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|Volume 7: Issue 2
||February 6th, 2015
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The 29th Legislature is almost into the third week of session. Budget issues and recreational marijuana legalization seem to be the buzz in the building at the start of this session.
- The Juneau delegation wrote to the governor about “capital creep” this week. We’re concerned about how many commissioners haven’t committed to live in Juneau yet. Most agencies have their headquarters here in Juneau, so commissioners can best serve and support their agencies if working face-to-face here in the capital city.
- The governor released the details of his budget today. These cuts are deep, and Alaskans will notice the differences. My office is combing over them to make sure Juneau and the communities of Southeast get fair treatment.
I would like to personally thank my long-time staffer, Alida Bus, for all her dedication and hard work over the past six years. A big congratulations is in order for her as she moves on to her new position as Legislative Liaison for the Department of Environmental Conservation! Our district’s loss is truly the Executive Branch’s gain. On that note I would also like to extend a warm welcome to my newest office staff addition, Peter Naoroz. Peter has lived in Juneau since 1996. He comes to my office with experience from the Permanent Fund Corporation, Kootznoowoo and working for anther legislator. Please feel free to stop by our office in Room 417 of the Capitol, and help me extend a warm welcome to Peter.
Mary Katasse on the right and Nick Polley on the left pictured
with the Juneau delegation at a recent office meeting.
Skylene Deasco, a Juneau high school student, visited
this week to interview me for a school project.
|Kudos from Juneau
Thanks to these community members for
helping make Southeast a great place to live!
Juneau Economic Development Council Innovation
JEDC hosted its 4th annual Innovation Summit last week. The focus was on strengthening entrepreneurship in Southeast Alaska and boosting economic development, especially through the successful ‘cluster’ model. With the ever-present budget issues facing the entire state, Southeast entrepreneurs do a great job looking to value-added products for a prosperous economic future.
Kudos to the Juneau Mountain Rescue who came to the rescue of four climbers pinned on a mountain ridge due to high winds near Little Sheep Creek east of Thane Road. They were all safely transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital. We’re really fortunate to have rescuers who are ready in any weather.
Glory Hole Reopening
Kudos to the many donors, volunteers, and workers who got The Glory Hole shelter open again after almost 2 months being closed. With this weekend’s weather, it’s not a moment too soon. Thanks for taking care of Juneau’s neediest folks!
SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS!!
With gusts possibly reaching up to 90 mph our capital city of Juneau has high wind advisories in effect until Friday evening. With 6 inches of snow predicted to fall by Saturday there is also a winter storm warning in place. PLEASE take extra caution when out and about in the capital this weekend.
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Alaska State Senator
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