No better place in the world than August in Alaska


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There is no better place in the world than Alaska during the month of August. Each year I look forward to August – not because Congress is in recess – but because I know I get to head north and spend time visiting communities and people from across the state. This year was no different as I was able to spend time enjoying the beautiful weather and fresh air that August in Alaska offers.

I began my trip in Fairbanks where I spent a day at the Tanana Valley Fair visiting folks and enjoying some of the “fair food.” While in Fairbanks I also visited the 168th Air Refueling Wing at Eielson Air Force Base and made sure that they knew they have my full support and I will continue to fight for them back in Washington, D.C.

Next, I headed south and spent a day in Kenai where I spoke with members of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District about critical issues facing the peninsula region. I could not leave Kenai without stopping by one of my favorite spots in all of Alaska – Louie’s Restaurant. As many Alaskans know, a trip to Kenai would not be complete without grabbing a cup of coffee at Louie’s Restaurant.

Another highlight of my August trip home was visiting the Stone Soup Group’s Annual Picnic in Anchorage. The Stone Soup Group is a wonderful organization that does great things for children with developmental disabilities and their families. As I told them last month, they have no bigger advocate in Washington, D.C. than me.

With sporadic flights making it in and out due to weather, I was extremely fortunate to have been able to visit Kodiak last month – on time even! While in Kodiak, I was able to speak with the Chamber of Commerce Board and talk about some of the pressing issues facing Kodiak such as the Coast Guard and the fishing industry. I had a great time in Kodiak – especially since I got to enjoy some fresh Alaskan king crab!

In Anchorage, I was both humbled and grateful by the wonderful event put on by the Alaska Railroad to honor the work we did on the most recent highway bill. As a result of the improvements we were able to make, the Alaska Railroad now has certainty going forward and can plan for the future. As I told Alaska Railroad employees last month, the Alaska Railroad will always have an ally in Washington as long as I’m there.

For me, August in Alaska would not be complete without a trip home to Fort Yukon. Each year, I take some time to go back to where it all began in Alaska for me – and this year was no different. One of the main reasons I enjoy going home to Fort Yukon so much is because it affords me an opportunity to clear my mind and spend some time away from the madness that is Washington, D.C.

As I head back east to continue doing what I do best – fighting for the people of Alaska – I am incredibly thankful that for the hospitality that was shown this past month as I visited communities and people from across Alaska.

 

Don Young is the U.S. Representative for Alaska.

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