 2018

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Return of Friday Blog!

With constituent Arianna Cocallas


Happy to be in Juneau

Serving you is our office’s great honor. As we complete the first week of the 2nd Session of the 30th Alaska Legislature we want to let you know how grateful we are for your trust to represent your collective interests and vision for our great state. Though the last few years have been rather challenging for our entire state, we are truly optimistic and encouraged about what 2018 has in store.

Oil prices continue to rise – boosting state revenues and making projects more economical daily. Production through the Trans Alaska Pipeline System has increased two years in a row, and is set for a record third year of increase. Billions of barrels of new oil have been discovered on the North Slope, and many companies are planning extensive exploration programs this winter. The recession hopefully seems to be levelling off – with fewer jobs projected to be lost this year than in the previous two years. Our tourism industry smashed visitor records in 2017, and 2018 is projected to be even better. Mineral prices are up and the future for mining is shining bright like the many precious metals we have in Alaska. Fisherman from South East to Dutch Harbor are enjoying higher prices for their catch, and in Bristol Bay record numbers of wild sockeye salmon are returning.

However, not everything is bright and rosy. As too many of you have experienced first-hand, crime is out of control and a destructive opioid epidemic is sweeping across Alaska. State government still faces a multi-billion-dollar deficit, and our traditional savings accounts have been depleted as a result of our decrease in revenue.

For these reasons we are focused on increasing tools and support for our public safety and law enforcement community. Wise use of our state’s incredible assets, combined with targeted reductions in state government, will enable us to close the budget deficit this year and provide stability for the economy for years to come.


Key Meetings Next Week

As part of our efforts to keep you informed and abreast of what is happening in Juneau, we will be incorporating a new section into our weekly blog focused on key meetings occurring the following week.

Week of January 22-26th


Senate Finance at 9 a.m., 2017 Fall Revenue Forecast Presentation

House Resources at 1 p.m., House Bill 288 – new oil tax legislation


Senate Finance at 9.m., Permanent Fund Corporation Overview

House Finance at 1:30 p.m., House Bill 286/285 – budget overview by Legislative Finance


House Education and Early Development at 8 a.m., K-12 education budget overview and funding for school districts

House Resources at 1 p.m., Alaska Gasline Development Corporation overview of the AKLNG Project


House Education at 12 p.m., Workforce Readiness Presentation by Microsoft

Senate Labor and Commerce at 1:30 p.m., How do we best train Alaskans for jobs – presentation by various industries


House Education and Early Development at 8 a.m., K-12 funding and K-12 support services

Senate Resources at 3:30 p.m., Alaska’s oil production forecast


Community Council

Next week our favorite community council in Anchorage, the Abbott Loop Community Council, is hosting its monthly meeting! On Thursday the 25th the community will gather at Abbott Loop Elementary School from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. An update from community leaders, along with a discussion of the proposed area wide solution to our roads, trails and drainage issues as described in the Hillside District Plan will occur.

If you need more information, or can’t make the meeting but want to review what occurred we suggest you contact Bruce Roberts ( the President of the Council, or check out their website found here!


Service Sports

Cougar athletes have a busy week ahead of them! From basketball to hockey it is going to be an exciting week! Here’s the schedule for our Varsity teams:

Boys Hockey:

Thursday at 6:30 p.m. vs West High, located at Ben Boeke Indoor Ice Arenas, 534 E 16th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

Boys Basketball:

Monday at 7:30 p.m. vs Dimond High, located at Dimond High School, 2909 W 88th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99502

Girls Basketball:

Monday at 6 p.m. vs Dimond High, located at Dimond High School, 2909 W 88th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99502

Cross Country Skiing:

Saturday at 11 a.m., Skiathlon Relay, located at Kincaid Park, 9401 Raspberry Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502


With Girdwood born, Canadian Olympic Figure Skater, Keegan Messing


As we mentioned in our brief update earlier this week, our office is open and ready for you to share your questions, ideas and concerns! Please stay in touch this session, and come visit us if you find yourself in Juneau. We are here to serve you!

