You might have heard some of Willie Nelson's On the Road Again wafting through the Prince Rupert air on Sunday afternoon, as Mayor Lee Brain and a delegation of Rupertites headed north to Alaska to take part in mid session discussions of the Southeast Conference.
This years event is being held in the Alaska capital of Juneau, taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. A full review of the draft agenda for the Mid-Session summit can be found here.
The Prince Rupert group heading for Juneau includes: Mayor Lee Brain representing the City of Prince Rupert, John Farrell, Herb Pond and Rosa Miller on behalf of the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce, Scott Farwell from Tourism Prince Rupert and Maynard Angus representing the Prince Rupert Port Authority
The six North Coast travellers, have plans to join in on discussions regarding the Alaska Marine Highway and other items of shared interest across the A-B line.
The Mayor posted a photo to his twitter feed and Facebook page on Sunday, making note of the delegation as they prepared for their flight.
|The Prince Rupert delegation to the South-East
Mid Session summit prepare for their flight
to Juneau for meetings March 17 and 18
(photo from Mayor Lee Brains, community
According to the Mayor's twitter account, among the other events related to their northern travels will be an opportunity to meet with Alaska Governor Bill Walker and other Alaska Government Committee members.
Occasions, where Transportation concerns will make for much of the talking points for the trip.
The Alaska Marine Highway has been a frequent topic of discussion on both sides of the border in recent months, particularly with planned service reductions and the controversy related to the proposed renovation of the Prince Rupert Terminal.
Topics which we imagine will be among some of the points for discussion during the journey north for the Mayor and his travelling party.
For more background on those Alaska Marine Highway issues, see our archive page here.
To learn more about some of the discussion points and topics of note at these gatherings, some background on last years Summit can be reviewed here.