Senator Murkowski's E-newsletter for the week of November 14, 2011

Honoring Our Nations Veterans Washington, D.C. - Alaska has more veterans per capita than any other state in the nation, and I am proud that they are such an ingrained part of the Alaskan way of life. They are our colleagues, our friends, our next door neighbors. Our armed forces guard our interests worldwide and protect our way of life, and for that I am forever thankful. Sadly, homelessness, suicide and joblessness are stubbornly high among our veterans. Others suffer in silence wit… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's E-newsletter for the week of October 17, 2011

Buckland "First Flush" Sen. Murkowski with the sewer and water crew workers Sen. Murkowski with Jacob Carter, owner of the first house to be hooked up In 2006, I visited the village of Buckland and heard the concern of residents who lacked sewer and water. I promised one of the elders, Dora Hadley, that I would work with her and the community to change this within her lifetime. On Sept. 26th, I attended Buckland's ceremonial first "flush" of their new sewer collection system. This ceremon… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's E-newsletter for the week of September 26, 2011

Murkowski Pushes Jobs, Debt Reduction during House ANWR Hearing Last week, I testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources about the vast potential of oil and gas development in the non-wilderness area of ANWR. Development would help address three of America's key concerns: it would create jobs, reduce the deficit and increase our energy security. Responsible production of the more than 10 billion barrels of oil estimated to be in the ANWR coastal plain would deliver hundreds of b… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski's e-newsletter for the week of September 12

Recess Reflections (Sen. Murkowski with Klawock City Manager Leslie Isaacs, and student carvers Sydney Isaacs and James Mills at the Woodworm Totem raising in Klawock. For more photos from Klawock click here) The August recess brought me back home and gave me an opportunity to visit and hear from Alaskans from Klawock to Barrow, Kenai to Unalaska. I spoke with veterans, educators, small business owners, health officials and our men and women in uniform. The issue that was continuously brought… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski's Education Newsletter for the week of March 14

Rural School and Community Trust Webinar Series on Rural School Innovations The webinar series is free and open to all rural educators or an aspiring educators, community-based activists, policy analysts, faith-based organizations, or education advocates for underserved and rural children. The next webinar will be March 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm. ET. The featured innovation will be: The Search Institute The Building Assets-Reducing Risks (BARR) Program: Replication and Expansion of an Effec… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski's Education Newsletter for the week of February 28

President Proposes Federal Funding for Fiscal Year 2012 The link to a chart of the President's request for Fiscal Year 2012 funding for U.S. Department of Education programs is available at This chart is much easier to read and understand than the President's Budget Request book. Please note that this is the President's proposal for FY12. It is not the Continuing Resolution for FY11 that Congress is still working … Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski's Education Newsletter for the week of February 15

What Works Clearinghouse Reviews Saxon Math The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has released a new report this week that reviews the research on Saxon Math for high school students. One of eight studies reviewed met WWC evidence standards. Based on this study, the WWC found Saxon Math to have no discernable effects on math achievement for high school students. The full report is available at US Department of Education Releases Repor… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski's Education Newsletter for the week of February 7

U.S. Department of Education Now Soliciting Applications for the Alaska Native Educational Equity Grant Program The U.S. Department of Education has just opened the grant application period for the Alaska Native Educational Equity grant competition. You can find a synopsis of the notice at The full Federal Register announcement is available at The Depar… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's eNewsletter for February 4, 2011

February 3, 2011 Murkowski Speaks to the National Congress of American Indians Last week I was honored to give the congressional response to the National Congress of American Indians' (NCAI) "State of Indian Nations" address delivered by the Honorable Jefferson Keel, President of NCAI. In my remarks, I spoke about the efforts to reduce federal spending, and warned that America's Native peoples must be prepared to fight hard for federal dollars that go towards the Indian Health Service a… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski's Education Newsletter for the week of January 18

Apply Now for Senator Murkowski's High School Summer Internship Program Senator Murkowski is accepting applications for her 2011 High School Summer Internship Program now through March 11, 2011. Alaskan students who will graduate from high school this spring are eligible to apply. The High School Intern Program is an opportunity for young people to learn about the United States Senate and the political process and to gain experience working in a professional office. Successful applican… Continue Reading


