Alaska News February 20, 2018

By Cassie Schirm: Baristas say they are prepped with defenses after robbery
By Daniella Rivera: Man on Pre-Trial Supervision after January arrest wanted again
As of last Friday, a DOC spokesperson said there were more than 300 individuals on pretrial supervision throughout the state and 24 outstanding warrants for defendants who violated conditions of pre-trial release.

The names of those defendants with active warrants were: Justin Ching, Phillip Hayman, Maria Garcia, Jyrmayne Canty, Patrick Mora, Matthew Irwin, Asia Blagmon, Jarvis Prince, Robert McGowan, Kelly Peters, Cherise Mullins, Micah Jacoby, Sherry Sampson-Crooms, Justin Harris, Monica Abarca, John Vang, Jason Tungul, Douglas Felix, Simeon Simmonds, Brandon Wallace, Levi Jacobs, Robert Malone, Walter Queenie and Willie Mute.
By Jack Carney: Former Chair of ML&P Commission steps down over transparency concerns
By Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO: Gap of $6.6 billion in state pension funding draws lawmakers’ concern
It would take an amendment to the state constitution to reduce benefits. The Alaska Supreme Court has interpreted the constitution to protect both pensions and retiree health benefits from cuts.
By KTVA Web Staff: Protesters crash ANWR dinner in Midtown
Lisa Murkowski is booked to join KTVA LIVE at 5 o’clock Tuesday. Tune in to watch!
By Annie Zak: Carrs Safeway set to occupy Sears space in Midtown Anchorage mall
By nchorage Daily News: Publishers of Anchorage Daily News will buy 3 Morris publications in Alaska
By Kalinda Kindle: Legalization of Industrial Hemp Passes House
By Leroy Polk: Unreported fire at Trident Seafoods could have endangered Alaska village, officials say
According to Chitty, this isn’t the first time that Trident has failed to report a fire. Chitty said this one was caused by the burning of a trash pile, a common practice for the company, against the side of the cliff behind the plant.

As of this filing, Trident’s corporate headquarters has not responded for comment.
By KTVA Web Staff: Democrats offer 3 names to fill vacant Bethel House seat

Yvonne L. Jackson was born in Bethel, Alaska and raised in Kasigluk. She has lived in the YK Delta for a total of 23 years serving the people of District 38 in Workforce Development. Yvonne currently works for AVCP as a Tribal Workforce Development Director
Raymond “Thor” Williams has been a resident of Bethel for over 20 years. He currently serves on the Bethel City Council and was Mayor of Bethel from 2005-2006. He also serves on the Lower Kuskokwin School District Board.
Tiffany Zulkosky was born and raised in Bethel and is of Yup’ik and Polish decent. She is currently the Vice President of Communications for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Tiffany holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Northwest University and Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast.
By Tegan Hanlon: Former Iditarod champion John Baker has pulled out of this year’s race
By Emily Russell, Alaska Public Media: Cheering from Alaska: Women’s relay 5th at the Olympics

By James Gaddis: Teacher of the Week: Kris Hinrichsen
By Rhonda McBride: A musical adventure in Mekoryuk

By Rhonda McBride: Frontiers 135: Zuill Bailey: A messenger of music
By Leroy Polk: Nursing programs open enrollment, aimed at shoring Alaska health workforce

By Julia O’Malley: In the aisles of Anchorage groceries, a food writer collects flavors of Korea
Moms Everyday Alaska: Liz Kepplinger Sweet potato whole grain bread