February Newsletter In The State

Senator Lisa Murkowski
2017-03-15 14:26:31
United States Senator for Alaska, Lisa Murkowski *Winter in Alaska* With the busy Senate schedule in Washington D.C., I haven�t been able to get back home to the state as much as I would like. So I am challenged to find new ways to connect with fellow Alaskans. While in person is always preferred, it is not always possible, so I am going to use the tools available to help bridge the 3,000 miles that separate us. Starting next week, I will begin utilizing Facebook Live to provide legislative updates and answer questions that you may have.�I want to hear from as many Alaskans as possible to make sure your concerns are heard and addressed.�Check my website in the coming days for details on these events. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/OUTS_1.jpg] And while my time in Alaska these past few weeks has been limited, I�ve enjoyed every moment of it, whether it�s connecting with Alaskans, or enjoying the beautiful state that we are proud to call home.� *Keep up with what I'm doing, and follow me on:* [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Facebook.png] [link 1] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Instagram.png] [link 2] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/twitterbird_RGB.png] [link 3] *Iditarod 2017* Early March is my favorite time of the year, not because it means spring is on the way, but because it�s the start of the Last Grace Race on earth -- the Iditarod. Barking, howling, jumping dogs, and the crowd cheering on the mushers as they head down the chute make it such a big part of Alaska�s culture. What�s not to love?� I joined thousands of Alaskans, as well as people from all over the globe, as we celebrated the ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage. The weather was beautiful and crisp as the mushers began their close to 1,000 mile trek to Nome. Best of luck to all of the mushers and their teams out on the trail!� [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Iditarod__7_1.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Idit_1_1.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Iditarod__1_1.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Iditarod__3_1.jpg] � *President�s Day * The extended President�s Day state work period allowed me to be in Alaska for a week in February. During my time at home, I delivered my annual speech to the Alaska State Legislature and spent some time in Anchorage and Southeast Alaska meeting with constituents. Something that I appreciate, and I can bet skiers and outdoor enthusiasts can appreciate, is the snowfall we�ve seen this winter throughout much of Alaska. During a recent weekend in Girdwood, the weather and snow was perfect to hit the trails for cross-country skiing. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/ski_sign_1.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/girdwood_ski_sign_1.jpg] � In Anchorage, I stopped by the Grand Opening of Roscoe�s Catfish & Barbeque Restaurant�s second location in town! Roscoe and his family contribute so much to the community � and serve up fabulous soul food!� [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Roscoes_Restaurant_Opening_1.jpg] � I have been the U.S. Representative to the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region since 2005. Members of the national parliaments come from each of the eight Arctic Nations, so it was a great opportunity to not only learn from the other Arctic Nations, but also work collaboratively on issues of concern to the Arctic. �We had a number of excellent presentations, from unmanned aerial surveillance programs in the Arctic, to the upcoming Arctic Energy Forum in Finland, and all of the amazing Arctic research that is being done in Alaska. � [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Arctic_Meeting_1.jpg] � I spent a day in Ketchikan and had the opportunity to meet with a group of AARP members to discuss the future of Medicare, Social Security, and the Affordable Care Act. � [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/AARP_Ketchikan_1.jpg] � I also had the opportunity to meet John Reese, the last fluent speaker of Sm�algyax, the Tsimshian language. In 1997, there were 23 fluent speakers in Ketchikan � but that has dwindled to solely Mr. Reese. At 94, he is working to keep his Native language alive, teaching classes that are free and open to the public through the Ketchikan Indian Community. He did his best to teach me some Sm�algyax words and phrases � a memorable experience that I will treasure forever. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/John_Reese_Ketchikan_1.jpg] � During a work session in our state�s capitol, I spoke with leaders of the Alaska Federation of Natives. We had some very productive discussions regarding a wide variety of topics � such as education funding, energy issues, combating our state�s opioid crisis, and finding effective ways to work with the new Administration.� I look forward to continuing the conversation and working to address their concerns.� [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Speech_AFN_Juneau__2_1.jpg] � I gave my 14th annual address to the Alaska State Legislature in Juneau, outlining my vision for the future of our state and how I�m working to empower Alaskans. I discussed the future of resource development, healthcare, education, and the military in Alaska. I recognize there is anxiety and uncertainty regarding the future of our state, but I remain confident that the next several years hold much promise for us. I encourage you to watch my speech by clicking on the picture below and to read the text here: bit.ly/2lxcNdI [link 4]. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/LAM_Leg_Speech_grab_1.PNG] � I hosted an informal �meet and greet� with Alaska Legislative staff at the Alaska Brewing Company in Juneau. I have many occasions to meet directly with other legislators, so this was a great opportunity to meet those who work so hard behind the scenes and to express my thanks.� [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Alaska_Leg_Staff_Meet_and_Greet_1.jpeg] � Saw this bumper sticker in Juneau and I couldn�t agree more - It hits the nail on the head when it comes to farmed fish.� [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Bumber_Sticker_Fish_1.jpg] � While in Juneau, I met with two entrepreneurs who have come up with a new way to harness and use one of our abundant resources in Alaska, kelp! By harvesting kelp to turn it into salsa and pickles, and looking at other Alaskan products to supplement kelp recipes, these two have found a creative way to make the most of Alaska�s seafood bounty. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Kelp_Food_1.jpg] � I was pleased to attend the Symphony of Seafoods while in Juneau. Hundreds of people came out to celebrate local entrepreneurs and innovators with the added bonus of eating some fantastic seafood. The products competing at this event ranged from candied salmon ice cream, to baby food, to even a salmon leather purse. Congratulations are in order for all of those who put so much time and effort into the development of the seafood products presented at the event. � [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Seafood_Symphony_1.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Seafood_Symphony__2_1.jpg] (Senator Peter Micciche & family) � In Juneau, I had the chance to sit down with Admiral McAllister and U.S. Coast Guard leadership to discuss ongoing and future Coast Guard activities throughout Alaska. The USCG is critical to protecting our waters and keeping Alaskans safe and secure. We discussed equipment needs and limitations, as well as multi-national training exercises. I will work to make sure they have the resources necessary to continue doing their job safely and efficiently. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/USCG_Meeting_1.jpg] � After a long and full week at home, it was time to head back to Washington, D.C.� [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/flying_back_1.png] I truly value making sure the voices of all of my constituents are heard, and I am thankful to have this time to meet with Alaskans across our big state. Thank you to all of you who share your concerns and ideas with me, as they help me represent you in Washington, D.C.� Until next time!
 

