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Alaska News March 24, 2019

By Lauren Maxwell: Missing or murdered: Jurors get Thomas Skeek murder case
By KTVA Web Staff: Alaskans respond to Saturday’s 4.0 quake on social media with annoyance and a bit of humor
WATCH: Active shooter training at Palmer church Alaskans participate in a church security and intruder awareness training through Point Blank Firearms and Self Defense.
The training is called “church security and intruder awareness training,” and is the brainchild of a lifelong Alaskan and former police officer named Donna Anthony. Anthony is the CEO of Point Blank Firearms and Self Defense Training.

“You can sit there and show a video for an active shooter — like most companies do for 30 minutes — but that’s not enough training,” she said. “You’ve got to hand them the tools and the knowledge and the resources of what to do if something happens.”

Anthony says she was injured in the line of duty while working as a police officer, and she decided to apply her knowledge to help others learn how to defend themselves.

Jill Black participated in Saturday’s training. She is involved with a local group called Well-Armed Women, and she spends time training with firearms at shooting ranges – in large part to protect her family in case they’re involved in an active shooter situation.
KTOO Public Media: Local residents show support after racist message spray-painted on Homer restaurant; Klukwan students learn the art of scientific illustration and more ->
By Associated Press: Program provides free mouth guards during basketball tourney
By Hank Davis: Franklin Graham speaks at annual Governors Prayer Breakfast

Alaska News March 23, 2019

By Daniel Kirby: Eagle River man taken into custody after standoff with APD
By KTVA Web Staff: Driver arrested in fatal Third Avenue collision
By Steve Quinn: Claman: Let public defenders testify on crime bills in person
By Heather Hintze: AstroTurf sliced, stolen from Big Lake Rec Center
By Shawn Wilson: Palmer teen provides weekend meals for fellow students in need
By Kristen Durand: Mat-Su business owners work to make prom affordable for every student
KTOO Public Media: How carving halibut hooks teaches Juneau students both science and tradition; Know the risks before you visit Mendenhall Glacier’s newest ice cave; Juneau Assembly accepts settlement agreement with cruise industry and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: YKHC Board Against Gov. Dunleavy’s Budget and more ->
Alaska Native News: Sandy Memories of Ancient Storms and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: API Psychiatrists resign; Oil Spill has ripple effects 30 years later; FDA opens last show of the season with ‘Nunsense’ and more ->
By Chris Klint: Report details fatal botulism poisoning at Nome potluck
By Tracy Sinclare: Preparing for summer when it’s too early to garden

Alaska News March 22, 2019

By Leroy Polk: Alaska police identify 27-year-old as murder suspect in Wednesday ‘foul play’
Kilongak was arraigned and bail was set at $250,000 plus court approved third party custodian, police wrote in a statement.
By Leroy Polk: Idaho man indicted for illegally hunting bear in Alaska with other Idaho hunters
By Jeff Bridges: ‘Catch and Release’ offender gets 8 years on gun charge
Muse is still awaiting trial on both the 2017 and 2018 state cases of driving a stolen vehicle and vehicle theft. Those cases are expected to have their next trial dates in April.

After his release from federal custody, Muse will spend three years on parole.
Founder of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Bonnie Carroll speaks with Rebecca Palsha and Mike Ross about TAPS
Mother continues awareness efforts 20 years after Turnagain Pass avalanche It’s been 20 years since an avalanche at Turnagain Pass killed Aaron Arthur and five other snowmachiners, and his mother is still working to expand avalanche education and safety.
By John Grobe: Former US senator for Alaska considering presidential campaign
KTOO Public Media: Volunteers get thumbs up on spruced-up peace sign redesign; Former Ketchikan school board president withdraws nomination for judicial conduct commission; Alaska state ferry supporters rally as DOT offers $250,000 for privatization study and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: What Happens When A Community Gets Running Water? People Get Healthier and more ->
Alaska Native News: Anchorage Shop Owner Indicted on Violations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Misrepresentation; Car Parked in Roadway Results in Anchor Point Man being Arrested on Six Warrants and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Alaska State Troopers Release Most Wanted List; UA Museum receives an iconic donation; Middle School and UAF Engineering students collaborate on Rube Goldberg Machine and more ->
By Lauren Maxwell: Choose Respect march aims to counter Alaska domestic violence
Human rights commission to meet on personnel matter
By Cassie Schirm: 300 birds left behind after Anchorage man passes away
By JON MOOALLEM: A weeklong trip in Alaska was supposed to be an adventure. In an instant, it became the experience that defined us all.

