Alaska News

Petersen Trumps Trombley

APRN Alaska News - Wed, 2014-04-02 17:18

Anchorage voters kept four out of five city assembly incumbents in their seats on Tuesday. But two races ended unpredictably by the time the polls closed and most of the votes were tallied up.

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 In East Anchorage, challenger Pete Petersen upset incumbent Adam Trombley, taking nearly 42 percent of the vote. Trombley finished the night with 37 percent, while a third challenger for the District 5 seat, Mao Tosi, took 20 percent.

 Petersen was not shy about declaring victory Tuesday, as supporters rallied around him at election central. Petersen said he’d worked hard for votes.

 ”I’ve been out there talking to people since last October. You know, when you knock on people’s doors and take time to listen to them, they appreciate it, and they get a chance to know you, personally, as a person. It’s not just an add that they see on tv, or an add that they hear on the radio, or a piece of paper in the mail. They’ve actually met you , and I think that makes a big difference. “

If the Peterson-Trombley race is close, the District 6 race is a real squeaker. Three candidates are vying for that seat, to be vacated by a termed out Assemblyman. By Tuesday night’s count, Bill Evans had 41 percent of the vote, while Bruce Dougherty had just under 39 percent. The third candidate, Pete Nolan, has 19 percent of the vote.

Anchorage voters also passed eight out of nine ballot propositions. A five point five million dollar bond package aimed at library improvements and a ballpark relocation failed by a narrow margin.

City election officials say the six thousand outstanding absentee and early ballots should be tallied next week.   Questioned ballots, by city law, have to be counted the day after an election, and that process started on Wednesday.  Official election results will be certified on April 15.

 

 

 

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Alaska Native Village CEOs Association Conference Addresses Land Contamination

APRN Alaska News - Wed, 2014-04-02 17:17

Under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, more than 200 village corporations were promised land in and around their communities. At a meeting of the Alaska Native Village CEOs Association in Anchorage this week, participants described the problems they’re encountering with the contaminated lands that were conveyed to them.

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Alaska News Nightly: April 2, 2014

APRN Alaska News - Wed, 2014-04-02 17:09

Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via emailpodcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.

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Tribal Judge: Bill to Improve Village Public Safety Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DC

The U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee today looked at a raft of bills aimed at improving the safety of Native American communities, including Alaska Native villages. A bill that would strengthen Alaska tribal courts and tribal law enforcement drew no opposition at the hearing, but the bill is likely to become more controversial.

Most Citizen Measures Could Make November Ballot

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Between a contested Senate primary and a mess of ballot questions, the August primary election is expected to be particularly lively. But a set of unusual circumstances and odd timing has the potential to push all but one of the citizen measures to the November general election, if the Legislature gavels out late.

Sitka Shops For Teachers At Seattle Fair

Ed Ronco, KPLU – Seattle

For school districts in rural Alaska, this is prime recruiting season. Next week, they’ll hold a job fair in downtown Anchorage, looking for teachers to fill hundreds of openings statewide. But they’re also looking outside the 49th state.

Helicopter Improves Access To Akutan Airport, For Now

Annie Ropeik, KUCB – Unalaska

For the past year and a half, people on Akutan have been taking a hovercraft to get to their airport on a different island. Now, the Aleutians East Borough has made the switch to a helicopter as their new airport taxi. The change has been a relief for residents.

Petersen Trumps Trombley

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Voters in Alaska’s largest city elected six municipal assembly seats Tuesday, but with thousands of absentee and early ballots still to be counted, the outcomes of some races may change.

Alaska Native Village CEOs Association Conference Addresses Land Contamination

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

Under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, more than 200 village corporations were promised land in and around their communities. At a meeting of the Alaska Native Village CEOs Association in Anchorage this week, participants described the problems they’re encountering with the contaminated lands that were conveyed to them.

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Feds: No Listing For Southeast Herring

APRN Alaska News - Wed, 2014-04-02 13:40

The southeast Alaska population of Pacific herring will not be listed as an endangered species.

Pacific Herring. (Alaska Department of Fish & Game photo)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday said such a listing is not warranted.

The Sierra Club in 2007 petitioned NOAA Fisheries to list Pacific herring in Lynn Canal under the Endangered Species Act. The federal agency a year later concluded it was not warranted because the Lynn Canal herring were not considered to be a distinct population or species.

However, the fisheries service said the herring were part of the larger Southeast Alaska Distinct Population Segment, and the agency began investigating whether that population deserved listing.

In Wednesday’s announcement, the agency said a listing isn’t warranted because the southeast Alaska herring population is experiencing positive trends in growth and productivity.

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Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Season’s Maximum Extent

APRN Alaska News - Wed, 2014-04-02 12:31

Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent this year on March 21.

According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, this year’s  extent averaged 5.7 million square miles – that’s more than a quarter-of-a-million miles less than the average extent measured between 1981 and 2010, but it is also slightly above the record low measured in 2006.

This year’s was the fifth lowest maximum extent measured, but it’s also the fifth latest in terms of timing since researchers began keeping records 35 years ago.

Scientists attribute a brief surge in sea ice extent in mid-March to winds over both the Barents and Bering Seas that pushed ice pack south temporarily.

Scientists say air temperatures over the Arctic in late march were unusually high.

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Investigation Of Alaska National Guard Sexual Assault Allegations Underway

APRN Alaska News - Wed, 2014-04-02 12:28

The head of the federal  National Guard Bureau says the investigation now underway into allegations of sexual assault and harassment within the Alaska National Guard should not be hidden away.

General Frank Grass. (Department of Defense photo)

In response to questions from Sen. Lisa Murkowski at a congressional hearing this morning, General Frank Grass said investigators from the Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations are on the case.

“What we’ve done at the request of the state is sent up an investigation team, about three weeks ago,” General Grass said. “We’re looking at a broad brush of complaints and we’ll do the analysis.”

“I’m free to come brief you in more detail on where we’re at on that and how much time it might take.”

Murkowski accepted the general’s offer but says the outcome of the investigation should be transparent to remove the cloud hanging over the Alaska National Guard. Gen. Grass agreed, although he said the report would go to the governor.

Some of the allegations date back as far as 2010.

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