State boards and commissions are great way to get involved in making changes in Alaska

State boards and commissions are great way to get involved in making changes in Alaska

PHOTO: Chena Ridge from the Division of Forestry’s website. The Alaska Board of Forestry helps manage and determine policy for Alaska’s forest lands.


You don’t need to run for public office to have a real impact on life in Alaska and in the way the state does business.

Why not stick your name in for a state board or commission?

Monday January 6, 2014 Edition of The LegHead Report


RESOURCES: Here are some useful links to help you get info and apply for a board or commission position.

Governor’s Office of Boards and Commission

List of Active Boards and Commissions — includes a ton of info on each board, what they do, who’s on it, etc.

List of Vacancies on Alaska Boards and Commissions–These are the ones to target if you’re ready to take the leap and apply for an open spot.  (Opens as a pdf.)

How to Apply for an Alaska Board or Commission Position


Why not put your name in for a board or commission

New bipartisan adminstration means new opportunities to get in on the ground floor of Alaska policies and decision-making

How to apply for position on an Alaska board or commission

Place to get information on the various Alaska boards and commissions and how to apply.

More Information

Why not put your name in for a state board or commission

Boards and commissions offer you a great opportunity to really have a say in a part of the state operation that you are most interested in. It’s a way to make some serious changes in the lives of many Alaskans.


Sure you have to put together a resume and brag on yourself, which I know is hard for many people. And you risk the possibility of being passed over, which really stinks. But, the benefits far outweigh the problems you might encounter.

Since I’m so hot to have people put their names in…I am now- officially offering to help you write you resume and fill out that form you need to to apply for a position. I’ll even coach you along. Hold your hand if you want. Really. I’d love to do it. Just send me an email at The address is at the bottom of our website.


Governor’s press release with everyone’s names on it so you can see who all got appointed to which boards, etc.

How to apply for position on an Alaska board or commission

Place to get information on the various Alaska boards and commissions and how to apply

From the site:  Send a completed boards and commissions application, a resume and a brief letter explaining your desire to serve the State of Alaska, to:

  • Office of Governor Sean Parnell
    Attention: Jason Hooley, Director of Boards & Commissions
    P.O. Box 110001, Juneau, Alaska 99811-0001
  • To contact the Boards and Commissions office
    By phone: (907) 269-7450
    By facsimile: (907) 269-7461
    By email:

For further information, contact the staff of the Office of Boards and Commissions at (907) 269-7450 or at

Joel Bolger named to Alaska Supreme Court


PRESS RELEASE FROM Governor’s website:

Governor Elevates Bolger to Supreme Court

January 25, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell on Friday appointed Alaska Court of Appeals Judge Joel Bolger as the 23rd justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. His appointment follows the retirement of Justice Walter “Bud” Carpeneti.

Joel Bolger

“Judge Bolger’s vast experience will be a tremendous asset for Alaska’s highest court,” said Governor Parnell. “His service at each level of the Alaska Court System has prepared him to serve Alaskans with humility, thoughtfulness, legal expertise, and discernment.”

Judge Bolger first moved to Alaska in 1978. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a juris doctorate. He began his Alaskan legal career in Dillingham as a VISTA volunteer attorney, and then supervised the Alaska Legal Services Corporation in Kodiak. Then, after serving as an assistant public defender in Barrow, he joined the private practice firm of Jamin Ebell Bolger & Gentry in Kodiak, where he litigated civil and criminal cases, advised the borough assembly, mediated disputes, and negotiated business transactions.

In 1997, Bolger was appointed as a district court judge in Valdez, followed by an appointment to the Kodiak Superior Court. Since 2008, he has served as a Court of Appeals judge in Anchorage. Bolger has been active in the formal education of judges, magistrates, and lawyers. His interests include biking, skiing, golf, and music.

The Alaska Supreme Court serves as the appeals court for the state’s District and Superior Courts, as well as the Alaska Court of Appeals. The chief justice and four associate justices hear cases in Anchorage on a monthly basis and in Fairbanks and Juneau on a quarterly basis. The court also administers the state’s judicial system.


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Governor announces winners of arts awards

Logo Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanites 2012

TLHR Oct 24 Wed Govenor’s Awards for the Arts

Supporters of Alaska’s arts and culture were praised recently by Governor Sean Parnell who spoke at the awards ceremony for this year’s winners of The Governor’s Awards for the Arts and the Humanities.

A number of artists were recognized for their work including two Alaskans and one organization each of whom received the highest honor as recipients of the Distinguished Service to the Humanities Award.

They include:

  • Sven Haakanson, Jr., Executive Director of the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository in Kodiak
  • Carol Swartz, the Director of the Kenai Peninsula College – Kachemak Bay Campus. Swartz is also the founding Director Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Homer; and
  • the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage

Governor Sean Parnell praised all artists saying people are changed and inspired by art

Parnell spoke at the Oct. 18th awards banquet at the Hotel Captain Cook for the winners of the Governor’s Awards for the Arts.

Other’s honored for their art include:

  • Arts Education: John “Sinnaq” Sinnok, Shishmaref
  • Arts Organization: Valley Performing Arts, Wasilla
  • Individual Artist: Gail Niebrugge, Palmer
  • Native Arts: Susie “Qimmiqsak” Bevins-Ericsen, Anchorage


Video of Governor Praising Alaska Artists

Announcement of winners on Alaska Humanities Forum blog  Includes more details, info on winners and photos.