A 49-year-old Ketchikan man is believed dead in a Wednesday-night house fire after reportedly shooting a gun into the air and then probably running back into his burning home. Investigators reported early Thursday evening that they found a body in the ashes of the destroyed house.
Republican Chere Klein, who was a mere 19 votes behind after last week’s general election, now is nine votes ahead of independent Dan Ortiz.
The fate of the local House District 36 race remains up in the air, but the Alaska House Majority and Bush caucuses still met this week with local Republican candidate Chere Klein.
Southern Southeast Alaska experienced some wild weather Wednesday night, leading to downed trees, power outages and a somewhat rare phenomenon called “corona”
It will still be a while before we know the results of the too-close-to-call House District 36 race. But in the meantime, here are some election-night numbers to consider.
Dan Ortiz, who is not affiliated with any party, has a 19-vote lead. He holds 50.03 percent of the vote, compared to 49.66 percent for Republican Chere Klein.
House District 36 covers the southern tip of Alaska’s Southeast region. It includes Ketchikan, Saxman, Wrangell, Metlakatla, Hydaburg, Hyder, Loring and Myers Chuck. Two Ketchikan-based candidates hope to represent those communities in the state Legislature: Republican Chere Klein and independent Dan Ortiz.
The Performing Arts Center committee has hired a California-based architect, who will work with a local firm on design plans. The first phase of that design is expected to be complete by early next summer.
While the two candidates agree on some issues, such as promoting resource development and making sure the Alaska Marine Highway System remains viable, they have some clear differences, as well. One such area is Medicaid expansion.
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly rejected an ordinance Monday that would have added prayer to the regular meeting agenda.