Alaska News December 15, 2019

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: At JBER, Wreaths Across America honors those who sacrificed life for country; Alaska post offices open extra holiday hours and more ->
KTUU: Water main break floods multiple homes in U-Med district; Alaskan firefighter called on to fight “unprecedented” Australia bushfires and more ->
Alaska Native News: Kodiak Man Jailed on Attempted Murder/Sexual Assault Charges after Months-Long Investigation; Wildlife Troopers Snare Suspects in Illegal Big Game Guiding Operation; DoC Advances Private Prison Plan, Ignoring Public Safety and Financial Concerns; Alaska Maritime Training Center Hosts Maritime Training for Global Audience and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks man charged with murder in shooting death; Kids shop with Cops and more ->
Anchorage Police Department: It’s holiday travel time! Don’t be a juice jacker victim.

Throughout history smart people have come along and invented something intended to make all of our lives easier. And they do. Until mean-hearted people show up with nefarious intentions and find a way to use these good things for bad reasons. It’s why we can’t have nice things. Case in point:

For good or bad, many of us have come very dependent on our electronic devices which are items that contain batteries that must be charged. Some smart person came along and put USB charging stations in airports for all of us holiday travelers to use. GREAT IDEA. Until that aforementioned bad person came along and invented Juice jacking. Juice jacking is a scam that can drain important personal information from your phone while you’re using a public USB port to charge up. This is why you should not use these charging stations. Do one of these things instead:

Bring your own AC adapter. Otherwise known as that tiny brick that comes with your cell phone and plugs into a standard 110v outlet. It’s all you need to keep your data safe.
Use a data blocker like the Juice-Jack Defender or the PortaPow USB Data Blocker.
Carry a power-only USB cable.
Carry a portable charger.
If prompted, do NOT grant access to your cell phone.

Tis the season for clogged airports, lost luggage, and choking down that certain relative’s cooking that you REALLY cannot stand. Don’t add to it by handing over your information to the bad people. That’s just one more headache you do not need.

For more information, please visit

Anchorage Police Department
716 W 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Emergency: 9-1-1
Our Third Thirds: Back From Japan
The Alaska Landmine: The Alaska Stalker – December 12, 2019; State of Alaska, Municipality of Anchorage issue joint statement: Campbell Lake is a public lake and more ->
Only In Your State Alaska: The Smallest Ski Slope In Alaska Can Be Found At Hilltop Ski Area And It’s Great For Beginners and more ->

Alaska News December 14, 2019

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Cynthia Hoffman’s family discusses murder case on Dr. Phil; FBI: Anchorage police arrest suspect in Alaska USA robbery; JPD: State says Juneau officer was legally justified in use of force; Judge hands Alaska man 99-year sentence for murdering girlfriend; Anchorage police academy grad reflects on what motivated her to serve and more->
KTUU: One dead, one injured in Kenai Spur Highway collision; Alaska man charged with murder in connection to 2018 Stony River death; Chugiak faculty shave heads to support colleague battling breast cancer; Doing good: How an Anchorage mom turned a small act of kindness into a flash fundraiser to pay for school lunches.; Anchorage snowboarder competes at 2022 Olympic Big Air Venue in Beijing; Slopes open at Alyeska and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Manufacturer recalls frozen breakfast burritos distributed in Alaska; Norwegian Cruise Line starts planning new Juneau dock as community weighs tourism questions and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: FBI Releases Affidavit On Gladys Jung Principal Chris Carmichael and more ->
Alaska Native News: Fairbanks Man Kills Himself after Head-On Collision; Fairbanks Man Held on Kidnapping/Assault Charges after Domestic Violence Incident and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Speeding ticket leads to troopers finding 88 grams of cocaine; Arctic Slope Regional Corporation to withdraw from Alaska Federation of Natives; Fairbanks Veterans Center holds Holiday Season Open House event; UAF engineers implement fuel monitoring device in the Arctic and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Arctic Report Card shows profound change and more ->
Anchorage Police Department: We’re in the middle of shopping season – keep your purchases safe!

Christmas is only a week and a half away! Weren’t we just carving the Thanksgiving turkey? Where in the world does the time go? Good for you if you are all done with your holiday shopping. Now you can just sit back and relax while the rest of us are still running around like crazy people trying to get things done. As a reminder, here are a few tips:

If you’re shopping in person make sure you keep your vehicle locked. Once you’ve made your purchases, hide them in your car prior to driving to your next destination. And keep all of your receipts on your person instead of in the shopping bags.

