Anchorage Update
 May 2012

Register Today for Anchorage Angel Fund Forum: May 17   


I encourage you to register for the upcoming 2012 Anchorage Angel Fund Forum being held May 17th at the Egan Center. This event will be a unique opportunity for companies to hear detailed information about the Municipality of Anchorage's new 49th State Angel Fund as well as for businesses and investors to hear from nationally renowned angel fund investment experts and local businesses leaders.  


Space is limited, so please  register today to reserve your seat at the forum.  

Mayor Sullivan with a group of teens at the Covenant House groundbreaking on May 1.

Transition Continues: Mayor Appoints New Port Director


Welcome aboard to Rich Wilson, the new Director of the Port of Anchorage. I'm thrilled that Mr. Wilson accepted the position and I'm confident that he will work conscientiously to address the current changes and issues with the Port expansion project. Wilson starts at the Port on May 14th. Read more...


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New Anchorage Public Library Director Named


Last week the Anchorage Public Library got a new leader; Mary Jo Torgeson has accepted the position of Director of the Library. Mrs. Torgeson is a welcome addition to my administration. Her accomplished career as a librarian in diverse settings will be most beneficial to the unique city of Anchorage. Read more...


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Mayor Sullivan announced Rich Wilson as the new Port Director and Mary Jo Torgeson as the new Library Director on May 2.

Westchester Lagoon Disc Golf Course Closure


If you know what I'm talking about when I say frolf, then you have likely played disc golf at Westchester Lagoon.  Last month Parks & Recreation announced the summer closure of the course to help rehabilitate vegetation.  The Westchester course was certainly popular, but is not the only place to play.  There are several other locations around the municipality for people to play: Kincaid Park (18 holes); Hanshew Middle School (9); Service High School (9); Russian Jack Springs Park (9); Girdwood Disc Golf Course (18); Schroeder Park (9); Gruening Middle School (9); Peters Creek Disc Golf Course (18); and Eagle River High School (9).


There will be one more chance for the public to weigh-in on this issue, the Parks & Recreation Commission is holding a meeting on May 10th to discuss closure of the disc golf course under Old Business agenda item.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM at the Spenard Recreation Center (2020 West 48th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99517).


Click here to read more on the Westchester Closure.  


Follow @ANCgreenparks on Twitter, or like Anchorage Parks and Recreation on Facebook to get stay up to date on this and other Parks & Rec issues.

Mayor Sullivan acted as a judge for Mr. Harley's We the People class at Begich Middle School.

Loussac Library: Your Library. Your Future. 


Anchorage Public Library is preparing for a once-in-a-generation renovation of this beloved local institution. The first phase, the Loussac Facility Master Plan, is now underway. We need your ideas, stories and perspectives. Please join us for this dynamic community workshop facilitated by Bruce Mau Design.


Loussac Facility Master Plan:

Community Workshop Part 1  Initial brainstorming and feedback session
Tuesday, May 15, 6-8:30 pm
Z.J. Loussac Library, Assembly Chambers 

Save the Date:
Loussac Facility Master Plan:

Community Workshop Part 2
Presentation on initial results of community feedback
Tuesday, June 12, 6-8:30 pm
Z.J. Loussac Library, Assembly Chambers


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The bald eagle at the Federal Employee Awards Luncheon from May 3.

Internships at the Mayor's Office


I am looking for college students with communication skills and dedication, who are willing to learn and be involved in government functions.  This is a summer internship program that will introduce students to the many aspects of city government while working in the Mayor's Office.  Interns will work directly with my Executive Staff and me.  Duties will include attending public events, learning computer software programs to help with data entry, addressing constituents' requests or comments on a daily basis at front desk or at public events or gatherings.   High school students will also be considered.    

If interested please call 343-7100 or email Larry Baker ( or find for more information here.

Connect with the Mayor


If you haven't already, follow me on Twitter (@MayorSullivan) and like my page on Facebook (Dan Sullivan, Mayor of Anchorage) to get updates from me on what's happening in Anchorage.

Issue: 37
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In This Issue
49th State Angel Fund
New Port Director
New Library Director
Disc Golf
Loussac Master Plan Workshop
Internship Opportunity

Mayor's Calendar

  • May 8
    Assembly Meeting & Wasilla Chamber of Commerce  
  • May 9 - Nurses Week Celebration at UAA
  • May 10
    UAA Seawolf Auction
  • May 11
    APD Shield Ceremony & Alaska Police Memorial Day
  • May 12
    AFD Open House & 12th Annual Reading Rendezvous Kick-Off 
  • May 12-19
  • May 13
    Mother's Day
  • May 15
    Loussac Master Plan Workshop
  • May 17
    49th State Angel Fund Conference
  • May 18
    Bike to Work Day
  • May 19
    MOA Creek Cleanup & Minnesota Park Fix It
  • May 21
    Arbor Day
  • May 22
    Assembly Meeting
  • May 28
    Memorial Day
  • June 1
    Festival of Flowers 

Mayor's Photo Contest

Please submit your best Anchorage photos to my Facebook Page to be featured in the Newsletter. 

This week's winner is: Cindy Holdal Just  


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