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Governor Parnell Appoints Alaskans to Subsistence Resource Commissions

December 14, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today announced appointments to state-federal subsistence advisory councils for the seven national parks and monuments created by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA).

The National Park and Park Monument Subsistence Resource Commissions advise the governor and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior regarding subsistence hunting in the conservation units created by ANILCA in 1980. Each nine-member commission includes three members each appointed by the governor, the Interior secretary, and Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils.

Aniakchak Subsistence Resource Commission
Governor Parnell reappointed Robert Christensen to the Aniakchak Subsistence Resource Commission. Christensen, of Port Heiden, is past president of the Native Council of Port Heiden. He is also a member of the Lower Bristol Bay Fish and Game Advisory Committee. He was reappointed to a public seat.

Cape Krusenstern Subsistence Resource Commission
Governor Parnell reappointed Victor Karmun and Peter Tarruq Schaeffer to the Cape Krusenstern Subsistence Resource Commission.

Karmun, of Kotzebue, is a private pilot and member of the Kotzebue Fish and Game Advisory Committee. He is a firearms instructor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and assists in surveying moose and caribou populations for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Karmun previously worked on an oil rig on the North Slope, as a manager for the Kotzebue Sound Area Fisheries Cooperative, and as a park ranger in Washington state. He also served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. Karmun was reappointed to a public seat.

Schaeffer, of Kotzebue, is also a member of the Kotzebue Fish and Game Advisory Committee. He founded Nikaitchuat Ixisabviat, an Inupiaq immersion school. Schaeffer has served as vice president for NANA Regional Corporation, president of the Northwest Arctic Borough Assembly, board member of the Kotzebue Electric Association, chairman of the Kotzebue IRA Council, and chairman of the Arctic Regional Council.

Denali Subsistence Resource Commission
Governor Parnell reappointed Tammany Dementi-Straughn and Jeralyn Hath to the Denali Subsistence Resource Commission.

Dementi-Straughn, of Anchorage, is employed as an office manager by Ahtna Construction. She has formerly worked for Denali National Park and at Ahtna Inc.'s. Land Resource Protection Office. Dementi-Straughn is a former member of the Copper River Native Association board of directors, the Cantwell Village Council, and the Denali Planning Commission. She was reappointed to a public seat.

Hath, of Denali Park, is a tour and shuttle bus driver at Denali National Park and Preserve. She serves on the board of directors of the Denali National Park Professional Drivers Association. Hath was reappointed to a public seat.

Gates of the Arctic Subsistence Resource Commission
Governor Parnell reappointed Timothy Fickus and Raynita Taqulik Hepa to the Gates of the Arctic Subsistence Resource Commission.

Fickus, of Fairbanks, works as a state highway maintenance station foreman. He previously worked as a heavy machinery mechanic for Airport Equipment Rentals, as a U.S. Department of Defense maintenance contractor with Chugach McKinley, and for Big State Logistics and Alaska Power and Telephone. Fickus was reappointed to a public seat.

Hepa, of Barrow, is the director of the North Slope Borough's Department of Wildlife Management. She has EMT and firefighter certifications, and serves in Barrow's volunteer fire/ambulance service. Hepa is an active member of the Leavitt bowhead whaling crew. She was reappointed to a public seat.

Kobuk
Valley Subsistence Resource Commission
Governor Parnell reappointed Walter Sampson and Raymond Stoney to the Kobuk Valley Subsistence Resource Commission.

Sampson, of Kotzebue, is a lifelong subsistence hunter who works as vice president of lands and regional affairs for NANA Regional Corporation. A Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Army, he has served in the Civil Air Patrol, in local search and rescue efforts, and with Kotzebue's volunteer fire department. Sampson served as president of the Northwest Arctic Borough Assembly and vice chair of the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, and was a member of the Alaska Board of Game. He was reappointed to a public seat.

Stoney, of Kiana, is a former member of the Arctic Regional Council and the Northwest Arctic Borough Assembly. Stoney has served on both the Kiana and NANA search and rescue squadrons. He also serves on the state's Big Game Commercial Services Board.

Lake Clark Subsistence Resource Commission
Governor Parnell reappointed Lary Hill to the Lake Clark Subsistence Resource Commission.

Hill, of Iliamna, served as an elementary and high school teacher in rural Alaska for 22 years, and served in the U.S. Army from 1967-70. He is a member of the Lake and Peninsula Borough Planning Commission, and was reappointed to a public seat.

Wrangell-St. Elias Subsistence Resource Commission
Governor Parnell reappointed Donald Horrell and Suzanne McCarthy to the Wrangell-St. Elias Subsistence Resource Commission.

Horrell, of Tazlina, is the owner and operator of Tazlina Trading Post. He is also the chair of the Copper Basin Fish and Game Advisory Committee. Horrell founded Copper Basin Distributors, Inc., and Glennallen Chevron, and is the past president of the Copper Basin Lions Club and the Greater Copper Basin Chamber of Commerce. He was reappointed to a public seat.

McCarthy, of Gakona, is coordinator of the Prince William Sound Community College's Copper Basin Campus. She is an instructor in geology, environmental science, Alaska wilderness studies and first aid, and is working towards her master's degree in natural resource management from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. McCarthy formerly was employed by Ahtna Minerals Corporation as a geologist, by Ahtna Heritage Foundation as an instructor, and by the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve as a mining technician. She was reappointed to a public seat.

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