Note from Rep. Les Gara: AmeriCorps Breakthrough, and My Book of Iraqi-Jewish-Alaskan State Records

I’m writing to brag on a recent success. I was recently recognized as the Iraqi-Jew who ate a cup of instant lentil soup further north of the Arctic Circle than any other Iraqi-Jew. Ever. Oh, wait. Wrong brag. That was in 1990. Though, someday ask me about the list of Iraqi-Jewish-Alaska firsts I think I’ve performed (top 10 Iraqi-Jewish basketball players in the state; first Iraqi- Jew to only catch four fish in 13 days on the Noatak River.)

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Taking A Bite Out of Car Dealer Fraud: Consumer Rights Bill To Be Filed This week

Unsubstantiated fees can add hundreds of dollars to the price of a vehicle Today Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) announced he has pre-filed legislation to stop an often-fraudulent practice employed by used car dealers.  According to a preliminary report by the Alaska Public Interest Research Group (AKPIRG), the practice remains widespread.  Fifteen of eighteen surveyed Anchorage and …

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Holiday Drive Matches Foster Youth With Laptops

Community effort can have big impact on youth success Representative Les Gara's office is teaming up with community members to help get current and former foster youth laptop computers. Foster youth advocacy groups such as Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA) will help match computers with youth who need them as they strive to succeed. …

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