Dennis Anderson, the Frontiersman newspaper’s Publisher (who recently relocated to Colorado but still works for Wick Publishing which owns the Frontiersman), is MSB Manager Moosey’s “go to” person for Public Relations.
Mr. Anderson’s “Publisher’s Notebook” column, which runs in the Frontiersman and its sister newspaper, the Anchorage Press, often features Mr. Moosey and other MSB Directors. There is never any criticism; just lots of fawning coverage.
(Side Note: The Frontiersman has a longstanding substantial contract to publish all the MSB’s meetings and other legal notices. The MSB has full page ads in the newspaper on Wednesdays and Fridays plus lots of RFPs are published in the classified section.)
In a new two-part interview that ran this week in the Frontiersman, MSB Manager John Moosey discussed several topics with Mr. Anderson.
Moosey stated that his (non public; non Assembly-approved; non Port Commission disclosed) $103,500 consulting contract with former Governor Sean Parnell was not a secret.
“If people come talk to me, I’ll tell them. None of this is a secret.”
Is this really true?
I discovered the Sean Parnell contract only because of my ongoing efforts to obtain Public Records from the MSB. (And FYI – the Frontiersman didn’t discover or do any reporting on the Parnell contract.)
I sent an email to the MSB Manager and Mayor and a couple of Assembly members on January 16, 2019, asking a lot of follow up questions about this contract.
The Manager and the Mayor did not respond to my email. Zilch. Nada. Nothing.
I had to send a series of follow up emails and Public Records Requests to the Public Records Clerk (who is the Mayor’s secretary) in order to seek out any “work product” to figure out what former Gov. Parnell actually did for the MSB.
I was finally told by Public Records Clerk that there was no written work product.
So, this contract (which was over the 100K limit and thus should have been approved by the Assembly at a public meeting), was secretive.
Also – the MSB didn’t bother to inform its Port Commission that it had hired Sean Parnell to help market the Port. (I called a Port Commissioner in January who confirmed this to me.)
Thus, the MSB had a lot of explaining to do at the Spring Port Commission meetings: