Election Day Voters Pick Eisenbeisz, Approve Propositions

By Sentinel Staff
Voters on election day today favored Steven Eisenbeisz for mayor, and approved the two propositions on the ballot.
With up to 860 absentee ballots to be counted, Chris Ystad and Thor Christianson led the field in the race for two open Assembly seats, followed by Richard Wein.
Three School Board candidates ran unopposed for three seats.
Polls closed at 8 p.m. and ballots were counted at Harrigan Centennial Hall by 9:45 p.m.
In the race for mayor, Eisenbeisz received 798 votes, Valorie Nelson 478 and Kevin Mosher 263. 
In the Assembly contest, Ystad had 933, Christianson 747, Wein 626, Kris Chinalski 505, and Ryan Herbert 101.
In the School Board race, Mitch Mork had the most votes with 1,145, and Tristan Guevin with 1,086. Melonie Boord was an official write-in candidate, and results showed that Write-ins received 500 votes. The three open seats are for terms of one, two and three years.
Voters were in favor of Ballot Prop. 1, a special marijuana sales tax, dedicated to school activities, 862-659. The margin was wider on Ballot Prop. 2, to dedicate funds from the sale of the hospital toward construction of a haulout and boatyard, with 1,224 in favor and 309 against.
Absentee ballots will be counted starting noon Friday at Centennial Hall.


Unofficial results of Tuesday's municipal election. (Sentinel Photo)

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At a Glance

(updated 3-14-2023)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 12:15 pm Tuesday, March 14.

New cases as of Tuesday: 448

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 294,791

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,449

Case Rate per 100,000 – 61.60

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 46.90

Cases in last 7 days – 4

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,293

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






March 2003

Photo caption: Members of the newly formed Sitka Retail in Action Board have formed to promote  local businesses. The first event will be a street fair, “Spring Fever.” From left are Teri Egan, Kay McCarty,  Raphaelle Grangeon-Peters, Cathy Hanson, Bonnie Brenner, Joyce  Robertson and Tammy Thom.



March 1973

By calling Zenith 6000, Southeast Alaska residents now are able to contact Western Airlines reservations without charge to book flights anywhere in Western’s system. The service will continue until such time as the court case involving Southeast Alaska air service is settled.