Alaska history repeats itself, at least when it comes to the state’s constitution.
Voters soundly defeated Ballot Measure 1 on Tuesday. It asked whether there should be a constitutional convention.
Had it passed, the state’s entire governing document would have been up for review. But it didn’t.
With most precincts reporting, no votes outnumbered yeses by more than two-to-one. To put it another way, close to 75,000 more people expressed opposition than support.
That matches the sentiment of all previous every-10-years votes on the matter.
While Alaskans were down on a constitution rewrite, they were up on funding transportation infrastructure.
Bonding proposition A passed with 56 percent of ballots cast in favor, and 44 percent opposed.
The $453 million measure will fund road, harbor and rail improvements throughout the state.
Many of the larger projects – such as $50 million toward Anchorage Port Expansion – are for Southcentral communities.
But $65 million is targeted for Southeast projects. They include work on Ketchikan’s Shelter Cove Road, the Haines Boat Harbor, Sitka’s Katlian Bay Road, the city’s industrial park dock and Juneau’s Glacier Highway and Mendenhall Loop Road.
- About 4,500 acres of heavily-logged forest will return to wilderness under a deal involving the federal government and a Southeast Alaska Native corporation.
- Andy Larson, 79, and Matthew Hanes, 32, hoisted from S/V Rafiki about 170 miles south of Sand Point early Wednesday.
- The company that sent the first big luxury cruise ship through U.S. and Canadian Arctic waters is preparing the Crystal Serenity for a repeat performance in 2017. But one expert believes this year’s historic transit doesn’t mean the Arctic is likely to become a hotspot for global shipping anytime soon.
- Federal fisheries oversight required in some busy Alaska salmon fisheries