Hello again. With the legislature adjourned until January, it has been nice to have the time to visit with constituents to get their thoughts on our work this past year and on what’s ahead in the coming year. This month, I also had the opportunity to travel to the Kodiak Island village of Old Harbor for the community’s dedication of the airport runway’s expansion from 2,700 feet to 4,525 feet on Tuesday, August 7th.
This important infrastructure project was part of the United States Armed Forces Innovative Readiness Training Program in collaboration with the City of Old Harbor, the Old Harbor Native Corporation and the State of Alaska Department of Public Transportation and Public Facilities. The project began in 2012 and involved hundres of military personnel over the years, many of them Marines.
The runway expansion project is a major component of Old Harbor’s efforts to enhance economic development and increase employment opportunities for community members.
SB 15 Signed into Law
On Friday, July 13th, the governor signed Senate Bill 15 into law. The bill, which I sponsored, prohibits the possession, sale, and exchange of electronic smoking devices, including their component liquid or vapor products, to anyone under 19. Provisions of SB 15 are effective January 1st, 2019.
Around the District
Thanks to Kodiak McDonald’s owner Mike Davidson and general manager Gracie Logan and their staff for a tour of their restaurant on Thursday, August 9th. The facility provides employment to many local residents and is often the first part-time job for teenagers.
Best wishes to students and educators this school year. Please use caution and keep an eye out for kids when you are traveling near school sites.
Local Elections in October
Thank you to all of those who are running for office in the municipal and borough government and school district elections. I appreciate your willingness to serve District P’s residents in these capacities.
Municipal elections take place Tuesday, October 2nd. The deadline to register to vote in the election in Sunday, September 2nd. That will also let you vote in the Alaska general election on Tuesday, November 6th.
You can get more information voter register on the Division of Election’s website at: www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/voterregistrationinformation.php.
Here to Help
Senate District P’s offices are open throughout the interim. Please get in touch with us if we can be of assistance to you with issues involving the State of Alaska.
You can reach the Capitol office in Juneau at (907) 465-4925 or toll free at 1-800-821-4925.
My Homer office can be reached at (907) 235-0690.
You can contact the Kodiak office at (907) 486-4925.
E-mail me at Sen.Gary.Stevens@akleg.gov
My interim address is:
Senator Gary Stevens
305 Center Ave, STE 1
Kodiak, AK 99615
(Please note that we are unable to assist you with legal matters. If you have a case involving a lawsuit or pending litigation and need help finding an attorney, please contact the Alaska Bar Association at www.alaskabar.org.)
Help with the Federal Government
Alaska’s Congressional Delegation can aide in you matters involving the federal government, and all have in-state offices.
Senator Lisa Murkowski’s Anchorage office can be reached at (877) 829-6030.
Senator Dan Sullivan’s Anchorage Office can be reached at (907) 271-5915.
Congressman Don Young’s Anchorage office can be reached at (866) 990-5979.
Thanks for reading this month’s column, and again thanks to our local media for their assistance in sharing this information.