Juneau Superior Court Judge Phillip Pallenberg administered the oath of office. Thurston begins her second term on the board, while Worl starts her first term as an elected member. She was appointed to the board last December to the fill a vacancy. Both ran unopposed.
The new board then organized for the year, re-electing Sally Saddler as president, Sean O’Brien as vice president and Andi Story as clerk of the board. No one was else was nominated for the leadership positions.
The three meet once a month with district superintendent Glenn Gelbrich to set the agenda for the board’s regular monthly meeting. After the election, Saddler indicated that other board members will be invited to sit in on that process this year.
Tuesday’s agenda was very long. The meeting started at 6:15 p.m. and was still going on more than five hours later.
- The Department of Fish and Game will pull the north line of the Ugashik District back away from the haulout site again, Salomone said, the same as last year. The exact coordinates will be published with the first announcement from Fish and Game about June 1.
- The Navy will scan Kodiak and Unalaska waters for World War II-era munitions using underwater drones next month, as part of an ongoing effort to eventually remove the explosives. What could happen and whether the historic weapons would detonate is unclear.
- Whales might be the largest animals on the planet, but they haven't always been so huge. Researchers say the ocean giants only became enormous fairly recently, and over a short period of time.
- Typical criminal cases go to local district attorneys for consideration. The head of the Office of Special Prosecutions wouldn't elaborate on why this case was in his office.