Election candidates announced, borough will see new mayor

Pat Branson

A collection of prehistoric artifacts was donated to the Alutiiq Museum at a brief Kodiak Island Borough assembly meeting Thursday night.

Excavated from borough property on Woody Island in the summer of 2009, the collection contains 526 stone artifacts as well as soil, wood charcoal and burned bone samples. They are being donated because the Alutiiq Museum has the ability to preserve these artifacts and was founded as a repository for this kind of material.

Also at the end of the meeting, longtime member Pat Branson said her goodbyes to the assembly.

Branson has served on the assembly for 12 years. She was recently elected to the Kodiak City Council and will be sworn in later this month.

In a closing speech she advised younger assembly members to always hear public discourse before making decisions and to advocate policies that improve Kodiak’s quality of life.

She quoted a John F. Kennedy book about the importance of every citizen’s responsibilities in a democracy.

Re-elected borough mayor Jerome Selby and assembly member Louise Stutes were given the oath of office. New assembly member Carol Austerman will be sworn in before the next assembly meeting.

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