Update for July 5th, 2017

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Good afternoon! We hope this finds you resting a bit and catching back up after a great 4th of July weekend. There’s nothing like a little Alaskan sun to help remind you of all of the amazing gifts we are blessed with in this state. We hope you and yours got outside, had some fun and stayed safe this holiday weekend. Our eternal gratitude belongs to those who sacrifice so much to keep us safe in this country, and protect our freedoms. Thank you so much to those who have served.

For our office, coming back from the weekend means coming back to work on our remaining item on the Governor’s special session agenda: oil and gas tax credits. This week’s newsletter will include an update on where we’re at, where common ground exists, and what’s going on this summer!


Oil and Gas Tax Credits

As Senate President Kelly points out in his op-ed this morning, there is substantial agreement in the Capitol about addressing, and ultimately ending, the state’s current system of paying cash for oil and gas tax credits. While we’re proud to witness the successes of SB 21 and the growth in oil production, our states current deficit simply doesn’t allow the room to pay out these cash-credits.

How much are tax credits costing our state right now? $1 million per day. That is money that we could be putting towards state troopers, road maintenance, public health, and other critical services.

Ending the cash credit program does not mean we’re in the business of crippling our industry partners or shortsightedly hurting Alaska’s biggest source of revenue. Our tax structure remains competitive with the rest of the world and includes tools to help smaller producers get revenue- and job-generating projects online.

With the price tag of $1 million per day, we have to act on ending cash payments as soon as possible! House Representatives Josephson and Tarr are the chairs of the conference committee, in whose hands the tax credit legislation currently is held. Our office, along with many others, is working to encourage them to hold a meeting as soon as possible to take action of this critical bill, and end this long special session. It is encouraging to know that compromise exists on this bill, but that only matters if these two Representatives actually let it get to the floor for a vote. We will keep you posted as progress occurs!


Budget Update

It was certainly a relief to finally be able to vote on a budget to continue the states essential services, and see it signed by the Governor last week. A government shutdown would have been crippling to our private and public sector, and I’m glad to have that uncertainty and risk removed from the equation. However, this budget isn’t perfect, and our work on providing for a sustainable path for Alaska’s future is not yet done. While the compromise budget does in fact fund government through the fiscal year, it takes an unmaintainable amount from our savings account, leaving very little left for any future downturns.

So, what happens next? The Legislature this year came to general agreement that our state can be using our current assets in a better, more profitable manner. At risk if we do not pass some kind of asset reform are Alaska’s credit rating – which is currently trending down –, economic stability, and our ability to fund essential services, like public safety and health, in the future. With the current price of oil below $50 per barrel and the recession it is causing in our state, we truly need to put a fiscal plan in place. Work this summer needs to focus on where we can come together on a fiscal plan, which at this point has centered on reforming the use of the Earnings Reserve account. Our office will be continuing to concentrate on this idea, and ensuring that working Alaskans and our private sector economy do not bear the brunt of any plan passed by the Legislature.


Seward Highway Project Update – Dowling/Dimond

Traffic from folks getting out of town this weekend certainly highlighted the ongoing construction on the Seward Highway. Below is the most recent update we’ve received from the Dept. of Transportation:

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

NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN: 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.


Kindergarten Prep

Do you have a soon-to-be kindergartener at home? The Anchorage School District is hosting events this summer to help parents prepare their student and themselves for what lies ahead in the coming school year, and what you can do this summer to help get ready! Starting school can be a big transition for families and having some tools can help you feel more prepared for this change.

Check out their Kindy Roundup website to find out more:


School Lottery Program

The Anchorage School District is also still accepting applications for participating in the school lottery program. Up until July 27th, you can apply for your student to attend elementary, middle and high school programs including language immersion, high school medical and engineering specialties, and charter schools. We have some incredibly special programs in Anchorage that can give your student new and interesting opportunities in their education.

Learn more by visiting


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this update, and for staying engaged as we work through the issues facing our state. Please continue to reach out with your questions, ideas and concerns. We’re here to serve you!


All my best,

Update for April 24, 2017

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Go Cougars!

A little soccer spotlight this week! District 25’ers should be celebrating our Service Lady Cougar Soccer Team, finishing last week’s games with a 10-1 win over Bartlett, a 4-1 win over East, and a tie-game with Dimond. We are beyond proud of these talented, motivated student athletes, and have a lot of hope for their continued success. They also have a great Twitter page, which you can use to stay up to date on games and schedules – follow @SHS_WSOC. Good luck ladies!


Budget Update

Here in Juneau, we are still waiting on the House Majority to name their conference committee members to begin the budget negotiation process. If you aren’t familiar with conference committees, they are committees comprised of members from the House and Senate that meet to go over differences and strike compromise when the two bodies have passed different versions of a certain bill.

In this case, the House and Senate both passed different budgets, and thus will have to work together to find common ground that both bodies can agree upon. For a conference committee on the budget to begin, House leadership must name their members. For 13 days we have been waiting for the House Majority to appoint representatives, and are hopeful action will be taken soon. Passing a budget is the Legislature’s one constitutionally mandated duty, and Alaskans are relying on us to provide essential services to protect safety and health.


Public Testimony on Income Taxes

The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee is holding public testimony on House Bill 115 – the income tax bill supported by the House Majority and Governor. Public testimony is slated for 5:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Below is the information on how to make your voice heard!

Senate LABOR & COMMERCE Committee  

Apr 25, 26, 27 at 5:00 PM


Statewide Public Testimony —   — Public Testimony Limited to 2 Minutes   

  Please Sign-in at Your Local LIO No Later Than 6:30pm

Contact by Phone: 907-465-4968

From my perspective, implementing an income tax is premature and unnecessary when we know the budget can be balanced and a stable revenue stream can be used without taxing Alaskans and hurting our already struggling economy. As policymakers, we have been told time and time again that tipping the scale too much and implementing too many changes this year could drive our state further into a recession. I believe we need to have a thoughtful approach – balanced spending reductions, asset restructuring and a tighter spending cap. An income tax is just too heavy a burden on Alaskans and businesses this year.


House Bill 111 – Oil Taxes and Credits

Last week, the Senate Resources Committee held public testimony for the first time on the version of HB 111 that passed the House. Alaskans spoke loud and clear: they do not want taxes changed or raised on our state’s most vital industry that has been in a downturn since 2015 due to low oil prices. 47 Alaskans spoke against HB 111, while 11 spoke in favor of it. Many commented on the fact that SB 21 is clearly working (even with low prices): if trends hold – production through TAPS will have increased two years in a row (something that hasn’t happened since the 1980s), new fields have been discovered, and major investments have occurred since 2013. The picture below is from ConocoPhillips, showing the activities that company has engaged in following the passage of SB 21.

Consultants testified that raising taxes at low prices – a large piece of HB 111 – would negatively impact investment levels, production and jobs for Alaskans. Oil from new fields, such as those discovered by Caelus, ConocoPhillips and Repsol costs $10-20 more per barrel to develop, than oil from legacy fields like Prudhoe Bay. Increasing government take (which accounts for all taxes/royalties a company pays) as HB 111 envisions at all prices between $50- 110 per barrel, will only make it harder for companies to bring new production online.

Projects like Smith Bay, Pikka, Willow and Nuna would increase production by hundreds of thousands of barrels, create thousands of high paying jobs, and generate billions of dollars in new revenue for the State. SB 21 has helped make these projects viable, while HB 111 threatens to undercut or outright stop them. I believe Alaska should keep our competitive tax structure in place, and do all we can to increase production – not focus on short term cash grabs by changing our tax regime again.


School Happenings

This week, students from both Trailside and Kasuun Elementary will be participating in spring cleanup days. The Knights will be tackling their campus clean up on Friday, while the Timberwolves will be coming in on Saturday to spiff up their school. It’s great to hear about active, engaged and thoughtful students who care about the well-being of their schools!

Also, at Trailside it’s Staff Appreciation Week! Our deepest gratitude goes out to the hard working teachers, support staff and administrators who make Trailside the great school it is. You all do an amazing job and make our district a wonderful place. Go Timberwolves!


The DEA is coordinating this effort to safely dispose of your prescription medications!


Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Interior Bill will prioritize clean-up of long polluted wells

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Juneau, Alaska –House Majority Leader Charisse Millett applauded the leadership of U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski in introducing the Fiscal Year  2017 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which addresses a wide range of challenges, needs, and opportunities in Alaska. This bill places importance on cleaning up dozens of exploration wells and core tests that were drilled decades ago that remain abandoned in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, among many other important issues to Alaskans. Along with Murkowski, Millett has worked throughout her time in office to force the federal government to take responsibility for the clean-up of these wells, including sponsoring resolutions passed in 2012 and 2013, as well as testifying before the U.S. Congress.

“It’s outrageous, first off, that the wells have been pushed from the government’s conscious for this long,” Millett, R-Anchorage, said. “We’ve asked, legislatively, through unanimous resolutions, for the Bureau of Land Management to do its job and clean up and shut in these wells properly. I am proud that Alaska’s Senator, Lisa Murkowski, has continued to show leadership on this issue and is asking the federal government to commit resources to fixing this problem.”

Murkowski’s bill doubles the requested funding for legacy well cleanup in Fiscal Year 2017, and further directs the Bureau of Land Management to craft a long-term funding plan to complete the clean-up of the wells. This bill’s commitment of funds for future planning and important repairs to the lingering problem of the unplugged and environmentally harmful wells makes enormous strides towards getting the federal government to adhere to the state’s environmental standards and appropriate the money and workers to solve this massive ecological problem.

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Update for December 4th

Friday, December 4th, 2015


Hello everyone,

We hope your Thanksgiving was a great as ours. This week we have the latest on the proposed Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas Pipeline project, and as always, the latest on our schools.

AK LNG Project

The AK LNG project took a solid step in the right direction this week, with all parties approving the coming year’s work plan and budget. During the most recent special session, the Legislature impressed upon the Governor and his gas team how crucial moving forward with this gasline is to Alaska’s future. We are relieved to see that he heeded our advice. As a state, we should be encouraged not only that our own gas team approved this plan for 2016, but perhaps most significantly, that our industry partners evaluated all of their global prospects, and deemed AK LNG worthy of their investment and support. This points to economic viability of this project and added economic strength to our state.

What happens now? The AKLNG team, comprised of representatives from all four partners and outside experts, will continue conducting fieldwork and assessments necessary for major federal and state permits, proceed with engineering and design work, and establish the fiscal regime that will keep this project on track. Alaskans can expect even more infrastructure investment from industry, and the creation and support of jobs in engineering, construction, and numerous other arenas. This is exciting progress, and we look forward to keeping you posted on this project’s growing momentum.


Get Involved in Education

The Abbott Loop PTA will meet on Tuesday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m. This PTA could really use some additional members so if you have a child attending the school please consider getting involved.

For more information, contact PTA President Marjie Wegg at

The December edition of the Kasuun Elementary School Knights is out. Click here to read it.

Additionally, all schools in Anchorage will be seeing website re-vamps in the coming weeks, so be sure to check out your child’s school site for updated content!

Anchorage Assembly

The Anchorage Assembly will conduct its first regular meeting for December at the Loussac Library, Tuesday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m.

Here are a few highlights:

  • A ballot proposition to amend the Anchorage Municipal Charter to require, for purposes of the tax increase limitation set out in the section, that the “total amount [of municipal tax] approved by the Assembly for the preceding year” shall be the total amount of tax approved by the Assembly for collection in the preceding year. If passed, the tax change will be placed on the April 5, 2016 municipal election ballot for voter approval.


  • A resolution of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly appropriating a federal grant for the continuation of the Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force


  • A resolution directing the Municipal Clerk’s Office to explore implementing Vote by Mail Elections in Anchorage

To read the entire agenda, click on this hyperlink:

Remembering Juneau Mayor Greg Fisk

Alaska lost one of its leaders when Juneau Mayor Greg Fisk passed away earlier this week. Mayor Fisk was elected just weeks ago and had a vision for what he wanted Juneau to become while at the helm of the state’s second largest city.

We join all Alaskans in mourning his passing and extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.


That’s a wrap for this week. If you have any ideas for our blog page, or know someone who deserves to be in our Community Spotlight please send them to or give us a call at 269-0222.

