The Governor’s Office is hoping for sunny weather for the sixth annual Governor’s Family Picnic in Juneau. The picnic will be at Sandy Beach Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Local businesses and individuals donated food for the free event. Two-hundred pounds of salmon have been provided by John Moller, a commercial fisherman and the governor’s rural affairs adviser. There will also be hot dogs, cookies and chips.
Gov. Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell as well as commissioners will serve the picnic fare.
Juneau residents are encouraged to take the opportunity to speak with the administration.
“This is a really great time for the community to come out and meet with the governor, the first lady, talk with them and mingle with the commissioners. If they’ve got anything they want talk to them about, any issues they want to bring up, they’re there to talk with them,” says Sharon Leighow, the governor’s press secretary.
Various state departments, including Motor Vehicles, Fish and Game and Commerce will host activity booths. The Department of Corrections will provide fresh produce from Port Mackenzie Correctional Farm.
Between 1,500 and 3,000 people have attended the event in the past.
- For five years, Sharon Livingston has organized “Camp A”, where first-, second- and third-graders immerse themselves in traditional stories, crafts and foods. By encouraging kids to explore Unangan culture, she said they learn to see the value in cultures of all kinds.
- The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the safety of Alaska skies during a hearing will take all today. The NTSB is looking into the wider issues surrounding the continued persistence of high numbers of accidents involving small planes and air taxis in Alaska.
- The Sun’aq Tribe won a grant to study the kind of threat that invasive crayfish in Alaska pose to subsistence resources. The award was announced Tuesday.
- After a contentious recall vote Tuesday, three embattled Haines Borough Assembly members will continue to serve out their terms. Nearly 60 percent of Haines voters rejected the allegations of official misconduct.