ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage residents were appointed to the Board of Game Thursday.
Dana Pruhs and George Matz fill vacancies left when the term served by Walter Sampson of Kotzebue expired and by the Legislature's refusal to confirm the appointment of Chip Dennerlein of Anchorage.
In making the appointments, Gov. Tony Knowles praised the experience and diversity Pruhs and Matz bring to the board.
Pruhs, a hunter and fisherman, operates construction businesses in Anchorage and Fairbanks, where he was born and raised. He also owns a sand and gravel firm in Wasilla and an air taxi in Homer, according to Knowles' office.
Pruhs sits on the board of the Midnight Sun Gun Dog Association that teaches bird retrieval skills.
''As a lifelong Alaskan, I understand the importance of the management of game resources to the state,'' Pruhs said. ''I have the experience and time to dedicate myself to serving Alaska in this capacity.''
George Matz, an economic analyst and consultant, has served as president of the Anchorage Audubon Society for the past five years. Matz, a 25-year Alaska resident, helped organize the Alaska Bear Festival, a yearly gathering of hunters, trappers, wildlife viewers, guides, scientists, and managers to promote the conservation of bears.
''I will work with all conservationists, both hunters and non-hunters, to help accomplish what is in the best interest of wildlife populations and habitat, and all others who enjoy or depend on Alaska's wildlife resources,'' Matz said.
The appointments still must be approved by the Legislature.
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