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.
- In the last leg of his tour to win support for a coordinated effort against ISIS, French President Francois Hollande on Thursday secured a pledge of cooperation from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Studies recommended relocating villages like Newtok, Kivalina and Shishmaref. But more than 10 years later they are still there, with waves getting higher and storms getting stronger.
- New research suggests Pacific halibut may adapt favorably to increased ocean temperatures. Greenland halibut may not be so lucky.
- “So what we’re seeing here is a giant step — a beautiful step — backward in time, where we’re remembering that there is no us versus them. There’s only us, and we are the people, and the people are the police."