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Representative Don Young Cosponsors – H.R.1855: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow deductions and credits relating to expenditures in connection with marijuana sales conducted in compliance with State law. | Congress.gov

via Cosponsors – H.R.1855 – 114th Congress (2015-2016): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow deductions and credits relating to expenditures in connection with marijuana sales conducted in compliance with State law. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress.

I don’t agree with Don Young on a lot of issues, but I appreciate what he and like minded people are doing in Congress with respect to marijuana. He understands that federalism exists and is doing what he can to limit federal reach in states that have legalized marijuana to some degree. I applaud these efforts.

Senator Murkoski Cosponsors – S.984 to expand Medicare benefits | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

via Cosponsors – S.984 – 114th Congress (2015-2016): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare beneficiary access to eye tracking accessories for speech generating devices and to remove the rental cap for durable medical equipment under the Medicare Program with respect to speech generating devices. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress.

I don’t want to single out Senator Murkowski here, but I do get kind of frustrated with politicians who denounce any sort of tax hikes, loudly talk about the deficit in general and high medical spending in particular and then propose new medical spending.

Click through to find five others currently behind this bill. As I said, Senator Murkowski is not alone in this.

I’m not saying this isn’t a worthy cause. But we should be willing to pay for the services we ask for.

Alaska Congressional Alerts Ending

Based on a combination of stats and lack of comments, I decided to stop posting annotated versions of the alerts I get on Alaska’s Congressional Delegation through Congress.gov.

If you’d like to set up your own alert for a member of Alaska’s delegation, check go to their member pages and follow the instructions. Alerts direct from Congress.gov will only have bill numbers.

If I have feelings about a particular bill that Murkowski, Sullivan or Young is sponsoring, I may blog that.

4/14/2015 (trains, guns, water, taxes, cigars, regulations, medicare): Representative Don Young – Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

From my Congress.gov alert:

There has been activity on bills associated with Representative Don Young.

Bills sponsored:

  • H.R. 1763 – – To provide for the minimum size of crews of freight trains, and for other purposes.

Bills cosponsored:

  • H.R. 923 – Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015
  • H.R. 1732 – Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015
  • H.R. 1058 – Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2015
  • H.R. 662 – Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2015
  • H.R. 775 – Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2015

If you find these alerts useful, I’d like to hear from you in comments. Thanks!

Alaskans Afield – Outdoor Skills for Friends and Families, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Alaskans Afield classes provide fun, safe, hands-on learning of outdoor skills. Classes are designed for both youth and adults. Bring a friend or the entire family and enjoy time together learning new outdoor skills. Alaskans Afield classes are made possible by a cooperative effort between the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and our foundation, the Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska.

via Alaskans Afield – Outdoor Skills for Friends and Families, Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

From outdoor survival to dressing kills in the field to gathering edible plants, chances are good that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has a class for you this summer.

Opportunity to transcribe Alaskan records from the National Archives

The US National Archives (NARA) online catalog now permits registered users to tag and/or transcribe descriptions on images. NARA is encouraging transcription efforts through their Transcription Challenge center at http://www.archives.gov/citizen-archivist/transcribe/

One of their “transcription missions” is for photographs relating to the National Forests. As a result of an exchange on Tumblr, NARA bloggers supplied this URL for Alaska specific national forest pictures digitized on NARA:

https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q=Alaska&rows=100&offset=0&tabType=all&facet=true&facet.fields=oldScope,level,materialsType,fileFormat,locationIds,dateRangeFacet&highlight=true&f.ancestorNaIds=651890

If that URL breaks for you, try the TinyURL of http://tinyurl.com/lp4un78

What I find particularly exciting is that NARA will accept tags/transcriptions on ANY of their digitized materials in their catalog, so if you were inclined to look for a particular aspect of Alaskan history that might be digitized in NARA, you could do a search and then transcribe some of the resulting records to improve their access and findability.

Feedback and questions about quality control, weeding out smart-alecks and others should be directed to catalog@nara.gov.

Smoked Salmon Chowder | Food-a-be

This was a delicious and simple meal, hearty, not fishy, and perfect for a cold blustery Juneau Sunday.  If you’ve got some hot-smoked salmon on hand, either occupying the back of your freezer or in a can/jar in the pantry, this is a really yummy way to do something besides eating it with crackers and cheese.

via Smoked Salmon Chowder | Food-a-be.

This recipe looks pretty tasty. If you have access to smoked Salmon, give it a try.

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