With 30,000+ early and absentee ballots still to be counted, the two men in the lead for U.S. Senator for Alaska -- Dan Sullivan -- and for Alaska Governor -- Bill Walker -- are taking steps toward assuming office. Yesterday Sullivan left for U.S. Senate organizational meetings in Washington, D.C. Walker and his campaign partner Byron Mallott have announced their transition team co-chairs: former state Sen. Rick Halford, and Alaska Federation of Natives co-chair Ana Hoffman of Bethel. The Division of Elections will resume tallying votes on Friday, and continue into next week as needed.
Two Anchorage chefs say buying locally makes sense economically, but they buy Alaskan because of the taste and nutrition. Rob Kinneen and Dave Thorne, of Fork Catering, have years of experience working in some of the finest restaurants, and Thorne has been a personal chef to stars such as Neil Young. Kinneen is known for his use of ingredients familiar to Alaska Natives, such as seal meat, muktuk, and herring roe, in creating gourmet dishes.
Mat-Su Cooperative Extension Service agent Julie Cacsio says tests show Alaska-grown produce does taste sweeter, and getting produce from field to table as quickly as possible increases the nutritional value of food.
Alaskans spend $2.5 billion annually on food. With 95% of food being shipped in, profits flow out of state.