Sen. Giessel Bill – SB 146, Authorizing Snow Classic, Passes L&C Committee

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 09, 2012

Sen. Giessel – SB 146, Authorizing Snow Classic,

Approved by Senate Labor & Commerce Committee 

(Juneau) A bill that would authorize Four Valleys Community School, Inc. in Girdwood to conduct a “snow classic” was approved today by the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee. The intent of the bill is to allow FVCS to raise funds for its programs. The classic would be conducted much like other classics, such as the Nenana Ice Classic. In this case, participants would buy a ticket and make a guess as to how much snow will have accumulated on Mt. Alyeska as of a specific date and time.

The FVCS is a nonprofit organization that annually offers more than 250 community school classes, and sponsors various community events, for participants from Girdwood to Eagle River and Homer.

“I am grateful to see SB 146 moving forward,” said Sen. Giessel. “The Four Valleys Community School volunteers are a dedicated group who have provided life-long learning opportunities for more than 30 years. They have also funded scholarships for local high school graduates and athletes. The proposed Snow Classic will give the organization a continuing, dependable, long-term source of funding to sustain their valuable efforts.

“In addition to that long-term goal, operating the Snow Classic will help achieve the FVCS’s short-term goal of self-sufficiency while keeping the classes they offer affordable and locally available,” Sen. Giessel said.

State law currently authorizes numerous “classics,” including mercury classics in Homer and Fairbanks; a Mt. Marathon race classic; ice classics, salmon classics, and rain classics in communities throughout the state; a cabbage classic in Palmer; and goose classics in Kenai and Fairbanks, among others.

SB 146 will next be referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

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