Have a great weekend!




Update for November 13th

Friday, November 13th, 2015


Hello friends and neighbors,

We hope you and your family had a great week. Here is some information about how you can voice your opinion on the proposed AKLNG project, our Constituent Spotlight and a few more items.

Constituent Spotlight: Deanna McCreary

We always encourage people to get involved in education, but there are some people who set an example for all of us to follow.

Deanna McCreary is a fixture in our schools as a volunteer, PTA member and all around great parent! She participates in every school her children attend from Kasuun Elementary, to Hanshew Middle School to Service High School. Today she serves on the Service PTA and manages the school store, the Cougar Cache.

Deanna and her family love the Abbott Loop area and they have called it home for many years. She tells us she will remain involved for many more years because her three-year-old daughter will start attending Kasuun before long. Kudos to Deanna for her sincere commitment to education.

Get Involved in Education

By the way, Deanna also says the Cougar Cache at Service High School needs volunteers. The Cougar Cache is the official school store selling all kinds of school spirit items like t-shirts, sweatshirts and more.

Volunteers keep the overhead to a minimum and all profits go to the Service PTA. For more information on volunteering send Deanna an email at

The Anchorage School Board will conduct its regular meeting on Monday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. at ASD Headquarters, 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd.

Here are a few highlights:


  • Resolution in Support of Principal Appreciation Day
  • Resolution in Recognition of American Education Week for All Employees
  • Addition to School Board Policy: #366 Conduct of Graduation Ceremonies (First Reading)
  • Awarding a contract for student transportation services
  • ASD Personnel Report

Here is a link if you wish to see the entire agenda:

Special Education Service Agency

If you have a child, or know a child with a disability, there is a place to go for information and advice about early intervention and education.

The Special Education Service Agency (SESA) provides assistance to school districts statewide with early intervention programs for disabled children. It also has a library with educational materials, including assistive devices, available to anyone in Alaska.

For more information check out the SESA website at and to read its 3rd quarter newsletter click here.


Courtesy: Center for Liquefied Natural Gas

Courtesy: Center for Liquefied Natural Gas

AKLNG Hearing next Thursday

Before we go, a quick reminder to attend the public hearing on Thursday, November 19, 6:00 p.m., at the Dena’ina Center on the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas pipeline project. The hearing is hosted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and its purpose is to gather comments on the potential environmental impact of the gas liquefaction plant and marine terminal.

Expect a big crowd at the Dena’ina Center. So get there a little early and sign up to testify.

For more details go to


That is all for now. It is going to be a COLD weekend with temperatures dipping into the single digits so bundle up!






Update for October 30, Halloween Edition

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Representative Millett at this morning's House floor session.

Representative Millett at this morning’s House floor session.

Happy Halloween everyone,

The Legislature is meeting now in Juneau, and it is Day Six of the special session. We have an update on how legislative events are unfolding here in the capitol building and some really good community news to share with all of you.

Special Session Update:

As the Legislature continues to meet down in Juneau, we’ll hear from more members of the Governor’s “Gasline Team”, consultants, and our producer partners regarding the state of the AK LNG project and the Governor’s proposals.

There have been many arguments made both for the retention and dissolution of our partnership with pipeline services company, TransCanada, and we’re keeping ourselves open to whatever appears to make the most business sense. In addition to hearings regarding the gasline, legislators have taken advantage of being together in the Capital to hold meetings of the House Health and Social Services Committee, Resources Committee, and soon the Judiciary Committee.

Our office has really appreciated all of the messages and ideas we have received from constituents thus far. Please keep them coming! Your input is critical in helping to guiding our decisions moving forward.

District 25 Constituent Andy Clary

District 25 Constituent Andy Clary

Constituent Spotlight: Andy Clary


This week we want to tell you about longtime District 25 constituent Andy Clary. Andy and his wife Stephanie have lived in the Abbott Loop area for 12 years and share their home with three foster children, two of which they are preparing to adopt.

