Month: August 2008

Who is Sarah Palin anyway?

Republican candidate John McCain’s announcement of Sarah Palin as his Vice-Presidential pick came as a surprise to just about everyone, including visitors to Sitka, many of whom hadn’t even heard the news until KCAW’s Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock hit the cruise ship dock to ask people from Outside what they thought of the nomination. Many of them had never heard of the Alaska Governor before.

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Stein: Palin a GOP prospect on Wasilla council

Governor Sarah Palin’s selection as the GOP vice-presidential candidate came as a surprise to most Alaskans – none more so than John Stein, the former Wasilla mayor who encouraged Palin to run for the local council over a decade ago, and was later unseated by her.
KCAW’s Robert Woolsey spoke with Stein about how the future governor and eventual vice-presidential candidate got her start in politics:

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Herwald, Wilson top House 2 primary

Sitka mayor Marko Dapcevich failed to win a single precinct Tuesday night (8-26-08) in his bid to serve as representative for District 2 in the Alaska state house.
His opponent, political newcomer Lily Herwald, took every precinct in the district on the democratic ballot, and out-polled republican incumbent Peggy Wilson everywhere but Wrangell.

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Sitkans buck statewide trends on props 3, 4

Sitka voters bucked statewide trends on two of the four ballot propositions, but otherwise were in lockstep with the rest of Alaskans on their preferences for other key races.
Local democrats also favored Diane Benson as their candidate for the congressional seat currently held by Don Young.

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How are fishermen adapting to high fuel costs?

In Southeast Alaska, fishermen are looking at fuel saving measures to cut costs, or they risk staying tied to the docks. As part of a CoastAlaska series on how people are adjusting to the high cost of energy, KCAW’s Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock reports on how some Sitka fishermen are coping, and how a new loan program endorsed by the Governor is slated to help:

Click on "more" to hear other reports in our series.

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