Interior Energy Project Partners Informational Meeting, Tonight!

A community involvement meeting regarding the delivery of natural gas to the Interior as part of the Interior Energy Project has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 8.  The meeting will be held at the Westmark Hotel Gold Room from 5:30-7:30 pm and is sponsored by the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation Energy for All Alaska Task Force. A comprehensive update from AIDEA and MWH Global regarding progress on the North Slope plant facility will be presented along with update presentations from Fairbanks Natural Gas and the Interior Gas Utility.

Please join us!

IEP Community Meeting Press Release

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4th of July in North Pole

There are so many great events going on this weekend in North Pole!

The weekend starts tomorrow at 8:00 am with the Santa’s Seniors Pancake Breakfast at Santa’s Senior center.

At 9:00 am I will be helping with the ribbon cutting for the Thomas Uptgraft Sr Community Fitness Trail. Come out for the dedication of the Community Fitness Trail to 1SG Thomas Uptgraft. Sr. Cody and the City workers have done an awesome job finishing this project despite the rain. It is right next to the North Pole Elementary School play ground. The event will kick off our 4th of July festivities!

The Elf Run/Walk begins at 9:30 am, with registration beginning at 9:00 am. Start the day with exercise and get a cool t-shirt!

Following the run is the North Pole 4th of July Parade! The theme this year is “American Made”.

Be sure to stick around for the Summer Festival. There will be lots of cool booths and great food. The Summer Festival will be at the former Santaland RV Park beside the Santa Claus House. Construction along St. Nicholas is putting in sidewalks (a project I worked on extensively to get completed!) so please be careful. Go slow along that road!

Saturday, July 5th is the Jingle Bell Run/Walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. The festivities begin at 8:30 am at the Santa Claus House. For more information call, 907-277-2784. Look for me handing out hot dogs at the end of the race!

The rest of the weekend is for relaxing and spending time with family! Don’t forget, 4th of July is INDEPENDENCE DAY, commemorating both a solemn remembrance of the sacrifices made and the courageous actions by our founding fathers (and mothers) to establish a free nation of United States. It is also a joyful event to celebrate that our nation’s freedoms continues to this day.

Happy Birthday, America!


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The Signing of HB 282

This Tuesday HB 282, Landlord Tenant Act, was signed by Governor Parnell at his office in Fairbanks. I was joined by realtors from the Fairbanks and North Pole area who lent their support and their expertise during the writing of this bill. I’d like to especially thank my Chief of Staff, Brenda Hewitt, who couldn’t be there Tuesday but did an incredible amount of work to make this important piece of legislation law. The Landlord Tenant Act will come into effect this September. For a list of changes, check out our sponsor statement!

HB282 – Sponsor Statement

Yesterday I had the honor of presenting Legislative Citations to some deserving North Pole community members at the Santa Senior’s monthly Birthday Luncheon. Alma Rider, Bonnie Carriker, Ellie Smith, Ethel Stoneman, Leon LaSalle, Lucille Reese and Pat Thurman were all recognized for their outstanding involvement in the North Pole community. It was a joy to present citations to these deserving individuals. Also, lunch was delicious!

This weekend I will be enjoying the company of friends at the wedding of Brenda Hewitt and Tony Fuller. Our office will be closed tomorrow, but please call Heidi at 590-1570 or myself at 322-3133 for assistance. Have a safe and happy Solstice weekend!

Fun Filled Weekend in North Pole/Fairbanks!

There are many great events happening in the North Pole/Fairbanks area this weekend!

Here’s a list of some events that I hope to be able to attend:

Friday, June 13th:

@ 3:00 – 6:00 pm – Santa Senior Center – Rummage/Bake Sale

@ 5:00 – 8:00 pm – Tanana Lakes Recreation Area – Grand Opening! Free Food!

Saturday, June 14th:

@ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Santa Senior Center – Rummage/Trunk/Bake Sale

@ 10:00 – 11:45 am - JP Jones Community Center - Juneteenth NAACP  Parade

@ 12:00 – 2:00 pm – 5th Ave Park – Constituent Picnic with Senator Coghill, Free Food!

@ 2:00 – 4:00 pm – American Legion Post 30 in Moose Creek – Flag Retirement Ceremony (they have lots of flags and could use lots of help!)

@ 8:00 – 10:00 pm – Roundup Steak House - Friends of the North Pole Branch Library wine tasting and fundraiser (tickets are $35)

Please call my office, 451-2818, for additional information on any of these events.

Have a great weekend! There’s nothing like summer in the interior!!