Governor Walker lowers flags to half-staff in honor of Av Gross May 9, 2018 No. 18-059 JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker asks all Alaska state flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of the passing of notable Alaskan Avrum M. Gross. Av Gross was Alaska’s Attorney General from 1974 – 1980, under Governor Jay Hammond. He steered Alaska’s Department of Law during some of state’s most significant watershed moments. During his tenure, the Trans-Alaska pipeline was completed, and carried its first barrels of oil south from Prudhoe Bay. With it came Alaska’s Permanent Fund and a brand new vision about what Alaska’s future could be like. Mr. Gross charted Alaska through new waters after Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). He was instrumental in negotiation for an agreement that the state must provide education to its youth, and that meant providing schools to villages, no matter how remote. As the state population boomed with oil in the 70s, he made sure Alaska’s law enforcement was prepared. He created prosecutor positions in Bethel, Kodiak, Kotzebue, and Barrow, and revised the state’s criminal code in 1980. “Av Gross was a remarkable man, who helped set the course that would define Alaska for decades to come. As a leader, we’ll miss his vision, and as a friend, we’ll miss him,” Governor Walker said. “Donna, Toni, Byron, and I send our gratitude and condolences to his family.” Flags should be lowered immediately, and return to full-staff at sundown on Thursday, May 10, 2018.