August 2, 2016
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT FOR VETERANS
I was pleased to see action at the federal level this past month, with the passage of the Veteran's Compensation COLA Act of 2016. Starting Dec. 1st, this will allow a much-deserved increase in benefits for disabled Veterans, keeping up with inflation and providing for those who have bravely served our country.
While I hope to see further action to make Veterans’ cost-of-living adjustments automatic (as we do with Social Security), it is good to see Congress come together to do the right thing for our Veterans this year.
Rep. LeDoux and I had the honor of recognizing Colonel Bodine and the 611th Air Operations Center for being named the 2015 Air Force One-of-a-Kind Outstanding Unit.
FIGHTING FOR DIPNETTERS
Dipnetting is how many of us fill our freezers for the winter. Unfortunately, I heard from many concerned constituents this season that even on some of the biggest weekends, their catch was unusually low due to the number of emergency openers. That’s why I wrote a letter to Fish & Game Commissioner, SamCotten, requesting the Department temporarily suspend commercial emergency openers in the Kenai and Kasilof for two weekends in July to give dipnetters a chance.
While the Kenai dipnet fishery did open for 24 hours and the sockeye limit increased to six for rod and reel, the Commissioner did not stop the emergency openers due to his interpretation of the Cook Inlet Management Plan.
This plan is up for review again in February 2017, and the meeting will be held in Anchorage. If you are not happy with how the fishery is being managed, I urge you to stay active and make your voice heard during this process.
I plan on making mine heard, in hopes of creating a better balance for Alaskans who sport and person-use fish for wild salmon to carry them through the winter.
Dipnetting on the Kenai in 2015
PEOPLE MOVER IMPROVEMENTS
Ride the bus? Good news! People Mover is now incorporating real-time bus tracking for riders (not just scheduled arrival times).
To find out what time your bus will actually arrive, click HERE or text your bus stop ID# to (907) 312-2060. Text "ABOUT" to that number for instructions. No phone data plan required!
People Mover has also partnered with Google Maps to help you plan your trip in advance, with real-time GPS information. Visit www.peoplemover.org to try out the new system.
Great improvement for Anchorage riders!
Always fun to have lunch at the Muldoon Farmers Market. Open every Saturday, 9:30am – 2:30pm at Begich Middle School.
DUBEN AVENUE CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
The Municipality of Anchorage recently provided a project update on Duben Avenue.
Due to a lack of funding, there is not a current timetable for final design or construction, but the 95% level design will be completed this fall and available online at DubenAvenue.com. The Muni may also be in contact with property owners as they coordinate design and work through specific project issues.
I will do my best to residents informed of any updates or funding changes. For questions, you may also contact the design team (CRW Engineering Group) at (907) 562-3252 or email@example.com.
July Senate Resources Committee hearing to discuss Prudhoe Bay oil and gas development.
LET’S MEET FOR COFFEE TOMORROW
I’d like to hear your thoughts on the issues, what’s important to you and any ideas you might have to share. Come by and have a cup of coffee on me!
• WHEN: Wednesday, August 3rd, 7:00am – 8:00am (and every 1st Wednesday of the month through December)
• WHERE: Denny’s, 3850 Debarr Road
As always, I’m here to represent you and always appreciate your input!
Alaska State Senator
District H - Anchorage