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UFA ACTION ALERT: Oppose Karl Johnstone, BOF Appointee

    Former BOF chair Karl Johnstone has been appointed by Governor Dunleavy to fill a Board of Fisheries seat and his confirmation hearing will likely be as soon as next week.  Last week, UFA voted to oppose his confirmation. 

    It is going to take full action from our fleet to help get the word out that Mr. Johnstone is not the right fit for the board.  We need you to act by contacting legislators and telling them you oppose Johnstone and why.

    There are three ways to do this!

    Submit Comments: 
    You may submit comments easily on 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.  Contact UFA for a full email list of legislators at ufa@ufa-fish.org.

    Testify:
    Public Testimony will be taken on both Wednesday, April 10 in Senate Resources and Saturday April 13 in House Resources.  To testify it’s best to go to a Legislative Information office – see them online at http://akleg.gov/lios.php . 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.

    Share on Social Media:
    If you use social media, please create posts encouraging people to testify and write letters of opposition. 

    Here are some articles about Johnstone and opinion pieces written by Johnstone:

    Johnstone Resigns- Peninsula Clarion

    State Paid Travel Bills Board Chairman- Alaska Journal

    Johnstone Opinion Piece- Alaska Needs to Update Fisheries Management

    Opinion: Actual Verses Faction New Realities Cook Inlet Salmon- Alaska Journal

    Johnstone Opinion Piece- Abundant Fisheries Testify Alaska BOF isn’t Broken

    Johnstone Opinion Piece- Anchorage Needs Representation Fish Board

    Upper Cook Inlet Fishermen Take Issue with Dunleavy Board of Fisheries Appointee

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    Special Confirmation Update: April 5, 2019

      **JUST ANNOUNCED**:

      The House Resource committee scheduled for Saturday has been canceled

      Instead, House Fisheries and House Resources will hold a joint meeting on Monday, April 15 at 6:30 PM in Capital Building 106.

      Public Testimony will be taken and we urge you to call in.  This will be your only remaining chance to testify in opposition to Karl Johnstone.

      To testify  – if you are not in Juneau  it is best to go to a Legislative Information Office (LIO) at least a half hour before the hearing begins.

      Key points: 

      • Oppose confirmation of Karl Johnstone to the Board of Fisheries
      • Mr. Johnstone was blatantly discriminatory against commercial fisheries and the ADFG Comfish division in his previous time on the Board.
      • Confirmation of Johnstone would leave the Board of Fisheries seriously “out of balance” with respect to commercial fisheries representation.

      If you are unable to get to an LIO, you can use these call in numbers –

      •            907-563-9085 (Anchorage)
      •             907-586-9085 (Juneau)
      •             844-586-9085 (Outside Anchorage and Juneau)


      (OR Go to or CALL THE LIO NEAREST YOU BEFORE 3:00 p.m to get the Off-Net call in number  – See the list of LIOs below. 
      or at https://akleg.gov/lios.php .

      Anchorage Legislative Information Office
      (907) 269-0111
      1500 W. Benson Blvd.
      Fax: (907) 269-0229
      Anchorage, AK 99503
      TDD: (907) 269-0260
      LIO.Anchorage@akleg.gov

      Bethel Legislative Information Office
      (907) 543-3541
      PO Box 886
      Fax: (907) 543-3542
      301 Willow Street
      LIO.Bethel@akleg.gov
      Bethel, AK 99559-0866

      Cordova Legislative Information Office
      (907) 424-5461
      PO Box 2248
      Fax: (907) 424-5462
      418 First St., Suite A
      LIO.Cordova@akleg.gov
      Cordova, AK 99574-2248

      Delta Jct. Legislative Information Office
      (907) 895-4236
      PO Box 1189
      Fax: (907) 895-5017
      Colombo Building, Suite 204, 1380 Richardson Hwy.
      LIO.DeltaJunction@akleg.gov
      Delta Jct., AK 99737-1189

      Dillingham Legislative Information Office
      (907) 842-5319
      PO Box 829
      Fax: (907) 842-5105
      Kangiiqutaq Building
      LIO.Dillingham@akleg.gov
      Dillingham, AK 99576-0829

      Fairbanks Legislative Information Office
      (907) 452-4448
      1292 Sadler Way Suite 308
      Fax: (907) 456-3346
      Fairbanks, AK 99701
      TDD: (907) 456-5076
      LIO.Fairbanks@akleg.gov
      Glennallen Legislative Information Office
      (907) 822-5588
      PO Box 68
      Fax: (907) 822-5591
      186 Glenn Hwy
      LIO.Glennallen@akleg.gov
      Glennallen, AK 99588-0068

      Homer Legislative Information Office
      (907) 235-7878
      270 West Pioneer Ave. Suite B
      Fax: (907) 235-4008
      Homer, AK 99603-7559
      LIO.Homer@akleg.gov

      Juneau Legislative Information Office
      (907) 465-4648
      State Capitol, Terry Miller Building, Suite 111 
      Fax: (907) 465-2864
      Juneau, AK 99801-1182
      TDD: (907) 465-4980
      LIO.Juneau@akleg.gov 

      Kenai Legislative Information Office
      (907) 283-2030
      145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217
      Fax: (907) 283-3075
      Kenai, AK 99611
      LIO.Kenai@akleg.gov

      Ketchikan Legislative Information Office
      (907) 225-9675
      1900 First Ave, Suite 310
      Fax: (907) 225-8546
      Ketchikan, AK 99901
      LIO.Ketchikan@akleg.gov 

