Alaska News November 09, 2017

WATCH: Airman laid to rest 65 years after Globemaster crash
RENTON, Wash. (KARE) – WWII veteran John Ponikvar was buried on his 95th birthday. A military bugler played Taps. An Air Force honor guard fired a 21-gun salute.
 
 
 
 
Forgotten Battlefield, Part 2: Explore the hidden caves, sunken ships of World War II
 
 
 
 
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Firefighting chemicals found in well water near FAI airport
 
 
 
 
By Associated Press: Alaska company introduces Yupik translation app at stores
 
 
 
 
By Samantha Angaiak: Anchorage police and city officials investigate possible illegal marijuana sales
 
 
 
 
By Victoria Taylor: Higher costs considered for some rural residents for fire services
Residents living within fire service areas pay for fire services through property taxes. “It’s about $2.8 million so, it’s roughly $850 on about a $350,000 home,” LeBlanc said. Those living outside the boundaries do not pay.

Municipal code requires property owners outside the service areas to pay a $500 fee for the first hour of response for fire services. An additional $100 is then added per hour for each piece of equipment being used.
 
 
 
 
By Leroy Polk: Anchorage authorities recover 16 lbs of meth from stuffed animals
Victor Somsy was contacted by police, as the packages were addressed to his home on Wildrose Court in Anchorage. Police say he admitted involvement during initial questioning, but said that he was working for another man, Cheng Saechao, who had previously been arrested for a similar crime in town.

In a report filed by Joe Miner, a task force officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Anchorage, Miner states that law enforcement intercepted two parcels, one on Aug. 24, and one on Oct. 19, both of which tested positive for meth.
 
 
 
 
By Mike Ross: Musher Paul Gebhardt talks about cancer diagnosis
 
 
 
 
By Beth Verge: Tips from police: missing persons reports do’s and don’ts
For example, your loved one doesn’t have to have been missing for 24 hours in order for you to report the case. In fact, sooner is usually better than later.

If someone has seemingly gone missing, you should take the time to call jails, hospitals, friends, and family, and check their residence and workplace, too. However, Oistad said, if there could be foul play – for example, if the person is in an abusive relationship or has special medical needs – you should call APD immediately.

Current photos and details about the person can help authorities as well. And no matter the situation, you can take some comfort in the fact that missing people across Alaska are listed in a statewide database, which means anyone in law enforcement is alerted to the missing, no matter the location.
 
 
 
 
By Emily Carlson: Alaska, China sign development agreement to advance AKLNG
 
 
 
 
By Emily Carlson: New Pebble advisory board member joins to ‘protect the nest’
 
 
 
 
By Daniella Rivera: Northrim Bank works on plan to return tires to Johnson’s Tire Service customers
The sign posted on the front door of the closed shop Sunday that read, “Closed for business permanently”, was replaced with a more promising note from Northrim Bank on Wednesday.

The bank took possession of the property Tuesday, and now a spokesperson says they’re working on a plan to return tires to customers at no cost as soon as possible.
 
 
 
 

By Daybreak Staff: Workforce Wednesday: The Ahtna Corporation

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Updated December, 2016