Tag Archives: Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins

In a flash, Girl Scouts resolve HPR crosswalk issue

Girl Scout Troop 4140 poses for Sentinel photographer James Poulson on Peterson Street. ack row from left to right: Retha Winger, Stan Filler Sr. Sitka CHARR,  John Weitkamp Sitka Rotary Club, Giant Stuffed Duck,, Loyd Platson chair of Police and Fire Commission, Doug Osborne Sitka Community Hospital.
Middle row: Zheng Arce, McDonalds restaurant,  Autumn Dinsmore, Sitka Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt, Margaret Peterson, Amy Bergman Oceanside Therapy Center.
 Front row: Sharon Bergman Sitka Rotary Club, Rianna Bergman, and chiropractor  Besty Decker. (KCAW photo Robert Woolsey)After years of government inertia, the Girls Scouts of Troop 4140 in Sitka have spearheaded the installation of flashing crosswalk signs along some of the busiest state road in town.

Party politics shape race for House 35 legislative seat

Sheila Finkenbinder (r.) will run as a Republican against two-term Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins.There will be a race for the House District 35 seat in the legislature, but not until fall. Republican Sheila Finkenbinder will challenge 2-term Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tompkins to represent Sitka-Petersburg-Hoonah and SE villages.

Kreiss-Tomkins previews session, proposes license plate design contest

Sitka Democrat Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins speaking about Native language immersion schools.The Alaska legislature gaveled in Tuesday (01-19-16), in what will be the fourth session for Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins of House District 35. In sharing his goals for the session, Kreiss-Tomkins has a few policy ideas up his sleeve.

Can YOU balance the state budget?

The "balance the budget" game invites Alaskans to set the state on a sustainable financial path. Reid Magdanz looks on as Blossom Twitchell takes a turn. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Governor Bill Walker will unveil his FY17 budget tomorrow (12-09-15). And the backdrop isn’t pretty. To simulate the $3.1 billion gap between revenue and spending, state budget director Pat Pitney brought her talking points - and a wooden scale - to Sitka on Thursday (12-03-15).

As campaigns heat up, Sitka teen spreads ‘Bernie fever’

Leo Solovyov (r) infects his peers -- and even some adults -- with Bernie fever at his first political event. (KCAW photo/Brody Armstrong)With 15 months to go until the 2016 presidential election, campaigns are revving up. And a young Sitkan is fired up about one of the oldest candidates in the race.

JKT: Budget a ‘fair deal,’ Walker should expand Medicaid

Sitka Democrat Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins speaking about Native language immersion schools.When all is said and done, Alaska’s budget for the coming year is a “fair deal.” That’s the verdict from State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins . KCAW spoke with the lawmaker, who is eager for action on Medicaid expansion and “wonking out,” on a proposed natural gas pipeline.

Blue Lake project dedicated with champagne, cheers and speeches

Project Manager Dean Orbison (left) and Mayor Mim McConnell smashed a bottle of champagne against one of the new, blue turbines. (Emily Kwong/KCAW)State and local officials, including Gov. Bill Walker, gathered in Sitka on Friday (5-8-15) to formally dedicate the Blue Lake dam. The largest public works project in city history, it’s projected to meet the city’s electricity needs for the next thirty years.

Bill seeks to legalize fish and game donations

F2S_Elementary2-500x375Last Wednesday (4-1-15), eight legislators introduced a bill that would allow Alaskans to donate sport- and subsistence-harvested fish and game to non-profit meal programs. Under House Bill 179, schools, senior centers, and other non-profits could legally serve donated fish and game, such as moose, venison, caribou, and salmon. Alaska law presently bars the sale of such foods.

‘Ferocious’ red squirrel to grace legislator’s office

A former biologist, Bill Foster says a stuffed red squirrel would convey an important message in Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins' office. "I'd put a red squirrel against a polar bear any day," says Foster. (Flickr photos/Borderslass, ruby blossom)Sitka Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins’ office may soon be home to some historic Alaskana -- and much more -- if he can come to terms with a local collector.

Kreiss-Tomkins unpacks Alaska’s ‘budget apocalypse’

Kreiss-Tomkins' news was not all bad. Some departments, like Fish & Game, will survive deep cuts without much disruption. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)In the budget “apocalypse," Sitka Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins says, "We’re going to alter the status quo we’ve had in Alaska for the last 40 years."