The City and Borough of Juneau Canvass Board on Tuesday certified results of last week’s municipal election.
Turnout was 32 percent – 7,864 of the city’s 24,565 registered voters cast ballots. The Lynn Canal precinct had the highest turnout at 33 percent, followed by North Douglas at 30 percent. Two downtown precincts – Juneau 2 and Juneau 3 – had 29 percent turnout.
The lowest turnout was Lemon Creek at 19.8 percent, with the Mendenhall Valley 1 polling place second lowest at 20.7 percent.
A handful of absentee ballots were added to Friday’s initial tally of absentee and questioned cards. But not enough to change any results.
In the closest race, Proposition 1 still comes out on top. The $25-million bond initiative to fund a variety of capital improvement projects passed by just 73 votes – 3,898 to 3,825.
Newly-elected Mayor Merrill Sanford and Assembly members Loren Jones and Jerry Nankervis will be sworn in next Monday. School board winners Andi Story, Phyllis Carlson and Destiny Sargeant will take the oath of office next Tuesday.
- This week, 88 Energy announced they've started setting up a rig on the North Slope to drill a second well for Project Icewine. According to a recent 88 Energy presentation, the company thinks its leases may hold between 1.4 and 3.6 billion barrels of oil.
- The state is fining oil and gas company Hilcorp an additional $160,000 for using nitrogen without permission while working on two wells in 2015 -- the same practice that nearly killed three North Slope workers.
- Roughly 6,000 state workers were unable to log in to their computers, affecting two in five executive branch workers.
- The totem pole is an icon of the Pacific Northwest. The carved art form showcases clan stories and family crests in museums around the world. After more than 30 years in the Anchorage Museum, a century-old pole from Southeast has made it back to Sitka, where curators are prepping a permanent home.