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Alaska sets record for number of visitors

...previous mark by 5,000 visitors set during the 2007-2008 year.There were 1.8 million visitors last year.Commerce Commissioner Susan Bell attributes the increase to increased cruise ship calls in Alaska, and new national and international...
Concerns raised on direction of alcohol board

...liquor industry said interference by the state commerce commissioner's office limited her ability to effectively...produced a "business friendly plan" for the board.Commerce Commissioner Susan Bell challenged that characterization...
Concern raised with direction of regulatory board

...liquor industry says interference by the state Commerce commissioner's office limited her ability to effectively...industry in changing the board's direction.Commerce Commissioner Susan Bell called that characterization inappropriate...
Alaska liquor board job posting raises eyebrows

...the state Department of Commerce to move the board from a watchdog role to a booster for the industry. State Commerce Commissioner Susan Bell said that's not the case. She said the posting was corrected when she became aware of it."We're...
Head of Alaska alcohol board steps down illustrator.Cote was to have retired as director in July, according to her resignation memo sent May 7 to Commerce Commissioner Susan Bell. Cote said she doesn't know if she would have left had the department not undergone recent oversight...
State, Yukon to study economic corridor

...infrastructure and affordable energy are the foundations needed to build stronger communities," Department of Commerce Commissioner Susan Bell said in a statement. A proposed hydroelectric project in the Portland Canal near Hyder-Stewart would...
Pros, cons of new coastal management program debated

...estimated at $5.4 million, according to Gov. Sean Parnell's Office of Management and Budget. The state Commerce commissioner, however, provided a first-year program estimate of $2.9 million.When asked, Treadwell said the high...
Murkowski says he wants attack ads stopped

...who have political ties to Murkowski, Republican consultant Eddie Mahe and former ambassador and Alaska state commerce commissioner Tony Motley. Murkowski and his campaign staff disclaim any connection with the ads. But Murkowski's own campaign...
Blatchford abandons fish marketing job after a week

ANCHORAGE - Edgar Blatchford, who stepped down last month from posts as state commerce commissioner and director of a Native corporation, resigned one week after starting a state job marketing Alaska seafood to Asia. Blatchford...
Murkowski struggles in battle for re-election

...earnings to pay for state services in 2004. Then two members of his cabinet, Attorney General Gregg Renkes and Commerce Commissioner Edgar Blatchford, resigned under ethical clouds the next year. But for detractors, the very symbol of Murkowski's...


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