Lines at the Governor’s Family Picnic Tuesday evening at Savikko Park were short but steady.
“I think people know we’re not going to run out of food and people just kind of came when they got off work and their families are here. Sandy Beach is packed,” said Cathie Roemmich, co-chair of the governor’s picnic committee.
The picnic’s menu included hot dogs, cookies, soda, chips and 250 pounds of salmon. Fillets of sockeye and coho came from local processors Taku Smokeries, Icy Straight Seafoods, Alaska Glacier Seafoods, as well as from local fishing boats.
Glenn Haight and his crew were responsible for grilling the marinated fish. “It’s a little bit of soy sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, garlic and butter,” Haight described.
Joining commissioners, deputy commissioners, and cabinet members in the serving line was Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell.
“I enjoy serving as Lieutenant Governor and I enjoy serving hot dogs and salmon,” Treadwell said.
Governor Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell hosted the event for the fifth year in a row. In between serving food, the couple shared how they like their hot dogs cooked.
“Slightly burned on one side and more raw on the other, ” Governor Parnell laughed.
“I like it with a little bit of black on the sides,” said First Lady Sandy Parnell. “Definitely got to be grilled; can’t be boiled.”
Juneau was the fourth stop for the Governor’s Family Picnic. The last picnic of the summer will be in Homer on Thursday.
- Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg heard oral arguments in a lawsuit on the issue. He said he’ll try to reach a decision as quickly as he can.
- Walker said he has spoken several times with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, whose vote could help determine the bill’s fate.
- State transportation crews are removing political campaign signs along state rights-of-way. Alaska law largely forbids signs anywhere visible from the roadway.
- The University of Alaska is offering up 400 acres of its Haines-area land for timber harvest. The timing of the university’s decision was motivated by a conversation happening at the local level. The Haines Planning Commission is considering whether to restrict resource extraction in the Mud Bay area.