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Governor appoints Cotten to Fish and Game position

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker on Tuesday appointed Sam Cotten to serve as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
BOF head Johnstone resigns

Alaska Board of Fisheries Chairman Karl Johnstone resigned Tuesday, and a longtime Cook Inlet commercial fisheries advocate has been nominated to replace him. Gov.
Cotten picked for Fish and Game head; fish board members decline to interview Maw

During deliberations over three of the four candidates for Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Board of Fisheries members weighed in with their opinions on the credentials.
Three Fish and Game commissioner applicants rejected, only Cotten remains

A 14-member joint Board of Fisheries and Board of Game meeting has voted to interview just one of the four applicants being considered for the position of commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. During a Wednesday meeting, board members considered - and rejected unanimously - two applicants Matt Moore and Zachery Hill. However, when candidate and Kenai Peninsula resident Roland Maw's name came up, the boards were split.
Fish board plays politics - again

One would think that a person with a doctorate in wildlife management, experience working for state and federal agencies, extensive management and public relations experience and plenty of time spent afield in pursuit of Alaska's fish and game would be an ideal candidate to interview for the job of Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.Apparently, all seven members of the Board of Fisheries would beg to differ.
Debate over Prop. 2 enters final days

...drug in the black market and transportation of marijuana is illegal, said Bill Parker, a former deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Corrections. A voter initiative in 1998 legalized medical marijuana in Alaska. Two previous ballot...
States concerned about proposed Coast Guard rules

SEATTLE - As the U.S. Coast Guard moves to assert its federal authority over maritime issues, officials in Washington, Alaska and other states are concerned by what it may mean for states' rights in preventing and preparing for oil spills.
Revised HB77 deserves consideration

A little over three years ago, the Department of Natural Resources recognized that the status quo for permitting wasn't working.
Shrinking the funding gap

While the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will see more money to help close its funding gap thanks to an increase in state appropriations, district administrators still have questions about funding and other aspects of House Bill 278 passed by lawmakers. The Legislature increased the Base Student Allocation - the per-student funding method - by $150 for fiscal year 2015 and by $50 for each of the following two years.
What others say: Local governments right to act on gas pipeline concerns

Officials in several Alaska municipal governments have begun expressing concern about how their respective communities have been left out of the natural gas pipeline talks between the administration of Gov.


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