Sabine Poux

Reporter/evening news host
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A few years before Barack Obama’s famous trip to Alaska, the state had another visitor from the capital. She left quite an impression.

“She gave this amazing lecture which I have remembered to this day about the power of dissent and the role of dissenting opinions,” said Jennifer Wells, a Kenai Superior Court judge. “And it’s something I’d never really given any thought to.”

The speaker was Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She delivered an address at the Alaska Bar Association Convention in Anchorage back in 2008.

Ginsburg, a beloved Supreme Court justice and staunch advocate for women’s rights, died Friday. She was 87.

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Today marks two weeks until the borough’s municipal election day. It’s also National Voter Registration Day.

Borough residents have just started voting in person. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for that election is Sept. 29. 

For state and national elections, the deadline to register to vote is Oct. 4.

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The fourth annual Kenai Silver Salmon Derby ended yesterday, awarding $3,600 in prize money to six fishermen whose fish were not too big, not too small, but just right. The city of Kenai and Kenai Chamber of Commerce are now counting the rest of the funds raised, which the Kenai Community Foundation will use for river and anadromous water preservation.

The derby, which ran from Sept. 15 to Sept. 20, awards fishermen whose catches best approximate a daily “magic weight,” randomly generated at the end of each derby day. Don Morrison was the overall winner and will receive $3,000 in prize money. That’s three times the cash the derby awarded in last year’s grand prize.

Alaska State Troopers

A 22-year-old Nikiski woman died this weekend following a reported car chase.

According to an Alaska State Troopers report, officers attempted to stop Olivia Mapes around 2 p.m. Saturday for swerving across the center and fog lines on the Kenai Spur Highway. Mapes didn’t stop, and when she turned off the highway, a pursuit ensued, according to the state’s online trooper dispatch.

Are you prepared?

Sep 18, 2020
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Try to count how many disasters we saw this year and you will run out of fingers. 

2020 is most certainly going down in history as the year of emergencies. September, however, is all about guarding against emergencies. For this year’s National Emergency Preparedness Month, Dan Nelson, emergency manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, is doling out some advice about what it means to expect the unexpected.

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