Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: Fairbanks Gas Bill Becomes Law; Update on Local Road Construction

Last week Governor Walker took an important step towards lowering energy costs in Fairbanks by signing HB 105 into law. This enables the Interior Energy Project to purchase natural gas from Cook Inlet to bring to Fairbanks. Previously they were only authorized to buy gas from the North Slope, which proved to be too expensive. Passing this bill was not easy- after it passed through the House Energy Committee, which I’m a member of, the House Resources Committee added amendments that could have killed the project. Luckily, the Interior Delegation rallied together across party lines and we were able to remove those amendments.

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NEWS: Rep. Kawasaki Celebrates Fairbanks Parks

Since 2014, Rep. Kawasaki has hosted a series of picnics across the city to celebrate the more than 60 free public parks maintained by the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
“We are privileged to live in such a beautiful and scenic place,” said Rep. Kawasaki. “Join me at your local neighborhood park.  Bring the family, enjoy a barbecue and share ideas and concerns on how to make Fairbanks a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Fox Springs Public Comment Meeting

The Fourth of July is upon us, and this coming weekend I will be at the Ester Parade dressed as my favorite alter ego—Uncle Sam. Come out to support Ester at this fun, family event, and feel free to chat with me about any concerns or questions surrounding our community and state.

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NEWS: Rep. Guttenberg Hires a New Staff Member

FAIRBANKS – Representative David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) is pleased to announce and welcome, Kaitlin Wilson, as a new addition to his staff.  Wilson, a second generation Alaskan, was born and raised in Fairbanks.  At a young age she was attracted to photography, and after traveling extensively throughout Latin America with her camera, she decided to pursue her passion and study the art at a formal institution.  In 2009 she enrolled in the media arts program at Columbia College in Chicago.  After one year of living in the city, she found herself being drawn back to the natural beauty of Alaska, where she returned home to earn a bachelor’s of art in journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2013.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Fox Spring Well Comment Period Open

The 2015 Legislative session and subsequent special sessions have finally come to a close. It was a long tough road and in the end the House and Senate came to a compromise that included keeping education funding and honoring employee contracts.

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Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: Legislative Session Adjourns: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

My first session as your representative in the State House finally ended on Thursday. This isn’t the first time that session has gone into overtime, but it was the longest extension in a while. There used to be no set length, it just ended when everything was finished or when fishermen and farmers had to go back to work. I don’t think there are many fishermen or farmers in the legislature right now, but some do have regular jobs during the year, myself included.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Budget, Marijuana Regs, Fox Springs and AK LNG meeting

The House Democratic and Independent Caucus has a vision for Alaska’s future: well-educated kids; protection of seniors and vulnerable citizens; universal access to affordable health care; and a fairly compensated state workforce to provide the essential services we demand. We’re working to keep Alaska a great place to live, work, and raise kids.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Here’s an update as the legislature’s second special session lurches along

Despite strong public support for Governor Walker’s three special session goals, the Republican majorities in the House and Senate adjourned without passing a budget, without expanding Medicaid, and without passing “Erin’s Law.” My fellow caucus members and I voted against it, but the Republican majority then took a 12-day vacation.

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