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LT. GOVERNOR'S REPORT

Loren Leman
State of Alaska Lt. Governor

Juneau, AK
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.

RACING ROYALTY:
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.

STAND-OUT YOUTH:
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.

SMALL BEGINNINGS:
“…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.

STRAIGHT SHOOTERS:
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!

RURAL FRIENDS:
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 the lunch.


Please share this report with interested friends and family. To subscribe or unsubscribe please visit the subscription page . If you have questions or comments please email me at Lt_Governor@gov.state.ak.us You can also reach me at (907) 465-3520 or 269-7460, or write to: Lieutenant Governor Loren Leman, PO Box 110015, Juneau, AK 99811-0015. Visit my web site: ltgov.state.ak.us.

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