2014 election

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Municipal leaders from all three local governments gathered for a joint meeting Tuesday night with about 120 citizens to talk about the state’s new marijuana-legalization law. The first-of-its-kind meeting was held so the leaders could talk amongst themselves, and with the audience, about how they’re going to put the law into practice.


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Alaska Native municipal leaders say a new state law that will legalize the use and sale of marijuana could damage people in communities. Last week they told an Anchorage attorney who’s researched the law that the tax it authorizes won’t raise enough money to repair that damage.


Fairbanks, AK - According to the Pew Research Center, voter turnout in mid-term election years is typically about 10 to 20 percent lower compared to years when there is a presidential election.  But November’s ballot in Alaska could draw voters even from rural native villages.

Fairbanks, AK - Two candidates running for Alaska Governor debated during a forum Tuesday in Fairbanks.  Both Bill Walker and Governor Sean Parnell touched on Fairbanks specific topics.  Mainly, Sean Parnell defended his administration when Bill Walker questioned what the current governor is doing about the high cost of energy in the Interior. "I am totally focused on reducing energy costs and fuel costs here in the Interior and across the state," Parnell said.

Fairbanks, AK - Alaska Gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker says the cost of energy is his top priority.  During a candidate forum Tuesday, Walker announced his plans to address energy immediately if he is elected Governor in November.  “Governor Parnell has had six years to bring down the cost of energy we need an immediate plan a mid-term plan and along term plan," Walker told the crowd. "The first thing I’ll do as governor I will issue a declaration of disaster on the cost of energy in in Interior and rural Alaska.”

Fairbanks, AK - Voters in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have rejected a ballot initiative that would have continued a ban on local regulation of area clean air standards. A final tally of 1,638 question and absentee ballots following last week’s municipal election shows the initiative has lost by 356 votes. That means the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly now has the authority to regulate home heating devices and make decisions about area clean air standards. The local group Citizens for Clean Air campaigned heavily for Proposition 2 over the last few weeks.

GOTNV Makes Big Push Prior To November Election

Oct 13, 2014

Fairbanks, AK - Over the last few months, the non-partisan ‘Get Out the Native Vote’ has made a big push to mobilize native voters across the Alaska.  Roughly one in five potential voters in the state is Alaska Native.

For as long as she can remember, Sarah Obed has been heavily involved in the election process.

“In fact, I was in the Peace Corps in a remote island in the south pacific and I voted absentee so yes, I provide myself on my voting history," laughs Obed.

Fairbanks real estate agent Aaron Lojewski was holding on to a 5-percentage-point lead Tuesday night over David Pelunis-Messier in the only contested seat or two up for election for the Interior Gas Utility board.

Lojewski said last night he was cautiously optimistic that his lead would hold after absentee ballots were tallied.

Quist is Newly Elected to Assembly

Oct 8, 2014

Fairbanks, AK - Voters elected Christopher Quist to the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly Tuesday night.  Quist and opponent Larry Morris ran against each other for a seat vacated by Michael Dukes, whose term expires this month. Dukes has also relocated out of the Borough. Quist was intent on finding out how voters decided to cast their ballots for Proposition 2, which could shift the authority to regulate air quality to the borough Assembly, rather than the state.

Fairbanks, AK - According to a US District Court Order, the Alaska Division of Elections has until October 10th to provide outreach and poll workers in three remote regions of the state with election materials and voting information that has been translated from English into either Yupik or Gwich'in. In Fairbanks Gwich’in translators are finding the process challenging.

Allan Hayton was contracted by the state Division of Elections.  “Some of it is very technical language, legal jargon," he says. 

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