Gov. Sean Parnell announced appointees to state boards today that include two Juneau residents, Wayne Jensen and Jill Burkert.
Wayne Jensen, a partner in the architectural firm Jensen Yorba Lott, will serve on the Alaska Historical Commission. The commission advises the governor and legislature on Alaska’s history, oversees the state historic preservation plan and performs other functions related to historical sites. Jensen’s seat is reserved for an architect.
Parnell also appointed Jill Burkert to the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. The council serves as a planning and coordinating agency of the state departments of Health and Social Services, Education and Early Development and others that provide services or special education to people with disabilities.
Burkert is an associate professor and special education program director at the University of Alaska Southeast. She has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction in special education from the University of South Florida. She travels to schools throughout Alaska teaching others how to become special education teachers and advocates. Burkert’s seat is reserved for a non-governmental organization.
- The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has a new target date for opening its cultural immersion park at the old Thane Ore House. Last year, Central Council officials had hoped it would open this summer. Now, they’re shooting for 2018, after the Juneau Assembly approved a 1.2-acre land lease making it possible Monday evening.
- William Quayle, Jr. is running for the District 1 Juneau Assembly seat. The municipal election is Oct. 4.
- Winds of that speed can uproot trees, knock branches down and damage property, including vessels and aircraft moored and tied down outdoors.
- The aurora borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights, were visible in much of Southeast Alaska late Wednesday and early Thursday. Share your Northern Lights photos with us.