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Governor Walker has appointed Tiffany Zulkosky to Rep. Zach Fansler's former seat.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Update February 22 6:55 .p.m: ​On Thursday at 6:28 p.m., House Democrats confirmed Zulkosky's appointment. She is now House District 38's new state representative.

Governor Walker has appointed Tiffany Zulkosky to serve as House District 38’s new state representative. If confirmed by House Democrats, she would replace Representative Zach Fansler, who resigned earlier this month following assault allegations.


Governor Bill Walker signs HB 141 at Bethel's Yuut Elitnaurviat surrounded by high school students from the Kuskokwim Learning Academy on August 29, 2017. The Governor has selected Rep. Fansler's replacement remarkably quickly.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Governor Walker has selected Representative Zach Fansler’s replacement, and his office plans to announce its choice Thursday morning.

Mary Peltola at fish camp with her daughter in June 2017.
Courtesy of Mary Peltola

The Democrats of House District 38 selected three nominees for Representative Zach Fansler's seat this week, and their top picks are both Alaska Native women.

Tiffany Zulkosky is one of three candidates that House District 38's nominating committee forwarded to the governor this week.
Courtesy of Tiffany Zulkosky

Three people have been forwarded by the region’s Democrats as possible candidates for Zach Fansler’s replacement as State Representative for House District 38. On Wednesday, KYUK presented the first of three profiles with the nominees.


Legislative aides Michelle Sparck and Mary Aparezuk meet with constituents Willie Kasayulie and Ivan M. Ivan in Juneau.
Courtesy of Mary Schlosser.

Governor Walker has yet to announce Representative Zach Fansler's replacement, but in the meantime Fansler’s former aides are keeping the office in Juneau running while his seat is being filled.

Representative Dan Ortiz, an Independent from Ketchikan, introduced a resolution last week calling for Governor Bill Walker to “issue an administrative order recognizing a ‘linguistic emergency” for Alaska Native languages.
KRBD

A Southeast Alaska state legislator wants action to save Alaska Native Languages.

 

Former representative Zach Fansler resigned his seat earlier this month. On Sunday night, House District 38's Democrats nominated three potential candidates to replace him
Skip Gray/360 North

On Sunday night, the Democrats of House District 38 selected three potential nominees to replace Representative Zach Fansler, who resigned earlier this month following assault allegations. Two of their three choices are Alaska Native women, and all three candidates have deep ties to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.


Representative Zach Fansler meets with District 38 constituents at an open house meeting at the Kuskokwim University Campus on February 11, 2017. Fansler resigned earlier this month following assault allegations.
Katie Basile/KYUK

Today is the filing deadline for potential candidates who hope to replace Zach Fansler as House District 38's State Representative. Fansler resigned after being accused of domestic violence related to alcohol.

KYUK has been interviewing Bethel residents who know Fansler and asking whether they ever suspected that there might be trouble ahead for him. Whoever takes his place may face closer scrutiny than usual.


Civil Rights In Alaska Before Statehood

Feb 16, 2018
.©Alaska State Library/Alaska Territorial Governors Photograph Collection

Today, February 16, is Elizabeth Peratrovich Day. Long before Martin Luther King Jr. led the battle for civil rights in the United States, Elizabeth Peratrovich, a Tlingit woman from Southeast Alaska, helped lead the effort to pass civil rights legislation in our state.

The State Courthouse in Bethel dodged eviction Wednesday night when the City Council approved a two-year lease.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The State Courthouse in Bethel dodged eviction Wednesday night when the City Council approved a two-year lease.

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