LWV Alaska State Convention April 22 - 23 in Fairbanks

LWVTV Program Planning March 25

30th Alaska Legislature

First Regular Session:  January 17, 2017 -

Pat Pitney budget discussion hosted by League and UAF Students Who Enjoy Economic Thinking (SWEET) Feb. 14

LWVTV partnered with SWEET to offer the public an opportunity to hear the latest State of Alaska budget updates from Office of Management and Budget Director Pat Pitney. Even though it was late afternoon on Valentine's Day about 85 attended the presentation and question-and-answer session held at Schaible Auditorium. Director Pitney presented facts, figures and a plea to advocate for balancing the budget. She brought the budget to "human" terms by comparing Alaska's to an average family budget.


The event also offered us the opportunity to acknowledge League's 97th birthday and remember Elizabeth Peratrovich for her courageous, unceasing efforts to eliminate discrimination and bring about equal rights in Alaska. Special thanks to UAF economics professors Sherri Wall and Chris Wright and League members Sue Sherif and Mary Lee Guthrie.

2017 LWVAK Program Planning                  

The purpose of Program Planning is to discuss where League should put its energies. The basic flow is:


  • We formulate recommendations for BOTH the LWV Alaska (for statewide issues) and the LWV Tanana Valley (for local activities).
  • These recommendations are presented to the LWVTV members for review.

  • The LWVTV Board receives and reviews the recommendations from the Progam Planning meeting and any member input, and makes final recommendations.
    • The final recommendations to the LWVAK must be delivered no later than February 17.

    • The final recommendations to the LWVTV must be presented to the LWVTV members by mid-April.

Important References for Program Planning

ProgramPlanning for Tanana Valley


Sat., March 25, 2017

10:00 AM - Noon

Raven Landing 4L
Common Room
NW Corner of Airport Way and Cowles Street

Please review documents listed below prior to the meeting


ProgramPlanning for State League

We held our annual Program Planning meeting to formulate our recommendations to the  LWVAK Board on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Noel Wien Library Auditorium. About 35 members and prospective new members turned out for a lively discussion of state positions and to recommend retaining, revieiwing or revising each of the current positions. We also recommended that the LWVAK take on re-districting for study in the coming year.

Following the meeting, LWVTV offered an online poll to all members to gather addtional ideas and guidance. The LWVTV Board met om February 13 and forwarded the final recommendations on February 17. See the February Voter for LWVTV recommendations.

LWVUS ----

LWVUS - Short Summary of Public Policy Positions
Adobe Acrobat document [469.1 KB]

Full version of the positions can be read online or downloaded.


LWVAK -----

LWVAK Compilation of All Positions as of January 2017
LWVAK All Positions.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [861.8 KB]
LWVTV Positions as of January 2017
Adobe Acrobat document [269.5 KB]
LWVTV Current Local Activities
LWVTV Local Activities.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [327.3 KB]
Map to Raven Landing 4
Map to RavenLanding.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [407.9 KB]

Now's the time to Join or Renew Your Membership!
Not for Women Only!


Membership for the period of
Oct 2016-September 2017 (FY2016-17)


Donate to ensure the LWVTV can support the annual sponsorship to air the FNSB Assembly Meetings. This is a tax deductable donation.

LWVAK Annual Convention April 22-23, 2017 in Fairbanks

Thanks to IBEW 1547 for sharing their space.

Mark your calendar for the upcoming LWV Alaska Annual Convention. League members from across Alaska will be gathering. The State Board is working on the agenda. Our local League is working on the logistics. Business, workshops, talks, evening social and auction, activism, strategies will all be on the agenda.

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New School Finance Position Approved by LWV Alaska Board

November 21, 2016

The position will need to be affirmed at the LWVAK State Convention in April. Please review prior to the convention.

LWVAK School Finance Position
Adobe Acrobat document [141.2 KB]

November 8, 2016 General Election

See Alaska's official election results


League members assisted voters at the Pioneer Home and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Shirley Gordon, Meg Green, Mary Lee Guthrie, Rebecca Heaton, Dianne Hermann, Clare Hill, Ann Swift and Phyllis Tugman-Alexander worked with the Division of Elections and staff at both facilities to ensure all were able to cast their ballots.

Tanana Chiefs Candidate Mixer

TCC held a candidate mixer at Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall on November 4. Candidates from across the Borough area attended and were available for one-on-one discussions. League joined with this Get Out the Native Vote opportunity.

