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Date:
Thursday, March 1st
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
The Petroleum Club 3301 C St.

Solving Alaska’s Opioid Epidemic

 

The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
Thursday, March 1st

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.

Doors open at 11:30am

 

The opioid crisis impacts every demographic in every corner of our state.  For Americans under the age of 50, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death.  From 2000 to 2016, more than 600,000 people in the US died from drug overdoses. In Alaska, heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled between 2009 and 2015. Due to the scale of this epidemic, Governor Walker has issued a disaster declaration establishing a statewide Overdose Response Program, issued an administrative order directing state departments to prioritize resources to combat the opioid epidemic, and signed opioid reform legislation.

On March 1st, we will host two speakers to help us understand how we got here, and what public policies we can implement to help end this epidemic and save lives.

 

Melissa Weiksnar

Melissa Weiksnar has been a writer, speaker, and advocate since 2010, using her daughter Amy’s story to educate about how addiction can impact any family. She published “Heroin’s Puppet -Amy (and her disease)” in 2012, and “It’s Not Gunna Be an Addiction: the Adolescent Journals of Amelia F.W. Caruso (1989-2009)” in 2014. She has formally shared with over 21,000 listeners in schools, community, healthcare, and religious settings.

Ms. Weiksnar attended Wellesley College and is a graduate of MIT, the University of Houston, and Harvard Business School. She spent the first part of her career in high tech, including co-founding Synernetics Inc. In 2002 she switched to high school teaching, and most recently worked at the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at Boston Children’s Hospital. Ms. Weiksnar, who repatriated to her native Buffalo NY in 2016, is married with two older children.

 

Jay Butler

Jay C. Butler, M.D. is the state’s Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Division of Public Health at the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.  He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Medical School, has completed clinical trainings at Vanderbilt and Emory Universities, and maintains clinical board certifications in infectious diseases, internal medicine, and pediatrics. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific papers and medical textbook chapters on infectious diseases and emergency preparedness and he is an affiliate professor of medicine at the University of Alaska Anchorage.


CWN Members $30, Non-Members $40

Register online at www.commonwealthnorth.org

 

Date:
February 20, 2018
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
UAA Lucy Cuddy Hall

Commonwealth North recognizes that knowledge and advanced job skills are critical to Alaska’s changing economy. Higher education as the key to the success of a society is nothing new, but it is becoming even more important for the next generation of students, job seekers and employers. A strong and vibrant university system is critical to ensuring a prosperous future for Alaskans.

James Johnsen

CWN is pleased to co-host this program with the University of Alaska. President Johnsen’s address will focus on how the university plans to meet the state’s workforce needs, develop a culture in Alaska that values education, the opportunities Alaskans can access through higher education and the importance of university innovation.

This Program is Sold Out!

Thank you to Alaska Communications for Sponsoring this Program!

 

Free parking will be available for this event
in the West Campus Central Lot adjacent to Cuddy Hall.
Enter campus on Seawolf Drive off of Providence Drive,
which curves around and leads to the lot.
Campus Map

 

Date:
February 19th, 2018
Time:
6pm-7pm
Location:
Petroleum Club 3301 C St.

President’s Day Dinner and Annual Meeting

 US Senator Lisa Murkowski and Congressman Don Young to discuss future of ANWR

The Petroleum Club of Anchorage

3301 C St.

Monday, February 19th

6:00p.m. – 7:45p.m.

Doors open at 5:30pm

This program is sold out!

 

Join us for our annual meeting and dinner with US Senator Lisa Murkowski and Congressman Don Young. Alaska’s congressional delegation, Commonwealth North, and other Alaskans have worked for many years to open ANWR for energy exploration and we invite you to join us in celebrating the decades of effort to bring this accomplishment to a reality. Senator Murkowski and Congressman Young will speak at this event and tell us what’s next for ANWR and other Alaskan projects they are championing in Washington, D.C. We will also announce the election of the new members of our board of directors and officers for 2018.

Thank you to Old Harbor Native Corporation for sponsoring this program!

CWN Members $30, Non-Members $40
Sponsorships available. Contact the CWN office for details.

Fiscal Policy Study Group

Making Sense of the State Budget

January 26, 2018

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

Pat Pitney, Director of the State’s Office of Management and Budget discussed the Governor’s FY19 budget proposal compared to previous years to provide an understanding of state spending, the impact on the deficit, and give an apples to apples comparison of state spending over the last 5 years.  A shared understanding and agreement on the state spending amount and trends is a key aspect of the public dialog to reach a fiscal plan.
Today’s Documents:
Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

 

Fiscal Policy Study Group:

Understanding State Spending

Briefing by Pat Pitney, Director, Office of Management and Budget

Friday, January 26th
7:30am – 8:30am
Alaska Communications Business Technology Center
600 E 36th Ave.

