Palin Appointed Middle-School Coach to Board of Game
This morning our science reporter Arthur Allen explored the bizarre world of aerial wolf hunting, an Alaskan activity supported and actually furthered by Gov. Sarah Palin. There’s a small facet I’d like to add to that story.
Alaska’s Board of Game is a seven-member body that meets throughout the year for purposes of “conservation and development of game resources.” Hunting is an important part of the local culture and attracts tourists. You’d think Palin would find the most qualified people to sit on that board.
In Palin’s judgment, one of the most qualified people she could find was her retired middle-school basketball coach, Lewis D. Bradley.
Palin — known these days by her high school basketball nickname, “Sarah Barracuda” — has frequently described her childhood sports career as a formative experience.
To be fair, on Bradley’s resume (here), he notes that hunting, fishing and carving antlers are special interests of his. He also points out that he is working on a sheep hunting guide book, though the writing progress has stalled since he started remodeling his house.
I checked out the payscale for Board of Game members. It looks like there is an hourly rate of $31, for a job that meets 20-25 times a year, according to the description. Travel expenses are also covered, including a per diem — not that it’s possible to abuse that.