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Nov 05 2014
District 32 Leans Toward Begich, Dunbar and Walker
Wednesday, 05 November 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Alaska House District 32, which includes the Kodiak Island Borough, small Lower Kenai Peninsula communities, and across the Gulf Coast to Cordova and Yakutat, bucked the trend on several statewide races.
The voters here favored incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Begich by 144 votes over Republican challenger Dan Sullivan. Begich took in 2,123 votes to Sullivan's 1,989.
Likewise, District 32 voters gave Democratic challenger Forrest Dunbar 29 more votes than incumbent Republican Representative Don Young. Dunbar received 2,083 to Young's 2,054.
In the gubernatorial race, Kodiak went with the flow and gave independent Bill Walker the edge over Republican incumbent Governor Sean Parnell by 520 votes, 2,316 to 1,796.
Voters also came out in favor of legalized pot by a 4,359 to 2,468 vote. Raising the minimum raise won handily with 3,420 votes to 974. Protecting Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine was also an overwhelming win, with 3,214 in favor to 1,060 against.
Nov 05 2014
Stevens and Stutes Win Handily
Wednesday, 05 November 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
While some statewide races are still too close to call, locally, the results were clear.
Incumbent Republican Senator Gary Stevens handily won re-election with 73 percent of the vote. He pulled in 7,095 votes in District P, compared to 27 percent for Cordova Democrat Robert “Moose” Henrichs' 2,628.
In House District 32, where there was no incumbent, Kodiak Republican Louise Stutes was victorious over Cordova Democrat Jerry McCune by 57 percent to 43 percent. Stutes received 2,456 votes to McCune's 1,858.
We'll have more from the candidates during our noon newscast. 
Nov 04 2014
A Full Ballot Faces Voters Today
Tuesday, 04 November 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
It's General Election day across the nation. Here in Alaska we'll be faced with a ballot full of candidates and ballot initiatives. Polls opened at 7 this morning and will remain so until 8 p.m.
Voters in Kodiak, like the rest of the state, will decide who will best represent us in the governor's office, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Candidates for governor include incumbent Republican Sean Parnell with his running mate the mayor of Anchorage, Dan Sullivan, and Independent Bill Walker and his running mate Byron Mallott, Libertarian Carolyn Clift and her running mate Andrew Lee, and the Alaska Constitution Party's J.R. Myers and running mate Maria Rensel.
Incumbent Democrat Mark Begich is seeking a second term in the U.S. Senate. He's challenged by republican Dan Sullivan – a different one than the one running for Lt. Governor – Libertarian Mark Fish, and unaffiliated candidate Ted Gianoutsos. Political observers nationwide are keeping an eye on this race, as its outcome could contribute to the Senate switching hands.
Forty-two-year incumbent Republican Don Young is seeking a 22nd term in the U.S. House. He's challenged by Democrat Forrest Dunbar and Libertarian Jim McDermott.
Republican incumbent Gary Stevens is seeking another term in the Alaska State Senate, and is being challenged by Democrat Robert “Moose” Henrichs of Cordova.
There is no incumbent in the Alaska State House race from our area, District 32. Cordova Democrat Jerry McCune, the president of United Fishermen of Alaska, will face Kodiak Republican Louise Stutes, a former Kodiak Island Borough Assemblywoman.
There are three ballot measures on our ballots today. Number 2 would legalize and tax the sale of marijuana. It's currently legal in Alaska to grow a limited amount for personal use, but illegal to sell any.
Question Number 3 would raise the minimum wage in Alaska from its current $7.75 per hour to $8.75 on January 1st 2015 and again to $9.75 per hour on January 1st 2016. If approved, ballot question Number 4 would require legislative approval of any large-scale mining in Bristol Bay. There is no ballot question Number 1. Retention of Alaska Supreme Court Justice Craig Stowers is on the ballot, as are various Superior and District Court judges, which vary by district.
Polls remain open until 8 p.m. KMXT, NPR and APRN will have results all evening. 
Nov 03 2014
Heroin Confiscated on Tustumena
Monday, 03 November 2014

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              About 15 grams of heroin were prevented from hitting Kodiak’s street after an arrest last week. Kodiak Police Chief said the department received an anonymous tip via Crime Stoppers that two individuals would be transporting heroin to the island via the state ferry Tustumena.
              After compiling other investigative materials and obtaining a search warrant, Wallace said police were able to make contact with 26-year-old Greg Pruitt and 28-year-old Kevleen Clark when the ferry docked on Friday.
               “Our drug enforcement unit along with the Alaska State Troopers with some help from the Alaska Marine Highway System personnel, were able to make contact with Clark and Pruitt, and where in they found that they were in position of approximately 15 grams of heroin – all packaged in small quantities for distribution.”   
                Wallace said the heroin has an estimated street value of $7,500 in Kodiak.
                Both Pruitt and Clark were arrested and charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second and fourth degrees. They were arraigned in court on Saturday with bail set at $20,000 for Pruitt and $15,000 for Clark.
               Wallace said the investigation is on going, and noted that both Pruitt and Clark are innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.

Nov 03 2014
Dunbar Credits Kodiak as Tipping Point in Campaign
Monday, 03 November 2014
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
On Friday, there was a half-page ad in the Daily Mirror for Democrat Forrest Dunbar, which in itself is not unusual in the days leading up to an election. But this ad gave credit to Kodiak for being the place where the youthful challenger's campaign to unseat 42-year Congressman Don Young started to gain steam. He spoke with KMXT's Jay Barrett during Monday's morning news. 
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