The Sitka Electric Department is concerned about more power failures, due to aging transformers at the Marine Street substation. The Sitka Assembly also voted this week to give regulatory power to the citizen-led Marijuana Advisory Committee.
Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott says the state will share its knowledge and ask for input on Canadian mines near rivers that flow into Alaska.
State government will formally involve tribal groups in its transboundary mining work. Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott made that commitment Wednesday while meeting in Juneau with Southeast Native leaders.
Lt. Governor Byron Mallott urged unity at one of the most polarized meetings of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in recent memory.
Two Village Public Safety Officers graduated from firearm training today (Friday, 4-3-15), becoming the first officers in the 40-year history of the program to be armed.
A new Walker-Mallott administration working group is addressing British Columbia's mining boom near its border with Alaska.
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.
U.S. Senator Mark Begich spoke to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. In an interview afterward, Begich discussed his campaign, climate change, and the new unity ticket shaking up the governor’s race.
News broke over the weekend that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott may be combining his campaign with that of Independent Bill Walker. In Sitka recently, Mallott argued the key issue in November is whether Alaskans' voices will be heard in state government, and said Walker remains, on social issues, a "conservative Republican."
Ballot Measure 1 may be failing statewide, but in Sitka and the rest of central Southeast Alaska, it was a clear winner on Tuesday. Seventy-five percent of Sitka voters backed the measure, with 1315 “yes” votes to just 448 “no” votes.