MRAK Almanac: Game of Thrones edition


Monday is the 119th day of the legislative session. Winter is coming.

May 13-17: Infrastructure Week. Labor unions and public works agencies are hosting events in the nation’s capital and around the country to support investment in roads, rail, power, and water projects. In Juneau, some goings on with docks and harbors. They used to converge on Juneau for this event, but meh, there’s no capital budget so speak of so the heavy hitters of construction may take a pass on Juneau. Details

This seasonal event occurred on Sunday, the first day in Barrow-Utqiagvik this year with no night or twilight. Next sunset is Aug. 1:

May 13: House gavels in: 11 am,  Senate gavels in: 1:30 pm

May 13: House Labor and Commerce will hear HB 81, An Act prohibiting disposable plastic shopping bags. The legislation has exempted newspaper plastic bags. 3:15 pm

May 13: Homer City Council Committee of the Whole, 5 pm

May 13: Seward City Council meeting, 7 pm

May 13: Juneau Assembly meeting, 7 pm

May 13: Wasilla City Council. 6 pm. Details, agenda

May 13: Sand Lake Community Council, Sand Lake Elementary School, 7 pm

May 13:  Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer’s town hall meeting on crime, Loussac Library. Anchorage, 6 pm

May 14: The Bethel City Council will vote on an ordinance to pay itself $100 per regular council meeting and $25 for each special council meeting. A vote of the community would take place before it would take effect. Ordinance language is here.

May 14: Palmer City Council meeting; taking up an ordinance regarding penalties for dwellings where there are excessive police response needed in a given year, i.e. drug houses, trafficking. Details.

May 14: University of Alaska Fairbanks Staff Council meets to review the recent morale survey. 9:30-noon. Morale survey is here.

May 15: Soldotna Chamber of Commerce topic is: Save Bristol Bay, Impacts of Pebble Mine on Bristol Bay’s Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kenai Peninsula Economy.  Speaker: Sam Snyder, (Save Our Salmon fame). Noon-1 pm

May 15: On-site cannabis use is the topic at Anchorage Federation of Community Councils, 1057 West Fireweed Lane, Suite 100, 6-8 pm. Details

May 16-19: We’re getting fired up for the Little Norway Festival in Petersburg. Details

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May 13, 1909: It was just 17 days until the opening of the Alaska-Yukon Pacific Exposition in what is now the University District, and the Seattle Times front-page headline writer was worried: “The Fair Will Be Ready, Will Seattle?” As the fair approached, the city raced to complete improvements for the exposition and the crowds of visitors that would show up. The upgrades included a new sewer line, graded roads with curbs and sidewalks, two new double-track streetcar lines, and street lighting.

May 16, 1801: William Seward’s Birthday in Florida, NY.


  1. Thank you for sharing the UAF morale survey results. Some sage wisdom for supervisors in any organization.

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