Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for the week of November 3, 2013

Dear Friends, Last week was a full one back in Alaska. I would like to say thank you to all those who welcomed me throughout my travels. It is your willingness to show me pieces of your daily lives that keeps me connected with the beautiful state we call home. Over the weekend I had the privilege to speak at the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention in Fairbanks where I caught up with old friends and made a few new ones. As I returned to Anchorage, I shared stories with a woman about h… Continue Reading


Shutdown, Working to Open Government

Friends, Many Alaskans that I've heard from in the last few days are concerned and frustrated about the government shutdown, especially about how it will impact their daily lives. Though you may have already seen stories touching on this topic in the paper, online and on TV around Alaska, I'd like to share the information I have in hopes of helping you in every way possible. Each government agency is required to implement contingency plans for operating during a shutdown, meaning agencies' pla… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for the week of September 3, 2013

Back Home and Loving It! Friends, As I travel across the state, I'm hearing so many of you boast about our gorgeous Alaskan summer but then conversations quickly turn to issues like energy, the cost of living, and infrastructure. Whether it's the need for roads, building supplies for homes and communities, or affordable energy - I am always listening. Alaska is where I recharge my battery, and each of you plays a part in inspiring me to keep working hard for our state's unique needs. From King… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for the Week of August 4, 2013

Dear Friends, As I write this, I am finalizing plans for my trip back home in the state for the August work period. After an eventful few weeks in Washington, D.C., I look forward to an informative time in Alaska meeting with many of you. My plans have me going from Ketchikan to King Cove, Barrow to Unalaska, with dozens of locations in between. I truly look forward to the people I'll meet, the places I'll see, and the insight I'll gain along the way. Before I get started on my trip, I would … Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for the Week of June 15, 2013

Kuskokwim River Fish Camp Visit I had a wonderful weekend on the Kuskokwim River at the end of June, visiting nine fish camps to hear from Alaskans about subsistence fishing. The traditional camps I visited - located near Bethel, Akiak, Akiachak, Kwethluk, Kalskag, Aniak and Chuathbaluk - serve as both an important food source and cultural training ground for many Alaska Natives and their families. Many families spend weeks on end in their fish camps, but high gas prices are impacting some fa… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for the week of June 16, 2013

A Glorious Week Home in Alaska Dear Friends, We are so blessed to live in Alaska, and I am reminded of this each and every time I am home. With the sun shining across the state, I traveled Southcentral and Kodiak at the end of May, and visited places I've never been to before. I am so grateful to have shared boat rides, hikes, meals, and conversations with you. My time with you grounds me in the issues that matter to Alaska, and set my priorities straight during the times that I can't be wit… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's E-Newsletter for the week of May 13, 2013

Friends, I had such a great time in the state last week. It's always good to be home and though the calendar shows that spring is on its way, the snow throughout the state reminded us that we live in an Arctic nation. Here are some of the highlights of my visit to Fairbanks, Anchorage, Ketchikan, Delta and Glennallen. Congratulations Graduates of 2013 It's that time of year again, when we salute our family members and neighbors for crossing that significant and meaningful threshold of graduat… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's E-Newsletter for the week of April 15, 2013

Alaska, After a busy Easter work period back home in Alaska, I'm now back in Washington, D.C. I would like to thank the hundreds of Alaskans I was able to personally speak to and work with while home - your time and input is truly appreciated. While I was able to visit and discuss issues and policies with folks from across the state, I did unfortunately have to miss a few scheduled events due to an awful bout of the flu. I'm glad to be back to full speed! Here's a quick look-back at some of t… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's E-Newsletter for the week of March 8, 2013

Iditarod I recently returned from participating in the ceremonial start of the 41st Annual Iditarod Sled Dog race, where few words can describe the sights and sounds of 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage. Thousands of Alaskans, young and old, filled the streets on the foggy March morning to catch a glimpse of the 65 mushers making their way north to Nome. This Alaskan tradition is one of my favorite times of year to catch up with friends and listen to what Alaskans have on their minds. I will be… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's E-Newsletter for the week of January 30, 2013