In Andy’s professional life he is Manager of Application Development at Southcentral Foundation and still makes time in his busy schedule to contribute back to the community. He was just appointed to the Board of Directors at Akeela Inc. The organization is most known for operating Akeela House, a residential treatment program for Alaskans struggling with substance abuse. Akeela Inc. also provides a range of other social services from domestic violence prevention training to stopping young people from using tobacco.

We applaud Andy for his commitment to assisting Alaskans caught in the downward spiral of addiction, preventing domestic violence and other social ills, and his generosity and willingness to care for children in need of a safe and caring home.


Get Involved in Education


Enriching our schools to provide a better experience for our kids is everyone’s responsibility. Here are a couple of ideas on how you can get involved.

Four PTA meetings are scheduled next week and you do not have to have a child attending the school to join in.


Wednesday, November 4:

  • Polaris School Parent Teacher Organization, 4:30 p.m., in the library


Thursday, November 5:

  • Trailside Elementary School PTA, 3:45 p.m., in the library
  • Kasuun Elementary School PTA, 6:30 p.m., in the library
  • Abbott Loop Elementary School PTA, 6:00 p.m., room 10


Attend the Anchorage School Board meeting this Monday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Here are a few highlights from the agenda:

  • Resolution in Support of Alaska Native/American Indian Heritage Month
  • Acceptance of Grant Awards: 2016 McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant, Verizon Foundation Grant to Central Middle School of Science, Good Sports Donation to Mears Middle School
  • Awarding a contract for student transportation services
  • Superintendent’s Report: Student Nutrition Update


Board meetings are held at ASD Headquarters, 5530 East Northern Lights Blvd. For the entire agenda click here:

Participants love to dress up in outrageous costumes for the Polar Plunge event at Goose Lake.

Participants love to dress up in outrageous costumes for the Polar Plunge event at Goose Lake. (Courtesy: Special Olympics Alaska)

Freezin’ for a Reason!

What do you get when you combine swim wear, an ice covered lake and a worthy cause? The 2015 Polar Plunge Drive for Special Olympics Alaska!

On Saturday, December 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Alaskans will line up at Goose Lake and “take the plunge” into freezing water and raise money for Special Olympics athlete training and competitive events.

Everyone who signs up is guaranteed to have a memorable experience and the satisfaction of knowing they are helping out a great non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of disabled Alaskans through athletic competition.

For more information and sign up forms go to:

Before we go, tomorrow is Halloween, so be on the lookout for hordes of little ghosts and ghouls if you are driving in and around neighborhood streets. If you have a little goblin of your own, temperatures are expected to dip well below freezing so make sure they are dressed for the weather.


Have a warm and safe Halloween!







Update for October 23rd

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Hello friends and neighbors,


While our office is busy preparing for the start of the special session we wanted to bring you up to date on our schools and some really important community events.

Special Session

Legislators are getting ready for the special session to convene down in Juneau this Saturday, and with that comes settling back into offices (at least the ones not under major construction), and readying ourselves to evaluate proposals regarding the AK LNG Project. While we have not yet received any concrete legislation from the Governor, the Legislature has announced hearings beginning right after gaveling in on Saturday. We will hold hearings in both the Finance and Resources Committees in the House and Senate seven days a week as we continue through this special session.

Just as during regular session, you can follow our work on the Legislature’s website, or by tuning into 360 North on television.

Illustration of roposed AK LNG gas treatment plant. (Courtesy

Illustration of proposed AK LNG gas treatment plant. (Courtesy

FERC Hearing for AK LNG

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is coming to Alaska to hold 12 public hearings over the next few weeks on the proposed Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas pipeline project. The commissioners are interested in what you think about the pipeline and LNG plant’s potential environmental effects. Keep in mind that the more specific your comments are, the more useful they will be.

The Anchorage hearing will be held on Thursday, November 19, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Dena’ina Convention Center. Public testimony will be taken until everyone has had the opportunity to speak or until 9:00 p.m., whichever comes first. FERC staff will be available to answer questions an hour before the hearing begins.

This is a very important meeting and a big crowd is expected, so if you wish to testify in person, arrive early and get your name on the public testimony list. Written comments can be mailed to Kimberly D. Rose, Secretary; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St., NE, Room 1A; Washington, DC 20426.


