Tarr's Times


Renew Your Fishing License Online! 


Are you planning on fishing this summer? I am! As many of you know, fishing is an economic driver in Alaska, with resident licenses generating $3.7 million in sales, and non-resident fishing licenses generating $15.1 million in sales in 2017.


One hundred percent of fishing and hunting license fees go toward conservation, restoration, management and research of Alaska's fish and wildlife resources. So remember, when you're out fishing and hunting, you're investing in Alaska. 


Licenses are $29 for residents for the season, and $25 a day or $70 a week for non-residents. There are discounted rates for members of the military, disabled veterans and residents 60 years of age or older. Most licenses, as well as King Salmon and Alaska Duck stamps, can be purchased online. Resident Senior Citizen and Disabled Veteran license information and applications can be found on the Disabled and Senior License Section of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's website. 




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 Food Security Subcommittee Draws Support

The first meeting of the new House Resources Food Security Subcommittee was held from 1 pm to 3 pm on Monday June 4 at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office. House Resources Committee members, including Rep. Geran Tarr, Rep. Harriet Drummond, Rep. Chris Birch, Rep. Justin Parish, Rep. David Talerico and Rep. George Rausher attended. Alaskans from across the state including Soldotna, Wasilla, Kenny Lake, Juneau, Palmer, Anchorage, Delta Junction, the Mat-Su Valley and Fairbanks participated in an interesting discussion about the opportunities to improve Alaska’s economy and health by strengthening our food system. Speakers included Cara Durr from the Alaska Food Policy Council, Sarra Khlifi from the Alaska Food Coalition, Amy Seitz and Bryce Wrigley with the Alaska Farm Bureau, Mat-Su Valley farmer Suzy Crosby, and Florida lawyer and food freedom expert Pete Kennedy. Email me to get on the email list for notices of upcoming meetings and tours at Rep.Geran.Tarr@akleg.gov.

The meeting opened with an overview of the different ways people might perceive food security – from food access to emergency preparedness to agricultural readiness to traditional food gathering. The bulk of the presentation was an update about what’s happening across the country with laws and issues governing food freedom, increasing direct producer to consumer sales and raw milk production and distribution – including raw goat milk. The meeting ended with a wrap-up from Alaska’s state veterinarian about how the Department of Environmental Conservation regulates the food industry by assessing risks for public safety and sanitation.

Amy Pettit from the Alaska Farmland Trust interviewed me on the weekly AG Matters: Radio Free Palmer show about my legislation that passed, HB 217, to help support the farm to table economy. Listen by clicking this link: http://www.radiofreepalmer.org/category/programs/ag-matters/


This Weekend:

Neighborhood Picnics and Park Cleanups!

This weekend come out and join our neighbors and the Russian Jack Community Council at the Russian Jack Park Clean Up and Picnic on Saturday, June 9th- from 10am to 12pm. The community picnic will follow from 12pm to 2pm. All are welcome! We're going to 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!  

The Airport Heights Community Council will also be hosting their annual neighborhood picnic this weekend! From 11am-3pm at Tikishla park, 3018 E. 20th Avenue, our neighbors will be grilling, the kids will be playing, and you'll be able to find me in the sunniest spot in the park. Bring the family! 

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 to 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 Anchorage Pride Fest is described as 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! The second week of June is packed full of fun. It kicks off with the UAA Campus takeover with the Black Student Union on June 12th, and a series of events to follow:

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

·         The Wakanda Cultural 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.  


June 23, 12 pm to 3 pm - World Refugee Day and Grand Opening of Grow North Farm

Join us for a wonderful tradition of celebrating the many cultures that make Anchorage a special place to live. Free music and dancing for kids and families. Delicious foods for all. Located at 3543 Mountain View Dr.

As always, if you  have any questions about upcoming events or legislation I'm working on, please reach out. We love hearing from you! 






1500 W Benson Blvd
Anchorage, AK 99503
P (907) 269-0144

Diana Rhoades, Legislative Director
Magdalena Oliveros, Legislative Aide