Elders and Youth Conf. - Oct. 17 - 19           Alaska Federation of Natives Conference Oct. 20 - 22

The LWVTV joined with Get Out the Native Vote supporters to register voters and provide information at the Elders and Youth Conference hosted by the First Alaskans Institute and at the Alaska Federation of Natives 50th Annual Convention. Both conferences were held at the Carlson Center.


This was a wonderful chance to meet young people and encourage them to be lifelong participants in voting. It also let us show our support for the Get Out the Native Vote project.


Thanks to Linda Witt, Jean James, Caroline Wolf, Phyllis Tugman-Alexander, Ann Swift, Karen Parr, Mary Lee Guthrie, Donna Dinsmore and Shari George.

Oct. 8 -9 - Go Winter! Expo

Will we see this temperature this winter?

We registered 63 voters at the Go Winter! Expo.


Thanks to Carol Ann Varner, Ann McCann, Caroline Wolf, Jennifer Schmidt, Rebecca George-Heaton, Phyllis Tugman-Alexander, Helenmarie Matesi and Shari George.


A big Thank You to KO Productions for providing booth space.

Alaska Municipal Election Day - Oct 4, 2016

The League hosted a local candidates forum on September 27 at the FNSB Assembly Chambers. Candidates for the Borough Assembly and School Board answered a series of questions posed by the League. Each of the propositions appearing on the ballot was read as well.

Following the forum, the public had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the candidates. Here, League member Mary Lee Guthrie discusses issues with candidates Matt Cooper and Shaun Tacke.


League members also made sure voters at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Denali Center were able to cast their ballots.

Fair Booth a Success

Working for democracy, we registered 68 voters and gathered 11 Absentee Ballot appplications!!



Candidates Forum at Fair Attracts a Crowd

We sponsored a candidates forum on August 11 from 6:00 - 8:45 pm.


Candidates for House Districts 1,2,5 and 6 and candidates for Senate District B and House Districts 3 and 4 were asked a series of League-prepared questions.


The forum was webcast and recorded. Links were provided for folks who were unable to attend.


Strawpoll Results - 460 Ballots Cast 8/5/16 - 8/14/16

  Kendall 14
  Lamb 9
  Lochner 13
  Murkowski 109
REP - R    
  Heikes 4
  Tingley 9
  Wright 32
  Young 112
  Blatchford 91
  Metcalfe 145
  Stevens 26
  Hibler 24
  Hinz 23
  Lindbeck 182
  McDermott 22
  Watts 9
  Coghill 48
  Hopkins 131
  Kawasaki 43
  Thompson 20
  Holdaway 11
  Wilson 27
  Sinclair 22
  Guttenberg 108
  Lojewski 22
  Wool 78
  Smith 6
  Talerico 7
  Land 12
  Tacke 162
  Gray 83
  Borges 95
  Cooper 157
SB A    
  Strauch 80
  Bartels 125
SB C    
  Morris 45
  Rhoades 30
  McConnell 135
SB D    
  Burley 40
  Lambert 145

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"Wrongful Convictions and Alaska Justice Reform"

UAF Associate Journalism Professor, Fulbright Scholar, and journalist for 30 years; Brian Patrick O'Donoghue addressed the Annual League Meeting, April 2.

Dates to Remember:

2017 LWVAK State Convention - April 22 & 23 in Fairbanks

LWVUS National Convention -  June 16 - 19, Washington DC

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day Program-Denali Elementary

   On Wednesday, Feb. 17th

Alaska Native Education presented a marvelous Elizabeth Peratrovich program at Denali Elementary featuring a composite video of local students reciting Ms Peratrovich's famous speech to the Alaska Territorial Legislature urging passage of the Anti-Discrimination Act in Alaska in 1944.

     ANE Coordinator Yatibaey Evans encouraged the crowd of over 100 Native families  and students to take an active role in government by informing themselves on the issues and to VOTE at each and every election.

     George Freese was the guest speaker who eloquently conveyed how his 18 years of unjust incarceration was only recently ended through the overwhelming commitment and perseverance of activist community members and legal battles waged by the Alaska Innocence Project.  In a very moving speech Mr. Freese thanked those who fought for his freedom for all those years and committed himself to continue their activism to improve representation and justice in Alaska.