For more information go to the FERC website at  or call 202-502-8258.


Constituent Spotlight: Marjie Wegg

Running a PTA board means committing many hours a week preparing for monthly meetings, organizing volunteers for school events and attending statewide PTA forums. For that reason, we really like to shine our constituent spotlight on the men and women who selflessly volunteer their time to make our schools better by taking charge of a PTA.

Abbott Loop Elementary started the school year without a functioning PTA – that is until Marjie Wegg heard the school needed help and became PTA President for the 2015-2016 school year. She told us that someone needed to step up for the school and get the board back up and running. Marjie says she has no plans of leaving anytime soon and will remain on the PTA board for the next few years to vigorously recruit new members.

We join the students, parents, teachers and administration at Abbott Loop in thanking Marjie for her commitment to public education because she is a great example of a parent getting involved when it matters most.

Cougar QB Julia Miknich is one of eight Cougars named to the 2015 All Cook Inlet Conference Team. (Courtesy ADN)

Cougar QB Julia Miknich is one of eight Cougars named to the 2015 All Cook Inlet Conference Team. (Courtesy ADN)

Go Cougars!

The Service High Flag Football Team placed eight players on the 2015 All-Cook Inlet Conference Team! Julia Miknich, quarterback; Tavie Parker, running back; Autumn Straub, wide receiver; Carolyn Kinzie, defensive back; Courtney LaPointe, wide receiver; Alexandria Parran, wide receiver; Alyssa Leon, defensive back and Trysten Bailey, defensive back, earned top honors for their outstanding level of play throughout the season.

Joining the lady cougars on the All-CIC team is Will Fomai, named Assistant Coach of the Year for his awesome leadership and mentoring skills. Let’s all congratulate Coach Fomai and his players for another memorable season.

Kasuun Knights Newsletter

Kasuun Elementary School produces a monthly newsletter for anyone who wants to be up to date on what the Knights are up to. Click Here to read the October Issue.

Anchorage Assembly

The 11 members of the Anchorage Assembly will hold a regular meeting Tuesday night (10/27) at 5:00 p.m.

Here are a few highlights from the agenda:


  • Memorandum to approve the appointment of Christopher G. Tolley, Anchorage Police Chief
  • A resolution recognizing the month of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • An omnibus ordinance to modify existing, and include additional, fees, fines and penalties
  • An ordinance repealing and re-enacting Anchorage Municipal Code Section 8.35.500, illicit synthetic drugs, including substantial changes to the penalty section, and amending the minor offense fine schedule and misdemeanor penalty reference table. This ordinance is intended to reduce the alarming number of spice related overdoses in Anchorage


For the entire agenda click here:

Meetings are held at the Loussac Library, 3600 Denali Street. Questions can be answered by the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 343-4311.


That is all for this week. We hope you and yours are happy and safe!







Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

White House approval means summer program may proceed


Monday, May 11, 2015, Barrow, Alaska – Alaska House Resources Co-Chair Ben Nageak thanked the president and U.S. Dept. of the Interior for their conditional approval allowing Shell’s summer drilling program in the Arctic to proceed.

 “It’s about time they recognized that we in the Arctic will do all we can, as a people and a state, to uphold our rigorous conservation and land protection standards,” said Nageak, D-Barrow. “The Big Environmental lobby has fought for decades to deny my people the economic and societal opportunity that responsible and well-managed exploration and development will bring. We are thankful for the decision and look forward to the company complying with all permit provisions and will welcome them back to the Chukchi.”

 The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s decision is predicated on Shell’s ability to gain a series of remaining drilling permits for the project, originally slated for summer 2012.

 “I’m encouraged that the President and Interior Department have finally awakened to the reality that Shell will follow the law and do right by the State of Alaska, indigenous peoples and federal regulators,” said Alaska House Majority Leader Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage. “We hope this signals a change in the federal government’s attitude toward their own permitting system and Outside environmental interests, who don’t have the Alaskan people in mind. We’re the nation’s Arctic. We’re the nation’s energy future. It’s time for the Obama administration to let us unleash our potential and build on our decades of energy production expertise. Today is a good day.”