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Senate Labor And Commerce Committee to Discuss the Future of Ice Alaska Friday April 16


JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate Labor and Commerce Committee (L&C) will meet tomorrow to discuss the future of Ice Alaska, the largest ice sculpting competition in the world. For several years, Ice Alaska has provided a major economic boost as thousands of visitors have traveled to Fairbanks to take part in the event. L&C Chair Senator Joe Paskvan, D-Fairbanks said tomorrow’s meeting comes in the wake of concerns that Ice Alaska will lose its longtime location on land leased from the Alaska Railroad.

“Ice Alaska is a world class event for Fairbanks families.  It has also attracted thousands of visitors to Fairbanks and to Alaska for over 15 years with its world renowned ice sculptures, contributing significant dollars into the economy,” Senator Paskvan commented. “I think it’s worth our time to see if there’s anything we can or should be doing to help this event succeed for many more years in the future.”

L&C Vice-Chair, Senator Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, added, “Ice Alaska is one of those things that make Fairbanks a wonderful place to live or visit year round. You go there and see people from all over the world, as well as your friends and neighbors from town. I would like to see ALL parties come together and reach an agreement that keeps this great event in Fairbanks for years to come.”

There will be invited testimony during the hearing from Mayor Luke Hopkins, Fairbanks North Star Borough; Jim Kubitz, Vice President, Real Estate & Facilities, Alaska Railroad Corporation; and a representative from Ice Alaska.  Given the busy legislative calendar at this time of the session, there will not be an opportunity for public testimony.

Tomorrow’s meeting will be held in the Butrovich room (205) of the Alaska State Capitol, starting at 8:00 A.M.

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