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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.

 
Aug 19 2014
Talk of the Rock: Youth Conservation Corps PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2014

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           On today's edition of Talk of the Rock, we'll hear from members of the Youth Conservation Corps -- a group of local teens that spent the summer working for the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. 

 
Aug 19 2014
Chinook Disaster Funds Released PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2014

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    NOAA Fisheries announced Monday that it is ready to start distributing $7.8-million in disaster relief funds stemming from the 2012 king salmon collapse. A second round valued at about $13-million will also be forthcoming.
    NOAA Fisheries Deputy Regional Administrator for Alaska Doug Mecum in Juneau says that application forms for affected commercial fishermen in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and Cook Inlet will be made available this week.
    “We really wanted to get as much of the money out to people as we could, as soon as we could, and it appeared that we needed to break this aspect of it out. So we’re still working on that.”
    Mecum said there are about 1,120 commercial fishermen between the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers who are in line to receive about $3.2-million in this first round of grants, while there are about 540 Cook Inlet fishermen getting $4.6-million. He says that imbalance will be addressed in the second round of grants:
    “In the Kuskokwim there’s not a real big fishery, commercial fishery for chinook salmon. There’s a very large subsistence fishery, of course. And the second grant will address some of those things. So when all the dust settles one might want to look at it at that point when the full allotment gets sent out, because there’ll actually be more money going to the Yukon-Kuskokwim in that second piece than there would be to the Cook Inlet area.”
    He also said that the sportsfishing industry in Cook Inlet will also be receiving some of the disaster funds:
    “In the Cook Inlet area there are going to be direct payments made to recreational fishing businesses – guides and lodge operators and things of that nature that were impacted by the disaster. And then the Yukon-Kuskokwim there’s some assistance for people to purchase alternative gear types. There’s also some assistance in terms of design management strategies to avoid these commercial fisheries failures in the future to the extent we can control that in the management of the fisheries.”
    Mecum said the fishermen in the affected areas will now work with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission to make arrangements to get the disaster relief payments. He says NOAA would like to see the money in the hands of the fishermen “before the snow flies,” and that the second, larger round of payments should be ready for awarding in the coming months.

 
Aug 19 2014
Five Things to Know About Today's Primary PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2014

BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Today's primary will decide the hard-fought, first-round battle for U.S. Senate in Alaska and whether to reinstate an oil tax system that was a legacy of Sarah Palin's short tenure as governor.
    Here are five more things to know about the primary:

—BIG MONEY: Alaska's U.S. Senate race is the first major race in the state during the era of super PACs and it comes with high stakes: Republicans see the state as key to their efforts to wrest back control of the chamber. The seat is currently held by a first-term Democratic incumbent, Mark Begich, who is putting up a hard fight.
    In the lead-up to the primary, a super PAC backing Begich spent about $4 million against the presumptive GOP front-runner, former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan. About $1.2 million has been spent against Begich, according to the web-based Influence Tracker, with millions more waiting in the wings heading toward the general election.

—SENATE SLATE: Begich's only primary opposition is from a Brooklyn, New York, man who has been a non-factor. The Republican contest is considered a three-man race between Sullivan, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller. The Libertarian and Alaskan Independence parties are fielding candidates, as well. Begich wants all the eventual nominees included in debates he participates in.

—OIL TAX REPEAL: Ballot Measure 1 asks voters whether they want to repeal the oil tax cuts passed by lawmakers in 2013 and revert to the system enacted under Palin in 2007. A "yes" vote favors repeal. According to the Division of Elections, only three referenda have ever appeared on a statewide ballot, two of which passed, one in 2000, one in 1976.

—OTHER RACES: The ballot also features U.S. House and gubernatorial primaries, though no upsets are expected. The attention in both those has largely been focused on the general.

—PRIMARY TURNOUT: Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai isn't estimating possible voter turnout, just saying she hopes it's "high." Turnout in 2010, which also featured competitive U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races, was about 34 percent. Since 1976, turnout has topped 50 percent just three times.

 
Aug 19 2014
Primary Election Day in Alaska PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2014

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Voting place directions in Bell's Flats. Brianna Gibbs/KMXT photo

 

 

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    Today is primary election day in Alaska. Voters will go to the polls to choose the participants in November’s general election, as well as decided whether the oil tax reduction passed by the legislature should be repealed.
    In House District 32, which includes Kodiak, the Republican candidate for Alaska State House will be determined. The winner amongst Rich Walker, Louise Stutes and Carol Austerman will face Democrat Jerry McCune in November.
    Statewide, candidates from each party for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator will be chosen.
    Polls opened at 7 this morning and will remain so until 8 p.m.
    KMXT will have results on the air and online as they come in tonight after the polls close. Here's a link to the State Division of Elections website where you can track them online.

 
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