NEWS: Rep. Guttenberg Remains Focused on the Need for Broadband Infrastructure and Access in the Arctic

Juneau – The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of the Arctic are holding a forum early next week focused on broadband infrastructure and access in the Arctic. The Arctic Broadband Forum is being held in conjunction with the Week of the Arctic to celebrate the accomplishments of the Arctic Council under the chairmanship of the United States. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will turn over the chairmanship of the council to Finland during the bi-annual Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting May 10th and 11th in Fairbanks.

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NEWS: Alaska House Passes Legislation to Protect Arctic Caribou Herds

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation adding an additional restriction on nonresident hunters in an effort to protect arctic caribou herds. House Bill 211, sponsored by Representative Dean Westlake (D-Kiana), requires nonresident hunters, without a second degree of kin in Alaska, to be accompanied by a licensed professional hunting guide when hunting caribou from the Western Arctic, Porcupine, or Central Arctic Caribou Herds.

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NEWS: Rep. Westlake Introduces Legislation to Protect Arctic Caribou Herds

Juneau – Earlier today, Representative Dean Westlake (D-Kiana) introduced House Bill 211 to further protect one of Alaska’s most vital resources. HB 211 requires nonresident hunters, without a second degree of kin, to be accompanied by a licensed professional hunting guide in order to take a caribou from any of the Western Arctic, Porcupine, or Central Arctic Caribou Herds.

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Rep. Westlake’s March 31st Newsletter

Indigenous People’s Day – Previously, HB 78 Indigenous Peoples Day passed out of the House Community & Regional Affairs and then the House floor by a vote of 31-7. The bill was then introduced to the Senate for the first reading and referred to the Community & Regional Affairs and State Affairs committees. HB 78 passed quickly through its first committee of referral in the Senate and was heard and held this week in State Affairs.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Arctic Summit Week and the Permanent Fund Dividend

Last weekend I traveled home to attend the Arctic Science Summit Week. The annual gathering of international scientists and policymakers from around the globe met with a common goal to advance Arctic research. Through separate but related meetings and events, the Summit provided opportunities for international coordination, collaboration and cooperation in all fields of Arctic science. I had the opportunity to attend these discussions in Fairbanks this year.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Legislative Report: Thank you, VA meeting, Policy Fellows

Thank you. Another election season is behind us and I want to say thank you for your support and patience. I also must say thank you to a large swath of Alaska that no longer will be part of my district in this upcoming legislative session. For the first time in my 12 years of service, my area will be completely within the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Legislative Report: Research, PFD Rumors and Election Information

Due to Legislative Ethics laws, this will be the last mass communication you receive from my office until after the November 4th election. However, we are still here to help you! Please call our office, send an e-mail or stop by 1292 Sadler Way at any time!

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NEWS: House Democrats Congratulate Arctic Appointees

Alaska’s Democratic State Representatives today congratulated former Lieutenant Governor, Alaska Representative, University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor, and Juneau Mayor Fran Ulmer, along with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. (Ret.) on the announcement of their appointments to serve the United States on Arctic issues.

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