An important Senate seat in Anchorage will remain with the Democrats.
The recount for Senate District J shows Sen. Hollis French 59 votes ahead of Republican challenger Bob Bell.
French picked up eight votes in the recount, garnering 7,605 to Bell’s 7,546 votes.
Bell called for the recount, which was paid for by the state, because the difference between the two candidates was less than half a percent.
Meanwhile, the recount in the House District 34 race is scheduled for Monday. Democrat Jonathon Kreiss-Tomkins, of Sitka, is 34 votes ahead of Haines Republican Rep. Bill Thomas.
- The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has a new target date for opening its cultural immersion park at the old Thane Ore House. Last year, Central Council officials had hoped it would open this summer. Now, they’re shooting for 2018, after the Juneau Assembly approved a 1.2-acre land lease making it possible Monday evening.
- William Quayle, Jr. is running for the District 1 Juneau Assembly seat. The municipal election is Oct. 4.
- Winds of that speed can uproot trees, knock branches down and damage property, including vessels and aircraft moored and tied down outdoors.
- The aurora borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights, were visible in much of Southeast Alaska late Wednesday and early Thursday. Share your Northern Lights photos with us.