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.
- Lawmakers who represent areas outside Juneau receive $295 for each day of the special session. Juneau lawmakers receive $221.25 per day.
- Sixteen veterans of the Alaska Territorial Guard will be honored at a discharge ceremony today. Four of them are from Western Alaska.
- The historic houses in Juneau and Douglas were predominately built by miners and fishermen long before today's zoning was put into place. That's prevented homeowners from restoring or rebuilding homes in these neighborhoods without running into conflict with the city's zoning laws -- a temporary fix may be on the way.
- Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young wants to know why Americans are still fighting in Afghanistan. He has co-sponsored a bill that would end funding for the war in a year, unless the president and Congress affirm the need for it.