SEARHC interim general counsel Michael E. Douglas has been hired permanently for the job.
Douglas has been the attorney for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium since June and will continue to be based in Juneau. The non-profit health consortium serves Native communities in Southeast Alaska, including the Ethel Lund Clinic in Juneau and Mt. Edgecumbe Hosptial in Sitka.
Douglas is Haida Indian, with a law degree from the University of Washington. He was formerly president of the Northwest Indian Bar Association and a volunteer mentor for the Alaska Court System Color of Justice Program. He coordinates a scholarship program for Alaska Native and American Indian law students through the bar association.
Before moving to Juneau, Douglas worked for Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Munson, LLP, an American Indian law firm in Anchorage.
- Hilcorp recently informed state regulators that the company is unlikely to begin repairs on a gas leak in Cook Inlet until mid- to late March, according to a letter obtained by Alaska's Energy Desk through a public records request.
- At a meeting in Anchorage Friday with elected officials from around the Arctic, Murkowski said she's fielding questions about potential changes in U.S. policy.
- As lawmakers in Juneau consider changes to the state’s oil tax credit system, they’re facing stiff opposition from oil companies. Several industry representatives testified before lawmakers this week. Those representatives are calling the changes proposed in House Bill 111 a tax increase. And they also say it could affect their investment decisions.
- Former Juneau representative to Alaska House of Representatives helped block capital move efforts, and worked on legislation creating the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge and allowing for public employee collective bargaining.