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.
- Most places in Alaska are wetter than normal for August, but it's been especially rainy in Ketchikan.
- Southeast Alaska lawmakers spent time during the legislative session working to protect regional interests, including the ferry system.
- The judge gave the federal prosecutor 60 days to consider whether to pursue the death penalty. The defendant, Kenneth Manzanares of Santa Clara, Utah, pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife, Kristy.
- A crosswalk in a downtown Juneau neighborhood is constantly being painted over in rainbow colors. Depending on who you ask, It's either an expression of creativity or simple vandalism.