907 Updates February 24, 2017

Nathaniel Herz:  House considers slashing daily expense payments to Alaska lawmakers


Suzanna Caldwell: New details emerge in mishandling of University of Alaska sex assault cases



How disappointing.  Gov. Bill Walker has issued a disaster declaration for Alaska’s opioid epidemic. Wasting time and money to focus on recreational marijuana?
Erica Martinson: Rep. Young’s Cannabis Caucus wants to ‘educate’ Trump administration on pot


FYI From Senator Dan Sullivan’s Office:

Many of you have called and written into my office to weigh in on nominees. One of the many great things about our state is how passionately people feel about issues. I want you to know that no matter how I vote on a nominee or an issue, I value your input. If you are ever having trouble getting through on the phone, you can email me on my contact page. My staff and I do review your messages. We are here to serve you.

On that note, before diving into our work in the Senate, I wanted to highlight two cases that my constituent relations staff completed on behalf of Alaskans. In just the past two months, we were able to help a Vietnam Veteran from Fairbanks and a Vietnam Veteran from Mat-Su receive the service medals they earned but never received. Click the links to see their stories.

If you are a veteran trying to receive the awards you have earned, or an Alaskan having difficulties with a federal agency, please know that we are here to help. While we can’t always guarantee a positive outcome, I can guarantee we will work our hearts out on your behalf.

I’ve had the honor these past few weeks on the Senate floor of sharing the stories of Alaskans doing good work all across our state. So far, I’ve recognized Ernestine Hayes of Juneau, Eileen Dubowski of Salcha, Andrew Kurka of Palmer, AlexAnna Salmon of Igiugig, and Mona Painter of Cooper Landing. If you know of an Alaskan you think deserving of recognition, send me a note at AlaskanoftheWeek@sullivan.senate.gov.

Congratulations to Sabra Neyman on winning our fall 2016 Frontier in Focus photo contest with her beautiful capture of a bull moose in a snowy Alaskan winter scene. Check out our other outstanding finalists here.

I want to invite all Alaskan photographers to participate in our winter Frontier in Focus contest. As in the past, we’ll announce five finalists on my Facebook page for Alaskans to vote and choose our next honoree. Send your best shots of Alaska’s beauty to photos@sullivan.senate.gov by Friday, March 10th.