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Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain


December 3, 2018

In this issue:

•  Friday’s Earthquake

•  Remembering George H.W. Bush

•  Congratulations to Governor Dunleavy

•  Community Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Friday morning just before 8:30 AM, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake jolted Anchorage and surrounding Southcentral communities. It damaged roads and homes, knocked out power in some neighborhoods, and left residents with plenty to clean up. Thankfully, we all survived this major earthquake. 


Friday's Earthquake

Seismologists called Friday's earthquake the most significant in Anchorage since the 1964 Good Friday earthquake, in terms of how strong the ground shook. Considering the scale of the quake, it’s good news that there were no reports of death or life-threatening injuries. After 1964, Alaska established stricter building codes that contributed to building the structures that withstood Friday's earthquake. While the earthquake and the many aftershocks left us all on edge, Anchorage has a great deal to be thankful for.


The proactive reaction to Friday's earthquake reflects our great leadership. I'd like to extend my appreciation to Governor Walker, Mayor Berkowitz, Anchorage's Municipal Manager Bill Falsey, the Office of Emergency Management, and all of our first responders, including the Anchorage Police Department, the Anchorage Fire Department, the Red Cross, and the Alaska National Guard. I'd also like to acknowledge all of the employees who worked hard on Friday and through the weekend to quickly address road, electricity, and water issues in the Anchorage bowl, including the Department of Transportation, Chugach Electric, Enstar, and the Anchorage Waste Water Utility. 


To find out what you can do to stay safe during and after the next earthquake, visit: https://www.muni.org/Departments/OEM/Prepared/Pages/EarthquakePrep.aspx


Remembering President George H.W. Bush

On Friday afternoon, the country learned of the passing of George H.W. Bush. A Republican who went to Washington in an age of heroes, he was the last American president to serve in World War II as part of the so-called “Greatest Generation.” Bush exemplified the finest traditions of an American president: dignified, gracious, restrained, and resolute. As President, Bush sought a "kinder, and gentler nation” and urged Americans of all ages, races, and backgrounds to answer the nation’s call to voluntary service, encouraging "a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky."


George H.W. Bush came from a generation tested by fire, a generation of patriots who believed their government was capable of working in unison for the greater good, regardless of political stripe or ideology. Regarded as a person above politics, Bush commanded bipartisan respect––unafraid to reach across the political aisle and cross the nation’s many divides to get important work done on behalf of all the American people. President Bush will be remembered as a devoted public servant and a unifying figure who served with integrity and helped build the infrastructure for a more peaceful world.


Congratulations to Governor Dunleavy and Lt. Governor Meyer

Congratulations to Mike Dunleavy and Kevin Meyer on their recent election and their inauguration today. I am thankful for Governor Dunleavy’s willingness to serve our Great State as we face great challenges moving forward. Governor Dunleavy shares a commitment to working hard on behalf of all Alaskans, and I look forward to working with him and his administration to serve our friends and neighbors in West Anchorage and throughout Alaska.



Community Events


Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

Community Councils

Spenard Community Council 
When: Wednesday, December 5th at 7:00 PM
Where: Spenard Recreation Center 
Facebook event page

Turnagain Community Council 
When: Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 PM 
Where: TO BE ANNOUNCED - Not at West High this month!
Facebook event page

Sand Lake Community Council 
When: Monday, December 10th at 6:30 PM
Where: Sand Lake Elementary School, Library Room 
Facebook event page 
(Note: the Sand Lake Community Council will have an informal meeting if Sand Lake Elementary School is open. More information will be made available to community council members later this week.)


Anchorage International Film Festival

Back for the 18th year, the Anchorage International Film Festival is bringing filmmakers from around the world together in Anchorage to promote independent filmmaking in Alaska and around the world while enriching cultural and entertainment opportunities for Alaskans. It's an opportunity for filmmakers to meet and showcase their work to the public with screenings, workshops, and dialogues.


When: Friday, November 30th  – Sunday, December 9th
Festival Schedule
Where: Various locations, including Bear Tooth Theatrepub and the 49th State Brewing Company.

Click here for more information or visit the Anchorage International Film Festival Facebook page.


Solstice Tree Tour 2018

Come celebrate the winter solstice by touring beautifully decorated trees along the Mize Loop at Kincaid Park. Tour on your skis or for ONE time only, on foot/snowshoe. A secure snow bike corral will be available if you would like to bike to the entrance. Hot chocolate, coffee, and s'mores will be provided along to way as will spiced wine and beer in the Viola Swamp Beer garden for those 21 and over. Support your trails and the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage. Carpooling is highly recommended!




When: Sunday, December 16th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Where: Kincaid Park, 9401 Raspberry Rd.

Visit the Facebook event page for more information. 


As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

signed: Matt Claman

Rep. Matt Claman

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Governor Bill Walker

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