10/12/15 - 9:21pm
On the third floor of the court plaza building is Josephine Bahnke’s boat.
For the new head of the Alaska Division of Elections, it’s one of the few touches of her Nome home in her office.
“This was one of my going-away presents in Nome,” she said.
At this point, there’s one thing important to note: The boat, a trophy from the years spent developing the town’s port into an Arctic gateway, is only about a foot long.
She pointed to one side of the boat. “Staff had put my dad’s name on there, my dad’s nickname: ‘U.S.S. Stinky.’ Stinky was his nickname.”