Category - Newsletters

Berta’s Briefings from Rep. Gardner: What you told me at the BBQ

I want to thank all of you who attended our first BBQ/Constituent Meet & Greet this past Wednesday. It was a great success with well over 100 people attending from the surrounding neighborhoods – despite the continuing rain. What I love about such events is the opportunity to meet with you in-person and directly hear your concerns. Because we had such great fun and learned so much, I plan to make this an annual summer event.

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Rep. Kawasakai’s Juneau Note: Welcome Back to School! Education Priorities, Early Learning

School started last week, welcoming over 14,000 kids into the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. Anyone living in the neighborhoods or taking their children to school will have noticed the increase in car and foot traffic around these areas. Please remember to slow down and beware for flashing yellow lights that keep our kids safe this school year. School zones are marked at 20 miles an hour for safety.

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Rep. Chris Tuck’s Community Connection: Recent Compass Piece Highlights Potential Improvements in Education

For many Alaskans, going back to school is an exciting time of year. Students are excited to see their friends and take on new challenges. And parents are proud -- even sometimes a bit relieved -- as their children get back on the bus after a busy Alaska summer. It's a fresh start, a chance to build on past experience and an opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge. But parents and teachers know that the learning doesn't stop when the students aren't in school. And what youths learn at home, at camp, or out in the Alaska outdoors can have a big impact on how a child performs in the classroom. Just as those experiences cannot, and should not, be standardized, students are not standardized either. As any parent knows, what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another. And not all kids share the same opportunities or challenges.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Back to School! Watch Out for 20 Mile an Hour School Zones and Increased Pedestrian Activity

As many of you may know, the Anchorage School District will be starting school tomorrow on Tuesday, August 16th. Besides a change of pace for families with children, the character of our neighborhoods will change too. Anyone who lives near a school knows how busy early morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times can get. Please watch out for flashing yellow lights around school zones and remember to be conscientious and use safe driving practices to keep our future generations safe, healthy and productive in the new school year!

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Note from Rep. Les Gara: Oil Company “Liar Liar” Accusations: Spin, Attack on Sen. French and Yours Truly, Make Truth a Casualty

This job is hard sometimes. It becomes harder when you have to waste your time researching facts that others – in this case an oil company lobbying group – tell half-truths about to get the law changed in their $$$$ favor. Shocking that those who shill for multinational foreign corporations would not tell you the whole truth in an effort to take your money (when you lose a fair share for Alaska’s oil the next demand will be for an income tax or a cut in your Permanent Fund Dividend). Nobody likes being called a liar by well-funded special interests.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: In-State Gasline Report Released Plus New State Office Building Location Blog

This month, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation released their report on the proposed in-state gasline. While I am concerned for the residents of Anchorage and Fairbanks in their search for affordable energy, I don’t think this will bring them what they’re looking for, and could hurt our chances of getting the large gasline. In this newsletter, I’ll tell you why I’m so concerned. I’ll also provide information about how to make comments on where the new state office building should be located. 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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Note from Rep. Gara: In-State Gas: Expensive and Not Yet Time to Pull Plug on Potentially Cheaper, Better Options

Do you want to be bound, by contract, to pay natural gas prices that are double what is paid in the Lower 48 – for the next 20 or 30 years? How’s that for attracting business to Alaska? How’s that for your pocketbook? The folks who held the press conference on Tuesday didn’t mention any of that, did they? Unfortunately, the gasline debate has devolved into competing sound bites. Those pushing the project want you to think the lights will go out tomorrow if you don’t do what they propose. It’s bad policy to scare people into ill-advised projects. Frankly, the sound bites on all sides are pretty trite – because this issue is too difficult to discuss in accurate sound bites.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Legislative Report: Alaska Coastal Zone Management Sunsets; Governor Budget Vetoes Released;

Thank you to everyone that attended our constituent meeting. We heard from many residents on numerous important issues. I apperciate all the feedback and if you weren’t able to make it to the meeting I welcome you to call, write, or visit my office at anytime. We heard a variety of different issues and concerns from energy projects to air quality. The Govenor had just realeased his vetoes so we were able to have a discussion on what that means for Fairbanks. U.S. Senator Mark Begich called into the meeting to take questions on federal budget action and costal zone management. Last Wednesday’s meeting was just the first of many we will have. If you live in the Denali Borough we will be headed your way soon.

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