Alaska News March 21, 2019

By Leroy Polk: Alaska man found bleeding, later declared dead. Police identify suspect
By Heather Hintze: Judge postpones decision on Erick Almandinger’s sentencing
By Taylar Perez: TONIGHT: Local organizations partner to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day
KTOO Public Media: With 20 ships scheduled, Unalaska expects record-setting cruise season; What happens when wild salmon interbreed with hatchery fish? More ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Wild Dogs Take Down Muskox Near Toksook Bay and more ->
Alaska Native News: Senator Olson Offers to Pay for Public Space in Nome for Governor Dunleavy’s Town Hall; Senator Olson Offers to Pay for Public Space in Nome for Governor Dunleavy’s Town Hall and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Military Report: Colonel Fisher Presented ‘State of Fort Wainwright’ to Chamber; Man accused of sexually abusing minors in Venetie pleads not guilty; Bail denied to man accused of killing Sophie Sergie and more ->
Local women’s group celebrates 100 years of preserving history Pioneers of Alaska Igloo number 4 are dedicated to preserving history and have been for over 100 years.
The Contaminated Sites Program is making improvements to the Contaminated Sites Illegal Drug Manufacturing Sites web page (

In order to make the information useful to the public we’d like some input from you.

Currently included on this webpage is a list of vendors that provide sampling and decontamination equipment for illegal methamphetamine manufacturing sites found at

In the past year, there has been an increase in calls from the public requesting information on contractors and/or consultants who can perform sampling and decontamination work after methamphetamine use inside a structure. To address this need, we are offering to list those businesses which specialize in sampling or decontamination services, in addition to the vendors that provide sampling and decontamination equipment.

If you would like your business to be listed as providing sampling or decontamination services, please contact Mossy Mead, DEC Environmental Program Technician, at or 907-465-5390.
By Dave Leval: 2019 Armed Forces Classic to tip off for first time in Alaska
Marion Owen Lagniappe (LAN-yap) = A little bit extra: Why this gardener loves Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming

Alaska News March 20, 2019

By Chris Klint: Dump truck driver medevaced after Wasilla collision
“Preliminary investigation has revealed the driver of the passenger car pulled in front of a northbound dump truck,” troopers wrote in the dispatch Tuesday.

Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said Wednesday morning that injuries to both drivers were still being evaluated.

He said the driver of the dump truck attempted to stop and collided with the car, causing both vehicles to spin. The dump truck rolled over on its side, DeSpain said, causing the driver to be entrapped and partially ejected. The driver was extricated by emergency personnel and flown by air ambulance to an Anchorage hospital for care.
By Derek Minemyer: Anchorage Assembly ordinance could change legal tobacco purchasing age to 21
Young Choi, owner of Blazing Smokes tobacco shops in Anchorage, says implementing Tobacco 21 would not only affect municipal tax revenues — it would reduce his opportunity to hire younger employees.

“I’m going to lose the labor pool of the 19 and 20 year olds,” Choi said. “And that’s kind of sad, because this is a great job for college students.”

But Choi says his biggest concern is how the city of Anchorage would make up the tax revenue lost when 19 and 20 year olds stop purchasing tobacco products.

