LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS MEET:
I am currently in Denver for meetings of the National Lieutenant Governors Association. Lieutenant Governors have a variety of duties and responsibilities, including, in some states, presiding over the State Senate. In nearly all states, including Alaska, Lieutenant Governors are first in the line of succession for Governor. You can learn more at the NLGA web site. I will again be discussing Alaska’s resource issues.
REGIONAL APPROACH LOWERS COSTS:
On Tuesday I met with fellow Denali Commissioners to hear public testimony, discuss and approve $11.6 million in funding for the Middle Kuskokwim Regional Energy Project. Combining projects in seven communities into one larger project under one management team provides the best hope for an affordable, sustainable, long-term solution to the energy needs in this region.
THE REST IS HISTORY:
I benefited from learning Alaska History in high school and recently wrote an opinion piece that appeared in the Anchorage Daily News and other newspapers. On Monday starting at 8:00 am the State Board of Education will hold a public hearing at the Anchorage School Board offices on its proposal to make this a required course. I plan to testify in support. You can read the proposed regulations on the Department of Education & Early Development web site.
Congratulations to the nationally ranked Washington Huskies men and Stanford Cardinal women, winners of the Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament in Anchorage. Also to the Central Florida Golden Knights men, winners of the Top of the World Classic, and the Western Carolina Catamounts women, winners of the North Star Invitational, in Fairbanks. I am proud of our UAA and UAF men’s and women’s teams, Division II hosts who played well against stronger and quicker opponents from Division I schools. UAA men pulled out a thrilling one-point win against High Point University from North Carolina.
The organizers, volunteers and sponsors of these events did well. These tournaments show that Alaskans can organize large, nationally recognized sporting events, and help our State gain tourism and convention business—as well as draw attention to the University of Alaska.
ANOTHER CHEER FOR MATT:
On another sporting note—as I mentioned in my last Report--I recently met Matt Emmons, Olympic rifle gold medalist and former NCAA champion from UAF, at the Top of the World tournament in Fairbanks. Thank you, photographer Paul McCarthy, for sending the linked photo.
FAREWELL HARVEY SAMUELSEN:
Harvey Samuelsen, a Native leader and advocate for economic opportunity for the people of Bristol Bay, died on Thanksgiving Day at the age of 78. He was, as I noted when we last met in Dillingham nearly two years ago, much like my father--a true Alaskan patriarch. Tough, yet soft. Generous, yet demanding. Honest, candid, and entertaining. Alaska is better for his life and contributions.
On Sunday afternoon Carolyn and I will attend an Alaska Russian Cultural Society program. Following the Denali Commission Open House on Monday, Carolyn and I will travel to Juneau for the Governor’s Christmas Open House on Tuesday. We will greet several thousand people who come to the Governor’s House to visit, listen to caroling, eat tasty treats and drink hot cider. On Thursday I will be in Bethel for a number of community events, including a luncheon speech and high school assembly.
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