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LT. GOVERNOR'S REPORT
State of Alaska Lt. Governor
Mar. 16, 2006
A FIRST CLASS HOST:
The Arctic Winter Games drew to a close on
Saturday and everyone agreed the Kenai Peninsula did a wonderful job
hosting. Congratulations to all the athletes and coaches. As a
spectator, I was impressed by the competition and spirit of camaraderie
throughout the week. Athletes make friendships that can last a
lifetime. I was proud of Team Alaska and its 380 athletes, not only
for winning so many medals (191), but especially for receiving the
coveted Hodgson Trophy for sportsmanship. The next Games will be in
Yellowknife, NWT in 2008.
Jeff King is the winner of this year’s Iditarod,
finishing the roughly 1,100-mile race from Anchorage to Nome in nine
days, 11 hours and 11 minutes. It is his fourth Iditarod win. Jeff,
50, is also the oldest musher to have won the Last Great Race.
Congratulations, young fella!
MINING FOR OPPORTUNITY:
Mining is an important part of Alaska’s past,
present and future. Many opportunities exist for safe and productive
operations. At times extra caution may be appropriate, but we should
gather facts before pronouncing judgment on specific mine proposals.
That was the message I delivered to the Alaska Miners Association on
Tuesday in Fairbanks.
A LEGION OF HEROES:
On Friday, I was happy to be home in Ninilchik for
the American Legion’s 50th Western District Convention. Post #18, led
by Adjutant Dave Shandy, hosted the event that drew members from
throughout the State. I thanked the veterans for their service to our
country and State. The American Legion and its Auxiliary are legendary
for their charity work and civic involvement, particularly their Boys
State and Girls State programs.
One of the most rewarding things I do as Lieutenant
Governor is to help recognize achieving youth in Alaska. Today I
joined several legislators and business leaders at the Boys & Girls
Club’s “Breakfast with the Best” in Juneau. The event honored six
young people for their moral character, service to family and
community, academic performance and public speaking. I commend each
regional winner, and especially Creighton Boyd who won a $5,000
scholarship from the Alaska College Savings Plan. In his brief
comments, Creighton thanked the staff at his club in Metlakatla for
helping him turn his life “completely around.”
PRAYING WITH THE GOVERNOR:
Creation in the 21st Century was the theme
for the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast on Saturday in Anchorage. Governor
Murkowski gave opening remarks, followed by Dr. Carl Baugh of Creation
Evidence Museum in Texas, who discussed the biological and geological
evidences for a unique and intelligent Creation. I helped close the
event by providing the “Governor’s Response” to the speaker.
“…if you have faith the size of a mustard
seed…nothing will be impossible to you.” (Matthew 17:20) On Sunday I
attended the premiere showing of the movie Mustard Seed produced by
Carlton Entertainment Ministry of Anchorage. I presented a
commemoration of the event, held at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on
the UAA campus. The movie was produced in Alaska with an all-Alaska
crew. President Derek Carlton plans to produce several more movies in
Alaska over the next five years. Move over Hollywood!
GOLDEN HEART VISIT:
While in Fairbanks on Tuesday, I saw amazing ice
sculptures on display at Ice Alaska from the World Ice Art
Championships. I recommend this annual event in Fairbanks. While
visiting UAF I received a briefing on University research and heard an
Alaska Native Language Center proposal for a language study on the
Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak.
Speaking of UAF, congratulations to its
sharpshooting rifle team, and first-year coach Dan Jordan, for winning
the 2006 NCAA National Championship. This marks the Nanooks eighth
national championship and seventh in the past eight years. What a run!
In Juneau today, I brought a few words of greeting and
thanks to the Board and staff of RurAL CAP for the work they do on
behalf of many residents of our rural areas. We enjoyed a “networking”
lunch where participants had the opportunity to make connections with
legislators, staffers, Board members and my staff. Thanks to
Tlingit-Haida Central Council and Alaska Native Brotherhood for hosting
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