Tom Stokes Named Director of Alaska Division of Oil & Gas
Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri A. Feige confirmed the appointment of Tom Stokes as Director of the Division of Oil & Gas.
As director, Stokes will continue to supervise exploration licensing, lease sales, unit management, permitting, royalty accounting, royalty audit, resource evaluation, commercial activities, and the State Pipeline Coordinator’s Section. His division employs approximately 99 people.
Before stepping into the director’s role, Stokes served the department as the State Pipeline Coordinator. He had previously worked twenty-eight years at Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. in support, compliance, and operational assignments, including director of the Valdez Marine Terminal and director of compliance.
“Tom brings an impressive combination of oil and gas industry and management experience that will serve the division and department well,” said Feige. “He’s stepping into busy and exciting times at the Division of Oil & Gas, and we look forward to continuing to support him and the dedicated and talented work force that makes this division such a tremendous asset to the state.”
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The Marx Bros. Café
Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.