Dear Friends and Neighbors,
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.
To the residents of Alakanuk, Anderson, Cantwell, Chevak, Clear, Emmonak, Healy, Hooper Bay, Kotlik, Manley Hot Springs, Marshall, McGrath, Denali Park, Minto, Mountain Village, Nenana, Nikolai, Numan Iqua, Pilot Station, Ruby, Scammon Bay, St. Mary’s, and all the other communities, it has been an honor to work with you over the years. You will always have a friend and an advocate in Juneau.
While I say good bye to some truly amazing parts of our state, I prepare to say hello to unique new areas of Fairbanks. I am looking forward to getting to know the people and issues of House District 4.
Regardless of where you are, please always feel free to call my office at 907-456-8172, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, stop by my office at 1292 Sadler way, ste 324, or visit me while we are in session in Juneau.
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Veterans’ Listening Session
The Director for the Alaska VA Healthcare system, Susan Yeager, will be in Fairbanks this month to gather input from Veterans. Please consider joining the event to share your thoughts and comments on Alaska’s VA healthcare system.
Date: November 20th, 2014
Location: Noel Wien Library, 1215 Cowles St
For more information, please contact Samuel Hudson with the VA at 907-257-5490 or by e-mail Samuel.email@example.com
This is a great opportunity to come forward with issues you or a family member may be having. Please help us spread the word!
Alaska Arctic Policy Commission
Although the election dominated a lot of media attention, these last few months contained many other events and important legislative work. Along with Dr. Brigham Lawson, a UAF professor, I co-chaired the last of the public listening session regarding the to-date work of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission.
Rep Guttenberg (far right) chairing the AAPC listening session on research and science
We heard from researchers, educators and scientist around the state on issues outlined in the commissions implementation plan and preliminary report.
The Commission will be meeting in Anchorage November 17th and 18th to finalize its report to the Legislature. The meeting will be streamed live on http://akl.tv/. For more information visit www.akarctic.com
Addressing Agricultural Issues in Alaska
Last month I had the opportunity to sit down with Deputy Administrator Christian Foster, US Department of Agriculture to discuss the future of peony farming in Alaska.
I have been very supportive of the peony business in Alaska. It’s one of those niche markets as Alaska can grow the giant flowers when other parts of the world cannot. Alaska is not without its logistical challenges, but growers in the state still field calls from around the world all season long to buy every last stem they have.
All agriculture has a long history and a bright future in Alaska. I want to make sure that we support our food and flower industries and introduce a whole new generation to farming.
Rep Guttenberg speaks with Deputy Foster and local peony growers. picture credit Nancy Tarnai, UAF
2015 Public Policy Fellowship
The First Alaskans Institute is currently recruiting for their 2015 fellowship. This paid fellowship, allows emerging Native leaders to spend January through April in Juneau working in a legislative office as an intern. This marks the 8th year of the program.
I have had the privilege to work with many of the past interns and have deep admiration for the program. Each fellow works side by side with Legislators and staff learning the ins and outs of the political process as well as the issues that confront Alaska Natives and the State of Alaska.
If you are interested in applying to become a fellow please visit this website for an application or to find out more information: http://firstalaskans.org/leadership-development/public-policy-fellowship/2015-public-policy-fellowship/
Thank you for reading and please feel free to call my office and share your ideas.