If you’ve decided that shopping from the warmth of your home while wearing your pajamas and fuzzy slippers is the way to go, then make sure to keep an eye out for those packages to show up on your front door step. Should some inconsiderate soul steal your stuff, please file two reports. Not only do we need to know about it but so does the entity who delivered the packages (USPS, UPS, Fed Ex, and etcetera). You can file your police report online with us at If you have great suspect information then please call APD Dispatch at 3-1-1 (option #1).

Assuming you’re on the nice list and not the naughty list – Santa will be visiting you real soon. Get those stockings hung up and prepare the milk and cookies. The good kind of cookies – not those weird ones with the dried fruit in them. BLECH. You don’t want Santa to abruptly turn around and leave do you?

Happy holidays!!

Anchorage Police Department
716 W 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-786-8900
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Alaska News December 13, 2019

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Anchorage police name Black Angus Inn homicide suspect; ‘I would never kill someone’: Grunwald murder suspect Austin Barrett interview played in court; Anchorage’s Alaska Native Medical Center honored with prestigious distinction; Opinion: Do you know who your child is talking to online? I didn’t and more ->
KTUU: Utqiagvik native, now Asst. Secretary of Indian Affairs, talks about the meaning of “Lady Justice”; In house classroom; ConocoPhillips alleges former employee, APD officer engaged in multi-million dollar fraud scheme; Knik 100 & 200 sled dog races canceled for second straight year and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Court training aims to improve outcomes in child welfare cases; Drugs are getting into Alaska prisons through the mail. Now, they want to give inmates copies. More ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Eleven Charged In Bethel For Illegally Obtaining Painkillers; K300 Season Opener Delayed Again and more->
Alaska Native News: K9 ‘Kimmik’ Sniffs out Cocaine During Parks Highway Traffic stop; Adult Enhanced Dental Program for Medicaid recipients reinstated and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Shooting incident reported near Fairbanks grocery store, victim taken away by ambulance; Clear residents charged in illegal big game guiding operation; Volcano Shishaldin erupts in the Aleutian Islands and more ->
Alaska Highway News: Celebrating the retirement of a First Nation leader, Mr. Gerry Attachie Celebrating the retirement of a First Nation leader, Mr. Gerry Attachie; New DriveBC cam in Cecil Lake and more ->
Craig Medred: Reality bites
Suzanne Downing, Must Read Alaska: All Stories

Alaska News December 12, 2019

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: DOT: Car struck boulder that fell onto Seward Highway; City of Sitka and police officer agree to $325K settlement; After review, State says dismissal of case against Pirate was ‘appropriate’; Young Alaskans star in Anchorage International Film Festival; Couple opens Cassie’s Place coffee shop inside Arc of Anchorage and more ->
KTUU: House catches fire in Mountain View neighborhood, AFD responds; Woman hurt following shooting, search for suspect underway; AK Army National Guard’s 297th MP Company comes home for Christmas; Alaska Wildlife Troopers charged 3 people in a suspected illegal big game guiding operation; NTSB: Pilot and plane’s owner had been drinking prior to fatal Girdwood crash; NTSB: Pilot and plane’s owner had been drinking prior to fatal Girdwood crash and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Watch: Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveils his budget; The 2019 Arctic Report Card shows the impacts of a warming climate. Here are 4 key details.; It flew! All-electric seaplane completes milestone first flight near Vancouver. More ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Bethel’s First Marijuana Store Scheduled To Open This Month; Bethel City Council Approves Sale Of Land To Marijuana Store, Kusko Kush; BSAR: Stay Off Straight Slough; Four Open Holes Near Bethel and more ->
Alaska Native News: Coast Guard Air Station Sitka Medevacs Teen from Baranof Island; The Fairbanks International Airport Seeks the Public’s Assistance in Reducing the Importation of Illegal Substances to Rural Alaska Communities; Redoubt’s Big Impact 30 Years Ago; Shift in Tundra Shrub Growth Could Release More Atmospheric Carbon; Study Shows Stronger Winds in Store for Northwestern Alaska and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force arrests principal of Bethel elementary school; Airport Police seize over $133,000 in illegal alcohol in past 6 months; Alaska senator speaks on suicide prevention bill passed by congress, headed to President’s desk; Access Alaska provides resources for the disability community in the interior and more ->
Rasmuson Foundation: New opportunity: Grants for rural health care in Alaska
A new grant fund that aims to fill gaps in rural Alaska health care is now open for applications. The deadline for this initial round of proposals is Jan. 24.
Alaska Journal of Commerce: Gov. Mike Dunleavy GUEST COMMENTARY: Fighting for safety for Alaska’s women
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Stroll Through Alaska’s Holiday Lights In The Botanical Gardens This Christmas Season

