Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker and his running mate, Democrat Byron Mallott, came through Sitka on a recent campaign swing, overlapping with Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Dan Sullivan. And on issues from healthcare to oil taxes, the two tickets provided a study in contrasts.
Southeast Alaska voters shot down some tax changes and construction projects during the Oct. 7 municipal elections. Here’s a quick look at what passed and what didn’t.
On Tuesday (10-7-14), not all the voting in Sitka happened at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Up the street at Sitka High School, students headed to the polls in a mock election. While the student voters may not have completely agreed with the electorate at-large, their opinions were—mostly! —based on thorough research.
With anxiety running high over how Sitka schools will fare under newly-adopted state testing standards this year, the Sitka school board Monday night (10-6-14) seemed pleased to learn that -- under the old standards -- the district has shown significant improvement. But there is also some troubling information in the data.
Quick thinking by an off-duty Sitka firefighter may have prevented a boat fire from becoming a major disaster in a local harbor Friday night. Deputy fire chief Al Stevens says Michelle Snowden, an engineer with the department, had just moved onto a liveaboard in Crescent Harbor when her pager alerted her to the fire on a neighboring vessel. She had it out before the engine arrived.