Longenbaugh gets Historical Commission appointment

Gov. Sean Parnell appointed Juneau’s Dee Longenbaugh to a seat on the Alaska Historical Commission Wednesday.

He also reappointed Juneau resident Romer Derr to the commission.

The commission advises the governor and Legislature on matters related to Alaska’s history and prehistory, oversees the state historic preservation plan, and performs a variety of other functions related to historical sites throughout the state.

Longenbaugh has owned Observatory Bookstore since 1977 and is the only certified book appraiser in the state.

She is a former board member of the Alaska Historical Society, and served on the Sitka Planning Commission. Longenbaugh also served as the president of the Sitka chapter of Easter Seals.

Longenbaugh’s appointment is to a seat on the commission reserved for a nominee of the Alaska Historical Society.

Derr retired in 2004 after working as the president and owner of Harri Plumbing and Heating, where he first started his work as a journeyman plumber in 1962. Derr is a member of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and was a founding member and assistant chief at the Glacier Volunteer Fire Department.

Derr is reappointed to a seat reserved for a member of the public.

In another action Wednesday, Parnell reappointed Fred Boehme of Juneau to the state’s Boating Safety Council.

An active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Boehme is retired vice president of the Ready Mix Concrete Division of the Granite Rock Company.

The council evaluates proposed boating regulations, boating safety educational materials and promotes boating safety education programs.

• Contact reporter Pat Forgey at 523-2250 or at patrick.forgey@juneauempire.com.

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