January 26, 2024


Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Fellow Fairbanksans,


Welcome to the 51st edition of the Carrick Capitol Connection! I hope you have been able to stay warm during this long cold spell in Fairbanks. Now is a good time to check that you have all the emergency gear you need in your home and in your car. While it has been cold at home, Juneau has been getting pummeled with snow. Over the past 13 days we have received record-breaking snowfall of over 62 inches which has now turned to rain and ice. 


This inclement weather has not slowed down the legislature, and session is now full steam ahead. At the start of the week, the House was expecting to hear SB 140 in the Floor, which has turned into the House Majority’s omnibus education bill. For a recap on this bill, see last week’s Carrick Capitol Connection. Public testimony on this bill last weekend overwhelmingly (over 90%) supported a much larger increase to the Base Student Allocation as well the removal of problematic charter school language. Along with my colleagues in the House Minority Coalition, I will continue to strongly advocate for a substantial BSA increase in SB 140 and the removal of harmful provisions that would stifle local decision-making and harm our public education system. However, we found out yesterday evening that the House will not be taking up this bill on the Floor this week, reducing further the amount of time we have to pass critical support funding for the Broadband Access Grants (BAG) provisions that are time-sensitive for our state to take advantage of and which were the original intent of the legislation. Stay tuned for more in next week’s edition, when I should have further updates on the status of this bill. 


In this week's edition of the Carrick Capitol Connection, I will discuss my new committee assignments, ways to access community services, and events going on in our community. Continue reading for more information. 

Rep Carrick meeting with School Board President Brandy Harty (left) and School Board Member Melissa Burnett (right) who were in the Capitol this week to advocate for School District priorities including a meaningful increase to the Base Student Allocation, our education funding formula


New Committee Assignments

On Monday, there were several changes in committee assignments in the House and I was one of the members reassigned to different committees. Last session I served on the Labor and Commerce Committee, the Energy Committee, and the Arctic Policy, Economic Development, and Tourism Committee. This session I will continue serving on Labor and Commerce and now serve on the State Affairs Committee, and the Tribal Affairs Committee. 


As a member of the Energy Committee, I was proud to advocate for the diverse energy needs of the Interior including the expansion of renewable energy by supporting legislation like HB 121, the Renewable Portfolio Standard. Unfortunately, the Arctic Policy Committee never met when I was a member but it sounds like that committee will begin meeting with its new Chair, Representative Thomas Baker (R – Kotzebue). I will especially miss the Energy Committee but am excited for the opportunities that my new committee assignments will bring.


The State Affairs Committee, Chaired by Rep Laddie Shaw (R – Anchorage) covers a large variety of subjects, and takes up many more bills than either the Energy Committee and Arctic Policy Committee. Bills in this committee range from election reform to retirement system reform (including the Defined Benefits Bill), criminal justice reform, healthcare, the DMV, good governance and government efficiencies, and anything else directly relating to the state and state agencies. I look forward to serving on this committee and working to make our state a better place to live and work. 


The Tribal Affairs Committee was first created in 2019 by then-Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (I – Dillingham) and is an important committee that is working to create a better relationship between the State and the sovereign entities of our tribes and tribal members across Alaska. This committee is Chaired by my Freshman Caucus colleague, and Bush Caucus member Rep CJ McCormick (D – Bethel). I am excited to serve on this committee and learn more about how the state can take concrete steps toward resolving some of the most pressing public health and safety issues facing our communities, including the ongoing and increasing cases of missing and murdered indigenous persons. 


I am excited to serve on these new committees and please feel free to reach out to my office if you have thoughts on policies these committees are considering, or would like to know about legislation headed our way.

Rep Carrick's meeting with UAF Graduate Students who are members of Alaska's newest union, the Alaska Graduate Workers Association


United Way’s 211 Program

The Alaska 2-1-1 program is a wonderful way to connect with a wide variety of services in our community, including emergency food and shelter, educational opportunities, alcohol and drug treatment programs, senior services, childcare, and much more. Because certain issues can be hard to navigate online, sometimes a conversation is more helpful than an online search. Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221 or email Alaska211@ak.org to connect with a specialist who will work with you to understand your need and connect you to the programs and services that can help. Alaska 2-1-1 is operated by United Way of Anchorage with generous support from community funders.

 

One such example of the work they’ve been doing to help identify students who may face educational challenges due to homelessness is through a new partnership with the Department of Education to provide connections to school district homeless liaisons in each of the 54 school districts within the state. This will amplify the impact school liaisons have on students by providing the right support and resources at the right time which can make all the difference in the world. For more information on the Alaska 2-1-1 program visit their website.

 

Events In Our Community! 

Alaska DOT&PF Northern Region Job Fair

The Alaska State Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Northern Region invites the public to learn about career opportunities at the department. For one day only, union application fees will be waived for those who wish to apply for jobs. This is your chance to interview with a panel, join a union and set yourself up for incredible career pathways. There is no experience required and you must be 18 years old or older with an Alaska Driver's License. The fair will be held at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community & Technical College on Tuesday, February 6th, from 1 – 7pm.

