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Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau
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DENNIS EGAN

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Volume 8: Issue 4 February 27th, 2016

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Safer?  Really?

It took me a couple of years of work to get a pedestrian light at a crossing where multiple pedestrians were hit by cars.  The Department of Transportation is taking public comment on a proposal to pull it back out.  They have a lot of changes planned for the stretch of Glacier Highway between Sunny Point and Vanderbilt Hill.  Most of them make sense.  But we spent $400,000 putting in that pedestrian crossing light, and nobody has been hit since.  I sat down with two Mikes from DOT: Coffey, the director of Southcoast Region; and Lesmann, the commissioner’s special assistant, and they promised to take another look at the plan.  DOT needs to hear from you about it: there’s a public meeting March 3.

Board of Realtors Visit

Suzan FitzGerald, Sen. Egan, Vickie Gartley and Robyn Long
Suzan FitzGerald, Sen. Egan, Vickie Gartley and Robyn Long

It was great to meet with Realtors from Juneau.  Their numbers are growing, and we talked about some of the issues facing their industry, and the board.

Haines Mayor Jan Hill and our Mutual Constituent

Mayor Jan Hill, Sen. Egan, and Bill Thomas.
Mayor Jan Hill, Sen. Egan, and Bill Thomas.

Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill stopped in and we talked about issues facing both our state and the communities of Northern Southeast.  Way back when, I helped found the Southeast Conference of Mayors because I know the unique role mayors have in our cities and in our region.

Big Day at the Capitol Friday

Senators Stevens, Egan, & Stedman with Admiral Abel and 17th District USCG senior staff
Senators Stevens, Egan, & Stedman with Admiral Abel and 17th District USCG senior staff

No word on whether the Coasties teamed up with the kids to form a Juneau branch of the Sea Scouts.
No word on whether the Coasties teamed up with the kids to form a Juneau branch of the Sea Scouts.

Our guest pages were Caitlyn Forrest, Lauren Stichert, Anita Morrison, and Sophia Owen
Our guest pages were Caitlyn Forrest, Lauren Stichert, Anita Morrison, and Sophia Owen

It was my great pleasure to introduce Admiral Daniel Abel and members of the command staff of the Juneau-based 17th Coast Guard District on the Senate Floor Friday.

It was my great pleasure to introduce Admiral Daniel Abel and members of the command staff of the Juneau-based 17th Coast Guard District on the Senate Floor Friday.  They got a standing ovation from the Senate, which is almost unheard of.  We also had four guest pages from Girl Scout Troop 4018.  It was a lot of uniforms for one day!

Kudos from Juneau

Thanks to these community members for
helping make Southeast
a great place to live!

Finalists to be Medalists – Two of the finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are in my district!  I’m not surprised two libraries from around here rate among the 15 best in the nation, but I still couldn’t be prouder. Kudos to the Haines Borough Public Library and the Juneau Public Libraries!

Alaska Seafood Company – The Alaska Symphony of Seafood has a new award for fish eggs.  They call it “Beyond the Egg.”  The inaugural winner was Juneau’s Alaska Seafood Company for their smoked salmon roe. Now that’s value added!

College Hoops – Gabi Fenumiai had an impressive season at Evergreen State. In the final game of the season she put up her seventh double-double, with 23 points and 13 rebounds.  Well done Gabi!

He’ll Research It – President Obama reappointed Juneau’s own David Benton serve on the Arctic Research Commission.  I’m happy to know David will keep working to find ways to expand international cooperation on research in the Arctic.  Way to go David!
 

Thanks for reading Legislative Corner.  I hope you'll always feel welcome to contact my office, just call, write, or use one of the links in this newsletter.

Sincerely,
[signed] Dennis Egan

Dennis Egan
Alaska State Senator
District Q

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