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Governor Parnell Orders Flags Lowered for Governor Hickel

May 7, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell ordered state flags to be lowered to half-staff at sunrise Saturday in honor and memory of former Alaska Governor Walter J. Hickel. The former governor died Friday evening. He was 90.

"Governor Hickel was a visionary who loved this great state," Governor Parnell said. "He taught us to dream big and to stand up for Alaska. Governor Hickel will be remembered for many things-for his wit, for telling it like it is, and for always reminding us that our resources belong to Alaskans. Sandy and I extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Governor Hickel's family, friends, and colleagues. Alaska, and, indeed our nation, has lost a great one."

State flags will be lowered to half-staff Saturday and remain lowered until Governor Hickel's funeral. Flags will be raised to full-staff the following morning.

Hickel served as Alaska's second and eighth governor. His first term as governor was from 1966 to 1969, and ended with Hickel's resignation upon his confirmation in the position of United States Secretary of the Interior in the Cabinet of President Richard Nixon. He then served a complete term from 1990 to 1994.

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