Lines at the Governor’s Family Picnic Tuesday evening at Savikko Park were short but steady.
“I think people know we’re not going to run out of food and people just kind of came when they got off work and their families are here. Sandy Beach is packed,” said Cathie Roemmich, co-chair of the governor’s picnic committee.
The picnic’s menu included hot dogs, cookies, soda, chips and 250 pounds of salmon. Fillets of sockeye and coho came from local processors Taku Smokeries, Icy Straight Seafoods, Alaska Glacier Seafoods, as well as from local fishing boats.
Glenn Haight and his crew were responsible for grilling the marinated fish. “It’s a little bit of soy sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, garlic and butter,” Haight described.
Joining commissioners, deputy commissioners, and cabinet members in the serving line was Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell.
“I enjoy serving as Lieutenant Governor and I enjoy serving hot dogs and salmon,” Treadwell said.
Governor Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell hosted the event for the fifth year in a row. In between serving food, the couple shared how they like their hot dogs cooked.
“Slightly burned on one side and more raw on the other, ” Governor Parnell laughed.
“I like it with a little bit of black on the sides,” said First Lady Sandy Parnell. “Definitely got to be grilled; can’t be boiled.”
Juneau was the fourth stop for the Governor’s Family Picnic. The last picnic of the summer will be in Homer on Thursday.
- The U.S. Northern Command and Coast Guard have launched a major field-training exercise off Alaska’s northwest coast. Arctic Chinook is intended to demonstrate how local, state and federal agencies would respond to a simulated cruise ship accident. Coincidentally, a big luxury cruise ship will sail through the area while the exercise is under way. And to further complicate things, bad weather has just set in.
- Tom Morphet, the owner, publisher, reporter, editor and designer for the Chilkat Valley News, was certified Monday to run for Haines Borough Assembly.
- Southcentral Alaska has seen an increase in wasp activity this year. Mild winters are good for overwintering queens, and more queens means more nests come springtime.
- A Canadian company conducting exploration for a potential mine about 35 miles north of Haines was recently granted permission to grow its project.