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August 29th, 2014 | Staff Report Print this article   Email this article  

Primary election breakdown

In last Tuesday's primary election, incumbent Ben Nageak of Barrow beat out Kotzebue's Dean Westlake in the race for House District 40. Barring a write-in campaign in November's general election, Nageak will retain his position as representative for District 40. Here is a breakdown of the votes by precinct:

Dean Westlake

Ben Nageak

Kobuk 16 0


49 6

Ambler 48 7

Hughes 39 6


67 17

Selawik 79 21

Noatak 59 16

Noorvik 84 27

Kiana 67 22

Kivalina 65 24

Deering 21 11


36 19

Bettles 4 3


168 150


10 9

Point Hope

9 23

Nuiqsut 9 33

Wainwright 9 53

Kaktovik 3 20

Browerville 39 340

Barrow 15 146

Anaktuvuk Pass 2 26

Point Lay

1 15





Early Voting 1 4

Total: 900 998

Cravalho appointed to Disabilities and Special Education council

Gov. Sean Parnell appointed Anthony Cravalho, Mallory Hamilton, Jill Burkert, and reappointed Lucy Odden to the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education this week. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning and coordinating agency of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments that provide services or special education to people with disabilities.

Cravalho, of Kotzebue, is the director of planning and development for Maniilaq Association. He is a board member on the Statewide Independent Living Council and STAR Advisory Board for the Northern Region. Cravalho received a bachelor's degree in history and political science from the University of Nevada. An Army veteran, he is appointed to represent a parent of a child with a disability.

Hamilton, of Anchorage, previously owned and operated a commercial fishing business and lodge in Kodiak. Once her daughter was born, her family moved to Anchorage, and Hamilton became a full-time parent and advocate. For 18 years, she has served on various boards, including the board for Programs for Infants and Children and the Alaska LEND Family Advisory Council. Hamilton has dedicated her time to participate and speak at trainings and committees that directly impact the lives of people living with disabilities. She is appointed to a consumer seat.

Burkert, of Juneau, has been a teacher in science and special education for 30 years. She is an associate professor and special education program director for the University of Alaska Southeast. In her current role, Burkert travels extensively to schools throughout Alaska teaching how to become special education teachers and advocates. Burkert is a former volunteer court-appointed mediator and special advocate. She received a bachelor's degree in biology from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia, a master's degree in counseling and development from George Mason University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction in special education from the University of South Florida. Burkert is appointed to a seat reserved for a non-governmental organization.

Odden, of Anchorage, has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1980 and is currently working as an office automation clerk. Active in the special needs community, Odden has been a member of the Arc of Anchorage Board of Directors, Special Olympics Board of Directors, ASSETS Alaska Board of Directors, and People First Board of Directors. She has also been a camp counselor and assistance nurse for Arc Alaska. Odden is reappointed to a seat reserved for a consumer of disabilities and special education services.

Call to Alaska Native dog mushers

Alaska Natives interested in working as talent in a feature film shooting in Anchorage area this fall are encouraged to apply to email address below. Speaking roles for men, women and elders are offered. If interested, please send contact information and include a recent photograph. If you have traditional wardrobe please send photos of that as well. Experience at dog mushing is a plus. E-mail and add "Casting: upcoming Feature Film" in the subject line.


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