Posted: Friday, March 02, 2001

Acting U.S. forester for Alaska selected

JUNEAU - U.S. Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck has named Paul Forward as acting regional forester for Alaska.

Paul Forward is the deputy regional forester for state and private forestry, managing rural community assistance programs, forest health, and fire programs in Alaska for more than 10 years.

As acting regional forester, Forward will be responsible for the resource, human and financial management of the Alaska region. Forward expects to spend much of his time working from the regional office in Juneau. His family will remain in the Anchorage area.

Jobless workers to get extended benefits

JUNEAU - Cash benefits for eligible unemployed workers in Alaska will be extended the week ending March 10 for up to 13 weeks.

The federal government, which shares the cost, allows extended benefits when a state's insured unemployment rate reaches 6 percent, as Alaska's just did, according to the state Department of Labor. The state usually pays extended benefits during winter and suspends them during summer, when more work is available.

New deputy labor commissioner named

JUNEAU - Gov. Tony Knowles has appointed Rebecca Nance Gamez the new deputy commissioner for the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. She will assume her new responsibilities immediately and earn about $86,000 a year.

Gamez, 40, had directed the Employment Security Division since 1995. Before that she worked for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Alaska and Oregon legislatures, and a restaurant corporation in Washington, D.C.

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