Alaska News December 11, 2019

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Anchorage Police Department to unblock 26 Twitter users; Alaska Native communities win $16 million in housing grants; Alaska Native groups say Trump task force lacks tribal representation; Alaska governor halts assistance cuts for disabled, elderly; Anchorage Assembly OKs pot shop to open near downtown church; When is a good time to start taking your kids to the dentist? More ->
KTUU: Man accused of killing his wife and 13-year-old daughter indicted; Over $133,000 worth of Alcohol and 144 grams of illegal drugs were seized at FIA; AWWU hops on board with SWS ‘Waste to Energy’ incinerator proposal; Number of female farmers increasing in Alaska; The VolunTEEN program, open book on how to give back; Alaska on track for its warmest year and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Experts describe potential benefits from state-tribal education compacts; No politics: Just cookies, fudge and photos at traditional open house and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Calista Prepares For Elder Benefit Distribution and more ->
Alaska Native News: 18-Year-Old Tuluksak Teen Dies after Drinking, Investigation Continues; Deep Trouble for Arctic and Beyond: NOAA Climate Report Warns of Feedback Loop That ‘May Already Be Underway’; UAS Student Northwest Coast Artwork featured in Successful Showcase and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Seismologists stress importance of monitoring small earthquakes; Maine and Alaska insurance companies bring ‘bait and switch’ complaint to Supreme Court Justices; Puppies help Fairbanks college students get through final exams and more ->
Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: OPEN HOUSE AT THE GOVERNOR’S HOUSE and more ->
Alaska Children’s Trust: Nominate a Champion for Kids
Dear Friends and Partners,

Do you know someone in Southeast Alaska who has demonstrated a dedication and commitment in working towards preventing child abuse and neglect? Each year Alaska Children’s Trust recognizes and presents an award to an individual(s) who has demonstrated this commitment, and we need your help to identify and nominate the next Southeast Champion for Kids. Applications are due by Friday, December 20, 2019.

Alaska News December 10, 2019

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Wasilla attempted murder suspect curses, flips off judge during arraignment; Inside the Gates: 176th Wing change of command has Alaska ties; 25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Karen Gordon; Map: Holiday lights around Anchorage and the Mat-Su and more->
KTUU: One person in the hospital following a shooting in a Russian Jack Park neighborhood; Injuries reported in rollover crash in Midtown; Police seeking person of interest in Black Angus Inn homicide; Thousands experiencing power outages in Southcentral; Chugiak-Eagle River High School merge debate continues as bond package heads to assembly and more ->
KTOO Public Media: In the middle of the holiday season, White Mountain has no regular mail service; Homer city manager to be Juneau’s new public works and engineering director; The Palmer Project, a mining prospect outside Haines, could transform into a large-scale operation and more ->
KYUK, Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Family And Friends Gather With Stories And Songs To Remember The Life Of Elder Elias Venes; Gov. Mike Dunleavy Pursuing Educational Compact With Tribes and more ->
Alaska News from APRN: PHOTOS: Wrangell’s Christmas tree tradition; Can a new housing development help pave the way for commercial growth in Downtown Anchorage? and more ->
Alaska Native News: Wasilla Man Dies in KGB Road Head-On Collision Monday Evening; REDDI Suspect Struck and Seriously Injured by Passing Vehicle on Sterling; Troopers Arrest Habitual DUI Fairbanks Driver on Felony Arrest Warrant and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Doyon, Ltd. to undertake oil exploration project in Yukon Flats; Attorneys General head to D.C. this week for annual conference and more ->
Craig Medred: This sucks
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Fill Up On The Hot and Gooey Sandwiches At Mike’s In Homer, Alaska

Alaska News December 09, 2019

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Wasilla man hit by car while helping another driver in ditch; Man arrested for car crash that killed retired Alaska State Trooper; Alaska Waste employees build a better Christmas for needy children; Back to school for Iditarod rookies before they head out on the trail; Anchorage student wins $100,000 in Dr Pepper’s Tuition Giveaway; Life beyond limbs: Wounded veterans use recreational therapy to continue their service and more ->
KTUU: One dead in Salcha fire; APU, Anchorage School District and other schools announce closures because of weather conditions; High winds and rain will make for a messy start to the work week; “It was a miracle”—Man who saved hiker buried in Alaska avalanche recounts rescue; Pilot opens up about crash to help others; Kay’s Family Restaurant permanently closed and more ->
Alaska Native News: Moreland Arrested on Manslaughter Charges for September Death of Retired Trooper and more ->
Craig Medred: Unconsidered costs
Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: Must Read: The children of World War II remember the Pearl Harbor attack and more ->

Alaska News December 08, 2019

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Elizabeth Place opens its doors to residents in downtown Anchorage and more ->
KTUU: Hiker buried in avalanche near Flattop, rescued by second hiker; Security Aviation resumes flight operations following deadly crash; Alaska’s fertility, death rates down in 2018 and more ->


