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Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau

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Volume 7: Issue 8 March 20th, 2015

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Weekly Highlights

My, oh my how time flies!  Today is the 60th day of the session. Only 30 days left!

Daylight Saving Time- The correspondence keeps flooding in to my office about the elimination of DST. As most of you know SB 6 passed through the senate 16-4 and is now in the other body. There is still time to stop this bill by contacting House members and making them aware of negative impacts on most Alaskans.  And I’m not just talking about 8am NFL kickoffs on Sunday.

Medicaid-Thanks to a little luck O’ the Irish, on Saint Patrick’s Day we got Gov. Walker’s Medicaid expansion bill. I appreciate all the supportive comments from my constituents. I am in full support of the Governor’s expansion efforts. We need to make sure affordable health care benefits are accessible to many more Alaskans.

Fish Politics- I always enjoy seeing my neighbors at United Fisherman of Alaska. Executive Director Julianne Curry, and UFA President Jerry McCune stopped by this week for a visit.  There is a lot going on in the building concerning Alaska fisheries.  There are two Board of Fish seats; the Department of Fish & Game budget; proposed changes to hunting, sport fish, and trapping licenses…  We have a lot of work to do to protect our valuable resources and support our state’s economy.

Sen. Egan slinging fish stories with Julianne Curry and Jerry McCune
Sen. Egan slinging fish stories with Julianne Curry and Jerry McCune.

Holland America/Princess- Thanks to a visit from friends with Holland America/Princess Cruise Lines we know this fast approaching tourist season looks about the same as last year. Most of the same ships will be plying northern Southeast waters, carrying roughly the same number of passengers.  

Ralph Samuels, Sen. Egan, Bill Hagevig and Emmely Kik talk cruise ships.
Ralph Samuels, Sen. Egan, Bill Hagevig and Emmely Kik talk cruise ships.

Unique Office Visit- Do you know the children’s story book, “Flat Stanley?”   I had the pleasure of a photo op with the traveling paper cutout this week.  Flat Stanley, pictured below wearing camo, was on visit from Mrs. Whitrock’s 3rd grade class at Harris Elementary School in St. Charles, Missouri.  Flat Stanley travels the country and brings back facts and stories from his travels to help the students with their social studies. I thought I would share this fun little project in case any of you wanted to suggest it for a class you know.

Flat Stanley’s Juneau-based escort Stephanie Roughton has a 3rd grade nephew.
Flat Stanley’s Juneau-based escort Stephanie Roughton has a 3
rd grade nephew.

Kudos from Juneau

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

Longtime educator Lucy Potter named Principal of Glacier Valley Elementary- Lucy has been the interim principal for Glacier Valley since last year. She has been with Juneau School District since 1999 and specializes in instructional education leadership.  I would like to offer a warm welcome to Principal Potter!

Alaska Native Voices Project- Kudos to Juneau librarians for winning a grant to document Alaska Natives’ experience in the education system.  They are calling for stories from everyone, from elders who remember the boarding school era, to college students, and toddlers in preschool programs. The oral history projects kicks off at Juneau’s downtown library Tuesday March 31st at 5:30 PM.

BAFTA “Best Debut Game” Award-Local storyteller Ishmael Hope worked on a team creating the new video game, “Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)”.  Hope recently visited London for the prestigious British Academy Games Awards, where they won for best debut game. Based on an Inupiaq story, “Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)” helps to encapsulate priceless Alaska Native values and language. What a great project!

Gold Medal-Thanks to the Juneau Lions Club for hosting yet another wonderful Gold Medal Tournament and a HUGE thank you to all the basketball players for showing up and giving your best this week in the capital city!

Bantam Tier III Hockey Tournament-Thanks to Juneau Douglas Ice Association and the Tredwell Arena for hosting the Bantam hockey tournament last week.  A big kudos to all the teams and their families for playing your hearts out in the capital city.

Local Teacher Allie Smith wins award from Discovery Southeast- Allie teaches 2nd grade at Auke Bay Elementary. She is well known for teaching her students how to be aware and comfortable when in the outdoors. She’s so good she won the 1st ever Discovery Award from Discovery Southeast.  Allie’s dedication to sharing outdoor experiences with her students comes from her passion for the outdoors and engaging kids in more outdoor activities. Kudos for getting our kids into the incredible learning lab our Southeast back yard can be.

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.

[signed] Dennis Egan

Dennis Egan
Alaska State Senator
District Q

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