Blog Post for April 27, 2018
Celebrating DeeDee Jonrowe
Yesterday, I had the honor of presenting Alaska mushing legend DeeDee “Iron Woman” Jonrowe with an official legislative citation recognizing her nearly 40-year Iditarod career, triumphs over hardship and inspiring life accomplishments!
Alaskans have been blessed to witness DeeDee in her famous pink snow-suit succeed for years on the Iditarod trail. We will certainly miss her boundless optimism on the trail!
We should all strive to emulate DeeDee and her unbreakable, caring and uplifting spirit.
Bill Protecting Alaska Native Corps from Liability for Pre-Contaminated Lands Passes House
Today, I had the distinct pleasure of carrying Senate Bill 202 on the House floor. The bill provides relief for Alaskan Native Corporations from liability for damages and costs resulting from pre-contaminated lands conveyed to them under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). Earlier this session I introduced House Bill 367, which mirrored the language of SB 202.
Under ANCSA, the federal government conveyed 44 million acres to Alaska Native Corporations. Unbeknownst to the Corporations, many of these lands were contaminated, and in fact contaminated by the federal government.
Under current law, Alaska Native Corporations face potentially crippling legal costs to clean up contaminated lands that they themselves did not contaminate. SB 202 & HB 367 were brought forth to correct this injustice.
I am pleased this bill passed with bi-partisan support, and without a single NO vote. See my floor speech on the bill by clicking here!
Seward Highway Project
It’s that time of the year again! Alaska’s construction season is underway, and with that brings back to life the biggest construction project in our district: the Seward Highway, Dowling to Dimond road upgrade.
Construction work is underway, and a 55 MPH speed limit, along with new traffic patterns have been established. As always, when driving through a construction zone follow the traffic signs, slow down and be aware of the workers on the road.
To stay up to date on the project click here, or if you’d like to receive emails concerning the project you can send an email to: SewardDowlingDimond@spawnideas.com
On Monday April 30th, our boys face West at our home field. The game begins at 5 p.m.
On Wednesday May 2nd, the boys take on Eagle River High beginning at 5 p.m. The game will be played at Eagle River High, 8701 Yosemite Dr.
On Saturday May 5th, our boys will go up against Colony High at 4 p.m. We will host Colony at our field.
On Monday April 30th, the girls go up against West on our home field. The game kicks off at 7 p.m.
On Wednesday May 2nd, our girls square off against Eagle River High. The game starts at 7 p.m. and will take place at Eagle River’s field.
On Saturday May 5th, the girls take on Colony High. The game begins at 2 p.m. and we get to be the home team!
On Tuesday May 1st, our boys face Eagle River High at 6:30 p.m. The game is being played at Mulcahy Stadium, the intersection of 16th and Cordova in downtown Anchorage.
On Thursday May 3rd, the boys go up against Chugiak High. The game is an early one, starting at 6:30 a.m. and will be take place at Bartlett High School, 1101 Golden Bear Drive.
On Saturday May 5th, our boys face off against South High at 4 p.m. The game will be played at Mulcahy Stadium.
On Wednesday May 2nd, our girls go up against East High at 7:30 p.m. The game will be played at the Chuck Albrecht Softball Complex, 4781 Elmore Road, Field #1.
On Friday May 4th, our girls face Chugiak High at 7:30 p.m. The game is taking place at Chuck Albrecht Softball Complex, Field #1.
On Saturday May 5th, the girls play two games: the first against Bartlett High at 12:15 p.m. will be played at Bartlett. The second game at 2 p.m. is against South High, and will likewise be played at Bartlett, located at 1101 Golden Bear Drive.
On Frida May 4th, the South Regions cheer competition will occur. The event starts at 3 p.m. and will be held at South High School, 13400 Elmore Road.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and great next week! Please stay in touch!
All my best,