Celebrating Memorial Day

This Memorial Day weekend, I hope that many of you have free time to spend time with family and friends, relaxing, working on yard projects (the weather forecast is for partly sunny with a chance of showers), barbecuing or going on a trip to enjoy our incredible state. As we enjoy this luxury of some free time, I do ask that we remember and celebrate the meaning of Memorial Day.

Every year, the last Monday of May is celebrated as Memorial Day in the United States. It is the day to remember those military men and women who died while serving, defending and fighting for our country and the values our country stands for. First observed in 1868, and called Decoration Day, this day was originally designated to honor American soldiers who lost their lives in the Civil War.

Please enjoy this festive weekend and be safe. As we celebrate Memorial Day, I will remember and honor those military members who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and for freedom around the world. As always, thank you to our current military members and our veterans for their service.

Please have a safe and fulfilling Memorial Day weekend and take a moment to think of those valiant soldiers who lost their lives to build the incredible country we have today. If I can help you with anything, or if you would like to let me know your thoughts, do not hesitate to contact me.

It is an honor to represent you.


March-April Legislative Update

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The House has passed the operating budget on to the Senate. I am hoping that the Senate works quickly so that the Legislature can conclude session within 90 days.

Throughout our discussions on  Alaska’s financial future, we’ve continued to hear a similar message from Alaskans around the state: Don’t mess with the PFD. The PFD is so important to Alaskan families, workers, and businesses, and I proudly co-sponsored the budget amendment that would have paid out the full dividend. Later there was a motion to rescind the amendment, and I voted against that motion. When the operating budget came up for a final vote, I voted against the budget because it did not have a full PFD. Also, while I do not believe we can solve our fiscal dilemma through cuts alone, there are still cuts that can and should be made. Instead of making cuts, this budget actually increased Governor Walker’s proposed budget.

I recently attended the Joint Armed Services Committee hearing, where we received updates on military activities in Alaska. Colonel Cory Mendenhall reiterated the strategic importance of Alaska in our ever-changing world. The Department of Defense spends $1.5 billion in Alaska each year. Moreover, 20% of Alaskans have personal ties to the military. I’m grateful for all that the military does to enhance the security and economy of Alaska.

As always, I am eager to hear from you. Please be in touch over the phone or via e-mail, and if you happen to come to Juneau, please stop by the Capitol.


Northeast Community Council Meeting – Thursday August 18 at 7pm

The next NECC General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the North End of the Muldoon Mall (1251 Muldoon Road).

The Northeast Community Council (NECC) meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month, 7 PM, at the Northeast Community Center (Boys & Girls Club).

As a member of the community, your input is valued.

Learn more at: http://communitycouncils.org/servlet/content/23.html

Muldoon Farmers Market

Open 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. THIS Saturday at Begich Middle School
7440 Creekside Center Drive (enter off DeBarr or Muldoon)
Open Saturdays through September 24, 2016
Door Prizes: Weekly Drawing for $25 in market coupons
(sign up for drawings at the information desk)
Muldoon Farmers Market vendors accept WIC
& Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Program coupons
& WIC Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Vouchers.
Market vendors offer locally grown produce,
fresh baked & cooked foods and locally made arts and crafts

Muldoon Farmers Market