State Flags to be Lowered in Honor of Former House Speaker Joe Hayes

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - Governor Walker has ordered that all Alaska state flags be flown at half-staff starting tomorrow in honor of former House Speaker Joe Hayes who passed away on February 16th at the age of 88.

    Speaker Hayes served in the Alaska State House from 1977 to 1984 and as Speaker to the House from 1981 to 1984.

    Hayes traveled the Alaska Highway with his family in June of 1946, among some of the first civilians to travel the route. Speaker Hayes was an avid bush pilot who traveled across Alaska by plane and he could often be found of the waters of Alaska as an enthusiastic fisherman.

    “Joe Hayes was a gentleman among gentlemen: he always sought out the good and believed in compromise,” Governor Walker said via a press release. “This belief in compromise led to the formation of a coalition majority in the Alaska State House, which allowed legislators from across the aisle to work together for the benefit of all Alaskans. Donna, Byron, Toni and I extend our sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and community.”

    Governor Walker ordered that Alaska flags be lowered to half-staff at sunrise on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Flags should return to full-staff at sunset on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

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