“If that tax revenue isn’t coming in, where is the city going to get it from?” Choi asked.
By Derek Minemyer: Anchorage Assembly votes to formally oppose the governor’s proposed budget
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Two Men Die Falling Through Open Water On Snowmachines; Bethel Gives Hero’s Welcome To Iditarod Champion Pete Kaiser and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Anchorage Assembly weighs options for $1.9B Port of Alaska project; New report confirms major problems at Alaska Psychiatric Institute and more ->
Alaska Native News: Ketchikan Woman Busted on DUI/Reckless Endangerment Charges; Proposal Would Allow PFD Donations to General Fund and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks welcomes new appellate judge; Ft. Wainwright Kicks Off Army Emergency Relief Fund Campaign; HEALTH REPORT: Fairbanks Doctor Offers Free Meditation Classes to Help Others Improve Health and more ->
By Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage: Iditapod: A new trio of elite women mushers
By Heather Hintze: Talkeetna’s new baler makes cardboard recycling a reality
By Jennifer Summers: Healthy vocabulary sends Romig 8th-grader to National Spelling Bee
By Chris Klint: More chicken? Anchorage restaurants say there’s room for Raising Cane’s
Baby Moose slips on ice

Alaska News March 19, 2019

By Angela Krenzien: Man takes 80-year plea deal for Christmas Eve ‘ninja’ murder
Under the plea deal, Franklin agrees to plead guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, each of which carries a sentence of 40 years, for a total of 80 years to serve.
By Elizabeth Roman: Black box from missing Guardian Flight recovered from Frederick Sound
KTOO Public Media: New House Tribal Affairs Committee aims to advance state relationships; Alaska lawmakers learn about a subsistence superfood; Republicans leave school budget subcommittee in protest over process and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Trained By Bethel Terrain, Rookie Jessica Klejka Finishes First Iditarod; Hear Pete Kaiser’s Iditarod Championship Speech and more ->
Alaska Native News: Governor Dunleavy Announces Statewide Roadshow to Outline Permanent Fiscal Plan for Alaska; Soldotna Man Arrested after Strangulating Family Member and Thowing them down the Stairs Tuesday; Soldotna Woman Arrested on Weapons Charges following DV Incident and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Trial for the Man Accused of Shooting FPD Sgt. Allen Brandt Started Today; Ft. Wainwright Soldier Killed in Car Accident on Parks Highway and more ->
By Lauren Maxwell: Board of Game considers new black bear hunts in Chugach State Park
Anchorage students focus on leadership skills The leaders of tomorrow learning from the leaders of today. ASD students spend spring break learning about leadership.
VIDEO: Important find adds to fossil record An important fossil find on an Alaskan beach. The age of the fossil is a surprise but so is the age of the finder.

Alaska News March 18, 2019

By Dave Leval: Haitim Taha appears in court after extradition from Israel
By Mary Kate Burgess: Hopkins wins Rookie of the Year; Zirkle takes home Humanitarian award at mushers banquet
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Iditarod Red Lantern Nears Nome and more ->
Alaska Native News: Snow Machiner’s Remains Pulled from Kuskokwim Slough Sunday; Representative Claman Files Bill Strengthening Alaska’s Theft Laws and more ->
Fairbnaks News Webcenter 11: Girl, 5, missing after falling into California river; Fairbanks Ski Patrol Helps Keep Adventure Seekers Safe and more ->
By Derek Minemyer: Sen. Sullivan says Alaska’s natural gas could play a role in curbing effects of climate change
By Daniella Rivera: Iditarod dog that died was carried in sled, reconnected to towline in Nome
KTUU reporter shows off dance moves for Saint Patrick’s Day Ceili Channel 2’s Derek Minemyer stepped out of his comfort zone on Sunday evening, learning traditional Irish dance with the Irish Cultural Collective for Anchorages St. Patricks Day Ceili.

Alaska News March 17, 2019

By Cassie Schirm: Avid outdoorsman Jeffrey Cheng remembered in Anchorage
By KTVA Web Staff: Sled dog from Richie Beattie’s team dies after finishing Iditarod
Alaska Native News: Alaska DOT&PF Accepting Applications for Local Projects; Pacific Halibut Season to Open March 15 in Alaska and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks Ski Patrol Helps Keep Adventure Seekers Safe and more ->
Athabascan Woman Blog: Slippery Pete’s Gambit by Colin Tass’aq McDonald
By Alexis Fernandez: Crews working to fix exposed sewage line in Campbell Lake
By Hank Davis: Bear hunting a hot topic at the Alaska Board of Game Meeting

Alaska News March 16, 2019

By Grant Robinson: Anchorage woman arraigned for 3-year-old daughter’s murder
By Chris Klint: Court upholds man’s 99-year sentence under ‘3 strikes’ sex-crimes law
By Steve Quinn: Lawmaker’s crime bill targets repeat thieves
By Lauren Maxwell:Help is available for people experiencing a mental health crisis
Lessard said the Alaska Careline at 877-266-HELP is a crisis line for someone considering suicide or those who have questions about suicide. He said the 211 number operated by United Way can also direct Alaskans to local resources.

