Christopher Clark, the always helpful and gracious long-time Juneau fixture and top-notch staffer to Rep. Cathy Munoz is said to be retiring in October. Munoz has hired Crystal Koeneman to try to fill his big shoes. Most recently. Koeneman worked for Rep. Lora Reinbold. Before that, she worked for Commerce as the commissioner’s special assistant and legislative liaison. (Bumper sticker idea: Once a cushy state job in Alaska, always a cushy state job in Alaska.) Rumor has it that Koeneman has been rumored to be looking for a new job for some time. Reinbold’s not been great at keeping staff. Here’s hoping that Koeneman’s replacement, Dean Williams from Eagle River, stays around for a while. Williams served as the superintendent of the McLaughlin Youth Center and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Anchorage School Board.
I was traveling through the Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski area earlier this week and saw lots and lots of No on #1 signs. The GOP Senate sign war in this area seems to be won by Joe Miller with Dan Sullivan in a respectable chase. The most unforgettable sign in the area is for Tom Bearup, the former Arizona sheriff wannabe turned minister whose name has been associated with all manner of weirdness and who’s challenging incumbent Mayor Mike Navarre in the Kenai Borough:
The meekest ad of the political season thus far, tucked away in the Peninsula Clarion:
Anchorage Baptist Temple Pastor Jerry Prevo and his wife, Carol, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday.
Speaking of the Anchorage Baptist Temple: Sunday is “candidates’ day,” where the money changers… I mean politicians, gather to sell their doves…I mean shake hands and pass out their literature.
This one’s hand-painted and has Spenard all over it:
And this girl looks like she’s from Spenard and would like nothing more than to take her chainsaw to that sign:
That fiscally conservative Valley: Two Mat-Su Borough Assembly members, Jim Colver and Ron Arvin, are running for the state Legislature. They’re both in close races have a chance at their respective spots. Is anyone thinking about the ramifications if they were both to win and who might replace them on the Assembly? After all, there’s big work to be done. The Assembly recently announced that it’s asking for another $101.5 million in state funds. This is atop the $141 million it already received to build a rail extension from Port Mac, which nobody uses, to the Alaska Railroad line south of Houston, to transfer “bulk material,” to the Interior, material that very well could come from ships that dock at the Anchorage Port, and be transferred to the railroad cars that are idling within feet of the dock.
On Monday, the governor and his key resource cabinet members met with the heads of independent oil companies that have recently populated the North Slope. Word is that about a dozen companies were represented at the meeting held in Anchorage. Lips are tight about what the meeting was all about.
Kathy Day, one of my favorite pitchers of stories, is closing up her PR shop to go work for the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., starting August 25. She’ll be the new communications director.
This just in from Ketchikan! Competition to be part of the Ketchikan City Council seems to be finally heating up. So far, there are four candidates for three council seats with the filing deadline being August 25th. The candidates are Ed Plute, K.J. Harris, Dave Kiffer and Amanda Mitchell. Kiffer is currently the mayor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough and can’t run for Borough mayor again because of term limits. Speaking of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, there are also three Assembly seats as well as the mayor’s seat up for election. To date, the only borough candidates to file are: mayoral candidate Lewis Armey Jr. and Assembly candidate Michael Painter.
Speaking Ketchikan: Here’s an update from former Ketchikan Daily News reporter Andrew Sheeler who’s now covering cops in North Dakota:
Some endorsements this week: Bristol Bay Native Corporation endorsed Sen. Mark Begich’s bid for re-election. GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller got the Anchorage Tea Party and the nod from Sarah Palin. Rep. Bill Stoltze got the NRA endorsement in Senate District F. Rep. Don Young received the endorsement of Sealaska Corp. IBEW 1547 and the Alaska State Employees Association announced their support for Ballot Measure #1. Alaska Family Action has endorsed state House candidate George Rauscher and state Senate candidate Bill Stoltze. Former Democratic Lt. Gov. Steve McAlpine, who prefers to be called Stephen, and who is from Valdez, endorsed Bill Walker.
More from Ketchikan: The Murkowski family’s annual charity event for cancer awareness was held last weekend at the Waterfall Resort outside Ketchikan. From all accounts, it was a success and it raised more than $250,000. Energy and utility interests were said to be very well represented, like they were when Frank chaired the Senate Energy Committee, and like Lisa might get to do if the Republicans take over the Senate. Some of the attendees included; BP America president John Minge; Greg Pearce from GCI: Andrew Lundquist, Trond-Erik Johansen and Scott Jepsen from ConocoPhillips; CIRI’s Ethan Schutt; Wells Fargo AK president Joe Everhart; lobbyists Sam Kito and Kris Knauss; Joel Gilbertson from Providence: Anadarko general counsel Robert Reeves; and Admiral Barrett from Alyeska Pipeline.
ADF&G Deputy Commissioner Stefanie Moreland’s appointment to the Pacific Salmon Commission has been confirmed by the U.S. State Department. Moreland fills a vacancy created by the retirement of long-serving Pacific Salmon Commissioner David Bedford.
Looks like the Obama administration is pulling out all the stops to help Sen. Mark Begich’s election. Word is that two more presidential cabinet members are scheduled to travel to the 49th state to boost the junior senator’s chances in the next few weeks. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox was here traveling with Begich this week.
GOP senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s college roommate Mike McFadden won the GOP Senate primary in Minnesota this week. McFadden will face Democrat incumbent Al Franken.
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