The award was presented by Fischer Thursday night at AML’s 61st Annual Local Government Conference in Fairbanks.
The AML Board of Directors established the Vic Fischer Local Government Leadership Award in 2000 in honor of Fischer, who was the secretary to the Committee on Local Government for the Alaska Constitutional Convention. He also served more than 50 years in local and state government.
According to the AML, officials nominated for the award must show significant statewide contributions to improving local government and communities in Alaska.
Botelho is in his third term as mayor of the capital city. He also served as mayor from 1988 to 1991. He’s often described being mayor as the best job he’s ever had. Botelho served eight years as Alaska Attorney General under two governors.
- “So what we’re seeing here is a giant step — a beautiful step — backward in time, where we’re remembering that there is no us versus them. There’s only us, and we are the people, and the people are the police."
- Eaglecrest Ski Area is opening this year ahead of schedule.
- Alaska and British Columbia signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday expected to increase the state’s role in transboundary mine decisions.
- New rules could make it possible to develop more renewable energy in Alaska, by making it easier for independent projects to sell their power to the grid.