Woll talks about initial impressions of service on Juneau Assembly

    Juneau Assembly member Christine Woll

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Christine Woll has been a member of the Juneau Assembly for nearly a month now following her election victory last month.

    She was asked on Action Line if she's had a moment where she's asked herself, "What have I done?.  Following laughter, she said, "To be honest it's been pretty amazing and pretty fascinating so far.  I'm definitely learning a lot.  I think I was really surprised by the breadth of issues that the Assembly is dealing with.   After the campaign, I definitely had a sense of what most of the hot topics were and I was definitely interested in planning on working on, but to see all the other issues that the Assembly's dealing and the city's dealing with at any given moment I think has been pretty eye-opening and it's definitely a lot to take in."

    Woll participated in her first Assembly retreat last Saturday.  There was discussion on establishing goals and objectives.  We asked she brought to the table.   'What I think I was able to bring to the conversation was a reminder that dealing with the pandemic is our number one goal and priority right now.  And so let's think critically about how that changes our goals or doesn't change our goals and how to make sure that's kind of woven through our priorities."

    In addition to the Committee of the Whole and Finance Committees, on which all members serve, Woll will also serve on Human Resources and Public Works and Facilities.

    Her liaison assignments include the Juneau Commission on Aging, Travel Juneau, and the Downtown Business Association.



    More from News of the North

    • My Father's Hands

      The first time I remember being aware of my father’s hands was when I was three.

    • Judge says CDC can't require COVID vaccines for cruises

      Florida (KINY) - A federal judge has ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can not require cruise ship passengers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. ABC has called the ruling an "initial win" for Florida.

    • Alaska Special Legislative Session Limps Toward End

      JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The special legislative session limped toward a bitter end Friday, with Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and House majority leaders sharply disagreeing over the adequacy of the budget passed by lawmakers earlier this week.

    • Dunleavy, Legislators Battle to Bitter End

      JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) — The special legislative session ended Friday, with Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and House majority leaders still at odds over the budget passed by lawmakers earlier this week.

    • National Weather Service Seeks to Improve Weather Messaging

      Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The National Weather Service is requesting feedback on how it can improve messaging during times when weather or flood hazards are possible or happening. 

    • Health Consortium names permanent President

      Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium announced that they have named Valerie Davidson as their Permanent President.

    • Interim Principal chosen for Thunder Mountain High School

      Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - John Luhrs replaces Steve Morrow who left the post following the conclusion of this school year.

    • Appeals Court Panel Orders Review of EPA Decision in Alaska

      JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A split federal appeals court panel has sent back for further legal review a 2019 decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw proposed restrictions on large-scale mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. The EPA during the Obama administration proposed but never finalized restrictions on large-scale mining in response to the Pebble Mine project.

    • Dunleavy says Legislature may be called back June 23, unless changes are made by tomorrow

      Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy said he is "prepared" to call the Legislature back into session on June 23 if they do not craft a full budget by Friday evening, the last day of the special session.

    • Alaska Legislative Leaders Approve Retroactive Allowances

      JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska legislative leaders have agreed to allow lawmakers to collect retroactively an allowance for the special session now nearing its end.

    • Just How Fast is Seward’s Lydia Jacoby

      Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - When Lydia Jacoby, the 17-year-old Seward Tsunami Swim Club sensation, touched the wall at Tuesday’s U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, in the finals of the 100-meter breaststroke and the her lane clock stopped at one minute 05.28 seconds, a crowd of Juneau’s Glacier Swim Club athletes, clad in swim gear at practice, erupted in cheer.

    • Alaska State Capitol reopens to the public

      Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Legislative Council, a group made up of members from both the House and Senate, unanimously agreed to reopen the Alaska State Capitol to members of the public in a meeting Wednesday.

    Current Conditions

    Crude Oil Price