August State Work Period

Senator Lisa Murkowski
2017-10-12 22:05:08
United States Senator for Alaska, Lisa Murkowski Greetings Alaska, It's hard to believe summer is behind us already! Coming home is always a breath of fresh air. Whenever I'm home I'm reminded of just how beautiful our state truly is and how important it is for me to be able to spend time connecting with Alaskans. You all help keep me grounded, energized, and most importantly, you remind me again and again how vital it is to continue to fight for our great state and people. I am excited for the work we've done and look forward to doing all I can to ensure Alaskans have a bright future and abundant opportunities to grow, learn, and prosper. *A "BERRY" GOOD SUMMER!* [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/02.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/03.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/8_6_Blueberries__2__1.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/22_2.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/23_1.JPG] *(As a girl growing up in Alaska, berry picking season was something to look forward to. This summer I was able to pick salmon berries from Whittier, huckleberries from Sitka, Arctic Valley blueberries, raspberries at home, and blueberries on my Portage Glacier hike)* *WELCOMING VISITORS* Summer is that time of year when Alaskans welcome family and friends in what seems to be a revolving door of visitors. This summer was no different. We had the opportunity to have several folks from the administration come to learn about our specific state issues. Linda McMahon, the Small Business Administrator visited several Alaskan communities to get a better understanding of our business community, unique challenges, and the key role our Alaska Native Corporations play both in state and nationally. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Price stopped in Anchorage to look at the innovative work the Alaska Native medical system is doing to deliver better quality care while reducing cost. I was able to host Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to take a firsthand look at our infrastructure needs, including checking out the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Elaine_Chao_Prudhoe_Bay_1_1.jpg] *(With Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and her staff visiting Alaska)* The new Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette also joined me at Chena Hot Springs for the Chena Renewable Energy Fair to look at the latest in energy innovation and then on to UAF to meet with our renewable energy and microgrid experts at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/13_1.JPG] *(With Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan **Brouillette and staff in Chena)* [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Permafrost_Tunnel_1_1.jpg] *(Going back in time at the Permafrost Tunnel outside of Fairbanks)* *RURAL ALASKA TRAVELS* One of the highlights of my time home was the opportunity to sit down with Alaskans from all over, including some of our communities that are harder to travel to. I was able to visit the villages of Kwethluk, Bethel, Kobuk, Shungnak, Atqasuk, Port Graham, and Ambler just to name a few. From high travel and energy costs to public safety and economic opportunities- seeing firsthand and listening to the priorities and challenges these rural areas face is key to understanding what's most important to Alaskan families. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Kwethluk_1_1.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Kwethluk_3_2.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/village_of_Kwethluk_4_2.jpg] *(In Kwethluk I was greeted by the student government, met with community leaders, and toured the new school under construction)* [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Kids_Night_1.jpg] *(Attending "Kids Night" at Ambler School)* * [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Boat_1_1.jpg]* * [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/DSC_0089.JPG]* *(Visiting Ilisagvik Camp on the Kobuk River)* [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Boat_2_1.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Kobuk_kids_1.JPG] *(Greetings in Shungnak)* [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/DSC_0059.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/DSC_0048.JPG] *(Visiting students and community members in Kobuk)* [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Bethel_School_1_3.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Bethel_School_2_2.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/GCI_Terra_4_1.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/GCI_Terra_3_1.jpg] *(In Bethel checking out the new cafeteria construction and visiting with the community) * *HEALTH AND HEALTHCARE* The number one issue Alaskans raised with me this summer was healthcare. I appreciate everyone's openness, honesty, and willingness to share their concerns and personal stories with me. These discussions are invaluable. I also had good meetings with Alaskans to address substance abuse in Alaska, including sitting down with the Mat-Su Opioid Task Force for an in-depth discussion on innovative programs and future goals to supporting recovering users in every phase of the road to recovery. Our healthcare issues are challenging, but our state has so many dedicated individuals working to meet those needs and to find innovative solutions to providing high quality care. My thanks to you all. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/deep_1_1.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/deep_2_1.jpg] *(At the opening of a new health clinic in Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island, which will provide quality, modern healthcare to this remote village)* * [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/deep_3_1.jpg]* * [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/deep_4_1.jpg]* *(Visiting Bethel Family Clinic during National Community Health Center week)* [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/YKHC_1_1.JPG] *(With YKHC staff at the new drug and alcohol treatment center in Bethel)* * [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Prestige_Care_and_Rehabilitation_Center_of_Anchorage_2_1.jpg]* *(At Prestige Care and Rehabilitation Center of Anchorage, nursing and care facility dedicated to serving the health and well-being of its residents and patients)* Keep up to date with what's happening on the healthcare front by visiting my website here [link 1]. *SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY* Americans are rightfully concerned with the accelerated threats from North Korea. In Alaska, we are keenly aware of the important role we play in our nation's defense. From the Ground Based Missile Defense system at Fort Greely to Cobra Dane out in Shemya to the soon to be installed Long Range Discrimination Radar at Clear AFB, we are at the ready from a national security perspective. Of course, our hope is that these assets will never have to be used, but nonetheless, the ability to defend our land and loved ones is so important. I am proud of our men and women in uniform and the assets we have positioned to protect our nation and state by air, land, and sea. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Ft_Greely_1_1.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Ft_Greely_2_1.jpg] *(Touring Fort Greely Missile Defense Facility)* *CONNECTING WITH ALASKANS* I had so many great visits with Alaskans of all ages at schools, businesses, senior centers, chamber and rotary groups, and more. Here are some of the highlights! [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Clare_Swan_1_1.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Clare_Swan_3_1.JPG] *(Touring the Clare Swan Early Head Start Child Care Center in Anchorage)* * [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Deep_5_1.jpg]* *(Visiting with residents at the newest Saxman Senior Center facility in Ketchikan)* * [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Kobuk_School_1_1.jpg]* *(Group picture with the Kobuk School students, teachers, and Village Public Safety Officers)* [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/North_Star_Ballet_School_1_1.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/North_Star_Ballet_School_2_1.jpg] *(Visiting the North Star Ballet School in Fairbanks)* * [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Alaska_Truckers_2_1.jpg]* *(Meeting with members from the Alaska Trucker's Association)* * [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Alaska_Jewish_Museum_1.jpg]* *(Attending the opening of the new exhibit at the Alaska Jewish Museum)* * [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Palmer_Chamber_1_1.jpg]* * [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Palmer_Chamber_3_1.jpg]* *(Speaking to the joint Wasilla **& Palmer Chamber of Commerce)* * [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Rotary_Club_1_1.jpg]* * [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Rotary_Club_2_1.jpg]* *(Speaking to the Downtown Anchorage Rotary Club's weekly luncheon)* *AGRICULTURE INNOVATION * *Bernie Karl*, an Alaskan innovator, recently provided my office in Washington DC with a hydroponic grow tower for lettuce and other vegetables. Karl wants to have these grow towers in every school in Alaska, so students can learn at a young age about responsibly growing their own food and about the importance of sustainability. Check out a news story where I had the opportunity to show off the lettuce tower, which can be seen here [link 2]. Every year I attend the Chena Renewable Energy Fair, which showcases new technologies and renewable energy creative solutions. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Chena_Renewable_Energy_Fair_2_1.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Chena_Renewable_Energy_Fair_4_1.jpg] *Tim Meyers*, owner of the Meyers Farm is doing fantastic work in Bethel growing and producing over 100,000 pounds of high-quality fruits and vegetables for rural Alaskan communities. Getting first-rate produce to rural Alaska can be challenging, so this farm is helping meet a huge need by providing healthy, locally grown food for Alaskan communities. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Meyers_Farm_1_1.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Meyers_Farm_2_1.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Meyers_Farm_3_1.jpg] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Meyers_Farm_4_1.jpg] The summer is not complete without a visit to the Alaska State Fair. It was great to catch up with so many Alaskans, eat my usual fair food, and check out the incredible Alaska-grown produce and livestock. Good food, good people, and most importantly lots of Alaska pride! [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Farms_Food_Future_1.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Hula_Hoop_1.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Ice_Cream_1.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Livestock_4h_1.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Pumpkin.JPG] An annual fall tradition includes duck hunting in the Interior with my family. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/06.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/19_1.JPG] *CELEBRATING 30 YEARS!* Verne and I were blessed to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary in August. We chose to celebrate with a local "Alaskan adventure day" by hiking the Portage Pass Trail at Portage Glacier overlooking Prince William Sound, eating ice cream in Whittier, and topping it off with burgers at the Brown Bear Saloon in Indian. What an amazing journey it has been. I look forward to many more happy years in the future! [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/07.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/24_1.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/20_1.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/04.JPG]
 

