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Commission Beginning Second Day of Meeting in Fairbanks


FAIRBANKS-Right now, the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission is beginning its second day of meetings in Fairbanks.  The focus of today’s meeting will be the Preliminary Report due to the Alaska State Legislature in January 2014. Commissioners will also review the State of Alaska’s Arctic (SOAA) Background Document and discuss draft policy team recommendations. In addition, Commissioners will have an opportunity to informally work with the language of the draft guiding principles.

The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission (AAPC) is made up of 26 Commissioners, including 10 Legislators and 16 experts from throughout the state. The Commission is co-chaired by Senator Lesil McGuire and Representative Bob Herron.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring the Arctic Policy Commission to Fairbanks,” explained Senator McGuire.  “This stop in Fairbanks, Alaska’s largest arctic city and home to Alaska’s arctic research university, is an important waypoint along the Commission’s path to developing a modern and effective policy that allows our state to be at the forefront in this important region.  It was important that we were able to schedule it to coincide with the AFN convention, providing additional opportunity for our Alaska Native community to engage in this critical discussion.”

One of the most important aspects of the AAPC’s work will be positively influencing federal Arctic policy. Toward that end, the Commission will compile a list of all the current federal programs that directly affect Arctic Alaska and Arctic policy, and track and thoroughly investigate each program. These findings will inform the Commission’s Final Report due to the Legislature in 2015.

All members of the media and public are invited to attend.

WHO: Alaska Arctic Policy Commission Meeting in Fairbanks.

WHEN: TODAY 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

WHY: Discuss Arctic Policy Concerns

WHERE: Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, 1850 Hoselton Road, Fairbanks


For those who cannot attend in person, you can watch live online at http://alaskalegislature.tv/

For more information, please contact Jesse Logan in Senator McGuire’s office at 907-269-0250 or Rob Earl in Representative Herron’s office at 907-269-0126.

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