Pat Pitney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, will continue our discussion of the Governor’s FY19 budget proposal and provide an understanding of state spending, the impact on the deficit, and an apples to apples comparison of state spending over the last 5 years.  Input from the CWN fiscal study group will help define the appropriate components for budget transparency for the public.

The Alaska Communications Business Technology Center is located on 36th Avenue Between Old Seward and Denali St.

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Fiscal Policy Study Group:

Governor’s Proposed FY 19 Budget

Briefing by Pat Pitney, Director, Office of Management and Budget

Wednesday, January 3rd
noon – 1pm
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave.
(same street as Danner Ave.)

Pat Pitney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, presented the Governor’s recent FY19 budget proposal.

Click here to download Pat’s presentation.

Additional Material

Morris Communications is located near the Dimond Costco near King St. and Dimond Blvd.

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Energy Action Coalition:

Alaska’s LNG in a Global Market
with

Larry Persily
Former Federal Coordinator for Alaska Gasline Projects

Friday, January 12th
noon – 1pm
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave.
(same street as Danner Ave.)

Larry Persily, Former Federal Coordinator for Alaska Gasline Projects, will discuss the global LNG market and the competition for Alaska’s North Slope LNG.

Larry’s PowerPoint can be downloaded by clicking below:

Commonwealth North Jan 12 2018

Morris Communications is located near the Dimond Costco near King St. and Dimond Blvd.

Teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.

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Fiscal Policy Study Group
Friday, December 8th
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave.
Noon-1pm

Alaska Journalist and UAA Atwood Chair of Journalism, Tim Bradner, gave us an abbreviated version of his recent talk at UAA discussing how Alaska has used its oil money over the last 40 years.

 

301 Arctic Slope Ave.

(same street as Danner Ave.)

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Legislative Agenda 2018:

CWN’s 11th Annual Legislator Meet & Greet

Wednesday, December 13th

noon – 1:30pm

Dena’ina Center – 3rd Floor Ballroom

This Program is Sold Out

Each year in December, we invite the next year’s legislature to be our guests at this luncheon. The Senate President, Pete Kelly, and Speaker of the House, Bryce Edgmon, will keynote this event to present their legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Then, several rounds of table conversations, you will have the opportunity to discuss the critical issues facing our state with legislators.

This is not a campaign event or a cross-examination. It’s a chance for well-informed Alaskans to discuss vital policy issues with each other in advance of the 2018 legislative session.

We had an excellent turnout last year with a third of the legislature in attendance. This is a unique chance for you to have open and unscripted conversations with our members.

 

Thank you to our program sponsors!

Northrim

Alaska Chiropractic Society

Date:
December 15th, 2017
Time:
7:30am-8:30am
Location:
Petroleum Club 3301 C St.

Alaska’s LNG: Then and Now
with
Governor Frank Murkowski
Friday, December 15th

The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
7:30am-8:30am
Breakfast

Alaska has a long history of trying to develop a natural gas pipeline dating back to the 1970s. The Administration and the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation have made significant progress toward building LNG relationships, with the potential to be providing gas to Alaskans and exporting LNG around 2024. What can we do in the meantime to enhance our revenues, plan for future projects, and prepare for a time in the near future when a project to transport Alaska North Slope gas to market is economically feasible?

CWN hosted Governor Frank Murkowski to discuss the history of Alaska natural gas contacts, negotiations, and changes in the world LNG market.

Governor Bill Walker and ADGC President Keith Meyer were also on hand to answer questions form the audience.

About Governor Frank Murkowski:

A lifelong Alaskan born in Ketchikan in 1933, Frank Murkowski was elected to the U.S. Senate 1980 where he served Alaska for 22 years. He served on the Energy & Natural Resources (Chairman 1995- 2001), Veterans’ Affairs (Chairman 1985-1987), Finance, and Indian Affairs committees. Murkowski was elected governor of Alaska in 2002. As governor, he focused on revitalizing the state’s economy through resource development and on strengthening the education and public safety systems. He is also a long-time leader in the fight against substance abuse. In 2016, Commonwealth North awarded him with the Walter J. Hickel Award for Distinguished Public Policy Leadership.

CWN Members $30, Guests $40



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