April in the State

Senator Lisa Murkowski
2017-05-02 10:04:08
United States Senator for Alaska, Lisa Murkowski *April Recess Newsletter* Greetings Alaskans! I recently returned to Washington, D.C. after spending time at home in Alaska. I met with students, seniors, and Alaskans from Deadhorse to Utqiagvik, down to the Mat-Su, Anchorage, and Kenai Peninsula. As we begin another busy legislative session here in the nation�s capital, I wanted to give you a quick update on my travels around the state. *Whaling: * [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/whaling_1_6.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/whaling_2_2.jpg] The highlight of my travels was out on the ice north of Barrow (now Utqigvik) after the first bowhead whale of the season was landed. It was an amazing privilege to travel with Arnold Brower by snow machine and to experience the culture and tradition that has been part of the Inupiak people for centuries.� � [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/whaling_3_1.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/whaling_6_1.jpg] *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] *North Slope Borough:* While in Utqia?vik, I had a good visit with the North Slope Borough, Mayor Harry Brower Jr., and other representatives.� We discussed some of the challenges the communities in the Borough are facing with drug abuse and addiction. The NSB is bringing on new police dogs working in Utgiagvik and surrounding villages to aid in locating illegal drugs and alcohol.� [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/North_Slope_3.JPG] *Internet Update:* I was proud to join Senator Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young at the launch of Phase 1 of the Quintillion fiber system in Deadhorse. The fiber system will provide high-speed internet to Nome, Kotzbue, Point Hope, Wainwright, and Utquiagvik, as well as expanded services to Prudhoe Bay. By investing in high-speed internet to rural Alaskans and improving existing internet connectivity, companies like Quintillion are not just increasing access; they are providing the means to improve the basic health, educational and economic opportunities available to Alaskans in their communities. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Quintillion_2_1.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Quintillion_3_1.jpg] *Artic Encounter Symposium: * I joined leaders from other Arctic Nations, including many fellow Alaskans, at the Arctic Encounter Symposium to address the emerging challenges in Arctic policy, innovation, and development. This annual event is valuable to advancing our discussions about the Arctic and taking advantage of opportunities in this continually evolving region. I spoke about the current and future state of the Arctic and how we can ensure the U.S. is engaged.� [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Arctic_Symposium_1_2.jpg]
 

April Recess Newsletter

Greetings Alaskans! I recently returned to Washington, D.C. after spending time at home in Alaska. I met with students, seniors, and Alaskans from Deadhorse to Utqiagvik, down to the Mat-Su, Anchorage, and the Kenai Peninsula.

As we begin another busy legislative session here in the nation�s capital, I wanted to give you a quick update on my travels around the state.

Whaling:

The highlight of my travels was out on the ice north of Barrow (now Utqiagvik) after the first bowhead whale of the season was landed. It was an amazing privilege to travel with Arnold Brower Jr. by snowmachine and to experience the culture and tradition that has been part of the Inupiat people for centuries. 

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

North Slope Borough:

While in Utqiagvik, I had a good visit with the North Slope Borough Mayor Harry Brower Jr. and other representatives. We discussed some of the challenges the communities in the Borough are facing with drug abuse and addiction. The North Slope Borough is bringing on new police dogs to work in Utqiagvik and surrounding villages to aid in locating illegal drugs and alcohol. 

Internet Update:

I was proud to join Senator Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young at the launch of Phase 1 of the Quintillion fiber system in Deadhorse. The fiber system will provide high-speed internet to Nome, Kotzbue, Point Hope, Wainwright, and Utqiagvik, as well as expanded services to Prudhoe Bay. By investing in high-speed internet to rural Alaskans and improving existing internet connectivity, companies like Quintillion are not just increasing access; they are providing the means to improve the basic health, educational and economic opportunities available to Alaskans in their communities.

