UPDATE: 3 file to run for Sitka mayor
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With four days left before the deadline, three people have shown interest in being the next mayor of Sitka.
Cheryl Westover will seek a second term in the office. She’s facing a challenge from Assembly members Mim McConnell and Thor Christianson.
McConnell has been on the Assembly since 2009. Her term expires this year. Christianson was elected to the Assembly in 2010, so he has one year remaining in his term.
Westover first joined the Assembly in 2006. She was elected mayor in 2010. She won by two votes over John Stein.
In addition to the mayoral candidates, the fall ballot also includes Michelle Putz and Matthew Hunter. They have filed to run for Assembly. Additionally, Cass Pook is seeking re-election to the school board.
Those interested in running for office must pick up a packet from the municipal clerk’s office in city hall.
Municipal Clerk Colleen Ingman’s office says a number of candidate packets are still in circulation. They must be returned by 5 p.m. Friday.
The municipal election is Oct. 2.
There’s a new bird in town, and she’s a little shy. After a long career in education, she doesn’t have a lot of patience for the classroom. But for the right student, she still has plenty to teach. These days, she’s settling into a comfortable retirement, just off Sawmill Creek Road-- at the Alaska Raptor Center. more
Linda Behnken, the Executive Director of the Alaska Longline Fisherman's Association was joined by Tori O'Connell, the Research Director of the Sitka Sound Science Center, to provide an update on SEASWAP (The Southeast Alaska Sperm Whale Avoidance Project). As O'Connell explains, the project just secured $311,000 in funding to continue research on a sperm whale avoidance network this fall. The avoidance network will tag whales in the Chatham Strait black cod fishery and give fisherman devices to communicate where the whales are located. Downloadable audio. more