Answering the Call: Lt. Gov. candidate wants focus on rural Alaska
Steve Quinn, KTVA, October 29, 2018
Hers may be among the most unfamiliar names on next month’s ballot, but Democrat Debra Call says she’s not just along for the ride as Mark Begich’s running mate in the gubernatorial race. A Dena’ina Athabascan, Call filed for the office on June 1, the last day to formally declare intent to run for office. She sailed through the Aug. 21 primary unopposed and a Begich-Call ticket became official a few weeks later. Call has never held political office and she added she’s still a bit surprised to suddenly be “front and center.” “It’s not what I planned,” she said. “But it’s something I’m glad I did because I’m now seeing I have a lot contribute, and I have many contacts throughout rural Alaska.”
Our Take: Headlamp appreciates that KTVA provided a brief look at who Debra Call is. With one week to go the election, Alaskans should have much more information about the person who could be one heartbeat away from the Governor’s office. Unfortunately, the AP, AK Public Media, ADN, the Daily News Miner, the Juneau Empire, KTUU and with the exception of this piece, KTVA – have decided that a handshake in a debate and a story attacking a pro-Dunleavy third party expenditure are more important. Where is the investigative reporting on Candidate Call? Where is the investigative reporting on the Walker/Mallot administration and the events that led to their demise? P.S. – Debra Call supports the Stand for Salmon initiative and opposes the Sturgeon case that is pending before the US Supreme Court.
League of Women Voters holds Prop 1 forum
Victoria Petersen, Peninsula Clarion, October 29, 2018
The League of Women Voters hosted a forum last week to help inform voters on Alaska Ballot Measure 1. Kaitlin Vadla and Laura Rhyne from Cook Inletkeeper spoke in support of the Stand for Salmon campaign. Owen Phillips from Stand for Alaska and Linda Hutchings from Stand for the Kenai Peninsula spoke in opposition of Alaska Ballot Measure 1.
Alaska coal mine to sell lots to Healy subdivision residents
Associated Press, October 30, 2018
A coal mining company is planning to sell land to residents who have subleased lots in a neighborhood southwest of Fairbanks. Usibelli Coal Mine announced Friday that it had purchased the 464-acre (188-hectare) Tri-Valley subdivision in Healy and plans to begin offering residents the option to buy the land, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Monday. Usibelli purchased the property from the Alaska Railroad Corp. in a deal authorized by the state Legislature earlier this year. The 75-year-old company had leased the land from the railroad and began subleasing individual parcels to provide employee housing in 1977. Before that year, the company provided housing at a camp next to the mine.
Trump says he expects a ‘great deal’ with China, but warned more tariffs are coming if he doesn’t get it
Reuters, October 30, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump said he thinks there will be “a great deal” with China on trade but warned that he has billions of dollars’ worth of new tariffs ready to go if a deal isn’t possible. “I think that we will make a great deal with China and it has to be great, because they’ve drained our country,” Trump told FOX News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle” on Monday. Trump said in the interview he would like to make a deal now, but that China was not ready. He did not elaborate.