But if the person in crisis is violent or has a weapon, it’s best to call 911. Lessard recommends people ask for a CIT officer, short for Crisis Intervention Team. Officers on the team have been trained to work with people dealing with mental health issues.
By Steve Quinn: State investigating 2 employees over bumper sticker response, Facebook posts
KTOO Public Media: Ketchikan High School’s Saber-Toothed Salmon take state ocean science bowl; A new men’s group in Homer aims to foster healthy masculinity. But getting new members is a challenge.; Tongass old growth timber sale gets go-ahead despite habitat concerns and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Bethel City Council Passes Series Of Introductions; House Finance Hearing In Bethel March 23 On State Budget And PFD and more ->
Alaska Native News: APD Seeks Additional Victims of Anchorage Massage Therepist and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Listen Connect Help: QPR Trainings; Fairbanks Cub Scouts Lend a Helping Hand to Fellow Wasilla Scouts; Sports Tanana Valley Athletes Make Spectacular Showing at Special Olympics Winter Games in Anchorage and more ->
By Keerthi Vedantam | Cronkite News: Advocates call for funding, data to find missing, murdered Native women
49 Writers, Inc: JUNEAU and ANCHORAGE | Writers, Seekers, Pilgrims: A Session on Thomas Merton taught by Kathleen Witkowska Tarr; ANCHORAGE | Writing the In-Between: Hybrid Forms and Generating Drafts with Nicole Stellon O’Donnell and more ->
By David Cannamore: Planning an Alaskan Excursion? Read and Watch These Books and Movies First
By Shawn Wilson: Eklutna Village Clinic celebrates grand opening with expanded services
By Rebecca Palsha: ‘I saw something that looked like pig ears on the ground’ — Tenants say mushrooms are growing in their hallways
By Shannon Ballard: Anchorage Entrepreneurs get helping hand to set up shop

Alaska News March 15, 2019

By Angela Krenzien: APD: Mom accused of killing daughter said she ‘did it’

The child’s maternal grandparents were given temporary custody while the protection order was in place.
In his request for a long-term protective order, Hedrick asked that Jackson be treated for mental health and substance abuse. A long-term order was not granted after Hedrick didn’t come to the hearing in October.

Jackson does not have any prior criminal convictions in Alaska. Online court records show Jackson’s bond has been set at $10,000 cash appearance, meaning the full amount would have to be paid before she could be released.
By Heather Hintze: Johnson to undergo ‘testing’ before sentencing for Grunwald murder
By Kristen Durand: After ten years of hard work, Alaska’s first bed bug sniffing dog is retiring
KTOO Public Media: Virginia GOP group helps boost conservative Anchorage School Board candidates; Alaska, oil companies to determine economic viability of gasline within 60 days and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Klejka To Nome Today and more ->
Alaska Native News: Koniag Selects Ron Unger as CEO, Names Marty Shuravloff To Board; Lawsuit Launched to Protect Arctic Habitat of Endangered Ice Seals Lawsuit Launched to Protect Arctic Habitat of Endangered Ice Seals; Lawsuit Launched to Protect Arctic Habitat of Endangered Ice Seals Lawsuit Launched to Protect Arctic Habitat of Endangered Ice Seals and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Dunleavy Comments on Energy Conference He is Attending in Texas; Man Who Led Police on Chase Through Lakeview Terrace Pleads not Guilty; Man who stole Pizza Delivery Vehicle Pleads Not Guilty; Tanana Chiefs Conference discuss climate change and Governors budget and more ->
By Daybreak Staff: Anchorage conference encourages young men to ‘step up’
Each pie had only 3.14 calories~
By Heather Hintze: Palmer restaurant makes 300+ mini pies for National Pi Day