Sen. Murkowski eNewsletter 11/07/08
Senator Murkowski to hold Senate field hearing in Anchorage on high school graduation rates
Alaska has one of the worst high school graduation rates in the nation. Compounding this problem, too many students—whether they’ve graduated from high school or not—do not complete college or job training. Getting and keeping a good job depends on having a solid preparation—a high school diploma followed by career training or a college degree. High dropout rates hurt our youth, limit Alaska’s ability to develop its economy and limit our nation’s ability to compete on the world stage.
The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the Anchorage School District Education Center, School Board Meeting Room (first floor), 5530 East Northern Lights Boulevard.
Senator Murkowski participates in AFN week events
Senator Murkowski with Dacho Alexander, Fort Yukon. Alexander received a $30,000 grant to develop Porcupine River Timber, an enterprise which uses local timber to build and heat energy efficient homes in the Gwich’in Interior Alaska villages.
Senator Murkowski with Barbara Ramos, Bethel. Barbara received the top award for “A Cut Above Quilting” which uses computer technology to help traditional quilters increase their output. Quilting is a popular home based business in Bethel and an important source of cash in the area.
Senator Murkowski congratulates education and labor staffer Karen McCarthy
The Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals recently presented its “Distinguished Service Award” to Karen and in February, the Alaska Head Start Association will recognize Karen’s efforts with its “Community Advocate of the Year” award. Both awards recognize Karen’s efforts to keep Alaska's educators aware of and involved in important federal issues, funding opportunities and research. I am proud to have such a dedicated Alaskan on my staff.
Senator Murkowski travels Alaska highway system and visits with students
Alaska's educators are doing a great job, often under challenging conditions. I look forward to continuing my work on education legislation as a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee next year. Specifically, I look forward to incorporating provisions of a bill I will reintroduce, the School Accountability Improvements Act, into NCLB. I will also continue to defend Alaska Native Educational Equity and other programs that benefit Alaska students, advocate for Alaska's Head Start programs and work with the state to ensure that students have the necessary skills to be competitive in the 21st Century.
Students at Kenny Lake School teach Senator Murkowski sign language.
Senator Murkowski speaks to Denali Borough Superintendent Kim Langton about challenges facing Alaska’s small schools.
Continuing on to Fairbanks I was delighted to join with six generations of Hannah Solomon’s family as they wished her a Happy 100th Birthday at a potlatch in her honor, and I also visited with students at Randy Smith Middle School and welcomed international students at a reception at UAF.
I had the pleasure of meeting with Assistant Professor Lilly Dong, Jia Wu and other students and faculty from China and Taiwan at a UAF reception sponsored by the Chinese Student and Scholar Association.
I talked with Nenana School Superintendant Eric Gebhart and many community leaders about their concerns during a town hall meeting in Nenana.
I realized it really is a small world when I met Nina Minano at the town hall meeting in Nenana. She is the mother of my son’s former teacher.
I was impressed by the creative fund raiser put on by the music students of Randy Smith Middle School. They were really rocking at their “Rock A thon” to raise money for their music department.
While in Kenai, I attended a check presentation to Frontier Community Services of Soldotna from USDA Rural Development for construction of a new Frontier Community Services administration building. Frontier focuses on the health and well-being of residents of the Kenai Peninsula.
I also presented an award to David Kingsland, Principal of the William H. Seward Elementary School, on the recent recognition of Seward as a National Blue Ribbon School, one of only two such recognized schools in Alaska.
I also got to read to children at the Kenai Library during their weekly story-time.
A visit to Ketchikan
Hall Anderson/Ketchikan Daily News photo
IRS seeks to return more than $1 million in undeliverable refunds and economic stimulus payments to Alaska taxpayers
The “Where’s My Stimulus Payment?" tool on IRS.gov is the quickest and easiest way for a taxpayer to check the status of a stimulus check and receive instructions on how to update his or her address. Taxpayers without internet access should call 1-866-234-2942.