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.
- A National Weather Service meteorologist says warm ocean temperatures and less sea ice suggest this year's winter could be close to normal.
- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has ordered that Native communities and their traditional ecological knowledge be considered in future federal land management decisions.
- The first marijuana shop in the state has its license to open and it's in Skagway. The Remedy Shoppe must now wait for the state to give the green light to marijuana testing facilities before its shelves are stocked.
- Sen. Dan Sullivan said he is trying to make Congress aware of more than 30 villages that still don't have running water or sewers.