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October 11, 2019
Be Careful Out There
Winter showed up across much of Alaska this week. The return of snow and ice means roads will often be slick and dangerous for the next few months. The best way to be safe while driving is to slow down. Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you and always turn on your headlights. Remember that bridges and ramps freeze first. Even when other parts of the roadway are clear, bridge decks and overpasses can have ice on them.
In recent days the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has stepped up its public outreach campaign spotlighting winter driving safety. The department has a wealth of safety information and data available online, including the “Road Weather Information System” and a special website focused on snowplow safety. It’s vitally important that motorists keep a safe distance when approaching snowplows and always give operators room to maneuver.
I love Alaska in the wintertime, but driving can often be treacherous. By paying attention and concentrating on safe wintertime driving techniques, we can prevent accidents and have a great winter in Alaska.
Support for College Athletics in Alaska
On Monday, I joined several of my colleagues in sending a letter to the leadership of the University of Alaska system asking for the continuation of collegiate athletics. Unfortunately, Alaska’s fiscal challenges and the millions of dollars in cuts to the university have resulted in calls to end or dramatically scale back the athletic programs at UAA and UAF. Such a move would disadvantage Alaska’s college athletes and result in more Alaskans going out of state for the traditional college experience, which includes access to athletic competition.
Vocational education is one of my passions, and I have long advocated for more vocational education opportunities in Alaska. Too often, vocational education programs are ignored and not funded by the Alaska Legislature even though a four-year college degree doesn’t make sense for many students, and most assuredly doesn’t guarantee a job after college.
Alaska’s premier vocational education institution is AVTEC in Seward, which turned 50 this year. I was glad to be included in the 50th Anniversary Celebration at AVTEC and will continue to support this great institution that gives students the real-world skills they need to get highly skilled and specialized jobs in our modern economy.
A group photo from a visit to AVTEC in Seward on September 27.
Fire Prevention Week
Across the country, it’s National Fire Prevention Week, and here in Alaska, it’s Fire Prevention Month. Last year there were 820 residential structure fires reported in Alaska with losses totaling over $28.6 million. 11 people died in fires last year with 60 civilian injuries and 37 firefighter injuries. So far this year, there have been 14 fire-related deaths in Alaska.
This year’s theme for National Fire Prevention Week is “Not every hero wears a cape,” and that certainly applies to Alaska’s firefighters and first responders who face unknown dangers every time they respond to a call. All this week, fire departments across the nation have been highlighting the need for everyone to have a plan detailing how to escape a fire. Being prepared with a family escape plan that you practice and know by heart is vitally important because in a typical home fire, you only have one to two minutes to get to safety once you hear a smoke alarm.
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