Tarr’s Times: Emergency Preparedness, Tour of JBER, Be SMART for Kids on Gun Violence

This week I had the opportunity to join Alaska’s Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs on a tour of the joint operations at JBER – the Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. Highlights included visiting the barracks of the 22-week Alaska Military Youth Academy, climbing in a helicopter with the National Guard, and watching the Homeland Security and Emergency Management teams in action responding to the 7.0 earthquake.

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Tarr’s Times: Community Dialogue TOMORROW, Legislator of the Year Award, and Mountain View’s Thanksgiving Blessing

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 29th, join Senator Begich and me for a community discussion on Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and our communities. The principles of restorative justice, whether used in schools or the courts, are grounded in the traditional practices of indigenous cultures to value respect, compassion, dignity, and inclusion for all members of the community.

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Tarr’s Times: Happy Thanksgiving! Community Gathering on Restorative Justice 11/29, Events You Might Have Missed, and Upcoming Community Council Meetings!

I hope everyone has a restful time with family and friends. I’m so grateful for my many blessings, including the opportunity to serve our area for two more years. I try to take time everyday to be thankful and also to think of those less fortunate. In the coming year, I hope to do more than ever to create positive change to improve the lives of our neighbors who are struggling. The opportunity to do this work is yet another blessing and I look forward to working with all of you on this shared goal.

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Tarr’s Times: Restorative Justice, Food Policy, Thanks for attending Town Hall

Last weekend dozens of neighbors stopped by the Mountain View Library for lunch and for our annual Fall Constituent Meeting. WE were joined by Captain Case from the Anchorage Police Department, Cathleen McLaughlin from Partners for Progress, George Martinez from the Office of Mayor Berkowitz, Beth Nordlund from the Anchorage Parks Foundation, and Mr. C from the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club. After a public safety update, our conversation shifted to youth programming- and the dozen of young people who attended our meeting got a chance to step outside of the group, talk with my staff, and together, they organized a list of activities they’d like to see in the district!

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Tarr’s Times: Last Week’s Events, HB 217 Bill Signing, and Save the Date: Constituent Meeting 9/22

Last week was very special for me, as progress was made on two issues I’ve been working on for a long time. I spent a whole day at a meeting with leaders from many state agencies discussing how to implement the state’s new trauma informed policy that passed in SB 105. Many thanks to the many groups involved with the Alaska Resilience Initiative for helping to make this lasting and systemic change in state government and delivery of services. We will now be more prevention focused!

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