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Alaskans are heading to the polls today for Alaska’s statewide primary. In Petersburg, voters are choosing their candidates for US house and deciding on two ballot propositions. One would allow communities to increase local property tax exemptions. The other would reestablish the state’s Coastal Management Program.
Unlike voters in Petersburg, most Alaskans are also choosing the state senators and representatives they hope to see in this fall’s general election. Petersburg is in a new legislative district with Juneau next year and sitting Juneau Representative Beth Kertula is unopposed for her seat. Juneau’s Dennis Egan is the only state senator who does not have to run this year.
Petersburg election officials at the Aquatic Center. From left to right: Sonja Whitethorn, Cathy Harris, and Lynda Fredricksen
As of about 4:30 Tuesday, roughly 290 people had voted at the Aquatic Center lobby in Petersburg. Thats about 11 percent of registered voters in the precinct.
Officials on the Tongass National Forest are restricting logging activities because of the hot, dry weather and some lightning strikes in the region. The forest has been placed on “Hoot Owl” restrictions, effective Friday, May 22nd. That means some logging work cannot take place during the afternoon and evening. The limitations are in place for the Craig and Thorne Bay districts on Prince of Wales Island along with the Wrangell ranger district. more
Artist Ashley Lohr Friday, May 22 opens a new exhibit of paintings and collage at the Clausen Museum in Petersburg. Lohr this year is finishing up a master’s program in fine art through the Maryland Institute College of Art. more