Winter in Alaska

With the busy Senate schedule in Washington D.C., I haven�t been able to get back home to the state as much as I would like. So I am challenged to find new ways to connect with fellow Alaskans. While in person is always preferred, it is not always possible, so I am going to use the tools available to help bridge the 3,000 miles that separate us.

Starting next week, I will begin utilizing Facebook Live to provide legislative updates and answer questions that you may have. I want to hear from as many Alaskans as possible to make sure your concerns are heard and addressed. Check my website in the coming days for details on these events.

And while my time in Alaska these past few weeks has been limited, I�ve enjoyed every moment of it, whether it�s connecting with Alaskans, or enjoying the beautiful state that we are proud to call home. 

Keep up with what I'm doing, and follow me on:

Iditarod 2017

Early March is my favorite time of the year, not because it means spring is on the way, but because it�s the start of the Last Grace Race on earth -- the Iditarod. Barking, howling, jumping dogs, and the crowd cheering on the mushers as they head down the chute make it such a big part of Alaska�s culture. What�s not to love? 

I joined thousands of Alaskans, as well as people from all over the globe, as we celebrated the ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage. The weather was beautiful and crisp as the mushers began their close to 1,000 mile trek to Nome. Best of luck to all of the mushers and their teams out on the trail! 

 

President�s Day

The extended President�s Day state work period allowed me to be in Alaska for a week in February. During my time at home, I delivered my annual speech to the Alaska State Legislature and spent some time in Anchorage and Southeast Alaska meeting with constituents.

Something that I appreciate, and I can bet skiers and outdoor enthusiasts can appreciate, is the snowfall we�ve seen this winter throughout much of Alaska. During a recent weekend in Girdwood, the weather and snow was perfect to hit the trails for cross-country skiing.

 

In Anchorage, I stopped by the Grand Opening of Roscoe�s Catfish & Barbeque Restaurant�s second location in town! Roscoe and his family contribute so much to the community � and serve up fabulous soul food! 

