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Posted: Friday, January 21, 2000

4 finalists for Permanent Fund Corp. job

JUNEAU - The list of candidates for Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. executive director has been narrowed to four.

The finalists include two former legislators, Jim Duncan and Mike Navarre; outgoing Goldbelt CEO Joe Beedle; and the chief investment officer for the state Department of Revenue's Treasury Division, Robert Storer.

The Permanent Fund Board will interview the candidates Jan. 28 and make its decision that day, according to a news release.

Duncan was a Democratic state legislator from Juneau for 24 years and is currently a special assistant to the commissioner of the state Department of Administration.

Navarre, a Kenai Democratic legislator for 11 years and Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor three years, is now general manager for ZAN Inc.

Storer was an investment officer for the Permanent Fund from 1983 to 1992, before going to work for the Revenue Department.

Beedle served as president and CEO of Goldbelt, Juneau's urban Native corporation, for the past six years and has 18 years experience in bank management.

Lawmakers fault state on school suit

JUNEAU - Legislative leaders criticized the Department of Law on Thursday for its handling of a lawsuit that accuses the state of providing inadequate schools in the Bush.

Leaders of the Republican-led Legislature contend the Department of Law mounted an inadequate defense in the Kasayulie case.

``I read the case and it was argued terribly,'' said Sen. John Torgerson, a Kasilof Republican.

Specifically, lawmakers are angry because Assistant Attorney General Tom Dahl only offered the judge records of three years worth of spending. Rep. Ramona Barnes, an Anchorage Republican, suggested the omission might have been purposeful.

Spokesmen for Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles and the Department of Education and Early Development both denied the accusation.

``First of all, the state Board of Education doesn't direct the Department of Law, and second the board never took any action on this case,'' said Harry Gamble, a spokesman for the Department of Education and Early Development.

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