Energy Trip to Asia Earlier this month, I traveled to Asia to meet with Taiwanese and Japanese officials to discuss trade opportunities for Alaska's natural gas. We in Alaska are blessed with an abundance of natural gas but challenged with overcoming the transportation costs of delivering our gas to market. During my meetings, officials from both Japan and Taiwan expressed a strong interest in securing a long-term, stable supply of energy. I can confidently say the markets exist there. Portion… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's E-newsletter for the week of December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Alaska! I hope you are surrounded by friends, family and loved ones this holiday season, preparing for a happy and healthy 2013. I invite you to watch my holiday message to all Alaskans. (Click image to watch video message) As daylight wanes and snow falls, I'm reminded of the many Holiday traditions that we Alaskans share during this wonderful time of year. From harvesting your own Christmas tree to ice skating on a nearby lake, we are all so very lucky … Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's E-newsletter for the week of September 20, 2012

August in Alaska The saying "time flies when you're having fun" truly applied to me this past August in Alaska. I had fun, and I flew a lot! (Nearly 10,000 miles) My travels took me as far south as Metlakatla, as far west as Attu Island on the Aleutian chain, and as far north as Barrow. I thought I would spend this newsletter recapping some of my trips around the state. Sharing Alaska's Energy Options My August journey started with a trip to the North Slope with my Senate colleague John H… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's E-newsletter for the week of July 19, 2012

Murkowski Celebrates 4th of July in Hometown (photo courtesy: Greg Knight, Wrangell Sentinel) Sen. Murkowski lends a hand in the Tug O'War Contest at the 4th of July Celebration in Wrangell, AK Murkowski Reacts to Supreme Court Health Care Ruling On June 28th, 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, recognizing the law is constitutional not under the Commerce Clause, but through the power of Congress to tax. Effectivel… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's E-newsletter for the week of June 14, 2012

Senator Stevens' "Fatally Mismanaged" Case Earlier this year, I introduced bi-partisan legislation (S. 2197, the Fairness in Disclosure Act of 2012) aimed at eliminating prosecutorial misconduct with regards to discovery rules. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to discuss my bill. Although I do not sit on the Judiciary Committee, they invited me to testify and share my thoughts on this useful and needed reform. My bill would create a national standard of rules for… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's E-newsletter for the week of April 23, 2012

Murkowski Visits Homer During the Easter recess, I had the opportunity to spend April 4th in Homer and visited a variety of local attractions. The day was jam-packed with events, including visits to Homer High School, Seldovia Village Tribe Wellness Center and the Homer Chamber of Commerce. At the Chamber, I shared with the community my thoughts and views about work in Washington, D.C. and touched on a number of issues that hit home for every day Alaskans - from partisanship in Congress a… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's E-newsletter for the week of February 29, 2012

Murkowski Addresses Alaska Legislature Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Juneau and give my annual address to the State Legislature. This is something I look forward to every year. Visiting the Legislature is a time to catch up with old friends, update the state on things happening back in Washington, D.C., and also listen to legislators' comments, questions and concerns about the future of Alaska and the nation. During this year's address, I touched on a variety of issues, from op… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's E-newsletter for the week of February 15, 2012

AK Delegation Stands United Against F-16 Relocation at Eielson AFB The recently-announced plan by the U.S. Air Force to relocate the F-16 Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage has left many Alaskans with an uneasy feeling and flashbacks to the fight we had back in 2005. Late last week, I, along with the rest of the Alaska delegation, met with U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz to hear the reasoning behind the Air Force… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's E-newsletter for the week of January 27, 2012

Reaction to President Obama's State of the Union Address (At this year's State of the Union address, I was proud to wear a Sunflower to Defeat ALS pin in an effort to raise awareness for ALS. To learn more about Sunflower to Defeat ALS, and to join the cause against this debilitating and life-taking disease, click here) During this year's State of the Union address, I led an effort with Democratic Senator Mark Udall of Colorado to permanently end partisan seating during the annual addres… Continue Reading


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

(Click on video to watch greeting) Seasons greetings eNewsletter subscribers! I would just like to take a few moments to wish Alaskans a Merry Christmas and happy holidays. I hope you will use this special time of year to celebrate all that is good in Alaska; and to count your blessings, to focus on family, friends, good health and good times. As Alaskans we are thankful for the natural beauty of our state and the one-of-a-kind generosity of our neighbors. Let us never take these for granted… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's E-newsletter for the week of December 5, 2011

"Arctic Tough" 4/25th Deploys to Afghanistan Last week, I had the honor of attending the deployment ceremony of the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. As 3,500 soldiers prepare to spend up to a year in Afghanistan, I joined with our Alaskan community to thank them for their service and wish them success in their upcoming mission. Below are some excerpts from my remarks to the Spartans. "Every American soldier is an ambassador of … Continue Reading

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