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Salazar picks Alaska assistant

Pat Pourchot, an official with the Alaska office of the National Audubon Society who once served as the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources under former Gov. Tony Knowles, will be the Interior Department's main representative in Alaska.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today appointed Pourchot as his Special Assistant for Alaska Affairs. Pourchot will be based in Anchorage. Salazar said that Pourchot will work closely with Interior’s senior management in Alaska as well as the department’s D.C.-based Director of Alaska Affairs, Kim Elton.

"Pat's background with the Department of Interior, the state of Alaska Native organizations, and the environmental community make him uniquely qualified to represent the Department of the Interior in Alaska," Salazar said.

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