Thank you to "Meet & Greet" presenters Carol Ann Varner, Emma Marcucci and Joan Soutar 

Carol Ann Varner describes the many venues for Voter Registrations Dec. 8th. Thank you to IBEW for use of their conference room.
League Members Helenmarie Matesi and Clare Hill were among many League Volunteers who helped over 50 residents register to Vote, or update their Voter Registration at the Go Winter! Expo
Chena Riverfront in Fairbanks, photo by Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

League Volunteers Assist  25 Residents to Vote 

Past president Jennifer Schmidt coordinated assisted voting at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and the Pioneers Home.  She was  joined by Clare Hill, Ginny McDowell and Mary Lee Guthrie On Tuesday, Oct. 6th for our Borough Election. Many thanks to these Volunteers in helping to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to vote. Well done!

Northern Lights in Fairbanks, October 11th, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Naturalization Ceremony

Volunteer thanks

   League members  volunteered at the Naturalization Ceremony, September 17, at the Federal Building, and were thrilled to welcome 21 of our newest citizens and register 16 to vote. Thanks to Carol Ann Varner for continuing to coordinate these heartwarming events, and to Clare Hill and Sue Sheriff for volunteering their time.

   The next Naturalization Ceremony is tentatively scheduled for March 11, 2016.


Forging Alaska's

Fiscal Future, Forums Huge Success!

     The Last  Forum of the Five part series "Forging Alaska's Fiscal Future" continued to impart important financial information in a very palatable format.

   Please continue your involvement in fiscal planning by contacting legislators, writing  Letters to the Editor, and opening discussions with friends and family.

     You can continue gathering fiscal information by accessing Governor Walker's proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund, Revenue and Expenditure Model  and Challenge at:



League of Women Voters Fiscal Committee Members Mary Lee Guthrie, Clare Hill, Jean James, Sue Sheriff, and Shari George worked endlessly to coordinate the OLLI class and the five evening Forums.
October 12 Final Forum presenters Joe Paskvan, Richard Fineberg, Dermot Cole and Ken Alper.
Oct. 7th Panel of Interior Representatives Adam Wool, Steve Thompson, Dave Guttenburg, fielded questions presented by Alaska Dispatch columnist Dermot Cole.
September 23, 2015 Forum Sean Holland photo, September 23 Forum with former State Senators Gary Wilken & Joe Paskvan, Randy Hoffbeck Alaska Commissioner of Revenue and League of Women Voters Tanana Valley Chapter moderator Shari George.
Mike Barnhill, Alaska Department of Administration, Sept. 16
September 16, "Forging Alaska's Fiscal Future" Sean Holland, UAF eLearning, photo of panel: City Council Member Jerry Cleworth, FNSBSD CFO Lisa Pearce, Mayor Luke Hopkins, former legislator Steve Frank


The League of Women Voters of the Tanana Valley is a nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to encourage active and informed citizen participation in government. We provide factual information on the structure and function of government, voting procedures and election issues.


We DO NOT support or oppose candidates or political parties, but DO take positions on issues which we have studied and discussed.


Our purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government.


Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of the Tanana Valley


President: Shari George ( 2016 - 2017)

Vice President: Sue Sherif (2016 - 2017)

Secretary: Jenifer Cameron (2015-2017)

Treasurer: Jean James (2016 - 2018)

Past-President: Phyllis Tugman-Alexander (2016 -2017)



Donna Dinsmore (2015-2017)

Mary Lee Guthrie (2015-2017)

Clare Hill (2015-2017)

Emma Marcucci (2015-2017)

Joan Soutar (2016 - 2018)

Karen Parr (2016 -2018)

Matthew Putnam (2016 - 2018)


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State Board Members

Pat L. Redmond, President
(Anchorage) 2017

Judy Andree, Vice-President
(Juneau) 2017

Gail Knobf, Secretary
(Central Peninsula) 2018

Carol Dickason, Treasurer
(Anchorage) 2017
Marianne Mills, Past-President
(Juneau) 2017



Hetty Barthel
(Juneau) 2018

Phyllis Tugman-Alexander
(Tanana Valley) 2018

Local League Presidents

Joyce Anderson 

(President, - LWV of Anchorage) 2017

Gail Knobf
(President, LWV of Central Peninsula) 2017

Shari George
(President, LWV of Tanana Valley) 2017

carolyn Brown
President, LWV of Juneau) 2017 

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