Month: August 2010

Extended Audio/Video: McAdams meets the Press

Hear extended audio (approx. 14 min.) of Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams's press conference in Anchorage, recorded the day after he won the state's Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. McAdams will face either Joe Miller or Lisa Murkowski in the fall. Right now, with absentee ballots waiting to be counted, Miller has a lead over Murkowski and is widely thought to be the GOP nominee. A note: The reporters' questions will sound faint on this tape.

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Blown tire causes (another) AK Air jet to abort takeoff

Another Alaska Airlines jet has suffered a mishap in Sitka. Flight 67 was taking off from Sitka Wednesday evening at about 6:45 when a tire blew out. Airline spokesperson Bobbie Egan says the incident occurred when the Boeing 737 was about one-third of the way down the runway. The 120 passengers were transported back to the terminal aboard three Sitka Tours buses. Egan says the cause of the blowout remains a mystery.

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Plan to merge departments on hold

A plan to combine two city departments is on hold. The Sitka Assembly postponed a request to merge the Planning and Building departments, during last night’s regular meeting. The plan would put city building inspector Preston O’Connell in charge of the new “Community Development Department.” It’s a move that put the city’s planning director in the position of defending his job performance during a public meeting – a situation both he and the assembly admitted was awkward.

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Sitka voters favor Murkowski, McAdams

As they often have in the past, Sitka voters bucked statewide trends during Tuesday’s statewide primary.
If Sitkans had their way, incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski would be the Republican nominee for the US Senate, rather than Fairbanks attorney – and Tea Party candidate – Joe Miller.
But it would have been close. Murkowski edged out Miller by only 28 votes on election day, 479 to 451. In Petersburg and Wrangell, a little nearer to Murkowski’s hometown of Ketchikan, the margins were significantly greater in Murkowski’s favor.

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