Capitol Brief by Senator Bill Wielechowski

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Representing Northeast Anchorage Neighborhoods and Elmendorf AFB

September 11, 2014
Senator Bill Wielechowski
Bill Wielechowski

733 W 4th Suite 202
Anchorage, AK 99501
fax  269.0122


State Capitol, Rm 419
Juneau, AK 99801
FAX: 907.465.6615

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On this day, Patriot Day, I hope all Alaskans take a moment to remember those who lost their lives on 9/11, those who came to the aid of survivors and helped to rebuild, and those who fought and continue to fight overseas to make us safer.

Spirit of Muldoon Picnic

Join me this Saturday the 13th for the annual Spirit of Muldoon Picnic, sponsored by the Northeast Community Council. From 11am to 3pm at the proposed Muldoon Town Square Park, near the intersection of Debarr Rd. and Muldoon Rd. Come enjoy Alaska Native dancing, a magic show and other live entertainment. Get to know your neighbors over hamburgers and hot dogs and celebrate the end of summer at this free event.

Helping my daughter Willow feed Hero the Horse at the Russian Jack Community Picnic 
Helping my daughter Willow feed Hero the Horse at the Russian Jack Community Picnic 

Projects to Improve your Neighborhood

I’ll be doing a drive-around of the Senate district with the Municipality of Anchorage’s Public Works Division. Our goal is to identify the areas and neighborhoods in East Anchorage to prioritize for capital grant funding. These future projects may include road upgrades, pedestrian safety improvements, traffic calming and park beautification. 

The decline of oil revenues means that we have to spend our limited state dollars wisely and I want your help to do this. Please call my office or send me an email with your suggestions of areas we should make a priority to improve. 

Looking over traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvement plans for Nunaka Valley with Rep. Gruenberg and Assemblyman Petersen
Looking over traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvement plans for Nunaka Valley with Rep. Gruenberg and Assemblyman Petersen 

JBER Koats for Kids Winter Clothing Drive

Help support our neighbors in uniform by donating gently used children’s winter jackets, gloves, hats and boots to the JBER Koats for Kids drive. Donations are being accepted until October 3rd and may be dropped off to collection bins on JBER at the Joint Military Mall, Military and Family Support Center, Talkeetna Child Development Center and the Illa School Age Program Building. 

Donated winter gear will be distributed by the Army Community Service Center from September 17th through October 15th at Building 600. 

Are Higher Gasoline Prices on the Way?

Recently executives from Exxon and ConocoPhillips argued to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska that they should be allowed to charge more for shipping oil down the TransAlaska Pipeline because oil production on the North Slope will continue to decline at the same rate as in the past. This surprised me and many other observers because these same companies recently told Alaskans that production levels had stabilized since we slashed their taxes. Now that the election is behind us, their tune appears to be changing. 

This concerns me for many reasons. One is that the price we pay at the gas pump is affected by the price Exxon, ConocoPhillips and the other pipeline owners charge for shipping oil. If they are allowed to charge more for shipping, Alaskans will pay more to fuel their cars. 

Please know I will do all I can to ensure that Alaskan consumers are treated fairly. The oil industry should not be promising increased production one day and claiming production levels will continue to decline the next. You can read more here.



Bill Wielechowski
Alaska State Senator
District G - Anchorage