PUBLISHED: 5:37 PM on Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Palin appoints council members
Gov. Sarah Palin appointed Page L. Brannon and Jane E. Fuerstenau, and reappointed Linda Henning, Aldean G. Kilbourn, Jacklynne G. Lorensen and Kathryn J. Martin-Albright, to the Advisory Council on Libraries. The 12-member council advises the Alaska State Library Administration on the federal Library Services and Technology Act plan, and on the development and evaluation of library services throughout Alaska.

Anne L. Foster, Zachary R. Jones and Kevin N. Tripp were appointed to the State Historical Records Advisory Board. The board, with at least nine members, is responsible for reviewing grant requests from historic, archival, research, governmental and academic organizations. The board also helps plan for statewide records management needs.

Palin appointed Alberto A. "Al" Orot, and reappointed William D. Fowler and Michael B. Salazar, to the Aviation Advisory Board. The 11-member board advises and provides recommendations to the commissioner of the state Department of Transportation & Public Facilities on aviation-related policy issues, including hiring chief administrative officers of Anchorage and Fairbanks international airports.

Bill R. Jeffress was appointed to the Alaska Minerals Commission. The 11-member commission, with five members appointed by the governor and three each appointed by the presiding officers of the state House and Senate, makes recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature on ways to ease governmental and other constraints on the development of minerals in the state.

Larry Bartman was appointed to the Fishermen's Fund Advisory and Appeals Council. The six-member council consults with the commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce regarding appeals filed in relation to the care of Alaska licensed commercial fishermen who have been injured while fishing onshore or offshore in Alaska. The council also oversees the administration of the Fishermen's Fund, which uses a portion of commercial fishing licenses and permit fees to fund medical care and benefits for injured commercial fishermen.