When Governor Sarah Palin named two
new members to the Marine Transportation Advisory Board last week, Kodiak once
again remained unrepresented in spite of its prominence within the state ferry
Patrick Owen and Fairbanks'
Seth Church were named to the 11-member board charged with advising the state
on Marine Highway
Kodiak Island Borough Assemblywoman
Pat Branson Thursday expressed frustration at the absence of a Kodiak
representative on the board.
1 15 sec. "We do not, and I check ... Kodiak
on that advisory board.")
said that although she doesn't know why Kodiak hasn't been represented on the
board to date, its lack of representation is something that needs to be
remedied as soon as possible. She said it's an issue she has tried to call
attention to in the past.
2 11 sec. "We've brought it up ... someone from Fairbanks appointed.")
The appointee Branson was
referring to was Church, the first Fairbanks
resident appointed to the panel. Church took one of two seats designated for
residents of communities not served by the ferry system. The other is John Mark
Eliason of Anchorage.
She said Kodiak has plenty of qualified people to fill a seat on the board and
hopes to encourage them to step up when future openings evolve.
3 12 sec. "We're a hub for Southwest ... to
put their name forward.")
The board was
created by Palin in 2007. According
to the administrative order that created it, one board member represents Southwest
Alaska, including Akutan, Chignik, Cold
Pass, Homer, King Cove, Kodiak, Port
Lions, Sand Point, Seldovia, and Unalaska, including Dutch Harbor. That seat is currently
held by Shirley Marquardt (MAR-kwart), the Mayor of Unalaska. Other current M-TAB board
members are from Cordova, Skagway, Sitka, Ketchikan,
Angoon and Haines.