Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Budget Times, College, and Brrrrr….

Things are really starting to roll as the holidays are approaching. The next legislative session is just around the corner, and the Interior Delegation has been meeting with constituent groups of the Fairbanks North Star Borough on their legislative priorities and funding requests.

While Alaska remains one of the only states in the nation to have a positive financial outlook, it is still impossible to fund everything brought before the Legislature. As a resource state, we have to consider the volatile nature of our cash reserves and look into solutions that plan for a sustainable future. This is the advice we give to organizations requesting support from the state, and this is advice the Alaska Legislature should heed itself.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Looks Like Winter’s Here To Stay E-News: Will the Guv. Do The Right Thing and Opt Out of NCLB? UAA Oil Debate Monday, and More

I can’t lie. I’d rather be fishing than scraping the ice off my car, and shivering on my mountain bike with studded tires. But the miracle of extended fall seems to be over. Nice miracle while it lasted.

Tuesday I had a huge amount of fun at a great non-profit event: Arctic Entries. You should go sometime. Arctic Entries is a community effort to get seven Alaskans per month to tell stories. I told mine – about bad karma – and the time I had to fly fish with chicken. Not very fly fishing purist of me, but it was on a trip to Peru, and that’s all they had. Or I didn’t know how to say “flies” in Spanish. Anyway – you can find out about upcoming shows at Proceeds go to Anchorage’s domestic violence shelter, AWAIC.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Special Veterans Day Edition

Initially established as “Armistice Day” in 1919 by President Wilson, November 11, was a time to commemorate the signing of an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations, which ended WWI a year prior.

       Today, we recognize this day as Veteran’s Day, in honor of the brave men and women who have served our country. It’s a time to thank these soldiers for an often thankless job, and to reflect on the sacrifice of our fellow Americans to defend the freedoms and rights of our country.

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Berta’s Briefings from Rep. Gardner: My New Facebook Page and Honoring Our Veterans

I just wanted to let you know that I just set up a Legislative Facebook page to give you updates on the latest legislative issues and community happenings. If you are using Facebook, I urge you to send me your comments and ideas at This is just one other way to communicate with me. I look forward to hearing from you!

Tomorrow we mark the solemn national holiday of Veterans Day to honor all those men and women who have served to protect our country. Many people of my generation have parents who served in World War II but there are not many who can say “My mama was a marine.” Also, when my dad served as a navigator in the South Pacific he was one of the youngest lieutenants in the US Air Force.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Thanking Our Veterans – Your Service Will Not Be Forgotten

Dear Neighbors,

Veterans Day is a time for us to come together and honor the sacrifices our veterans and their families have made in defense of our freedom. Please join me in thanking all veterans and active duty military for their service. We owe a great debt of gratitude to these men and women, many of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Recognizing Our Veterans

Tomorrow is Veterans Day and I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the legacy of service and sacrifice these fine men and women have made for our country.

The American Legion Auke Pay Post 25 is sponsoring a Veterans Day ceremony Friday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Centennial Hall. U.S. Coast Guard Commander Matt Jones will be the guest speaker and the 17th District Coast Guard Color Guard will be presenting the colors.

Over the years, I have had the profound honor to meet, work with and become friends with many outstanding veterans. Below you will find just some of their pictures.

Thank you for reading my newsletter. I enjoy hearing from you, so please stop by the office, call, write or email.

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Rep. Petersen’s Report from the Capitol: East Anchorage Projects included in Draft Metropolitan Transportation Plan; Should Alaska Stop Investing In Companies that Do Business in Iran?

Draft Transportation Plan Include Eastside Projects

Last month I told you about how the Anchorage Metropolitan Transportation Plan is being revised. This plan covers major road, sidewalk, and transit construction projects expected to be built before 2035, and projects identified as short (expected to be built by 2023) or long term (expected to be built between 2023 and 2035) priorities become eligible to be funded through the federal matching funds program. The public comment period on the current draft just closed, and a new draft will be released and public hearings will be held after that draft is available.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Winter Driving Safety: Icy Roads Require Extra Caution

Dear Neighbors,

Now that the snow has finally arrived, I thought I would take a moment to remind everyone that we should use extra caution over the next few weeks as we adjust to the new winter driving conditions. I have found the following list of winter driving tips provided by the American Automobile Association to be very informative, and I hope you will take a few moments to read them:

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