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Aug 18 2014
Slate Set for Local Elections
Monday, 18 August 2014

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    The final candidate list for October’s municipal elections is set, after a flurry of filings made on Friday.
    Joining Incumbents Terry Haines and Randy Bishop on the Kodiak City Council ballot will be Marnie Leist and David Haught. They are vying for a pair of three-year terms on the council. All seats are elected at-large, with the top two vote-getters being seated.
    Two more names were added to the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly race, bringing the total to seven candidates seeking three positions. While incumbents Dave Kaplan and Tuck Bonney are seeking re-election, fellow Assemblyman Mel Stephens is not.
    On the ballot with Kaplan and Bonney are  Larry LeDoux, Brenda Schwantes, Dan Rohrer, Rebecca Skinner and Jascha Zbitnoff. Though the assembly represents the entire borough, all the candidates are from the greater Kodiak City area. All three terms are for three-years.
    For the school board, there are three candidates for two open seats. Incumbent Katie Oliver is seeking re-election, and will be joined on the ballot by Jeff Stewart and Duncan Fields.
    There are no candidates for the one seat on the Bay View OR Monashka Bay road service area boards.
    There are full slates for the Womens Bay Service Area Board, with John Isadore, David Heuman and George Lee all but guaranteed a seat. It’s the same situation on the Fire Protection Number 1 Board, with two men, Richard Carstens and Scott Arndt, running for the two openings.
    The Service Area Number 1 Board is a candidate short, with three seats available, but only two men running, Mike Sirofchuck and Scott Arndt.
    The municipal election for all these positions will be on Tuesday, October 7th.

 
Aug 18 2014
Murkowski Won't Endorse Primary Candidates
Monday, 18 August 2014

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             U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski was in Kodiak last week for a groundbreaking ceremony on the Coast Guard Base. After the ceremony she took time to talk with KMXT.
            While Murkowski isn’t up for re-election this year her senate counterpart, Democrat Mark Begich, is. The two have worked together in the senate for almost six years, something Begich has mentioned several times during his campaign. In fact, Begich has talked about their camaraderie and voting similarity so much that recently Murkowski asked him to focus on his own record and leave hers out of it.
              “I have always taken a very bipartisan approach to legislating – I believe that that’s the right thing to do. I believe Alaskans want their entire delegation to be working together on Alaska-related issues and I try to do that. I also make sure though that I run on my own record. I’m proud of what our delegation does as a team, but I recognize that as one member of the team, I have to run on my record. And I have just suggested, most recently very directly, that Senator Begich does need to run on his record, as I run on mine.”   

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Aug 15 2014
Sand Point Police Investigate Tustumena Drug Smuggling
Friday, 15 August 2014

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    It’s not uncommon for the Tustumena ferry to get held up on its trips through the Aleutian Chain. Usually, it’s due to rough weather or mechanical issues.
    But this Sunday, the Tustumena spent some extra time in Sand Point so local police could investigate alleged drug smuggling.
    Officer Eric Tupper says he received a call from a ferry employee while the vessel was still on its way into port.
    ”Somebody on board was seen with what appeared to be a plastic bag with a white powder in it. They were requesting that I try to search the bags or locate the white powder because they were unable to do so.”
    This isn’t the first time that Sand Point police have heard about drugs allegedly coming into the community on the Tustumena. But those tips usually come after the fact.
    In this instance, Tupper says he was able to board the vessel as soon as it arrived in Sand Point.  He met up with two passengers who had been flagged as suspicious and searched by Tustumena staff – which is allowed, according to Alaska Marine Highway System policies.
    Tupper asked a third passenger to step off the ferry for questioning. That woman was carrying a mixed vial of pills in her luggage. With help from the local clinic, police determined that the prescriptions were valid.
    “So it ended up being [that] we didn’t find any drugs. But we take any clue about drugs very seriously because of the drug problem and we’re going to investigate it as seriously as we can, and take every step we can to make sure that drugs aren’t coming [in]. And I think that we did that successfully.”
    Tupper wouldn’t point to any specific cases, but he says police have been making progress on stopping illegal drug sales in Sand Point.

 
Aug 15 2014
Coast Guard Breaks Ground On New Housing
Friday, 15 August 2014

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From left to right: Lars Wagner, the project manager for Perini Construction, Vice Admiral Charles Ray, the commander of Coast Guard Pacific, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Captain Jeffrey Westling, the commander of Coast Guard Base Kodiak, participate in the groundbreaking for new housing on the Coast Guard base in Kodiak.  Brianna Gibbs/Photo

 

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           During a well-timed break in the rain yesterday, dozens of Coast Guardsmen, civilians, politicians and construction workers gathered at large grassy field on base. The area is the site of future  Coast Guard housing, and yesterday’s gathering was the groundbreaking for the 18-month project. The end result will be 20, three-bedroom houses in the form of 10 duplexes. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs was at yesterday’s groundbreaking and filed this report.

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Aug 14 2014
Haines Seeks Re-Election in Far-From-Crowded Race
Thursday, 14 August 2014

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    There will be at least one name on the ballot for Kodiak City Council during October’s election. Until today (Thursday), no one had declared their candidacy for either of the open seats on the city council.
    Councilman Terry Haines turned in his petition for re-election this morning, and it was certified by City Clerk Deb Marlar.
    Haines said he’s seen fellow councilman Randy Bishop collecting signatures on his petition to appear on the ballot, but as of noon, it had not been turned in or certified.
    The deadline to file for a city council seat – or any of the Kodiak Island Borough election races – is 4:30 Friday afternoon.

 
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