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Aug 21 2014
Democrat Jerry McCune Seeking District 32 Nod PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2014

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    Now that the dust has settled in the primary election, District 32 Democrat Jerry McCune finally knows who he’ll be facing in November’s general - Louise Stutes of Kodiak.
    McCune, a third generation Cordova commercial fisherman, was in Kodiak last week on a campaign swing, as Cordova, Kodiak Island, Yakutat and south Kachemak Bay are all in Alaska House District 32 under this year’s redistricting plan.
    “When the redistricting changed and Mr. Austerman retired, I felt it was a wide-open seat and I wanted to give people a choice since I’m running as a Democrat and there’s three Republicans in Kodiak.... So I wanted to give people a choice. I wanted to get out and talk about the issues in this district, ‘cause I know this district pretty well.”
    McCune is the current president of the United Fishermen of Alaska and as such, has spent a lot of years in the halls of the capital pushing for commercial fishing legislation.
    “I have real ties to the fishing industry. My grandfather came to Cordova in 1908, ran a claim, cannery, fished, worked on the railroad, for the Copper Northwestern Railroad, ran the first hydro. And then I’m pretty tied to the two villages in the sound and then I know a little bit about Seldovia. So our district is pretty much commercial fishing, but there’s charter boats and there’s other industries running there too that need their fair share, too.”
    McCune says he knows a lot of fishermen in Kodiak, and got “an ear-full” about fishing while walking the docks last week, but he says there are many other issues important to District 32 as well.
    “I’ve heard a lot about roads and particularly in Yakutat they’re looking to build a hatchery to supplement the small fishery they have there – it’s mostly setnet and sportsfishing that share that fishery. But they need cheaper power. Now everybody you talk to needs cheaper power. In the villages, in Tyonek, they haven’t really receiv3ed a lot of state funding over there. Those kind of villages are really tough – you’ve got to be invited to talk to the elders and try to make some inroads about what their needs are. But sometimes they’re tough, but you’ve got to keep talking in those particular places.”
    McCune, who raised five kids in Cordova, thinks the legislature should better fund schools.
    “I think our BSA is too low. I think there’s talk of accountability of schools and how they do that. But when I talk to teachers, classrooms are being overloaded and it’s getting to be hard to keep good teachers, especially in remote areas. I think we need to get the communities involved, too, quite a bit, with the teachers and see what we can do to help out to make it palatable to keep good teachers and keep the system moving.”
    McCune will face Republican Louise Stutes in the November 4th general election.

 
Aug 21 2014
Alex Haley Crew Hoist Injured Fisherman in Aleutians PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2014

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    The Coast Guard medevac’d an injured fisherman from near the Islands of the Four Mountains in the central Aleutians yesterday.
    The 27-year-old man was aboard the fishing vessel Patricia Lee at the time. The boat was near Chuginadak Island, home of Cleveland Volcano, when the man hurt his foot and needed medical attention.
    Coast Guard public affairs officer Diana Honings [HOE-nings] says the cutter Alex Haley was nearby, with an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aboard.
    “The Alex Haley was on a patrol through the Bering Sea,” she said, “and they happened to be in the neighborhood when the man needed a medevac.”
    The Alex Haley sent its helicopter to hoist the injured fisherman from the 116-foot Patricia Lee. The man was flown to Unalaska for emergency treatment. Weather conditions were reportedly calm at the time.
    It’s the first Coast Guard medevac in several months from near Unalaska. But Honings says this summer has been busy for rescues elsewhere in the state.

