Dear Neighbors,

Today is Mother’s Day. I want to send a huge thank you to all the amazing moms, grandmas, and stepmoms for everything they do in our lives. Today is the day to reach out to the mothers in your life and give them your love.  

I’m especially grateful that I get to see my mom quite often. Recently, my mom and my aunt came to visit me in Juneau. We had a great time. During the legislative session, Juneau can be a stressful place but when my mom is around, things are always better. She makes me laugh, tells me stories, and generally makes me feel like things will be okay. Happy Mother’s Day mom. 

I’m here for you. I welcome your input and ideas. Call my office at (907) 465-2095 or send me an email to

Warm regards,
Do You Need Help with Medicare?
Alaska's Medicare Information Office will hold an online workshop to help Alaskans with their Medicare coverage.

  • Date: Monday, May 9
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

For more information, contact the Medicare Information Office at 1-800-478-6065 or (907) 269-3680.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

  • This full-day symposium will explore how to best meet the mental health needs of older adults.
  • The symposium is free but registration is required.
  • When: May 16 from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Mental Health Resources

Register to Vote in the Special Election
The Special Primary Election for Alaska's seat in Congress will be held on June 11.

  • The deadline to register to vote in the Special Primary Election is Thursday, May 12.
  • The election is being conducted by mail.
  • Ballots are being mailed to all registered voters in Alaska.
  • All ballots must be postmarked on or before election day.
It's Wildland Fire Season in Alaska
This week is "Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week in Alaska."

Fire professionals across the State are urging all Alaskans and visitors to be careful and prevent human-caused wildfires.

Burn permits are required for any open burning on state, municipal, or private lands.

  • Burn permits are free and available at State Forestry offices and local fire departments.
  • Burn permits can be printed online at

Burn permits are not required for camping, cooking, or warming fires less than 3 feet in diameter with flame lengths less than 2 feet high.

Those who want to burn brush are encouraged to do so now when fire danger is low.