Merrill Sanford is the Juneau Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.
The former three-term Assembly member was honored this weekend at the chamber’s annual dinner.
During his nine years on the Assembly he was twice elected deputy mayor by his peers. He also served on the Juneau Planning Commission.
Sanford is a retired career firefighter for Capital City Fire and Rescue, who graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served in Vietnam, then returned to Juneau.
Citizen of the Year is the Juneau chamber’s highest award and has been given since 1977.
- Large projects can often be contentious, and two of the most debated state projects in the past few years have been the Knik Arm Crossing and the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project.
- Gov. Bill Walker announced an additional $10 million cut to the University of Alaska.
- The largest share of that cut is to the account the state uses to partially reimburse local governments for school bonds.
- Inmates will be moved to other corrections centers and halfway houses or possibly put on ankle monitoring, depending on the situation.