Alaska Gov. Bill Walker on Tuesday appointed Sam Cotten to serve as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Longtime Alaska Department of Fish and Game employee Charles "Charlie" Swanton has been appointed to the Deputy Commissioner's position within the department. Swanton has also been nominated as the state's Commissioner for the Pacific Salmon Commission.
JUNEAU - An unpublicized, end-of-session addition to the state capital projects bill for fiscal year 2015 gives the Alaska Wildlife Troopers $175,000 they never asked for to conduct "enforcement activities relating to" salmon returning to the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers and Upper Cook Inlet setnet fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula shoreline.
Each summer the Soldotna post of the state's Wildlife Troopers calls in for reinforcements.
Business owners, public officer holders and interested Soldotna and borough residents attended the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday at Froso's restaurant.
JUNEAU - The Alaska House on Monday passed legislation that critics say would roll back requirements that cruise ships meet state water quality standards when dumping wastewater.
The prospect of the Pebble Mine is a looming figure for many in Bristol Bay.
For the first time in at least two decades, funding requests for new and improved ports and harbors in rural Alaska will be collected onto one unified list of needed appropriations.
New legislation passed this month will allow commercial sport fishing operations on the Kenai River to replace injured or lost guides, keeping their clients hooks in the water.
...of the department. He joined Health and Social Services in 1987, first as a legislative liaison and then as director of the department's administrative functions.
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