      Kodiak Legislative Information Office
      (907) 486-8116
      305 Center Ave. Suite 1
      Fax: (907) 486-5264
      Kodiak, AK 99615-6431
      LIO.Kodiak@akleg.gov

      Kotzebue Legislative Information Office
      (907) 442-3880
      PO Box 650
      Fax: (907) 442-3022
      241 5th Ave
      LIO.Kotzebue@akleg.gov
      Kotzebue, AK 99752-0667

      Matsu Legislative Information Office
      (907) 376-3704
      600 E. Railroad Avenue
      Fax: (907) 376-6180
      Wasilla, AK 99654-8135
      LIO.Matsu@akleg.gov

      Nome Legislative Information Office
      (907) 443-5555
      PO Box 1630
      Fax: (907) 443-2162
      103 Front Street, State Office Bldg
      LIO.Nome@akleg.gov
      Nome, AK 99762-1630

      Petersburg Legislative Information Office
      (907) 772-3741
      PO Box 1470
      Fax: (907) 772-3779
      11B Gjoa Street
      LIO.Petersburg@akleg.gov
      Petersburg, AK 99833-1470

      Seward Legislative Information Office
      (907) 224-5066
      PO Box 1769, 302 Railway Ste. 107
      Fax: (907) 224-5067
      Seward, AK 99664
      LIO.Seward@akleg.gov


      Sitka Legislative Information Office
      (907) 747-6276
      201 Katlian Street, Suite 103
      Fax: (907) 747-5807
      Sitka, AK 99835
      LIO.Sitka@akleg.gov

      Tok Legislative Information Office
      (907) 883-5020
      PO Box 845
      Fax: (907) 883-5021
      1314 Alaska Highway
      LIO.Tok@akleg.gov
      Tok, AK 99780-0845

      Utqiagvik Legislative Information Office
      (907) 852-7111
      PO Box 830
      Fax: (907) 852-7114
      119 Bank Building
      LIO.Utqiagvik@akleg.gov
      Utqiagvik, AK 99723-0830

      Valdez Legislative Information Office
      (907) 835-2111
      PO Box 1969
      Fax: (907) 835-2097
      State Office Building, Room 13
      LIO.Valdez@akleg.gov
      Valdez, AK 99686-1969

      Wrangell Legislative Information Office
      (907) 874-3013
      PO Box 1514
      Fax: (907) 874-3955
      223 Front Street
      LIO.Wrangell@akleg.gov
      Wrangell, AK 99929-1514



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      UFA Job Posting: Office Manager

        Reports to: Executive Director
        Status: Full Time  

        United Fishermen of Alaska (“UFA”) is the statewide commercial fishing trade association, representing 36 Alaska commercial fishing organizations participating in fisheries throughout the state and its offshore federal waters. UFA’s mission is to promote and protect the common interest of Alaska’s commercial fishing industry, as a vital component of Alaska’s social and economic well-being. 

        Position Overview: 

        The Office Manager is responsible for general office work including membership correspondence, bookkeeping, filing of paper and electronic records, meeting preparation, and staff support to the Executive Director. The position is based in Juneau, Alaska. 

        Duties and Responsibilities: 

        • General office reception including phone and general organization email 
        • Responsible for administration of membership, accounting, and clerical duties of the organization 
        • Provide technological and research support for UFA President and UFA Executive Director. 
        • Prepare monthly membership renewal solicitation letters and general mail preparation 
        • Receive membership payments and maintain associated accounting system 
        • Maintain office information systems and backups 
        • Maintain online accounts and services, including but not limited to; email accounts, State of Alaska Revenue Online, Mailchimp, USPS ImSB bulk mail, Alaska Airlines EasyBiz, Fidelity IRA Plan Manager, IRS EFTPS, etc. 
        • Prepare or assist in compiling annual data tables of community fishery economic and employment statistics for publication of community fishing and processing fact sheets and other uses
        • Complete timely required filings and maintain records for state and federal agencies.
        • Maintain current press, legislative, congressional and agency contacts lists for carrying out UFA correspondence as needed 
        • General bookkeeping including reconciling monthly bank statement and monitor cash flow. 
        • Assist accountant in yearly IRS 990 filing 
        • Timely payment of accounts payable and payroll 
        • Reporting including but not limited to: IRS 941, 940, State ESC, Gaming, & APOC filings, Juneau City and Borough property and sales tax, and additional as may be required for grants, etc 
        • Assistance in preparation of correspondence
        • Assist in preparation of annual UFA budget recommendations
        • Produce current P&L, Budget vs. Actual, and balance sheet for reporting at regular meetings and as requested   
        • Monitor cash flow and membership trends 
        • Administration of UFA Fish PAC 
        • Other duties as assigned 

        Software tools include Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel and Publisher. Quickbooks, data export and import, mail merges, USPS ImSB small business bulk mail, and Microsoft Access experience a plus. 

        Required Qualifications: 

        This job requires a positive can-do attitude, ability to work independently to produce high quality work products, and manage multiple projects at once. Ideal candidates will have 1-3 years of relevant Office Manager experience. 

        Successful candidates will have excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Must possess strong organizational, critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as an attention to detail. Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines is required. Also essential is a high level of individual initiative and creativity. 

        Salary: 

        To be determined based on experience and qualifications. Benefits include 3% IRA match, as well as Medical/Dental/Vision health insurance plan with a Health Savings Account contribution. 

        To Apply: 

        Applications including resume and cover letter should be emailed to Frances Leach, Executive Director, at director@ufa-fish.org (please include Employment Application in the subject line). Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., April 29, 2019

        UFA Job Posting: Office Manager (.pdf)