Alaska Attorney General John Burns is resigning, effective Jan. 2.
In a letter to Gov. Sean Parnell, dated Nov. 19, Burns says his “resignation is based solely on personal reasons.” He says living out of a suitcase is neither fair to his family nor conducive to his health.
An attorney from Fairbanks, Burns took the job 11 months ago and did not move to the capital city. His youngest daughter is a senior in high school.
In his resignation letter, he says serving as “the managing partner of the state’s largest law firm has been an incredible and unbelievably fulfilling experience.”
He says he will miss working with the men and women in the Department of Law.
Burns says he is staying on until January to assure a smooth transition with his successor.
Parnell announced the resignation Friday. In a news release he called Burns a capable leader and “true public servant.”
- Heli-skiing has long been a controversial topic in Haines. The interests of the industry often clash with people who live near heliports and don’t want the noise disturbing their peace and quiet. But there’s another group that’s impacted by helicopter noise: mountain goats.
- In the Northwest Arctic, caribou hunting has been contentious for years. Alaska’s largest herd continues to decline while tensions have emerged between rural subsistence users and outside hunters.
- From the Aleutian island of Akutan to the arctic village of Kiana, 13 communities have been crowned champions of a rural energy competition. The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that it will help these communities cut their energy use by 15 percent by training local utility providers.
- It’s costing 14 percent more to take the ferry to and from the Lower 48. The higher fare is part of another round of tariff increases aimed at boosting income and equalizing rates across all routes.