Chamber Christmas Dinner To Be Held At Old Town Copper Center Lodge On December 8th



Chamber of Commerce Christmas Dinner Meeting 

Thursday, December 8 at the Old Town Copper Center Inn and Restaurant
5:30—Meet and Greet

Menu: roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato soufflé, cranberry relish,
 fresh baked roll, berry cobbler ala mode

Pianist Gloria Jacobsen will provide live Christmas music.

Galen Nelson, logistics coordinator for Caelus Energy, and Rob Tirpack, drilling operations manager, will be our speakers. They are excited to talk to us about the massive find in Smith Bay and opportunities for all of Alaska. Caelus Energy, LLC, is a privately held independent exploration and production company that currently operates the Ooguruk field on the North Slope. They specialize in exploration, development, and production of oil and gas. The company is focused on the pursuit, identification, and development of strategic opportunities across Alaska, and beyond. Galen is a graduate of Glennallen High School.
Senator Click Bishop will also be speaking.

Please RSVP to or call 822-5555.

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Drive Slower. Be More Careful. Highway Deaths Are Up In Alaska This Year!

State Of Alaska Announces Large Increase In Highway Fatalities In 2016 

Alaska sees 34 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2016
ADOT&PF reminds travelers to drive with care

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – Motor vehicle traffic fatalities are on the rise this year in Alaska, and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) would like to remind travelers to drive with care as the holidays approach.

As of Nov. 21, Alaska has had 75 traffic fatalities in 69 fatal crashes in 2016, according to the ADOT&PF Alaska Highway Safety Office. This compares to 56 fatalities in 53 fatal crashes for the same date in 2015.

Traffic fatalities are on the rise nationally, as well. Preliminary data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show traffic fatalities rose by 10.4 percent in the first half of 2016 compared to the first half of 2015. 

According to NHTSA, it is too soon to conclude what is causing this nationwide increase, but many point to a dramatic increase in the number of miles driven in recent years stemming from lower fuel prices and to the proliferation of drivers using smartphones or other technology while driving.

According to the Alaska Highway Safety Office, driver behavior contributed to about 75 percent of traffic fatalities in Alaska on average in recent years. The office’s data show these behaviors include impaired driving, speeding, and non-use and/or improper use of restraints, such as seat belts.

ADOT&PF reminds Alaskans to follow safe driving practices. These include driving for conditions, using seat belts and headlights, not driving while impaired, and staying back from snow and ice removal equipment. The department also urges drivers to visit or call 511 to check road conditions before traveling.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 242 airports, 11 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 720 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.
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This graph shows the number of motor vehicle traffic fatalities in Alaska in recent years.

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Copper Valley, Of Famed Unit 13, To Have Local Representative On Board of Game

Karen Linnell Of The Copper Valley
Appointed By Governor Walker
To 7-Member Alaska Board Of Game

Karen (Charley) Linnell
COPPER VALLEY – Governor Bill Walker appointed Karen Linnell of Glennallen to serve on the Alaska Board of Game. Karen is a long-time resident of the Copper River basin.
A lifelong subsistence hunter and fisher, Karen Linnell has over a decade of experience working on fish and game management issues in her region. She is a current board member of Ahtna, Incorporated, the Executive Director of the Copper River-Ahtna Inter-Tribal Resource Conservation District, and Chair of the Wrangell-St. Elias Subsistence Resource Commission. Additionally, she has served on the Copper River Basin Fish and Game Advisory Committee for over eight years.
“Management of our state’s wildlife resources impacts thousands of Alaskans,” said Governor Walker. “Karen Linnell’s experience working in the Copper River basin has provided her with a deep understanding of the challenges and complexities in Alaska’s dual management system. Her background will prove to be an asset to the Board of Game and the State of Alaska.”
Governor Walker noted Ms. Linnell’s experience working on state, federal, and tribal boards gives her a unique perspective on issues related to wildlife management.
“It is important that any governing body understand different perspectives and how that relates to the work before them,” Governor Walker said. “Given her past work with many different interest groups, I am confident that Karen’s insights will be of great benefit and build on the sound dynamic of the existing Board.”
The Alaska Board of Game consists of seven members serving three-year terms. Members are appointed by the Governor and require confirmation by the Alaska Legislature.
--Official Alaska State Press Relese, November 9th, 2016

Previous local people on the Alaska Board of Game were: Nick Jackson of Gulkana, appointed by Governor Bill Sheffield in 1984 and Ken Johns of Copper Center, appointed by Governor Wally Hickel in 1992. 

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Watch Out For Scam Artists Targeting Alaska Chamber Members


Please be aware that the Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce was alerted this morning, Nov. 14th, that someone was calling into local businesses claiming to be the Greater  Wasilla Chamber of Commerce, informing the companies that it was urgent and needed that they update their business information with them. The GWCC has NOT been calling organizations asking for any update to personal, or professional information, nor are they calling asking for updated billing information (i.e. credit card information, or banking information).  If you receive a call as such, please do not give out any information to the individual and hang up immediately.  

--From an email sent by the Palmer Chamber of Commerce

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Voting Early? Go To The Glennallen Library!

Glennallen Library:
Your Place To "Vote Early!"

Early voting can be done locally at the Library or at any division of elections (Anchorage or Fairbanks). 

The Library is doing the early voting Tuesday thru Friday from 1 pm to 5:30 pm and on Saturday from 2 pm to 5:30 pm.

--Information, Courtesy Emilie Frisbie, Glennallen LIO

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