February 9, 2024


Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Fellow Fairbanksans,

 

Welcome to the 53rd edition of the Carrick Capitol Connection! It has been another busy week in the Capitol with committee work, the beginning of budget subcommittees where we take a deep dive into the budgets of each department, and meeting with folks from all over Alaska advocating for their priorities. This week’s edition of the Carrick Capitol Connection discusses a new bill that I have introduced to make our highways safer, a public comment period for a state land sale for the Emma Creek Subdivision off the Old Nenana Highway, an opportunity for student artwork in the Capitol, and events going on in our community.  

Rep Carrick meeting with Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly Presiding Officer Savannah Fletcher about the Borough's legislative priorities


Promoting Safe Alaska Highways & Introducing HB 305

Last Friday, I introduced HB 305 which would establish a vehicle weight limit on Alaskan roads and highways. Alaskan highways are full of natural hazards including weather, traffic hazards, and the regular wear and tear of frost heaves and cracks. One of my highest priorities is protecting public safety, and making our roadways as safe as possible is an important way to achieve that goal. While we cannot control the weather or other natural hazards, there are ways we can limit hazards caused by traffic and other vehicles on the road. As many of you are aware, over the past two years there has been an increased awareness and concern about the usage of our roads and highways with increased heavy vehicle traffic.

 

Another of my main priorities is to promote economic development. Since the transportation of goods and services is vital to our regional economic development, HB 305 attempts to strike a balance between public safety and corporate interests for economic development. Alaska currently does not have a vehicle weight limit. This bill would establish a weight limit of 140,000 pounds which will help make our roads safer while staying well above the federal 80,000-pound limit for interstate highways. Alaska’s traffic needs are unique and there are many different ways we can make our roads safer. This bill takes a small but decisive step in the right direction.

 

This bill has been referred to the House Transportation Committee and the House Labor and Commerce committee. There is already significant opposition to this bill from entrenched interests and I need your help. If you are also concerned about the safety of our highways, please send letters or emails of support for HB 305 to Rep.Ashley.Carrick@akleg.gov and to my staff Stuart at Stuart.Relay@akleg.gov. Stay tuned as this bill continues through the legislative process.  

Rep Carrick meeting with Principals for Hutchison High School, Randy Smith Middle School, Pearl Creek Elementary School, and Woodriver Elementary School earlier this week


Emma Creek Subdivision Public Comment Period

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment relating to the sale of state-owned land off the Old Nenana Highway across from Vista Way. The proposed use of this land for sale within the Emma Creek subdivision would be to provide land for settlement. The project area consists of approximately 80 acres identified for sale and it is proposed to create a subdivision of no more than four parcels varying in size but no smaller than 10 acers.

 

Public comment for this proposed action will be held concurrently with another proposed action: to close the project area to new mineral entry. There are no active claims within the area and both projects are dependent on each other. The public comment period ends for both proposals at 5pm on Thursday, February 22, 2024. Written comments may be received by fax, email, or postal mail. To submit comments or for direct inquiries, contact Patrick Hall, 3700 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701, fax number (907)451-2751, or email, land.development@alaska.gov. For additional questions, please call Patrick Hall at (907) 374-3737. If you need help providing public comment, please feel free to contact my office. You can learn more about this proposed action online.

Rep Carrick meeting with the Fire Chiefs from the University Fire Station and the Chena Goldstream Fire Station earlier this week


Student Art Capitol Display

Student art lining the halls and stairwells of the Capitol has been a highlight for governors, legislators, and Alaskans since 1988. The Capitol showcases quality artwork by Alaskan elementary, middle and high school students from across the state who use a variety of artistic techniques to represent their diverse experiences. This is an excellent opportunity for local schools to reserve a gallery panel or the display cabinet for a month during the fall, for a month during the legislative session, or for four months during the summer tourist season. Student art is displayed on a reserved-space basis. The Legislative Affairs Agency maintains the art display calendar and is responsible for preparing the displays. A certificate of recognition acknowledging that the artwork was displayed in the Capitol is provided before the artwork is returned. The artwork is also displayed online. For more information on the project, and to access the art display request form, please visit the state website here. If you need help submitting the request form, please contact my office.

 

On a happy side note, this past Monday was the “Heart Through Student Art” auction, where Alaskan student art was auctioned off as a fundraiser for our school districts. This is an annual event and a fun tradition for many in Juneau, and this year our folks from Fairbanks cleaned OUT the outcry auction. I was extremely happy to win bids for a gorgeous cutting board and a painting of a raven catching the sun. Seeing the work of talented young Alaskans in my office is going to be a highlight of the day for my staff and I in the long weeks ahead! Shout out to Principal Grant Guy from our very own Woodriver Elementary school for encouraging me to bid high by starting out the outcry auction with his own bids for great student art. 

Rep Carrick with art that she purchased from the Heart Through Student Art Show


Community Events Coming Soon!

Celebration of Black in Alaska: Interior Edition

Today, on Friday, February 9, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum of the North is hosting a free community event. With support from Alaska Airlines and the Rasmuson Foundation, the exhibit highlights the Black in Alaska multimedia project and features local artist Jovell Rennie. Hours are from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. For more information, visit the Museum of the North website.

 

Fairbanks Rescue Mission Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Since November 1973, the Fairbanks Rescue Mission has served some of Fairbanks and the Interior’s most vulnerable residents, the unhoused population. Today, the Mission continues its goal of providing the Interior’s only overnight emergency shelter for men, women and children along with access to other important resources. On Wednesday, February 14 from 10am to 4pm, the public is invited to help the Mission celebrate its fiftieth anniversary with cake and a tour of the facility.

 

Fairbanks Ice Bowl

The Fairbanks Ice Bowl will hold its 7th annual event at Fairbanks North Star Borough’s Pioneer Park on February 10 from 9am – 3pm, joining forces with the Fairbanks Disc Golf Association. The Ice Bowl is a disc golf event typically held in the winter with a mission to increase local awareness of disc golf by raising funds for local and regional charities. This year’s chosen charity is the Bread Line, Inc.

 

My Staff and I Are Here for You!

As always, feel free to reach out to my office any time by calling 907-452-6084, emailing Rep.Ashley.Carrick@akleg.gov, or by following me @RepCarrick on social media. If you know of anyone who would like to sign up for an emailed edition of the Carrick Capitol Connection, please pass along this link to sign up online, or email me to be added to the list. Again, your comments are always appreciated. Stay tuned for more legislative insight and up to the minute information in next week’s newsletter!


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