Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Prior to 1863, Thanksgiving was celebrated on different days by different states. That all changed on October 3, 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation designating the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving. It's important to note that the proclamation was made as the Civil War raged across the country.

I recently read President Lincoln's proclamation and was struck by this passage:

"And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union." - President Abraham Lincoln

For many people, this year's Thanksgiving celebration will be different than normal. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thanksgiving dinner tables across the country will be missing family and friends.

One of the most tragic aspects of the pandemic is the isolation that many people feel and that's going to be especially true over the next few days. Don't let that happen. Take a few minutes and call that cousin you only see once a year, or maybe video chat with your aunt and uncle in Arizona. My point is that family and friends are the most important things in life. Don't allow the pandemic to stop you from wishing them a happy Thanksgiving.

I'm here to serve you. If you have questions or concerns, please contact my office at or call (907) 269-0240.

Please be safe,
Virtual Alaska Veterans and Military Spouses Job Fair
The annual Alaska Veterans & Military Spouses Job Fair is being held virtually until Friday, November 27.

  • Free
  • Live video chats with employers

Job seekers are encouraged to have a virtual copy of their resume and references available to provide to employers.
National suicide Prevention Lifeline
Free and confidential support for people in distress.

No People Mover on Thursday and Friday
People Mover buses will not be operating on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • All offices will be closed. 
  • Service will resume Saturday morning. 
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
The State of Alaska allows the cutting of Christmas trees on some state land.

Guidelines and Rules:

  • Cut trees as low and close to the ground as possible
  • Limit of one tree per household
  • Trees can be no more than 15 feet high
  • No permits required
  • No fees

Questions: Call the DNR Public Information Center at (907) 269-8400