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Story Last modified at 1:22 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2011

Now's the time to weigh in with your legislators

Now that the Legislative session is under way in Juneau, it seems almost quiet in the office. There are no elections to worry about – at least not until April when municipal offices will be up for grabs. There are no debates, public-speaking events or fundraisers to attend.

In fact, our legislators, if they are doing their jobs, will likely be pretty hard to reach in the coming weeks.

Rather than booking an expensive flight to Juneau and waiting hours to get face time with these folks, they are going to come right here to us, to fill us in on the work they are doing in Juneau on our behalf.

That's why it is imperative that residents of Chugiak-Eagle River attend one of the two Legislative Town Hall meetings scheduled for February and March. Rather than booking an expensive flight to Juneau and waiting hours to get face time with these folks, they are going to come right here to us, to fill us in on the work they are doing in Juneau on our behalf.

At these meetings, our senators and representatives will talk about issues facing the state, and listen to residents air their concerns, too. This is not a new process. The Legislative Town Hall meetings have been an important part of our community for years, and often are one of the few times in which residents have a chance to meet one on one with the senators or representatives.

Mark your calendars now. The meetings are free and open to anyone.

Legislative Town Hall meeting 1:

2-4 p.m. Feb. 12

Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center

22424 N. Birchwood Loop Road, Chugiak

Legislative town Hall meeting 2:

2-4 p.m. March 19

Conference Room 170

Chugiak-Eagle River Town Center

12001 Business Blvd., Eagle River



This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, February 3, 2011.