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Fish and Game gets new deputy commissioner

Acting Fish and Game commissioner Sam Cotten announced Tuesday the appointment of Charles Swanton as the deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Swanton has been the director of Fish and Game's sportfish division since 2007. Gov.
New ADOT deputy commissioner named

John Binder was named deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation Monday. "John brings to the department proven leadership and management from his time with the Air Force.
Assembly approves $7M for Valley library

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Monday night approved several appropriations of grant money and dismissed an appeal of a Planning Commission decision allowing Professional Plaza to construct a second driveway.
My Turn: An opportunity to bring common sense to a federal program

The Alaska House and Senate will hold hearings this week on Gov. Sean Parnell's legislation to assume administration of the U.S. Corps of Engineers' dredge and fill program. The bureaucratic term for this action is "primacy.
Stevens presents fish farm permitting bill to Congress

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens supports a new fish farm permitting system proposed by the Bush administration, but wants states to have the option of banning the industry within 200 miles of their shorelines.
My turn: Ferry system returns to its roots for Alaskans

Twenty years ago, our Alaska Marine Highway System ran on a regular schedule and, except for a brief period of annual maintenance, every boat ran year-round.
My Turn: Dream team: Ted and Tony

Some politicians quoted in the press have recently raised concerns that the power of Sen. Ted Stevens might somehow be diminished if former Gov. Tony Knowles is elected to the U.S. Senate. As one who has known, worked with and followed the careers of these talented and dedicated individuals, I think the two would make a strong, effective team for Alaska.
PFD trims Alaska's income gap

ANCHORAGE - Alaska has the smallest gap between rich and poor of any state, in part due to permanent fund dividends. Figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that while the gap between rich and poor grew by about 3.1 percent nationally during the 1990s, it barely budged in Alaska during the decade. The findings are based on household income data gathered during the 2000 census. The Census Bureau measured the gap by using a statistical formula used by economists to measure disparity of income.
Assembly candidates for District 1 air their views

Juneau Assembly candidate Jeff Bush says he's running because the current Assembly isn't doing enough for schools.
State Briefs

Juneau cat's TV debut delayed; Woman removed from Alaska Airlines flight to Juneau; BP plant to use fuel cells; Juneau man named deputy commissioner of department; Aurora researcher honored; Williams executive dead at 58; Subsistence board mulls over several fishery proposals; Diesel fuel spilled in Deering; Wasilla man pleads no contest to sex abuse; Man arrested for alleged sexual assault; Anchorage dentist has license suspended


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