 
Aug 20 2014
Troopers Seek Help in Locating Kodiak Man PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Teddy Charliaga, 35, is wanted by Alaska State Troopers. AST/Photo

 

 

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Alaska State Troopers are asking for the public’s help in locating a Kodiak man wanted on warrants and concern for his life. According to an AST dispatch posted on Monday, troopers said they are looking for 35-year-old Teddy Charliaga. Troopers and Kodiak Police attempted to locate Charliaga after a woman reported he was going to harm himself. He also has an existing bench warrant out for his arrest.
    According to the dispatch Charliaga was last seen by the waterfront in downtown Kodiak on August 14. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and tan colored shorts. The dispatch reports it appears he is trying to avoid law enforcement. 
    Anyone with information about Charliaga’s whereabouts is asked to contact the troopers at 486-4121 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 486-3113. Troopers also remind folks that anyone aiding Charliaga or preventing his arrest may also face criminal charges.
 

 

 
Aug 20 2014
How District 32 Voted in Tuesday's Primary PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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    In yesterday’s primary election, voters in Kodiak and much of District 32 voted with the rest of the state on the major Republican Senate race, but went strongly the other way on Proposition 1.
    Those two races as well as a three-way battle for the local Republican House candidate nomination brought out just more than 24 percent of registered voters in the district that stretches from Kodiak Island around the Gulf coast to Whittier.
    Measure 1, which would have rolled back the tax cut on oil companies the Parnell administration pushed, received overwhelming support in Kodiak, with 1,949 YES votes and just 994 NO votes. Statewide, the measure is losing by a small margin.
    In the closed Republican primary, Kodiak voters went for Dan Sullivan by a slim margin in the U.S. Senate race over the other two candidates. Sullivan received 593 votes, compared to Joe Miller’s 585 and Mead Treadwell’s 522. Running essentially unopposed, incumbent Democrat Mark Begich received 847 Kodiak votes.
    District 32 Democrats gave Forrest Dunbar 624 votes, while Republicans gave Don Young 1,286.
    In the open gubernatorial primary, Democrat Byron Mallott received 626 of the votes cast in District 32, while in the closed Republican primary, Sean Parnell got 1,140. Together they will face independent Bill Walker in November.
    Breaking down the three-way Republican primary for House District 32, winner Louise Stutes dominated in the two Kodiak City precincts, as well as Mission Road. Stutes had 163 votes in Kodiak Number 1 compared to Carol Austerman’s 83 and Rich Walker’s 67. In Kodiak Number 2, Stutes had 132 votes to Walker’s 93 and Austerman’s 83. In the Mission Road District, whose voters cast their ballots at Bayside Fire Hall, Stutes had 313 votes, Walker 183 and Austerman 138.
    In Bell’s Flats, Rich Walker had 67 votes, just seven more votes than Stutes, and more than twice as many as Austerman’s 30. He also won the Yakutat and Tyonek vote with 13 and 2, respectively.
    Austerman’s only wins came in likewise smaller precincts, such as Cordova, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie and Port Lions, and by relatively slim margins.
    Stutes will now face Democrat Jerry McCune in the general election. District wide, the Cordova fisherman received 817 votes.

 
Aug 20 2014
Stutes Takes Early Lead, Holds Strong in Republican Primary PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2014

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            It looks as though Louise Stutes will be the Republican challenger to Democrat Jerry McCune during the House District 32 race this November. With 14 out of 14 precincts reporting just after midnight, Stutes held her lead with 801 votes. Walker trailed her with 510 votes Carol Austerman garnered 486. These results are unofficial and final numbers won’t be known until absentee and early voter ballots are counted.
              Stutes took the lead early in the race and held it throughout the evening as ballots were counted and numbers rolled in. KMXT spoke with Stutes about Tuesday’s primary and the unofficial election results.
             “Well you know I’m very happy and I feel very grateful to the people of House District 32 that have their confidence in me and I’m not going to let them down. I’m going to take their message to Juneau.”   
               Stutes said she’s looking forward to challenging McCune during the general election this fall.
               “I think it will be a good race. You know I had the opportunity to meet Jerry when he was in Kodiak and he’s a great guy and he’s got a lot of great qualities and I think it will be a good race and I’m looking forward to it.”
                KMXT will bring you more updates on absentee and early voting ballots as they come during regularly scheduled news broadcasts.

 
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