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MRAK Almanac: Resource Development Council is on tap

6/26: 44th Annual Membership Luncheon for Resource Development Council featuring speaker Joe Balash, Assistant Secretary of Department of Interior and Gov. Michael Dunleavy, also a keynote presentation by Dr. Keiran Wulff of OilSearch. Dena’ina. Balash is from North Pole. Doors open at 11:15 am. More info here.

6/26: Democrats Debate Watch Party in Juneau 5-7 pm at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library, 3025 Diamond Park Loop, Juneau, AK 99801. Free pizza, snacks. Well, not free — someone paid for it.

6/26: Anchorage Assembly Ethics and Election Committee meets at City Hall Conference Room #240, 632 West 6th Avenue, 1 pm.
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6/26: U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) will launch a new bipartisan effort aimed at cleaning up the marine debris crisis affecting America’s oceans, shorelines, and inland waterways, as well as other coasts across the globe. The Senators will unveil new legislation to build on the progress made by the Save Our Seas Act, which was sponsored by Sullivan and Whitehouse and signed into law last fall.10:45 am Eastern Time.

6:26: Miners vs. Pilots at Mulcahy Fields and Bucs vs. Chinooks at Lee Jordan Field (Chugiak). It’s Alaska Baseball League season, games start at 7 pm. Check the entire schedule here.

6/27: UAF’s Music in the Garden, featuring the Headbolt Heaters, an eclectic sound with elements of roots rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, and an underbelly of punk. 7 pm at Georgeson Botanical Garden, 117 West Tanana Dr., Fairbanks, Alaska 99775, Fairbanks.

6/27: Paddle Day is back at the Tanana Lakes Recreation Area Non-motorized Boat Launch. TRAX Outdoor Center, Alaska Dream Adventures, and Alaska Canoe School will provide free paddling instruction in canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards throughout the evening. 4pm – 7pm. Reserve a spot:

6/27: Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning Committee (AMATS) meets to review and approve the release of key information and the project list for 30-day public comment period; Spenard Corridor Plan, and other transportation issues. Starts at 1:30 pm. Agenda is here.

6/27: Republicans in District 12 meet at Fried Rice Express, 21426 Old Glenn Hwy, Chugiak, at 7-8:30 pm. On the agenda is a report from Senator Hughes (or staff present) and a report from Representative Tilton (or staff present), with Q and A.

6/28: Alaska State Commission for Human Rights will hold a meeting in Anchorage, Alaska at the Atwood Building, 550 W. 7th Avenue, Conference Room 102 at 9 am. Up for discussion is hiring a new executive director. The public is invited to attend. Public comment is noticed for 9:20 to 9:25 am. To participate by telephone, contact the Commission offices at 907-276-7474.

6/29: Scottish Highland Games, Alaska State Fairgrounds, 8 am – 8 pm.


June 27, 1940: Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Field were activated near Anchorage. Construction on Elmendorf Field had already begun on June 8, 1940, for a major and permanent military air field near Anchorage. The first Air Corps personnel arrived on Aug. 12, 1940.

June 20, 1923: President Warren Harding boarded a train heading for the West Coast, where he would board a boat for Alaska on what was dubbed a Voyage of Understanding, which was also his way of communicating his policies and getting a feel for the pulse of the nation. Read all about that trip to Alaska and his subsequent sudden and mysterious death in California at

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Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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