Greetings Alaska,

It’s hard to believe summer is behind us already!

Coming home is always a breath of fresh air. Whenever I’m home I’m reminded of just how beautiful our state truly is and how important it is for me to be able to spend time connecting with Alaskans. You all help keep me grounded, energized, and most importantly, you remind me again and again how vital it is to continue to fight for our great state and people. I am excited for the work we’ve done and look forward to doing all I can to ensure Alaskans have a bright future and abundant opportunities to grow, learn, and prosper. 

A “BERRY” GOOD SUMMER!


(As a girl growing up in Alaska, berry picking season was something to look forward to. This summer I was able to pick salmon berries from Whittier, huckleberries from Sitka, Arctic Valley blueberries, raspberries at home, and blueberries on my Portage Glacier hike)

WELCOMING VISITORS

Summer is that time of year when Alaskans welcome family and friends in what seems to be a revolving door of visitors. This summer was no different. We had the opportunity to have several folks from the administration come to learn about our specific state issues. Linda McMahon, the Small Business Administrator visited several Alaskan communities to get a better understanding of our business community, unique challenges, and the key role our Alaska Native Corporations play both in state and nationally. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Price stopped in Anchorage to look at the innovative work the Alaska Native medical system is doing to deliver better quality care while reducing cost. I was able to host Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to take a firsthand look at our infrastructure needs, including checking out the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). 

(With Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and her staff visiting Alaska)

The new Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette also joined me at Chena Hot Springs for the Chena Renewable Energy Fair to look at the latest in energy innovation and then on to UAF to meet with our renewable energy and microgrid experts at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power. 

