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.
One of the three Atlantic Harvester 1 crew members was rescued. The other two remain missing.
A 440-foot 11-crew freight vessel, the Simushir, ran into trouble off the coast of British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands on Friday, and was disabled and adrift, with about 167,000 gallons of fuel on board.