Sarah Palin announced a number of appointments to state boards and commissions
last week, including a couple from Kodiak. The area also received several grants from the federal government.
Haakanson, the director of the Alutiiq Museum was reappointed to the Alaska
State Council on the Arts, along with Peggy Ferguson of Fairbanks. Patricia
Whitaker, also of Fairbanks and Nancy Harbour were appointed to terms on the
council as well.
council’s 11 members meet periodically and make grant awards to artists and
local arts councils.
governor also appointed Kodiak’s Omar Stratman to the state Board of
Agriculture and Conservation, along with Ruby Hollembaek of Delta and Al
Poindexter of Anchor Point.
a cattle rancher and hay farmer with long experience in land resource and
livestock issues in Alaska. He served 44 years as a member of the Kodiak Soil
and Water Conservation District, has been vice president of the Alaska
Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and served on the
Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund board from 1989-93. He was appointed to a seat
representing livestock producers.
seven-member agriculture board’s responsibilities include authorizing the
disposal of agricultural land acquired by the Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund,
approving and administering agricultural loans, consulting with the
commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, and making recommendations
on candidates for state agriculture director.
of agriculture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a 134-thousand
dollar grant to the Kodiak Island Borough for the Water and Waste Preplanning
and Development grant to create a new water treatment plant with backwash
lagoon. That grant was announced last week by the state’s Washington D.C.
borough school district received a 684-thousand dollar grant from the U.S.
Department of Education for its Native education programs.
Alutiiq Business Services, a subsidiary of the Afognak Native Corporation,
received a nearly 1-million dollar contract for support services it provides at
the U.S. Army Armor Center and Fort Knox, in Tennessee.
Meanwhile, two area non-profit
agencies received grants from the Rasmuson Foundation. The Kodiak Area Native Association was awarded 850-thousand dollars to purchase condominium office
space, while the Kodiak Historical Society received 123-thousand dollars to
continue renovations on the Russian-American Magazin, the building
that houses the Baranov Museum.