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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.
The Sitka Conservation Society and U.S. Forest Service are holding meetings this week on two wilderness areas near Wrangell and Petersburg.
The conservation group is hoping to hear observations on use and conditions in the Stikine-Leconte wilderness near Wrangell and the Petersburg Creek-Duncan Salt Chuck wilderness on Kupreanof Island near Petersburg. more
Commercial Dungeness crabbers have a full two-month summer and two-month fall season for most of Southeast Alaska again this year. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced this week the summer season would continue through August 15 and a fall season is planned for October and November. The season length is set based on the catch from the first week of fishing. Crabbing opened on June 15th. more