Voter turnout in Sitka was running low in Sitka during Tuesday’s (8-28-12) statewide primary election. As of 3PM, only 334 voters had cast ballots in each of Sitka’s two newly-consolidated precincts at Harrigan Centennial Hall. This was about 20 votes behind turnout in just one of Sitka’s old precincts during the last mid-term primary in 2006. By 7 PM, turnout had ticked up to about 600 voters per precinct.
By the end of its meeting Tuesday night, the assembly had decided not to offer rebates for homeowners who install energy-efficient heat pump systems in their homes. But their path to that decision had less to do with heat pumps than with concerns about the city’s long-term electricity use. more
President Obama’s visit to the landslide in Oso, Washington, this week (Tue Apr 22) was timed to refocus the nation’s attention on this disaster, long after the headlines have moved elsewhere. Former Sitkan Barnaby Dow is the external affairs manager in the King County Office of Emergency Management in Seattle. more