Tarr's Times


Recognizing Safety Employees in the Neighborhood


I frequently see friends and neighbors posting online or sending me comments with concerns of unfamiliar people hanging around our neck of the woods. I know how uneasy it feels to have people who can be considered potential threats lurking on our streets, and I want to make sure you can distinguish the difference between someone trying to help or harm our neighborhood. This summer, we’re excited for Anchorage Municipal Light and Power to continue their plans to replace the light poles in Mountain View! The streets are going to be buzzing with activity because of this project, and in order to be able to identify ML&P employees correctly, please keep in mind that they’ll be wearing hard hats, reflective vests, and will most likely be using an ML&P company truck with the ML&P logo located on the side.

To properly identify an Anchorage Water & Waste Utility employee, remember that they’ll be using AWWU vehicles, and wearing orange safety vests with the AWWU logo on their backs in the summertime. During winter, their uniforms change to heavier, warmer clothes. There are maintenance vehicles and staff who are out on the streets making sure everything is functioning properly for you daily, so don’t be alarmed!

To spot an ENSTAR employee, keep an eye out for the ENSTAR logo on their uniform! ENSTAR employees also carry ID badges, and will generally be driving an ENSTAR vehicle. If for some reason, an ENSTAR employee is on your yard or property, please feel free to ask to see their ID or call ENSTAR’s Engineering Services at (907) 334-7740 to confirm his or her identity.


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Solarize Anchorage Kicks Off in Airport Heights! 

We all know the benefits of moving towards clean energy, and as summer draws near here in the land of the midnight sun, what a better way to take advantage of the late sunsets and early sunrises than by saving on your power bill! Solarize Anchorage is a partnership between the Alaska Center and ACEP (the Alaska Center for Energy and Power) at the University of Alaska to make residential and small commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems more accessible and affordable for homeowners and commercial property owners in the Anchorage Municipality. I’m excited for the investments being made into our district! Solarize Anchorage is planning on bringing people together to purchase solar panels as a group to receive a discounted rates on panels and installation. By providing homes and business owners with discounts and federal incentives, the Solarize Anchorage program will be bringing affordable clean energy to our community!

For more information, please visit www.anchoragesolar.net. Please note that this pilot program is currently only being offered to our Airport Heights neighbors. We hope to see it expand to other areas within the municipality in the near future.


Upcoming Events

Over the next few weeks, remember that Kids Ride Free on Thursdays! From now until August 16th, People Mover will be allowing kids 5-18 ride for free every Thursday. Please visit http://www.peoplemover.org/ to use our trip planner and start planning your summer activities using People Mover!

The 25th Annual Military Appreciation Dinner will be taking place on June 4th, from 11:30am- 2pm at the Dena'ina Center.

The Russian Jack Clean Up & Community Picnic will be next Saturday, June 9th , with the Clean Up being from 10am-12pm and the picnic from 12pm-2pm! We’ll be meeting at the shelter near Nola the Polar Bear and supplies for the clean up will be provided! I can’t wait to see you there! Bring the family!

The Anchorage Pride Fest is this year’s must-attend event! There will be two live stages, over 150 vendors, a celebrity visit from Ginger Minj from RuPaul’s Drag Race, delicious food, beer, and I can’t wait to see you downtown on June 16th! The march starts at 11am!

Juneteenth is coming up! During the second week of June,  a week packed full of fun kicks off with the UAA Campus takeover with the Black Student Union on June 12th, with a series of events to follow:

·         The Uhuru Freedom Show at the Wilda Marston Theatre on June 16th .

·         The Wakanda Cutural University for kids at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club on June 21st .

·         The Teen Summit at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club from 6-9pm on June 22nd.

·         The Citywide Park Celebration on Saturday, June 23rd from 12-5pm at the William B. Lions Park.

·         And the Old School New School Mashup Showcase, location tbd, on June 23rd.  





State Capitol Bldg. Room 128
Juneau, AK 99801
P (907) 465-3424
1500 W Benson Blvd
Anchorage, AK 99503
P (907) 269-0144 F (907) 269-0148

 Diana Rhoades, Legislative Director
Magdalena Oliveros, Legislative Aide