The Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development released the latest employment numbers last Friday. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains unchanged in September and is 7.2 percent. Alaska’s not-seasonally adjusted rate grew three-tenths of a percent from August, which is typical as the season work around the state winds down for the year. The seasonal loss of fishing and tourism jobs accounted for much of the increase in unemployment.
By Alex Teplitzky: Creative Capital: Chilkat Artist Lily Hope on Working in Juneau
Lily Hope’s work is on view in the permanent collection at the Portland Art Museum. Check out her website to learn more about her work.
Graduation held in an airport hangar, harrowing commutes to work across the tumultuous Cook Inlet, and mail dropped by airplanes overhead. While these may sound like situations of the far-off past, some Homer residents alive and well today are here to dispel that notion.
By Michelle Lander, Biologist Steller Watch: To stay or go?
If you recall our blog back on May 9th, we directed you to some preliminary findings for a subset of 13 adult female Steller sea lions that were captured and tagged between 2011 and 2015 (marked =24 through =36) in the Aleutian Islands. To follow-up, here’s an update on some of the final findings for those animals.
By Blake Essig (KTUU): North Pole man returns home after surviving Las Vegas shooting
Ariane Personal PPD Submission
By Associated Press: Alaska-owned aerospace company lines up commercial launches
By Samantha Angaiak: City plans to tear down DHHS building, add senior housing and replace DHHS building at new location
By Joe Vigil: Injured Anchorage firefighter makes progress in recovery
Internet Celebration Day?
By Leroy Polk: Last segment of cable installed for internet in remote Alaska communities
By Leroy Polk: Anchorage robber pulls knife on store employee, drops keys to getaway car
Free Flu Shot Clinics This Wednesday and Thursday
The Municipal Department of Health and Human Services and Anchorage School District are hosting free flu shot clinics on Wednesday and Thursday. Flu shots are available to the general public, for anyone 6 months of age and older. The vaccine, Quadrivalent, is designed to protect against two influenza A and two influenza B viruses. A limited number of the “high dose” flu vaccine will be available for people 65 years of age and older.
Alaska Highway News Local Highlights
By William D. Cohan: Journalism’s Broken Business Model Won’t Be Solved by Billionaires
But the story of Alice Rogoff and the Alaska Dispatch News is a cautionary tale that shows the limits of what a wealthy owner is willing, or able, to do for a struggling newspaper in the digital era.
Halloween at the Library
49 Writers Blog – Nancy Lord | The Need for Science Writing
On Wednesday, Oct. 25, I’ll be presenting a free 49 Writers craft talk and reading at the Indigo Tea lounge at 7 p.m. We’ll consider the art of writing science into fiction. Science fiction has been with us for a very long time, but embracing scientists as characters and scientific concepts and practices within all kinds of fiction—speculative or not—gives us new opportunities as readers and writers. I’ll talk about that, read a bit from my novel, and invite conversation.
I’ll also be giving two 49 Writers writing workshops about science writing for general audiences. In Fairbanks on Sat. Oct. 28 from 1-4 at the Bear Gallery and in Anchorage on Sunday Oct. 29 from 2-5 at the Alaska Humanities Forum office. Details at http://49writers.org/class-catalog.
Cinthia Ritchie: Poetry acceptance, and lots of Tucson love
Craig Medred: Reality Check
Craig Medred: Iditarod down
In the wake of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s first, publicly revealed doping case, the International Federation of Sleddog Sports has moved to distance itself from the globe’s premier sled-dog competition.
In “an open letter” to the organizers of the 1,000-mile race from Willow to Nome, the global governing body for sled-dog sports disavowed any connection to the embattled Alaska event.
Flag presented to family of Alaskan killed in Las Vegas shooting
By Associated Press: FBI arrests ex-manager of Juneau’s historic Bergmann Hotel
By Victoria Taylor: APD: 2 adults, 3 juveniles arrested following 10-minute spree of armed robberies
Anchorage Mushing District
A proposal currently making the rounds at community council meetings eyes designating a portion of the city to honor mushers.
By Sean Maguire: AST: Coast Guard rescues six stranded hunters on Saint Lawrence Island
Once-pristine Arctic choking on our plastic addiction
Special session scheduled in Juneau, but Senate to meet in Anchorage
Story Time with Aunt Phil: The Story of Ruby
By Victoria Taylor / Sean Maguire: Dozens of crashes reported Saturday following first measurable snowfall of the season
Click here for more tips on winter travel.
By Cameron Mackintosh: AFN adopts resolution on endorsing U.S. presidential candidates
By Sean Maguire: Police defuse a downtown fight involving a crowbar, hammer, and handgun
By Juan Montes: Coast Guard rescue a crewman after falling 20 feet
The Salvation Army says it has plenty of room for those fighting their addiction
FBI-Anchorage seeks wanted sex offender
JBER aircraft suffer base’s first-ever laser strikes
Inside the Gates: Last surviving member of the 477 Bombardment Group visits JBER
By Mary M. Rall U.S. Army Alaska Public Affairs: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/252054/team-alaska-performs-despite-oppressive-heat-humidity
7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 21
By Associated Press: Iditarod musher charged with stealing kennels from another musher
By Kortnie Horazdovsky/KTUU: ICYMI: People Mover changes take place Monday
By KTUU Staff: Walker signs the Alaska Tribal Child Welfare Compact at AFN
By Samantha Angaiak: Attorney General releases opinion on tribal sovereignty in Alaska
Just think how much money could be saved if folks did not build on flood plains~
By Dan Carpenter: Erosion grant goes to MatSu instead of Newtok
VOA News: Study: Pollution is the World’s No. 1 Killer
Jim Matherly: GUEST COMMENTARY: Optimism for special session
By Cliff White: NOAA’s Chris Oliver demands retraction of scientific paper alleging high levels of IUU fishing in Alaska
Alaska tribes first in nation to take over children’s services
By Dan Carpenter: Solutions to opioid epidemic discussed at AFN
Anchorage chase ends with vehicle-theft, indecent-exposure charges
By Mike Ross: Small school success: Hope student wins competition
By Ariane Aramburo: David George signs off after 5 years on the Morning Edition
AFN Elders help identify photos
Channel 2 takes you on board the last “Milk Run” for the iconic “Combi” plane.
Duluth Trading Co. to open Anchorage store next year
Daybreak’s Adopt-A-Pet: Josey and Wee Wee
Anchorage Animal Care and Control is hosting their first Kitten Foster Program Open House on Saturday, October 21, from 1–3 pm, featuring two very special cats, Linus, fostered and adopted by AACC’s Kennel Supervisor and now AACC’s Spokescat; and Blessing, fostered, raised, and adopted by a foster “Super Mom” from the time he was only a few hours old; and a kitten currently in foster care. In addition, foster parents will be available to share their experiences with guests and answer questions regarding fostering.
Come to Open House to learn how the foster program saves lives and you may just decide to be a foster parent!
Three Alaskan women make case for 2nd Amazon HQ in Anchorage
“We may not have everything they want, but we have everything they need,” said Meg Stapleton, who is spearheading the effort.
Together, Baker, her sister Elaine Baker and Stapleton are preparing a packet of letters — stories of Alaska and the people who call it home — to send to Amazon, among proposals from dozens of cities in the U.S.
Story Time With Aunt Phil: The Story of Ruby