The purpose of this grant program is to support and expand community and neighborhood watch activities in the state of Alaska. Eligible entities, including community and neighborhood watch groups and municipalities, are encouraged to submit applications for grants which will support these activities.Read more
Thank you to all who attended the Alaska State Forum on Public Safety on Tuesday. The Forum drew over 80 people in the audience and many more online, with our live-stream receiving over 700 views so far. Each day and every day, people who care about our communities work to make wise use of our public safety resources and to improve public safety. The solutions are complicated and the path is long. It calls on all of us to work together as a community. Our speakers and panelists at the forum included police officers, prosecutors, public defenders, mental health providers, substance abuse counselors, university professors, and legislators.Read more
It’s been a busy month for the whole community as Anchorage schools begin a new year and UAA classes began. Luckily, the continued stretch of summer weather has made it a great time to talk to friends and neighbors—and for road construction to wind down after a rainy August. See Tuck’s Tips below for road construction updates!Read more
Last week was very special for me, as progress was made on two issues I’ve been working on for a long time. I spent a whole day at a meeting with leaders from many state agencies discussing how to implement the state’s new trauma informed policy that passed in SB 105. Many thanks to the many groups involved with the Alaska Resilience Initiative for helping to make this lasting and systemic change in state government and delivery of services. We will now be more prevention focused!Read more
Welcoming Week in Anchorage is just around the corner; the time of year we come together to celebrate our city’s diversity.Read more
Last Tuesday the Anchorage Assembly voted 9-2 to ban the use of plastic bags by retailers, making Anchorage the 23rd community in the state of Alaska to take practical action in protecting our environment and keeping our cities clean. The ban will be effective this upcoming March. Alternative paper bags will be available at checkout for 10-50 cents each. Personally, I recommend purchasing re-usable bags to beRead more
Legislative Update September 11 Homer Chamber
Join me at the Homer Chamber Luncheon 12pm Tuesday Sept. 11 at the Best Western Bidarka for a legislative update.
Community Assistance Program
This program provides state funding for small community projects based on voter consensus at community meetings. District 31 area meetings are held within the communities that have applied for participation through the Kenai Peninsula Borough. In the past, the KPB usually organized and scheduled these meetings, however as of last year the communities are now required to organize and schedule their meetings.
SB 208 March as Sobriety Awareness Month is now law! SB 208, sponsored by Senator Berta Gardner, creates an opportunity to celebrate sobriety as a healthy lifestyle. Addiction costs the State of Alaska over $3 billion a year not to mention the toll it takes on families. I was proud to partner with Senator Gardner on this important issue and carry the House companion bill.Read more