Governor Bill Walker today announced leadership changes in the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED). Commissioner Chris Hladick has been chosen as the Region 10 Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and will be stepping down, effective November 1. Governor Walker has appointed outgoing Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre as the department’s new commissioner; he will start at DCCED when his current term as mayor ends in early November.
Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth has appointed Richard Allen as the new Anchorage District Attorney starting November 6, 2017. Mr. Allen will replace Clint Campion who resigned earlier this fall.
Governor Bill Walker applauded news from Washington, D.C. today that Tara Sweeney, Executive Vice President of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, has been nominated as Assistant Secretary of Interior, Indian Affairs. She will oversee the Bureau of Indian Affairs, among other things, in her new role.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Alaska District has ended The Conservation Fund's in lieu fee program as an option for permit applicants' use in meeting compensatory mitigation requirements for proposed project impacts.
Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrews opened its seasonal forward operating location in Cold Bay, Alaska, Sunday, in advance of the winter fishery season.
Representatives C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Don Young (R-AK), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), and Charlie Crist (D-FL) today introduced bipartisan legislation that will help local and state governments build coastal resiliency along the United States’ 95,000 miles of shoreline.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District published the Operational Draft Regional Guidebook for the Rapid Assessment of Wetlands in the North Slope Region of Alaska. It now is available for use by all permit applicants proposing projects within the Arctic Foothills and Arctic Coastal Plain region.
Today Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced that William (Bill) D. Falsey will step into the role of Municipal Manager for the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) on November 1. Mike Abbott, who has served as Municipal Manager for the Berkowitz administration since 2015, will join the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority as its CEO.
Juneau and Kodiak have new maps to help prepare for tsunamis in the event of a large earthquake or underwater landslide.
Governor Bill Walker announced today that he has appointed Leslie Ridle as Commissioner of the Department of Administration. Ms. Ridle has previously served as the department’s Deputy Commissioner, and has been Acting Commissioner since former Commissioner Sheldon Fisher transitioned to the Department of Revenue.