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Authorities have released the name of the Seward police officer involved in a deadly shooting over the weekend. Officer Matthew “Eddie” Armstrong shot 41-year-old Micah McComas of Chugiak shortly before two o’clock Sunday morning following a traffic stop in the Safeway parking lot in Seward.  

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is getting ready to prepare its annual budget.

Mark your calendars for October 24th. That’s the date of the run off election for Borough mayor. Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings and Charlie Pierce were the top two vote getters in unofficial results Tuesday night.

“I’m very, very pleased that I’m holding a majority of the votes on the Peninsula. I would say that Team Charlie is ready for the race. We’re going to run to the finish line," Pierce said.

Voter turnout across the Kenai Peninsula tends to be relatively low, typically running between 20 and 30 percent. In the last regular borough elections in 2014, roughly 11,000 of 42,000 registered voters made it to the polls; about 26 percent. This year, that overall number may be up a little. Borough clerk Johni Blankenship says absentee and early ballots are way up over previous years.

It's municipal election day on the Kenai Peninsula, indeed in most of Alaska. Borough residents, depending on where they live, face a variety of choices on the ballot, however, everyone in the borough will be voting on who will be our new mayor. Three candidates are running: Dale Bagley, Linda Farnsworth Hutchings, and Charlie Pierce are all hoping for 50-percent-plus-one vote to avoid a costly run-off election between the top two vote-getters.

David Ramseur

    A long-time Alaskan political aide has a new book from the University of Alaska Press about how relations between the Russian Far East and Alaska thawed in the mid-80s and have thrived for 30 years. David Ramseur worked for governors Steve Cowper and Tony Knowles, and Senator Mark Begich, and was a first-hand witness to the melting of the "ice curtain," which is also the title of his book. He spoke with KDLL's Jay Barrett.

During KDLL's Membership Drive on Thursday, long-time Kenai Mayor John Williams was Jay Barrett's guest, discussing the politics and economy of the Kenai Peninsula and how they've changed in his nearly 50 years in public life. Near the end of the show, Jay asked him about the future of the area.

On Tuesday, borough voters will decide whether to keep or close the cannabis industry outside the cities.

Three years ago, voters across the state of Alaska chose to drastically change the way we deal with marijuana.

 


Dr. Nels Anderson doesn’t have much to contend with in his bid for Soldotna mayor. He is the only candidate running. But there will be much for him to oversee over the next three years if elected.

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