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UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: Sitka voters favor Hunter, Knox, Bean; Prop 1 fails

IMG_9364The unofficial results for Sitka's municipal election are in. Matthew Hunter is Sitka's mayor-elect. Kevin Knox and Aaron Bean are the top vote-getters for two seats on the Sitka Assembly. And Jennifer McNichol was elected to a three-year-term on the Sitka School Board. Proposition 1 failed, by a margin of 66 to 33.

Voters in the villages take to the polls

Sarah, Keegan, and Delilah Cordova at the voting booth in Port Alexander. (Photo courtesy of Molly Kimzey)Along with Sitka, smaller cities from around the region went to the polls on Tuesday (10-4-16) to elect or reelect residents to the Mayor's office, the City Council, and seats on the School Board.

Bear sighting forces temporary park closure

A sow and her twin cubs scout a creek bed near Sitka for pink salmon. (Hugh Bevan photo)Sitka National Historical Park's trails were closed for about an hour while park staff and the police responded. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game also tried to locate the bear.

Voter turnout high in Sitka

IMG_9358Today (10-04-16) is the municipal election and voter turnout in Sitka is high. As of 4 p.m., both Precinct 1 and Precinct 2 were reporting a ballot count over 600. This time last year, the ballot count was half that.

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Sitkans consider pros and cons of a property tax raise

In Sitka, voters are considering raising the cap on property taxes from 6 to 8 mills. The Assembly put the question on the ballot at the direction of a Citizens' Task Force. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)To raise or to not raise the cap? That is the question before Sitka voters today (10-04-16). Proposition 1 asks if Sitka should raise the local limit on property taxes from 6 mills to 8 mills. If the ballot question passes, $1 million of that money would go towards the Electric Fund to help pay off the Blue Lake Dam.

Hoonah hunter mauled, medevacked to Juneau

The mauling in Neka Bay over the weekend is the fifth bear attack in the "ABC Islands" (Admiralty-Baranof-Chichagof) since August 7. (KCAW image)A helicopter from Air Station Sitka medevacked a Hoonah man to Juneau on Saturday afternoon (10-1-16), after he was mauled by a brown bear. It was the 5th brown bear attack since August in the area.

True stories of nurses from the Last Frontier

Vowel slides Terry's version 150In January, 2015 Rebecca Poulson recorded a special interview with Brownie Thompson and Marge Ward, who both happened to arrive in Sitka as adventurous young nurses in 1949. If you missed it on the air, you can listen to it in its entirety here!

Vice-presidential debate, local elections on Tuesday, October 4

Special_Programming_featurednewSizeTuesday, October 4, 2016, Raven News will provide live coverage of the Vice Presidential Debate from 5-7 PM. At 8 PM, we'll bring you live coverage of local election returns from Harrigan Hall.

2016 Election Hub! Where to vote and who’s running

Allcandidates_webpageThis year's municipal election is Tuesday, October 4th. There's a question on the ballot to raise the cap on property taxes and 10 candidates running for municipal office. To help you make an informed decision, Raven Radio profiled of each candidates and hosted four call-in shows. Find those stories here.