Please be Advised: Limited Web Updates

Pursuant to Senate policy, e-newsletters, opinion polls, issue alerts and other electronic communications cannot be initiated by Sen. Murkowski's office for the 60-day period immediately before the date of a primary or general election. During that time, press releases and upcoming events will remain up-to-date.… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski's e-newsletter for June 22, 2010

Wednesday, June 22, 2010 Keeping Alaskans Underway Sen. Murkowski christens the M/V Susitna as Randy Johnson, President of Alaska Ship and Drydock, looks on. It was a pleasure to be in my hometown of Ketchikan recently to christen the new M/V Susitna. The construction of the M/V Susitna is a tremendous accomplishment, and the performance of the Ketchikan shipyard should be applauded. This project is the product of collaboration between many different p… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski's Education Newsletter for the week of June 21, 2010

What Works Clearinghouse Releases Intervention Report and Quick Review WWC this week released an Intervention Report on "Project Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies" (Project CRISS), a "professional development program for teachers aimed at improving reading, writing, and learning for 3rd-12th grade students". Two of the 31 studies reviewed met WWC standards. Based on these studies, WWC found that Project CRISS has potentially positive effects on comprehension. The Interve… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski's Education Newsletter for the week of June 14, 2010

What Works Clearinghouse Review on "Read Well" Program for English Language Learners This week, WWC released a review of research on the effectiveness of the "Read Well" program, a curriculum for kindergarten and first grade English language learners that provides instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. WWC reviewed five studies that investigated the effects of "Read Well" and found that one met WWC evidence standards. Based on that study, WWC deter… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's eNewsletter for June 10, 2010

Thursday June 10, 2010 Thoughts and Photos from my Memorial Day Week Trip to Alaska I spent the Memorial Day congressional recess back home in Alaska, holding community meetings, gathering with Alaska veterans to honor their service and participating in a women's leadership conference in Anchorage. I wanted to use this week's e-newsletter to share with you some of my thoughts as well as photos from my trip. Observing Memorial Day with Alaska's Heroes While attending a Memorial Day cer… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski's Education Newsletter for the week of June 7, 2010

Alaska Meets Requirements for IDEA USED released notification of states' 2008 progress in meeting the requirements of IDEA for Part B (ages 3-21) and Part C (birth through age 2) compliance. Alaska meets requirements for Part B, and Needs Assistance (for two consecutive years) for Part C. If a state "needs assistance" for two consecutive years, the Department must take one or more enforcement actions, including among others, requiring the state to receive technical assistance, designating th… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski's Education Newsletter for the week of May 28, 2010

New E-Rate Regulations Proposed The FCC is proposing new regulations governing the e-rate program. Please note that comments must be received within 30 days of May 20th, the date the proposed regulations were published in the Federal Register. Among other changes, the FCC proposes to change the definition of "rural" to conform to the 2006 USED Locale Codes. More information can be found at and USED Appro… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's eNewsletter for May 28, 2010

Friday may 28, 2010 Update on the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Sen. Murkowski this week visited the Gulf of Mexico as part of a bipartisan Senate delegation to examine the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Pictured with Sen. Murkowski are, from left, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Sens. Dick Durbin, Mary Landrieu, Jeff Bingaman and Sheldon Whitehouse as they view response efforts first hand during a flyover of areas affected by the spill. (U.S. Coast Guard phot… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski's Education Newsletter for the week of May 24, 2010

Some Lower 48 Head Start Programs Under Investigation The Government Accountability Office (GAO) received allegations that employees of two large Head Start grantees in the Midwest and Texas intentionally enrolled ineligible children. After verifying these allegations, the GAO investigated other Head Start grantees in six Lower-48 states and Washington, D.C. Employees at seven of the grantees' centers acted within the law, while employees at seven others did not. The House Education and Labo… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski's Education Newsletter for the week of May 10, 2010

Grants Update Promise Neighborhoods: The Federal Register Notice inviting applications is now online at The deadline to submit an intent-to-apply letter is May 21st. The application deadline is June 25th. The purpose of Promise Neighborhoods is to improve significantly the educational and developmental outcomes of children in our most distressed communities (through) a complete through a continuum of cradle-through-college-to-career solutio… Continue Reading

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