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NEWS: Rep. Gruenberg to Attend New Cook Inlet Rescue Boat Christening

Securing funds for new fire department vessel part of commitment to public safety Today at 3:00 p.m., Representative Max Gruenberg will attend the ceremony to christen the new Anchorage Fire Department rescue boat. Rep. Gruenberg secured $260,000 in the FY 2012 capital budget for the vessel so that the Anchorage Fire Department will have a safer, more effective rescue boat to respond to commercial and recreational emergencies in upper Cook Inlet. In holding with tradition, Rep. Gruenberg’s wife, Kayla Epstein, will christen the boat at the downtown small boat launch near the mouth of Ship Creek at the end of Western Drive.

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NEWS: Rep. Petersen Initiates Emergency Supply Drive to Help East Anchorage Residents Without Electricity

“We can come together as a community to help our neighbors cope until we get power back” JUNEAU – Today, Representative Pete Petersen (D-Anchorage) invited his East Anchorage neighbors and others throughout the city who have electricity after Tuesday’s storm to donate canned food, flashlights, batteries, candles and other emergency supplies to those who still do not have power and may be running low on essentials.

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NEWS: Rep. Petersen Comments on Resolution of Cook Inlet Gas Dispute

Legislator pleased, but wants future guarantees that Alaskan gas goes to Alaskans first Today, Representative Pete Petersen (D-Anchorage) released the following statement upon news that the Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska (CINGSA) and Marathon Oil Company have resolved their dispute over gas supplies for the Kenai gas storage facility. “I’m pleased that Marathon and CINGSA resolved their dispute, but this whole issue shows how important it is that we have guarantees that Alaskan gas goes to Alaskans first,” said Rep. Petersen. “It’s important Alaskans have firm commitments that our gas will be there to meet our energy needs first so we can grow local businesses and plan household budgets with confidence.”

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NEWS: Guttenberg Endorses Coastal Initiative

Program Gives Local Citizens Voices in Development Decisions Alaska Representative David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) today endorsed Ballot Measure No. 2, which would re-establish Alaska's coastal management program. Guttenberg emphasized his support of coastal management in a letter to constituents. He urged Alaskans to join him in voting for Ballot Measure No. 2 in the August 28, 2012 Primary Election.

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NEWS: Democrats: Local Gas First

Legislators repeat call for binding commitment to meet local needs before exporting Cook Inlet gas JUNEAU – Today, seven Democratic legislators in the Alaska Legislature called on the governor to require binding commitments to meet local gas needs before a producer exports Cook Inlet gas as a condition of state support for the producer’s federal export license application.

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NEWS: House Democrats Mourn the Loss of Senator Al Adams

Today, House Democratic Leader Beth Kerttula (D-Juneau) released the following statement after learning of the passing of longtime Alaska statesman, Al Adams: “Today, along with all of Alaska, the House Democratic Caucus mourns the passing of Senator Al Adams. There will never be another Al Adams. His legendary public service, his inimitable sense of humor, and his great compassion will live long in our hearts. A great man, he never lost his sense of humanity. Senator Adams was a true leader, he inspired us, as John Quincy Adams said, ‘to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.’ It is a sad day for Alaska. Our sympathy goes out to his family and to all he touched.”

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NEWS: Petersen “Humbled” to Receive Award for his Work to Pass Autism Bill

Today Rep. Pete Petersen (D-Anchorage) was awarded a Soupy Award for his work to pass legislation to ensure that children with autism can receive the treatment they need. Soupy Awards are given annually by Stone Soup Group, an Alaska nonprofit that helps families of children with special needs, to recognize businesses, individuals, and organizations that have made a difference for children with special needs.

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