Alaska Digest

Staff and Wire reports

Posted: Friday, September 09, 2005

ADF&G names director of commercial fisheries

JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Thursday announced new leaders for its commercial fisheries and subsistence programs.

Fish and Game Commissioner McKie Campbell appointed Denby Lloyd director of the department's Commerical Fisheries Division. Doug Mecum vacated that post this summer to retire from the state and take a position with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Lloyd has worked with the state's commercial fisheries for 28 years and was previously director of the division from 1990 to 1992. He currently works in the division as a regional supervisor and biologist in Kodiak, administering fisheries around Kodiak, Chignik, the Alaska Peninsula, the Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea.

As director he will supervise 300 full-time and 500 part-time employees.

Elizabeth Andrews will take over as director of the Subsistence Division. The position opened in May when Mary Pete resigned to work for the University of Alaska.

Andrews is a manager for Habitat for Humanity of South Puget Sound. She has 25 years of experience in fish, wildlife and cultural resources management, and was the Subsistence Division's assistant director from 1996 to 2000 and in 2001.

Campbell also announced his appointment of Ed Dersham as a project coordinator for the Commercial Fisheries Division.

State rejects Stevens recall application

ANCHORAGE - An effort to recall the president of the Alaska Senate over conflict of interest charges has been rejected by the Alaska Division of Elections.

Elections chief Laura Glaiser said Wednesday she rejected the recall application for state Sen. Ben Stevens, the 46-year-old son of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, on the advice of the Department of Law because it lacked sufficient factual and legal grounds.

Ben Stevens refused to comment Wednesday night.

The application, filed by former state Rep. Ray Metcalfe, claimed Sen. Ben Stevens as a state senator had a conflict of interest with his consulting work for VECO Corp., an oil field services company.

Since 1999, VECO has paid $400,000 to six lobbyists and $195,000 to Stevens, seeking ways to pay the costs of government with permanent fund earnings, according to Metcalfe, chairman of the Republican Moderate Party. The application said that would reduce public pressure to demand world market value for Alaska oil.

Assistant Attorney General Michael Barnhill said the recall application contained few factual allegations that pertained to Stevens' conduct.

Alaska Guard has sent 22 total to Gulf Coast

JUNEAU - Additional Alaska Air National Guard members are on their way to assist relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

A crew of seven from the 144th Airlift Squadron left Kulis Air National Guard Base on Thursday. They stopped in Fresno, Calif., to pick up firefighters and a fire truck before arriving in Columbus, Mo. Some of their duties will be in Alabama and New Orleans.

These deployments bring the total number to 22 Alaska Guard members deployed to the relief and recovery efforts.

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