- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker has nominated a Soldotna resident to a vacant seat on the state Board of Fisheries.

Robert Ruffner was appointed to a seat on the board for a term that expires in June, and reappointed for another four year term beginning in July, according to Boards and Commissions director Karen Gillis.

Ruffner is executive director of the nonprofit Kenai Watershed Forum. In January, he announced plans to retire this summer.

Former board chair Karl Johnstone resigned from that seat in January after being told he would not be reappointed. Walker then nominated Roland Maw, who withdrew in February.

The appointment still must be confirmed by the state Legislature.

House Speaker Mike Chenault said Friday during a meeting with reporters that he would support Ruffner’s nomination.

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