In this Aug. 19 file photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy, second from left, stands near his campaign table at a meet-and-greet event in the lobby of Anchorage Baptist Temple in Anchorage. (Becky Bohrer | The Associated Press File)

In this Aug. 19 file photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy, second from left, stands near his campaign table at a meet-and-greet event in the lobby of Anchorage Baptist Temple in Anchorage. (Becky Bohrer | The Associated Press File)

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation endorses Dunleavy

Regional corp is an opponent of Ballot Measure 1

Republican governor candidate Mike Dunleavy picked up the endorsement of another major regional Native corporation on Friday when Arctic Slope Regional Corporation announced its endorsement.

According to the corporation’s announcement, the endorsement was decided in a special meeting of the ASRC board of directors.

“As a state, we must continue our progress toward advancing opportunities for safe and responsible resource development, as well as a push toward more sustainable state spending,” wrote Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC’s president and CEO, in a prepared statement. “We believe Mike Dunleavy is closely aligned with our values, which will create additional stability in our communities as well as opportunities for our shareholders.”

ASRC’s announcement follows one by Calista regional Native corporation earlier this week.

Both Calista and ASRC are strong opponents of Ballot Measure 1, the pro-fisheries ballot measure that would institute new environmental protections for salmon streams. Dunleavy is an opponent of Ballot Measure 1, while his principal opponent, Democratic governor candidate Mark Begich, is a supporter of the measure.

Pro-Dimond IE group gets donation

A group supporting the election of Juneau independent Chris Dimond to the Alaska House of Representatives received a notable boost this week from a group that formerly backed incumbent Gov. Bill Walker.

In a document filed Friday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, a Florida-based group called “Alaskans for Grenn, Dimond, Ortiz, and Seaton” reported a $25,000 donation from “Unite Alaska for Walker,” an independent expenditure group created to accept large donations for Walker.

Jason Grenn, Chris Dimond, Dan Ortiz and Paul Seaton are all running as independents in various Alaska House races this fall. Grenn and Ortiz are independent incumbents representing Anchorage and Ketchikan districts, respectively. Seaton served as a Republican in the last Legislature but is running as an independent this year because the Republican Party opposes his decision to join the predominantly Democratic House Majority.

The same APOC report shows the Unite Alaska money is being used to support internet advertising for the four men.

Contacted Friday, Dimond said he was not aware of the donation until informed by the Empire. State law prohibits independent expenditure groups from coordinating with candidates.

Early voting tally

As voters continue to fill Juneau’s two polling places, election turnout reached 7 percent in House District 34 (Mendenhall Valley) 11 days before Election Day.

According to figures released Friday morning by the Alaska Division of Elections, 841 early votes and 230 absentee votes had been cast by voters from that district by the end of the day Thursday. The district has 15,390 registered voters.

District 34 voters have cast more early votes than any other House district in the state.

The No. 2 district is House District 33, which covers Haines, Skagway, Gustavus, Klukwan, Douglas and downtown Juneau. Voters in that district had cast 709 early votes and 283 absentee votes by the end of Thursday.

Through the end of Thursday, 19,969 votes had been cast statewide, including 10,470 early votes.

In Juneau, early and absentee voting takes place at the Elections Office in the Mendenhall Mall Annex and on the eighth floor of the State Office Building from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Weekend hours begin in November. On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Mendenhall Mall Annex will be open for voting 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and on Sunday, Nov. 4, it will be open noon-4 p.m.

Early votes are counted on Election Day.


• Contact reporter James Brooks at jbrooks@juneauempire.com or 523-2258.


More in Home

Juneau School District administrators and board members review the updated budget for the current fiscal year during a Board of Education meeting Tuesday night at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
The Juneau School District had a $9.5M projected deficit this year. It’s now a $633,185 surplus. How is that possible?

Resignation of 34 employees since January, health insurance savings among reasons, officials say.

Rep. Sara Hannan (right) offers an overview of this year’s legislative session to date as Rep. Andi Story and Sen. Jesse Kiehl listen during a town hall by Juneau’s delegation on Thursday evening at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Multitude of education issues, budget, PFD among top areas of focus at legislative town hall

Juneau’s three Democratic lawmakers reassert support of more school funding, ensuring LGBTQ+ rights.

Allison Gornik plays the lead role of Alice during a rehearsal Saturday of Juneau Dance Theatre’s production of “Alice in Wonderland,” which will be staged at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé for three days starting Friday. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
An ‘Alice in Wonderland’ that requires quick thinking on and off your feet

Ballet that Juneau Dance Theatre calls its most elaborate production ever opens Friday at JDHS.

Danielle Brubaker shops for homeschool materials at the IDEA Homeschool Curriculum Fair in Anchorage on Thursday. A court ruling struck down the part of Alaska law that allows correspondence school families to receive money for such purchases. (Claire Stremple/Alaska Beacon)
Lawmakers to wait on Alaska Supreme Court as families reel in wake of correspondence ruling

Cash allotments are ‘make or break’ for some families, others plan to limit spending.

A waterfront view of Marine Parking Garage with the windows of the Juneau Public Library visible on the top floor. “Welcome” signs in several languages greet ships on the dock pilings below. (Laurie Craig / For the Juneau Empire)
The story of the Marine Parking Garage: Saved by the library

After surviving lawsuit by Gold Rush-era persona, building is a modern landmark of art and function.

Rosemary Ahtuangaruak, mayor of the Inupiaq village of Nuiqsut, at the area where a road to the Willow project will be built in the North Slope of Alaska, March 23, 2023. The Interior Department said it will not permit construction of a 211-mile road through the park, which a mining company wanted for access to copper deposits. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)
Biden shields millions of acres of Alaskan wilderness from drilling and mining

The Biden administration expanded federal protections across millions of acres of Alaskan… Continue reading

Caribou cross through Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in their 2012 spring migration. A 211-mile industrial road that the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority wants to build would pass through Gates of the Arctic and other areas used by the Western Arctic Caribou Herd, one of the largest in North America. Supporters, including many Alaska political leaders, say the road would provide important economic benefits. Opponents say it would have unacceptable effects on the caribou. (Photo by Zak Richter/National Park Service)
Alaska’s U.S. senators say pending decisions on Ambler road and NPR-A are illegal

Expected decisions by Biden administration oppose mining road, support more North Slope protections.

Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, speaks on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives on Wednesday, March 13. (James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)
Alaska House members propose constitutional amendment to allow public money for private schools

After a court ruling that overturned a key part of Alaska’s education… Continue reading

Most Read