Note from Rep. Gara: Holiday Giving, Fundraising Film, and We Won One

Dear Neighbors,

I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend, and aren’t still suffering from your overdose of tryptophan and butter. I lost 3 pounds before Thanksgiving, and it just came back and found me.

Help A Foster Youth Non-Profit By Watching A Movie and Eating At the Bear Tooth Today or Tomorrow!

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NEWS: Alaska Foster Parent Ad Wins National Honors

Rep. Gara congratulates Alaska DHSS for its work on the winning video

Today, Representative Les Gara congratulated the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) for earning five awards in the National Public Health Information Coalition’s 2013 Awards for Excellence in Public Health Communications, including the gold medal for its foster parent recruitment video, “One Child.”

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Note from Rep. Gara: National Award For Foster Care Work: And Make Alaska Better Even if Some In Congress Are Threatening to Make Things Worse

Dear Neighbors,

Tired of politicians making government not work – and threatening to spin your economy and retirement accounts down the drain? That’s just not happy news to wake up to every day. It’s not even good theater unless you like 10 hour speeches about Dr. Seuss by those who hold your economy hostage.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Small Efforts Can Change a Life: May is Foster Care Month

Okay, it’s time I walked the talk. Do politicians ever do that? Are we allowed? Um. Yes.

This week I gave away my favorite laptop to the Laptops for Foster Youth program we started with Facing Foster Care in Alaska a few years ago. They will work with the State to match that laptop with a foster youth or recent alumni pursuing college or success in the job market. Foster youth will do, well, what kids do with laptops.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Tuesday Oil Testimony, A Billion or Two in Knik Bridge Liability and, Yes, Foster Care Bill

Dear Neighbors,

I’m sorry for not bugging you with one of these newsletters in a while – work has been crazy, and I’ve been battling to fix what I think is the worst piece of legislation this state has seen in a long time – an oil tax bill that will create fiscal cliff, cause $2 billion per year in annual deficits, and result in a loss of jobs through ripple effects across the state. The bill, at $120 a barrel, gives away roughly $1.5 – $2 billion in state revenue per year.

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PRESS RELEASE: Alaskan Earns National Casey Foundation Award for Local Foster Care Work

(JUNEAU) – Alaska foster youth advocate and peer support group leader Amanda Metivier, herself a former foster youth, has just returned to Anchorage with a prestigious award. From a broad selection of former foster youth from all 50 states, Metivier has won the Casey Family Foundation’s Excellence for Children alumni award. Metivier went from foster care to college, earned her Master of Social Work at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and now helps foster youth and alumni at the University succeed in school.

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