‘Tis time to vote again in Alaska— Tuesday, August 19 is the primary ballot. The number of times I have visited the ballot box would almost make me think voting was a true Alaskan pastime. However, I am dismayed by the generally abysmal numbers.
It was an honor to have my name considered for attachment to the baseball field at Loretta French Park. It is also humbling because there are so many people more deserving of recognition than am I. Among the first to bring youth baseball to Chugiak-Eagle River were Paul “Bud” Fillmore, Stan Nickerson, “Hunk” Petranovich, and Max Pyles, Little League coaches in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Teams from Chugiak and Eagle River first played in the Katmai League, based in Mountain View. When new teams wanted to form, Katmai’s eight-team maximum would have been exceeded. The solution was to form a separate four-team league here, leading to Knik Little League’s formation 50 years ago.
As legislators sworn to serve the best interests of our constituents and the state as a whole, our delegation is proud of our unanimous votes to pass the oil tax reform bill known as Senate Bill 21. We encourage all Alaskans to join with us to vote no on Proposition 1 seeking its repeal.
Before moving here, I pondered what living in Alaska would be like; I wondered if it would change our eating habits. Watching reality television of Alaska gave me visions of a freezer full of moose, salmon, and king crab.
SITKA (AP) — After a delay of more than six decades, Mike Perensovich has received the prestigious Air Medal for the some 200 missions he flew as a flight engineer in the Berlin Airlift.
I am against Ballot Measure 1, which is designed to nullify SB21 and reinstate the failed tax policy called ACES on North Slope oil production. SB21, the current tax law, is a reasonable and fair tax that has encouraged development of more oil production, and will put more oil in the pipeline. My opposition is grounded in my belief that the ACES tax was onerous and would, if reinstated, act to severely limit the state’s long-term income from oil production.
Over the weekend my neighbors hosted a neighborhood block party. They went up and down our whole street inviting everyone to a get-to-know-each-other potluck. The church that both our families belong to provided a sound system, grill and bounce house. However, the real attraction was fellowship with those who live near us.
One nice thing about being stationed in Alaska is how supportive the local community is to the military and military families. Last week, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce showed their love with their annual Military Appreciation Picnic.
Questions remain as to why Gov. Parnell waited almost four years to open an official investigation into 2010 Alaska National Guard (ANG) chaplains’ reports to him of sexual assaults of particular servicewomen in the ANG.
It has been said that “no man stands alone,” and that is the case when it comes to getting things done in the Alaska State Legislature. Over the past 12 years, while representing the Chugiak, Peters Creek and Eklutna areas, I have had the privilege of working with a good team of legislators from the Chugiak-Eagle River area, this year was no different.