(With Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette and staff in Chena)

(Going back in time at the Permafrost Tunnel outside of Fairbanks)

RURAL ALASKA TRAVELS

One of the highlights of my time home was the opportunity to sit down with Alaskans from all over, including some of our communities that are harder to travel to. I was able to visit the villages of Kwethluk, Bethel, Kobuk, Shungnak, Atqasuk, Port Graham, and Ambler just to name a few. From high travel and energy costs to public safety and economic opportunities- seeing firsthand and listening to the priorities and challenges these rural areas face is key to understanding what's most important to Alaskan families. 

(In Kwethluk I was greeted by the student government, met with community leaders, and toured the new school under construction)

(Attending “Kids Night” at Ambler School)

(Visiting Ilisagvik Camp on the Kobuk River)

(Greetings in Shungnak)

(Visiting students and community members in Kobuk)

(In Bethel checking out the new cafeteria construction and visiting with the community) 

HEALTH AND HEALTHCARE

The number one issue Alaskans raised with me this summer was healthcare. I appreciate everyone’s openness, honesty, and willingness to share their concerns and personal stories with me. These discussions are invaluable. I also had good meetings with Alaskans to address substance abuse in Alaska, including sitting down with the Mat-Su Opioid Task Force for an in-depth discussion on innovative programs and future goals to supporting recovering users in every phase of the road to recovery. Our healthcare issues are challenging, but our state has so many dedicated individuals working to meet those needs and to find innovative solutions to providing high quality care. My thanks to you all. 

(At the opening of a new health clinic in Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island, which will provide quality, modern healthcare to this remote village)

(Visiting Bethel Family Clinic during National Community Health Center week)

(With YKHC staff at the new drug and alcohol treatment center in Bethel)

(At Prestige Care and Rehabilitation Center of Anchorage, nursing and care facility dedicated to serving the health and well-being of its residents and patients)

Keep up to date with what’s happening on the healthcare front by visiting my website SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY

Americans are rightfully concerned with the accelerated threats from North Korea. In Alaska, we are keenly aware of the important role we play in our nation’s defense. From the Ground Based Missile Defense system at Fort Greely to Cobra Dane out in Shemya to the soon to be installed Long Range Discrimination Radar at Clear AFB, we are at the ready from a national security perspective. Of course, our hope is that these assets will never have to be used, but nonetheless, the ability to defend our land and loved ones is so important. I am proud of our men and women in uniform and the assets we have positioned to protect our nation and state by air, land, and sea.

(Touring Fort Greely Missile Defense Facility)

CONNECTING WITH ALASKANS

I had so many great visits with Alaskans of all ages at schools, businesses, senior centers, chamber and rotary groups, and more. Here are some of the highlights!

(Touring the Clare Swan Early Head Start Child Care Center in Anchorage)

(Visiting with residents at the newest Saxman Senior Center facility in Ketchikan)

(Group picture with the Kobuk School students, teachers, and Village Public Safety Officers)

(Visiting the North Star Ballet School in Fairbanks)

(Meeting with members from the Alaska Trucker’s Association)

(Attending the opening of the new exhibit at the Alaska Jewish Museum)

(Speaking to the joint Wasilla & Palmer Chamber of Commerce)

(Speaking to the Downtown Anchorage Rotary Club’s weekly luncheon)

AGRICULTURE INNOVATION

Bernie Karl, an Alaskan innovator, recently provided my office in Washington DC with a hydroponic grow tower for lettuce and other vegetables. Karl wants to have these grow towers in every school in Alaska, so students can learn at a young age about responsibly growing their own food and about the importance of sustainability. Check out a news story where I had the opportunity to show off the lettuce tower, which can be

Every year I attend the Chena Renewable Energy Fair, which showcases new technologies and renewable energy creative solutions. 

Tim Meyers, owner of the Meyers Farm is doing fantastic work in Bethel growing and producing over 100,000 pounds of high-quality fruits and vegetables for rural Alaskan communities. Getting first-rate produce to rural Alaska can be challenging, so this farm is helping meet a huge need by providing healthy, locally grown food for Alaskan communities.

The summer is not complete without a visit to the Alaska State Fair. It was great to catch up with so many Alaskans, eat my usual fair food, and check out the incredible Alaska-grown produce and livestock. Good food, good people, and most importantly lots of Alaska pride!

An annual fall tradition includes duck hunting in the Interior with my family.

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS!

Verne and I were blessed to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary in August. We chose to celebrate with a local “Alaskan adventure day” by hiking the Portage Pass Trail at Portage Glacier overlooking Prince William Sound, eating ice cream in Whittier, and topping it off with burgers at the Brown Bear Saloon in Indian. What an amazing journey it has been. I look forward to many more happy years in the future!

OFFICE LOCATIONS:

Anchorage

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

Fairbanks

Courthouse Square, 250 Cushman Ave., Suite 2D
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

Soldotna

44539 Sterling Highway, Suite 203
Soldotna, AK 99669
Phone: (907) 262-4220
Fax: (907) 262-4223

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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