Artic Encounter Symposium:

I joined leaders from other Arctic Nations, including many fellow Alaskans, at the Arctic Encounter Symposium to address the emerging challenges in Arctic policy, innovation, and development. This annual event is valuable to advancing our discussions about the Arctic and taking advantage of opportunities in this continually evolving region. I spoke about the current and future state of the Arctic and how we can ensure the U.S. is engaged. 

Healthcare:

While in Anchorage, I visited the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association to speak with their leadership about healthcare reform. We discussed the need for regulatory relief and Alaska�s unique healthcare needs. I also toured the NICU at the Children�s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage (which is pictured below). Thank you to all the men and women who provide such critical care to our Alaskan families and children.

Atqasuk:

One of the best parts about my jobs is traveling to meet with Alaskans in their communities across the state. In Atqasuk (a village south of Utqiagvik), I met with the locals to discuss issues most important to them. We talked about everything from the need for Essential Air Service and bypass mail to vocational education and healthcare. I visited with the students at Meade River School where the curriculum taught is rooted in Inupiat values, language and history. Visiting schools and talking to Alaska�s young people about their concerns and what the future holds for them is something I always appreciate and value.

Mat-Su Career and Technical High School:

Another school I visited was the Mat-Su Career and Technical High School in Wasilla. The school offers career and tech preparation for Building, Business, Fitness, Health, Hospitality and Tourism, Transportation and Natural Resources in addition to teaching core academic subjects. The school won the Olympiad, State Ocean Bowl, and the State Science Bowl for three years in a row � a truly impressive feat that displays the success of this school and its students. It was great to see so many new unique opportunities for Alaskan students!

Visited with Denali Montessori Elementary School Students in Anchorage:

Wasilla Senior Center:

I visited the Wasilla Senior Center where I had the chance to have an open dialogue with some of our older citizens about the issues that impact them the most. I spoke to a group of about 100 seniors on a number of key subjects, including the potential impacts of healthcare reform.

Tour of Port Mackenzie:

I had the opportunity to visit Port Mackenzie to see how the facility is continually expanding to create new employment opportunities and stimulate economic growth and development in the Mat-Su Valley. A big thank you to Port Director Marc Van Dongen, who is retiring this month, for his hard work and expertise on the project.

Nugens Ranch:

While in Wasilla I visited Nugen�s Ranch, which serves and provides treatment for adult men and women who are battling drug/alcohol addictions. Karen Nugen-Logan and her dedicated staff have been providing their important services for years to help people. The discussion I was able to have with many residents about how we can help support those who have gone through recovery was very meaningful, whether it was housing, jobs, or community support. 

Alaska Businesses:

While in Anchorage, I went to the Glacier Brewhouse for a dialogue with Alaska Members of the National Restaurant Association. We went over a wide variety of topics such as menu labeling, healthcare, and tax reform related to small businesses. 

Kenai Alliance:

I spoke at the Kenai Alliance to discuss the future of oil and gas in our state. We discussed why Alaska�s resources are needed, the extent of our oil and gas resource base, and the policies that are needed to bring them safely to market.

Round-table with Kenai Peninsula Builders:

At the Kenai Visitor Center, I held a round-table discussion with the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association to talk about how we can provide certainty at the federal level in the midst of the tough fiscal times our state is going through. This was a great opportunity to discuss topics such as over-burdensome regulations and the general state of the economy from the homebuilder�s perspective.

Coffee with Non-Profit Executive Directors:

I was able to meet with directors of non-profit groups on the Kenai Peninsula where we discussed concerns regarding our economy, such as layoffs, constrained budgets, non-profit funding, charitable tax deductions, and how to continue to meet the needs of our fellow Alaskans.

Easter:

One of my favorite family traditions is our annual egg decorating contest. Good family fun!

Meeting with Boy Scout Troop 129:

 

Alaska Scenery:

Here are just a few snapshots during my travels back in the state.

Dan and I �Helping� in the Cockpit:

Keep in Contact:

Please stay connected and up to date with me via my office number, email, or on social media! My contact information is:

For email, go to this URL: https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/contact/email

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Washington, D.C. Phone: 202-224-6665

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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