 

🦺🦺You can get more information on job postings online🦺🦺

 

Deaf-initely Social

The first deaf social of 2024 for Deaf-initiely social will be held at Alaska Coffee Roasting Company (location was changed due to Lulu’s temporary closure). Bring your friends, yourself, and your hands! This is an opportunity for deafies and hearies to chat in American Sign Language. This event will be from 1:30 – 3:30pm on Sunday, January 28th.

 

Energy Legislation Info Session

Although I am no longer on the House Energy Committee, it is still a major priority to provide affordable, renewable, and reliable energy to the Interior. The Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition is hosting an information session about the bills they are tracking this legislative session, and this will be a great opportunity to learn more about what is in store for this legislative session with energy legislation. You can participate over Zoom on February 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can register for this event online, and you can learn more about it on Facebook as well.

 

StrongPeople Class

A 12-week exercise program designed for midlife or older men and women is scheduled to start January 30th in Fairbanks. The StrongPeople program focuses on building muscle strength; improving bone density, balance and mobility; and preventing falls. Students will use free weights and leg weights.

 

Classes are led by Leslie Shallcross, a health, home and family development agent with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. Shallcross has led and supported community-based StrongPeople programs for 17 years.

 

Classes will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 30-April 19, in Room 108, University Park Building, 1000 University Ave. The fee is $30; discounts are available. Potential participants must complete health screening forms and may be asked to obtain a medical provider authorization to participate. Participants can register online through January 26, 2024.

 

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made five business days in advance to Shallcross at lashallcross@alaska.edu or 907-474-2426.

Team Carrick 2024. From left to right: Stuart Relay, Rep Carrick, Cherie Bowman


Re-Introducing My Office Team- We Are Here For You!

Before being elected to Represent you in the State House back in 2022, I was a legislative staffer for six legislative sessions, and I know firsthand the work that goes into being a legislative staffer. With session underway, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce my staff who are the ones that make my office run as smoothly as it does. I am excited to have the same team I had last session and look forward to working with them again this year to promote the interests of West Fairbanks and our entire community.

 

Stuart Relay, Chief of Staff

I first got to know Stuart when he and I worked together for one session as staffers for my predecessor Representative Adam Wool. He was also my campaign manager on my campaign in 2022. This is Stuart’s fifth session and in my office he is my point of contact for the Interior Delegation, is my aide to the Labor and Commerce Committee, is the point of contact on many of the bills I am sponsoring including ones relating to the University, and is the point of contact for my budget priorities. You can contact Stuart directly at Stuart.Relay@akleg.gov.

 

Cherie Bowman, Legislative Aide

This is Cherie’s third session working in Juneau and her second session working in my office. During the interim, Cherie worked in Senator Scott Kawasaki’s office, and has returned to work in my office. We are excited to be able to bring her back! She is my aide to the State Affairs Committee (previously serving as my Energy Committee Aide), is carrying a couple of the bills that I have sponsored, and leads my constituent relations efforts. You can contact Cherie directly at Cherie.Bowman@akleg.gov

 

Now that you know my team, feel free to reach out to us at any time by calling 907-452-6084, emailing Rep.Ashley.Carrick@akleg.gov (or my staff directly), or by following me @RepCarrick on Social Media. If anyone you know would like to sign up for the Carrick Capitol Connection in their email, feel free to have them sign up online, or email me and they will be added to the list. Thank you for staying engaged in the legislative process, and I can’t wait to reach out again next week!


Best wishes,

Representative Ashley Carrick

Proudly Serving House District 35 -- West Fairbanks


Rep.Ashley.Carrick@akleg.gov

907-452-6084


1292 Sadler Way, Ste 324, Fairbanks, AK 99701

*Global Credit Union building (formerly Alaska USA Credit Union), across from Home Depot, Walmart, and Fred Meyer east.

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Contact my Staff

Stuart Relay

Chief of Staff


stuart.relay@akleg.gov

907-452-6084

Cherie Bowman

Legislative Aide


cherie.bowman@akleg.gov

907-452-6084


Contact the Fairbanks Legislative Information Office


1292 Sadler Way Ste 308

Fairbanks, AK 99701


Office: 907-452-4448

Fax: 907-456-3346


LIO.Fairbanks@akleg.gov


Contact the Governor's Fairbanks Office


675 7th Ave, Ste. H5

Fairbanks, AK 99701-4596


907-451-2920


gov.alaska.gov


Contact your Congressional Delegation

Congresswoman Mary Peltola

Anchorage Office:

121 W Fireweed Ln, Ste. 260

Anchorage, AK 99503


Phone: 907-921-6575


Email


Website:

Peltola.House.Gov

Senator Lisa Murkowski

Fairbanks Office:

250 Cushman Ave, Suite 2D

Fairbanks, AK 99701


Phone: (907) 456-0233

Fax: (877) 857-0322


Email


Website: Murkowski.Senate.Gov

Senator Dan Sullivan

Fairbanks Office:

101 12th Ave., Ste. 328

Fairbanks, AK 99701


Phone: (907) 456-0261

Fax: (907) 451-7290


Email


Website: Sullivan.Senate.Gov