Representative Carrick meeting with Alex McDonnell, a constituent who was in the Capitol to present to the House Energy Committee yesterday about his company Alaska Renewables and renewable energy in Alaska
Polaris Building Demolition
For just about as long as anyone in Fairbanks can remember, the Polaris Building has been a notable landmark, or possibly an eyesore depending on when you came to Fairbanks! The Polaris Hotel was built in 1952 with an annex constructed in 1973 in downtown Fairbanks. It was originally designed as an apartment building and was later turned into a hotel, which it remained until it closed in 2002 after its basement was flooded. After that the City of Fairbanks took ownership with the intent to demolish the building. Yet, that demolition was always a project on the horizon, until now.
On Wednesday, April 12 a ceremony commemorating the beginning of the Polaris building demolition took place. Thank you to all who worked to get us to this point, especially Senator Lisa Murkowski for securing most of the necessary funding last year. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature and with Mayor Dave Pruhs to help ensure that the demolition project gets across the finish line.
Medicaid Eligibility Redetermination
United Way’s Alaska 211 Healthcare Navigator hotline is helping Alaskans deal with the impending or recent loss of Medicaid coverage now that federal COVID relief dollars have been spent. Healthcare Navigators are trained and knowledgeable about the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace and can help Alaskans no matter where they live in the state. Healthcare Navigators provide free, unbiased help to explore affordable coverage options and any tax credits or cost savings a constituent may qualify for. Healthcare Navigators can help anyone complete eligibility and enrollment forms. If you need their assistance, just call 211.
Fairbanks Outdoor Show
The Fairbanks Outdoor Show takes place April 21-23 at the Carlson Center. For all lovers of the great outdoors, this is an opportunity to explore outside activities, ATVs, camping gear, travel ideas, health and fitness, local food vendors, non-profits, car care, home improvements, shopping, and more. The Interior Alaska Gun Show runs alongside the event and admission gets you into both events. Admission is $5 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free. Sunday is free for Military with ID or anyone who brings 2 cans of food for the Food Bank. Hours are Friday from 2pm-7pm, Saturday from 10am-6pm, and Sunday from 11am-5pm.
Free Community Health Clinic
The Mountain View Lions Club and Remote Area Medical (RAM) will be offering a pop-up clinic at Ryan Middle School from April 22 at 6am until April 23 at 2pm. This two-day event will provide hundreds of Alaskans with free, proactive health care services (dental, vision, mental, medical). Patient parking is offered at the Ryan Middle School parking lot, where people can start lining up in the parking spots on Friday evening. View the event for more details.
My Staff and I Are Here for You!
Please feel free to reach out to me and my office regarding any topics of interest or concern. We are always happy to help, and we are here for you!