Secretary of the Interior Appoints Commissioners
Contact: Tom Baker, Management Assistant, 906-337-1104, ext131
Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne made five appointments to the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission this week. Two of the commissioners were reappointments, and three were new appointees. The Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission is a seven-member citizen’s panel with a mandate of advisement and assistance in the management of the park.
The appointees included: Clyde Raasio (reappointment) representing Quincy and Franklin Townships; Rev. Robert Langseth (reappointment) representing the Charter Township of Calumet; Edward Jenich, Jr. representing the Houghton County Board of Commissioners; Allan M. Johnson, representing the State of Michigan; and Stephen I. Albee, appointed as an At-Large member of the Advisory Commission. They joined sitting members Alison K. Hoagland (Chair and At-Large member) and Susan C. Cone, representing the Village of Calumet.
The newly appointed commissioners replaced commissioners Tom Nemacheck, who represented the State of Michigan, Kathryn Eckert, At-Large member, and Paul Lehto representing the Charter Township of Calumet. Ms. Eckert and Mr. Lehto each served the maximum twelve-year term limit.
The newly appointed commissioners were officially welcomed by the Department of the Interior’s Budget Officer John Trezise, whose grandfather, Norman Trezise was a Calumet native. The Advisory Commission’s regular quarterly meeting began at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne’s located on the corner of Scott and Fifth Streets in historic downtown Calumet.
Did You Know?
Despite ups and downs in copper production and prices, the Quincy Mining Company on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula was able to pay its investors dividends nearly every year from 1862 to 1920, earning it the nickname "Old Reliable." The company closed in 1945, but continued to operate the smelter until 1971.