Alaska Native News: Alaska National Guard Delivers Christmas Gifts to Children in Villages and more ->

Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Interior JROTC Drill Competition tests cadets; Recommended projects for borough’s Capital Improvement Program move forward to public comment; Children in need go on shopping spree, buy gifts for family and more ->
By Staff Writer, Insider Financial: Oprah plans cruise in Alaska in Holland America partnership
Craig Medred: Blown away

Alaska News December 07, 2019

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Lyft: Anchorage driver permanently removed from app after alleged sexual assault of passenger; Gov. Dunleavy to Elon Musk: Use Alaska resources for Tesla Cybertruck; Running for Hope: A running club for homeless women; Full interview: Youth discuss Bristol Bay Leadership Forum; ‘The Whale and the Cupcake’ documents Alaska’s culinary, cultural connections and more ->
KTUU: 5-year-old carries 18-month-old to neighbor’s house in -31 degree weather in Venetie; Three people hurt, three people arrested following a shooting in Wasilla; Crime Six homicides in seven days: APD addresses recent string of killings; The recent return of an accused rapist to Fairbanks prompts a Facebook watch group; Bill aims to increase capacity at troubled Alaska Psychiatric Institute; Fairbanks football player named 2019 Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year; Anchorage college student finalist for tuition giveaway at ACC championship; “Never Alone” video game brings Alaska Native culture to the masses; Alaskan artists using special canvas to benefit youth orchestra; MAP: Christmas light displays, holiday events across Southcentral and more ->
KTOO Public Media: ENSTAR wants permission to raise gas prices to cover $1M in earthquake repairs; Extremely low cod numbers lead feds to close the Gulf of Alaska fishery for the first time and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Santa Comes To Napakiak… In A Black Hawk Helicopter; BRHS Senior Hayden Lieb Signs Athletic Scholarship To Wrestle At University Of Wyoming and more ->
Alaska Native News: Updated Webpage Provides Comprehensive Listing of Alaska’s Missing Persons; December 7th, 1941: A Date that will Live in Infamy and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Charging documents reveal more information surrounding fatal Fairbanks shooting; Gov. Dunleavy reflects on lessons learned in first year, cites need for better communication during budget process; Scientists gather on river for Fresh Eyes on Ice workshop and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Gifts of Love spreads holiday joy to local youth; Preparing the Arctic workforce for now and tomorrow; Prep work underway for 2020 Kobuk 440 and more ->
By Caroline Dohack, the Hustle: In Alaska, women are about as likely as men to take up farming
By Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage NPR: Kaktovik man agrees to plead guilty to illegal polar bear harvest, faces 4 months in prison
Chris Gordon will accept a maximum prison sentence of four months and a $4,500 fine, according to a plea agreement filed Friday that was signed by his attorney and federal prosecutors. Gordon, a whaling captain, also agreed not to harvest any marine mammals for a year after his sentence, with the exception of bowhead whales.
By Henry Leasia, KHNS – Haines, NPR: Archivist returns to Haines Sheldon Museum to assist with collections

Alaska News December 06, 2019

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Judge denies bail reduction in sexual assault, abuse case with 13 victims; Anchorage police investigate man’s death as homicide; Earthquake-ready: Tips to protect your family and home and more ->

KTUU: Two inmates allege a former Alaska prison guard sexually abused them; Valley Pathways High School’s artistic talents on display in front of White House; Find a good deal while giving back to McKinley fire victims and more ->

KTOO Public Media: ‘She had dimples for days’: After laying daughter to rest, ‘what-ifs’ linger for Juneau parents; Taku Glacier, once the Juneau Icefield’s last advancing glacier, is now in retreat; Salmon returns are down in Metlakatla. These junior scientists are discovering possible reasons why.; PFDs, state funding at risk if Alaska Permanent Fund earnings reserve falls to zero, board hears and more ->


KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Another Late Winter Means Another K300 Season Opener Postponed and more ->

Alaska Native News: California Fugitive from Justice Arrested following Sterling Highway Traffic Stop; AMHS Notifies M/V Aurora Employees of Long-term Layup and more ->

The KNOM Newsletter (Nome Static), Christmas 2019; Some Trooper Dispatches Not Publicly Released, Spokesperson Says It’s Not Mandatory; AMCC Inmates Gang-Up on Other Inmate, Assault Charges Filed and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Man who claimed shooting was self-defense arrested for murder; Fairbanks North Star School District receives $5 million grant for mental health and trauma services; From the Last Frontier to the Land Down Under; Open house aims to sign more residents up for North Pole city water expansion and more ->
Craig Medred: Down and out

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