With Alaska’s oil revenues shrinking in the face of falling oil prices, a mining road across the Interior that would end at a copper deposit near Ambler is among many projects being reassessed.
Concessions from opponents over the past few days means Bill Walker will take the governor’s job, while Dan Sullivan will take one of Alaska’s Senate seats in Washington.
Erickson’s reappointment brings decades of experience helping victims of sexual assault and domestic violence throughout the Norton Sound region.
With an additional 15,200 votes counted, Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan and independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker maintained their election leads.
Voters in western Alaska bucked state trends in some races, but gave more decisive returns in others.
Polls across Alaska closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday and while results are still unofficial the big winners appear to be Walker, Sullivan and marijuana.
Voters will decide on state lawmakers, governor, a U.S. Senator, Alaska’s only U.S. House rep, and on three ballot initiatives ranging from marijuana to minimum wage.
Lawmakers spoke to the work behind the bill, but assembled speakers, teachers, and students of many Alaska Native languages spoke to the vitality of what the recognition means.
Walker will run as governor, Mallott as lieutenant governor on the “Alaska First Unity Ticket.”
Unofficial results show a 6,800 vote margin in favor of “no” on Ballot Measure 1, the proposition that asked voters to keep or repeal the state’s new system for taxing oil.