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LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR'S REPORT

Lt. Governor Loren Leman
Juneau, AK
Nov. 12, 2004

KIKS.ADI PRESENT HISTORIC ART:
On Monday in Juneau I was presented with a print of a painting of the historic 1804 battle (Daawootl Tlein, “The Big Battle”) between Russian forces and their Aleut captives, and the Kiks.adi clan of Tlingits at Indian River in Sitka. I admired the original on a recent visit to the Sitka National Historic Park and was honored to have a beautifully framed reproduction presented by Kiks.adi elders and personnel from the National Park Service.

NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH:
Some of my most satisfying work in public service has been assisting with the adoption of 11 children into loving Alaska families. Carolyn and I have three children and I know the joys and challenges that children bring. Few things are as rewarding as supporting and guiding a child. In conjunction with National Adoption Month I’m starting a listserv on the Lieutenant Governor’s website called "Adoption Discussion Group". If you have you adopted a child into your family and want to share some insights or photos, or have questions about adoption please send a note to the Adoption Discussion Group. I'll have a different question for you next week on the listserv. Go here to subscribe.

VETERANS' DAY:
Veterans' Day is a special tribute for our nation, and for my family. Next June my son Joseph will graduate from the Air Force Academy and begin active duty. I’m proud of him and the service he has chosen, and grateful for all of those who have gone before to give years of their life, and sometimes life itself, in defense of America. Congress has directed by law that veterans be remembered specifically on November 11, the day of the Armistice that ended World War I in 1918.

On Wednesday I hosted the “Hero’s Reception” and enjoyed a wonderful veterans’ concert at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, and yesterday was part of the ceremonies at Fort Richardson honoring those who have served. I spoke Thursday evening at the Valley Veterans’ Service in Wasilla.

JUST A LITTLE SOUTHEAST OF NOME:
Last Friday I was in Nome to observe flood damage, see repairs to roadways, talk with students and debrief with our Division of Elections staff. I also helped dedicate new primary health care clinics in White Mountain and Golovin. These are funded largely by the Denali Commission and Rasmuson Foundation. The Norton Sound Health Corporation will operate these clinics.

ALASKA MUNICIPAL LEAGUE:
I was in Fairbanks Wednesday and enjoyed speaking to the annual conference of the Alaska Municipal League about the power of teamwork. At this annual meeting, new council members and mayors are trained and attendees work on a statewide Policy Statement.

DEFENDING MARRIAGE:
Political pundits have been busy trying to analyze and explain the results from the November 2 election. What was clear is that voters across the United States spoke strongly about defending marriage from redefinition by activist judges. Marriage amendments passed in 11 more states, from Oregon to Mississippi. Six years ago Alaska passed a marriage constitutional amendment with a vote in favor of nearly 70 percent.

ELECTION EXPERIENCE:
Thanks to readers who emailed me about their election experience in response to my question in last week’s Report. Like our readers, I was pleased with the work of the Division of Elections this year, but am always interested in improving our services. Director Laura Glaiser and I will be carefully considering your input and other lessons learned from this election cycle.

REMEMBERING BOB PALMER:
Last Sunday I joined his family and many friends of Bob Palmer, including Former Governor Jay Hammond and Representative Bill Hudson, in honoring the life of this former Senator, teacher, farmer and fisherman. I was asked to speak at his memorial service. Bob was my 5-6th grade teacher in Ninilchik and was a political mentor to me. He was a great Alaskan.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Today I am in Homer for the State Youth Court Conference, and will travel to Cordova for events celebrating sobriety. Monday I will chair the meeting of the Alaska Historical Commission, and Wednesday will be at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus for the quarterly Alaska Workforce Investment Board meeting.


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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