After three years as head of the Coast Guard in Alaska, Rear Admiral Thomas Barrett is leaving to take a job as Vice-Commandant of the Coast Guard. This includes three excerpts of an interview that aired over several days in early May before the change of command ceremony and his promotion to vice-admiral. In parts one and two of the interview, Barrett explains how the Coast Guard has changed since September 11th and how his agency has existed with little financial support compared to other services. In part three, Barrett talks about his wife’s volunteerism and the lack of vision he’s seen exhibited by many leaders in Juneau and in Alaska.
- Roughly 6,000 state workers were unable to log in to their computers, affecting two in five executive branch workers.
- The totem pole is an icon of the Pacific Northwest. The carved art form showcases clan stories and family crests in museums around the world. After more than 30 years in the Anchorage Museum, a century-old pole from Southeast has made it back to Sitka, where curators are prepping a permanent home.
- One of the Sealaska regional Native corporation’s longest-serving leaders is stepping down. Rosita Worl says she will not run for another term after 30 years on the board.
- President Donald Trump’s budget outline calls for eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA has been a frequent target of Republicans, but U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski supports the endowment, and Tuesday she won the 2017 Congressional Arts Leadership Award.