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Alaska News November 10, 2017

By KTUU Staff: First Lady Melania Trump schedules stop to visit JBER
By Michelle Theriault Boots: This Filipino-American WWII veteran lived to 104 in Anchorage. He’s finally been recognized for his service.
By Liz Raines: House calls for action on alleged harassment by Sen. David Wilson

By Scott Gross: Empowering woman veterans, celebrating the ‘sheroes’
By Heather Hintze: More crimes involving weapons, drugs, stolen cars going to federal court
By Dave Goldman: The Dome’s reopening delayed
Many frustrated members also had trouble getting information about their memberships. Then on September 1, the Dome’s fortunes rose again when John Rubini, chair of JL Properties, stepped forward to ensure its rebuild.

The overall project was to cost between $6 million and $6.5 million and would be paid for through investments and donations. Rubini pledged between $1 million and $1.5 million to help see it through.

By Patrick Moussignac: Non-opioid alternatives for pain relief

By Beth Verge: Community gathers for vigil honoring Keith Aumavae, who remains missing
By Leroy Polk: Alaska fisherman medevaced after being hit in the head by a 37 lb block of frozen fish
By Mike Ross: Drugs in prison: former inmates give their perspective on the problem
By Sidney Sullivan: Eskimo Ninja Warrior teaches Sen. Murkowski the ‘seal hop’

By Patrick Enslow: Homer hockey players help injured homeless man
By John Tracy: Reality Check: When the math doesn’t add up for Alaska
By Samantha Angaiak: University of Alaska Board of Regents approves operating budget
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – The University of Alaska Board of Regents met Thursday and approved an operating budget proposal of $341 million for the coming year.

UA president Jim Johnsen said the plan is down from $378 million four years ago and up from $317 million in the current fiscal year.

The plan will go to Gov. Bill Walker and the Legislature for consideration.

The board also approved a tuition increase of 5 percent.
By Emily Fehrenbacher: On ‘Edge of Alaska,’ a bunch of everyday Alaskans making questionable decisions

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