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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,


 

 

Please Participate in Our House District 25 Constituent Survey

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Thank you so much to those who came to the Anchorage Caucus meeting last Saturday! Seeing so many friends and neighbors reach out to share their thoughts and ideas really was inspiring and encouraging. If you didn’t get a chance to join us in person (or even if you did) and want to share your opinions about some of the issues before the Legislature this year, please take a minute to fill out our online Constituent Survey: https://repmillett.checkboxonline.com/Survey.aspx?s=e84175f351f04a039f7da5ecdd52c38e., It is so important to have the input of District 25 when evaluating the different fiscal options with which we are faced. Thank you again!

Sincerely,

 

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 February 10th

Friday, February 10th, 2017

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,

 

Update for February 3rd

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

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,

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 20th

Friday, January 20th, 2017

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,


 

 

Update for January 13th

Friday, January 13th, 2017

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,

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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,