Sunday, April 07, 2019

BOF appointees NEED letters of NON-Support!


1.         Email and CALL your members in your groups encouraging them to participate in Public Testimony on both Wednesday, April 10 and Saturday April 13.  Information on these meetings and instructions how to testify below. 
2.        Email and CALL your members encouraging them to send in letters of opposition to ALL legislators via the Alaska State Public Opinion Message.  This online message form is for residents of Alaska only.  If members are not a resident of Alaska, they will need to email legislators directly.  Attached to this email is a list of Legislator’s and their email addresses as well as phone numbers.
3.         Share on Social Media- If your member group has social media, please share UFA posts or create your own posts encouraging people to testify and write letters of opposition.  UFA will be sharing articles as well as ways to testify and send in comments.

To testify, watch or listen in to a hearing …
To testify it’s best to go to a Legislative Information office – see them online at . If you can’t get to an LIO you can call in to listen in or testify through the following numbers - call & ask for the specific committee hearing:
  • From Anchorage based phones call 907-563-9085;
  • From Juneau based phones or outside Alaska call 907-586-9085;
  • From other areas of Alaska, call toll-free 844-586-9085…and ask for the specific hearing.

These are the appointees-
Mr. Israel Payton of Wasilla is a lifelong Alaskan. Raised in Skwentna, Mr. Payton lived a subsistence lifestyle harvesting fish and game. His years of work experience throughout Alaska includes guiding, North Slope operator, commercial pilot, airplane mechanic, deck hand, and property manager. Currently, Mr. Payton works for Airframes Alaska, Alaska’s largest manufacturer and seller of aviation parts. Mr. Payton enjoys hunting, fishing, and flying. He has participated in the Board of Fisheries & Game meetings for many years and is a past Advisory Committee member.
Ms. Marit Carlson-Van Dort, a born and raised Alaskan, spent over a decade salmon seining and forging a strong appreciation of Alaska’s fishery resources as a young woman. Ms. Carlson-Van Dort received her BS in Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduate work in Fisheries Science and Secondary Education. She has a background in both the private and public sectors, with experience in government affairs, environmental policy, permitting, development, and community outreach. Ms. Carlson-Van Dort currently serves as director of external affairs for Nana Regional Corporation.
Mr. Gerad Godfrey of Eagle River grew up commercial fishing in the Kodiak Island Fishery for twelve years. He spent fourteen years working on the North Slope and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in the Port of Valdez. Mr. Godfrey has worked for Afognak Native Corporation since 2009, recently becoming the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors. Previously, he was Governor Walker’s senior policy advisor on rural affairs and served for 17 years as the chairman of the Violent Crimes Compensation Board. Mr. Godfrey has held numerous other board seats including AFN, ANVCA, and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Karl Johnstone of Anchorage is married with four children. He has been a resident of Alaska since 1967. Karl graduated with a BS in Production Management in 1964 and with Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona. He practiced law until 1979 when Governor Hammond appointed him to the Superior Court. He served as Presiding judge for the last four years until retiring in 1996. Karl previously served as member and chairman of the Board of Fisheries from 2008-2015.
Mr. Payton is currently on the Board of Fish and will continue to serve per his reappointment. Mr. Johnstone and Ms. Carlson-Van Dort will take their seats on the Board of Fish immediately, with Mr. Godfrey taking his seat on July 1, 2019.

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