Election training is entering the digital age in the Denali Borough.

Borough clerk Amber Renshaw and staff are putting the final touches on a training video for election workers. The next election is Nov. 5.

“It’s a work in progress,” she said. “We’ve done all the video clips we want. Now we just have to add some narration, organize it and polish it up.”

Generally, Renshaw travels to every polling place in the Denali Borough and trains as many election workers as she can.

“There are still, probably only half the people who can make the training,” she noted. “This is something they can watch from their home, their phone, and everyone is getting the same info.”

She will continue the in-person training and this new training video will serve as a supplement to that training.

Final candidates

Sample ballots are complete for the Denali Borough election on Nov. 5. Here is what voters will consider:

Tallon Shreeve is running unopposed to retain his seat on the Denali Borough Assembly. Both Lisa J. Miner and Jordan T. Heckley are vying for Assembly Seat D in District 3, the only contested race. Assembly Seat H in District 5 is open for write-in candidates.

Both Michele M.N. Nelson and Trista Davis are running unopposed to retain their seats on the Denali Borough School Board. School Board Seat A in District 1 is open for write-in candidates.

Two propositions are also on the ballot: a 5% tax on retail sale of marijuana and alcohol and a .5% increase in the overnight accommodations tax, raising the current tax to 7.5%. Voters may vote “yes” or “no” on both those ballot measures.

Regional airport

The Denali Borough Planning Commission is looking ahead and selecting possible sites for a regional airport in the area.

This is happening now because Clear Air Force Station may further restrict airspace, resulting in closure of the southern part of the state-owned Clear runway. A new long range discrimination radar is being installed and the closure would protect aircraft equipment and people from the high-intensity radiated field generated by the new radar, according to the Missile Defense Agency.

That Clear airport, however, is the borough’s “go to” airport for medevacs. Weather there is usually flyable when airports in other parts of the borough are not safe due to weather.

According to borough clerk Amber Renshaw, this planning is in very preliminary stages and the commission is looking for up to three options. So far, the only property targeted is in the area of the Healy Transfer Station, close to Ferry.

The planning commission was due to meet last night (Tuesday, Sept. 18) to discuss this further.

DMV opening

It’s convenient to have a Department of Motor Vehicles in the Denali Borough, so spread the word that the city of Anderson is looking for a new DMV clerk/office helper.

The position requires one week of training in Anchorage, learning skills to work as a DMV clerk and a road tester. The job includes issuing license plates/tags, receiving motor vehicle documentation, money, recording transactions, preparing reports, collecting daily receipt, preparing forms/certifications, filing and correcting written examinations. This person also helps to either fill in as city clerk or to assist with other office work.

The position is four to five hours, three days a week during the summer and twice a week during winter.

Contact the City of Anderson clerk at coaclerk@mtaonline.net or 907-582-2500.

Reach columnist/community editor Kris Capps at kcapps@newsminer.com. Reach her at the office at 459-7546. Follow her on Twitter @FDNMKris.


Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at kcapps@newsminer.com, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.