 

I have been the U.S. Representative to the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region since 2005. Members of the national parliaments come from each of the eight Arctic Nations, so it was a great opportunity to not only learn from the other Arctic Nations, but also work collaboratively on issues of concern to the Arctic.  We had a number of excellent presentations, from unmanned aerial surveillance programs in the Arctic, to the upcoming Arctic Energy Forum in Finland, and all of the amazing Arctic research that is being done in Alaska.  

 

I spent a day in Ketchikan and had the opportunity to meet with a group of AARP members to discuss the future of Medicare, Social Security, and the Affordable Care Act.  

 

I also had the opportunity to meet John Reese, the last fluent speaker of Sm�algyax, the Tsimshian language. In 1997, there were 23 fluent speakers in Ketchikan � but that has dwindled to solely Mr. Reese. At 94, he is working to keep his Native language alive, teaching classes that are free and open to the public through the Ketchikan Indian Community. He did his best to teach me some Sm�algyax words and phrases � a memorable experience that I will treasure forever.

 

During a work session in our state�s capitol, I spoke with leaders of the Alaska Federation of Natives. We had some very productive discussions regarding a wide variety of topics � such as education funding, energy issues, combating our state�s opioid crisis, and finding effective ways to work with the new Administration.  I look forward to continuing the conversation and working to address their concerns. 

 

I gave my 14th annual address to the Alaska State Legislature in Juneau, outlining my vision for the future of our state and how I�m working to empower Alaskans. I discussed the future of resource development, healthcare, education, and the military in Alaska. I recognize there is anxiety and uncertainty regarding the future of our state, but I remain confident that the next several years hold much promise for us. I encourage you to watch my speech by clicking on the picture below and to read the text here: http://bit.ly/2lxcNdI.

 

I hosted an informal �meet and greet� with Alaska Legislative staff at the Alaska Brewing Company in Juneau. I have many occasions to meet directly with other legislators, so this was a great opportunity to meet those who work so hard behind the scenes and to express my thanks. 

 

Saw this bumper sticker in Juneau and I couldn�t agree more - It hits the nail on the head when it comes to farmed fish. 

 

While in Juneau, I met with two entrepreneurs who have come up with a new way to harness and use one of our abundant resources in Alaska, kelp! By harvesting kelp to turn it into salsa and pickles, and looking at other Alaskan products to supplement kelp recipes, these two have found a creative way to make the most of Alaska�s seafood bounty.

 

I was pleased to attend the Symphony of Seafoods while in Juneau. Hundreds of people came out to celebrate local entrepreneurs and innovators with the added bonus of eating some fantastic seafood. The products competing at this event ranged from candied salmon ice cream, to baby food, to even a salmon leather purse. Congratulations are in order for all of those who put so much time and effort into the development of the seafood products presented at the event.  

(Senator Peter Micciche & family)

 

In Juneau, I had the chance to sit down with Admiral McAllister and U.S. Coast Guard leadership to discuss ongoing and future Coast Guard activities throughout Alaska. The USCG is critical to protecting our waters and keeping Alaskans safe and secure. We discussed equipment needs and limitations, as well as multi-national training exercises. I will work to make sure they have the resources necessary to continue doing their job safely and efficiently.

 

After a long and full week at home, it was time to head back to Washington, D.C. 

I truly value making sure the voices of all of my constituents are heard, and I am thankful to have this time to meet with Alaskans across our big state. Thank you to all of you who share your concerns and ideas with me, as they help me represent you in Washington, D.C.  Until next time!

OFFICE LOCATIONS:

Anchorage

510 L Street, Suite 600
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 271-3735
Fax: (877) 857-0322

Fairbanks

Federal Building, 101 12th Ave.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone: (907) 456-0233
Fax: (907) 451-7146

Juneau

800 Glacier Ave, Suite 101
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: (907) 586-7277
Fax: (907) 586-7201

Mat-Su Valley

851 E. Westpoint Drive, Suite 307
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: (907) 376-7665
Fax: (907) 376-8526

Kenai

805 Frontage Road, Suite 105
Kenai, AK 99611
Phone: (907) 283-5808
Fax: (907) 283-4363

Ketchikan

1900 First Avenue, Suite 225
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone: (907) 225-6880
Fax:(907) 225-0390

Washington, D.C.

522 Hart Senate Office Building | Washington, DC 20510 | Phone: (202)-224-6665 | Fax: (202)-224-5301

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