Haines and Skagway should be in the same election district as Juneau. The Capital City’s Mendenhall Valley wants to stay on its own. Petersburg doesn’t want to be split up. And the whole redistricting process has been a boondoggle.
That’s some of what Southeast Alaska residents – plus a few others – told the Alaska Redistricting Board during a hearing Tuesday in the Capital City.
A dozen and a half redistricting plans, some from the board and others from communities, corporations and political groups – are at issue.
It’s part of the process of redrawing election district lines under orders from the Alaska Supreme Court.
Here are some of those comments, beginning with Juneau’s Paulette Simpson. She supports keeping downtown Juneau and Douglas Island aligned with Skagway.
The session followed meetings in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
The board’s next step is to choose a plan – or create a new one – for use in the 2014 elections.
- “Clearly those are going to be the most difficult issues that have to be solved going forward," said Republican Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, a leader in the Senate. "I don’t think they’re going to happen in this bill.”
- On many Alaska beaches, plastic washes up faster than it can be picked up. The remote locations and mountains of plastic make Chris Pallister’s clean up work incredibly expensive.
- The unofficial mayor of Talkeetna, Stubbs the cat, passed away in the overnight hours between Thursday and Friday, according to his owners.
- The Trump administration has directed the National Park Service in Alaska and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to reconsider bans on certain state allowed game harvest techniques.