Freedomwriter.com Logo
Alaskan Flag

Headline News
Alaska
FOR CURRENT NEWS & COMMENTARY IN BETWEEN ISSUES, PLEASE CHECK EACH ALASKAN LINK
IN THE LOWER LEFT HAND COLUMN OR VIEW THE GUEST FORUM SECTION THRU

FREEDOMWRITER'S IKONBOARD.
About Us About Us
Advertising Advertising
Archive Archive
Art & Literature Art & Literature
Classifieds Classifieds
Commentary Commentary
Commentary Consumer News
Contact Us Contact Us
Guestbook Guestbook
Guest Forum Guest Forum
Headline News Headline News
Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor
Opinion Poll Opinion Poll
Our Links Our Links
Quotations Quotations
Trading Post Trading Post
Home Home

ALASKA LINKS


Note: Links to other sites will open in a new window.

LT. GOVERNOR'S REPORT

Loren Leman
State of Alaska Lt. Governor

Juneau, AK
Feb. 23, 2006

OIL & GAS DEVELOPMENTS:
On Tuesday, Governor Murkowski announced the State of Alaska and the three major North Slope producers have reached conceptual agreement on a contract for a gas project. He also announced his proposed legislation to reform the State’s oil severance (production) tax, changing from the existing formula adjusted by the Economic Limit Factor to one based on net profits. The proposal creates a fairer tax structure while providing incentives for future investments to spur additional production. The risk to the State, however, occurs when prices drop. The Legislature has already started hearings on this proposal. By Alaska’s constitution the Legislature has the final say on tax law.

SENATOR CHECKS IN:
Also on Tuesday, Senator Lisa Murkowski visited Juneau and addressed the State Legislature in joint session. In her remarks, the Senator vowed that Alaska’s commitment to get authorization for developing the ANWR Coastal Plain is not over. She also said that the nation is counting on the construction of a natural gas pipeline to deliver Alaska’s North Slope gas to market. She committed to continue funding Alaska's Village Safe Water Program for water and wastewater improvements in rural Alaska.

WORKFORCE INVESTMENT:
On Wednesday during meetings of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board in Juneau, I discussed the need to continue to “Grow our Own.” In other words, we need to train Alaskans to fill high-priority needs in health care, teaching, construction and other areas. This Board helps coordinate the distribution of dollars for training programs for filling needs in the workplace.

KEEPING TRACK:
Fishing boats, ferries, cruise ships, tankers, barges and recreational vessels cruise the waters of Alaska every day. Knowing exactly where they are is key to maritime safety and security. The Marine Exchange of Alaska is taking vessel tracking to a new level. This organization says, “More than 10,000 commercial vessels sail the 33,000 miles of Alaska coastline and thousands of miles of rivers.” Capt. Ed Page, Executive Director, gave me a tour of their Juneau facility and explained his efforts to work more closely with the State to provide real-time information. I was fascinated by the detailed information available through the use of satellites and tracking devices. As well as benefiting our State, the Marine Exchange is exporting this innovative technology to other locations in the world.

WOLVERINE PRIDE:
While in Cordova last weekend meeting with community leaders and fishermen who are members of the local Cordova District Fisherman United, I was reminded of the challenges that this community has with transportation and cost of energy. Strong city leadership is producing good results in spite of these challenges. While there, I was able to attend the girls and boys homecoming basketball games vs. Glennallen. The local Cordova Wolverines prevailed on their home court.

CELEBRATING A LEGACY:
Last Thursday evening, I attended the Elizabeth Peratrovich celebration at the Juneau Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. This was a wonderful tribute to a woman who accomplished a lot by standing strong for her Native culture. In some ways she might be considered the Rosa Parks of Alaska. Diane Benson performed a powerful play on Elizabeth Peratrovich’s life.

LOGGING IN KETCHIKAN:
When in Ketchikan on Monday, Steve Seley gave me a tour of his very impressive lumber mill on Gravina Island. Instead of giving up after the Ketchikan Pulp Company mill closed in the late 1990s, he has continued to invest in this operation and is employing Alaskans as he produces value from timber sales and is meeting a real need in the world market.

RALLY ON THE KENAI:
Volunteers at the Arctic Winter Games do nearly everything from timing athletes to providing transportation. On Saturday, I joined a rally for these volunteers at Kenai Central High School in preparation for the 2006 games. More than 1,600 volunteers attended the event, swamping the auditorium that seats just over 1,100. The community participation is incredible. The Arctic Winter Games kick off Sunday, March 5 with an opening ceremony at the Soldotna Sports Center and run through March 11. Plan to follow these Games!

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Tomorrow Carolyn and I will attend the annual Salute to the Military in Anchorage. Next week I will be in Juneau to address the attendees at the Conference of Young Alaskans and meet with the Faith-Based & Community Initiatives Advisory Council as it presents its progress report to the Legislature.


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.

(Enhanced for Netscape)

top Top

Previous Page

American News World News

ptbas.jpg - 5185 Bytes
Web Alaska Copyright © 2006. All Rights Reserved