Elections

Alaska Supreme Court allows independents into Dems’ primary

With an order released Wednesday morning, the Alaska Supreme Court has allowed independents to challenge Democrats in the Democratic Party’s primary elections. The decision has… Continue reading

Juneau Rep. Sam Kito III will not run for re-election in 2018

Rep. Sam Kito III ended months of speculation in a Monday interview with the Juneau Empire by declaring he will not run for re-election this… Continue reading

Dunleavy makes rounds on peninsula in bid for governor

Former state Senator Mike Dunleavy is out touring the state, rounding up support for his gubernatorial bid. Dunleavy, who represented the Matanuska-Susitna Valley in the… Continue reading

Pierce hits the ground running as mayor

It’s been a busy few months for the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s new mayor. Charlie Pierce took over the borough mayor’s office Nov. 5 after a… Continue reading

Voter turnout drops by 30 percent between regular election, runoff election

The scenes at Kenai Peninsula polling sites were very different on Oct. 3 and three weeks later on Oct. 24. On Oct. 3, lines stretched… Continue reading

Pierce wins borough mayor’s seat

Charlie Pierce will take over as mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The final vote tally Tuesday showed Pierce leading opponent Linda Hutchings by a… Continue reading

Absentee ballots narrow gap in mayor’s race; some ballots yet to be counted

The first batch of absentee and questioned ballots brought the runoff race for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor much closer — candidate Charlie Pierce’s lead over… Continue reading

Pierce leads in mayoral runoff

Charlie Pierce is poised take the helm at the Kenai Peninsula Borough for the next three years, according to unofficial mayoral runoff election results. Pierce… Continue reading

Personal attacks muddy mayoral runoff race

A candidate for borough mayor has threatened legal action over comments regarding a 2000 court case, while his opponent says the comments did not come… Continue reading

Absentee ballots counted; results unchanged

None of the Oct. 3 Kenai Peninsula Borough election results have changed after all the absentee ballots have been counted. Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral candidates… Continue reading

With defeat of Prop 1, cannabis industry breathes sigh of relief

Cannabis business owners and employees in the borough outside city limits have a weight off their shoulders on working and expanding their businesses with Kenai… Continue reading

Borough ballot props fail

Cannabis businesses in the borough outside the cities can continue operations as usual with the failure of Kenai Peninsula Borough Proposition 1, according to Tuesday’s… Continue reading

Knackstedt, Navarre retain council seats

Kenai city council incumbents Henry Knackstedt and Tim Navarre will retain their seats for a further three year term, while challenger Bob McIntosh said he… Continue reading

Tauriainen beats Arness for Nikiski school board seat

A new face will be representing Nikiski and Tyonek on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Board of Education. Jason Tauriainen has beat long-time board… Continue reading

Anderson, Cox, Baxter elected in Soldotna

There were no surprises in Soldotna on Tuesday night, with three candidates running unopposed for three open seats on the city council ballot. Nels Anderson… Continue reading

Hibbert, Smalley, Blakeley poised to join assembly

Norm Blakeley, Brent Hibbert, Hal Smalley, Kelly Cooper and Kenn Carpenter will fill five of the nine seats on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, according… Continue reading

Pierce, Hutchings headed to runoff

Charlie Pierce and Linda Hutchings are headed to a runoff election in the race for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor, according to unofficial results of Tuesday’s… Continue reading

Ballot prop asks to raise sales tax cap to $1,000

Kenai Peninsula residents who voted last year may have a moment of déjà vu when they look at their ballots again this year — one… Continue reading

Smalley, Bannock face off in District 2

Two familiar political characters are facing off again to represent District 2 to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. Voters in the city of Kenai have… Continue reading

3 Kenai council candidates talk business

Members of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce invited the three candidates to a forum on Wednesday, at which they answered questions chamber members had submitted… Continue reading