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Governor announces 7 appointments to Alaska fisheries, game boards

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: April 1
  • Published April 1

Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Monday announced he was appointing four people to the Board of Fisheries, including the reappointment of Israel Payton. He also announced the appointment of three people to the Board of Game.

The Fish board appointments alongside Payton, who works for an aviation parts manufacturer, are: Gerad Godfrey, former senior policy adviser on rural affairs to Gov. Bill Walker, who replaces Robert Ruffner; Karl Johnstone, a former Board of Fisheries chair until 2015, replacing Al Cain; and Marit Carlson-Van Dort, director of external affairs for NANA regional corporation, replacing Orville Huntington.

Huntington, who was born in the village of Huslia and advocates for traditional subsistence opportunities, is moving over to take a seat on the Board of Game, the governor’s office said, in a statement on Monday. He replaces Karen Linnell.

Also on the Game board: Al Barrette, a big game guide from Fairbanks, replacing Nate Turner; Jerry Burnett, who owns fishing and wildlife viewing business, will fill a vacancy left by Teresa Sager-Albaugh. The appointment of Jerry Burnett, a former deputy commissioner for the state Revenue department, had been previously announced in March.

Each of the boards consist of seven members serving three-year terms.


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