Ben Stevens’ last day in the governor’s office was Friday, Feb. 26, and he started work as vice president of external affairs and transportation at ConocoPhillips the following Monday.
A federal appeals panel has halted work at one of Alaska’s biggest proposed North Slope oil fields, putting dozens of contractors out of work and costing ConocoPhillips, the project’s developer, millions of dollars.
Vials have been airlifted to villages chartered planes. Others were driven through choppy seas on a water taxi. And some of the clinicians giving shots in rural Alaska were even shuttled around villages on sleds, pulled behind snowmachines.
Alaska is asking frontline essential workers, teachers, prisoners and others in high-risk settings to wait until those elderly Alaskans can be vaccinated first.
Young’s opponent in last week’s election, Democratic Party-endorsed independent Alyse Galvin, said the Congressman’s staff could not reach him Friday when she wanted to call him to concede.
After officials counted another 35,000 votes, Ballot Measure 2 has a tiny lead of 500 votes, or less than 0.25%.
Early Wednesday, political data firm Edison Research called Alaska’s presidential race for GOP President Donald Trump and the U.S. Senate race for incumbent Republican Dan Sullivan.
Elections officials face growing criticism from some Alaskans who characterize the week-long wait to start counting absentee ballots as a failure.
Political observers say they expect the uncounted absentee and early ballots to skew more strongly toward Democratic and independents since Republicans were more likely to vote in-person amid the pandemic. Others call Election Day a “routing of the liberal agenda.”
This year, experts warn that Alaskans should gird themselves for more widespread uncertainty for at least a week after Election Night, since the state won’t even start counting absentee ballots before then.