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Alaska News June 05, 2019

KTVA News: Teen gave candy to 5-year-old in exchange for sexual contact, troopers say; Troopers searching for burglar who damaged, stole from Wasilla property; Anchorage mom creates vending machine for baby supplies; Legislators want city to move faster on abating homeless camps and more ->
KTUU: 19-year-old Anchorage woman found dead, teen arrested for her murder; Update: 12-year-old arrested in connection with Chester Creek Homicide; Proposed legislation aims to minimize human-bear interactions in Anchorage; Spotlight on youth: YANA or You Are Not Alone spreads awareness of suicide prevention; At the Alaska Native Medical Center, path to recovery is aided by what comes out of the kitchen and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Bill to fund $3,000 PFD fails narrowly in Alaska Senate; NOAA is trying to encourage more observers to report sexual harassment; Felony charges climb to 13 in sexual assault case against Sitka doctor; Juneau Assembly passes city budget as state budget impacts loom and more ->
Alaska Native News: Driver of Dalton Highway Commercial Tanker Accident Dies at Scene, Cleanup of Spill Continues; Congressman Don Young Introduces Resolution Recognizing International Year of the Salmon; Alaska National Guard delivers torch for Veterans Golden Age Games from helicopter and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Trial begins for man accused of sexually abusing minors and incest; UAF volleyball program announces 2019 recruiting class and more ->
By Tess Thackara: The Hand of Native American Women, Visible at Last The role of women art-makers in Native communities has gone widely ignored. Now a bold museum show, by and for these women, is shining a light on 1,000 years of their art.
By Brannon Finney: Alaskan Girl captain speaks her piece

Nathan Pilling, Kitsap Sun: Bainbridge-based Team Sail Like a Girl sets sail for second Race to Alaska title

Anchorage Police Department – It’s WHAT NOT TO DO WEDNESDAY 🚓 #WNTDW

One of the top requests we get from citizens is that we conduct more traffic enforcement. Many of the people who actually receive the tickets tend to voice the opinion that we should “go after the real criminals” and “find something more important to do.” Sometimes these opinions are peppered with colorful language when delivered. Regardless of your opinion, increased traffic enforcement and the writing of tickets greatly reduces traffic fatalities and injuries. Keeping citizens safe and enforcing the law is our job and is what we do. Even when it makes some folks angry. It falls under the “it’s for your own good” category.

Another reason why traffic enforcement is so important is because traffic stops very often lead to other things. Here are two stories that exemplify that very thing. They are a few years old but are excellent examples:

Story #1: An APD officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a regular traffic violation. After the officer exited his patrol vehicle and was in the process of approaching the car on foot, the driver shot himself in the head and died immediately. Further investigation revealed the driver had gotten fired from his job that morning and told his coworkers he’d be back to shoot the place up. It appeared that is where the driver was headed when the officer intervened. That was a rough day for the officer and devastating for the driver’s family. The stop also very probably put the kibosh on a workplace shooting.

Story #2: One of our officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle had four occupants inside and the officer ID’d all of them. A few hours later we responded to a homicide. Witnesses were able to provide the getaway vehicle’s description but could not say who was inside. Low and behold the getaway car was the same one the officer had stopped earlier that day. Because of the information gathered from that stop the perpetrators were identified quickly and led to arrests for the murder.

Use your inside voice, play well with others, and remember we’re all in this together.

Alaska News June 04, 2019

KTUU News: Melting glaciers create new market for Alaska tour operators; Onsite marijuana smoking could conflict with smoke-free ordinance; Alaska thins its playlist for Music on Hold project; Anchorage Little League team builds new dugouts with help of local business and more ->
KTVA News: Thunderstorms lead to flash flooding in Palmer; UA Board of Regents appoints task force for possible campus consolidation; ASD’s new apprenticeship policy to get second review; Caught on camera: Moose with calves lunges at bear and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Red Carpet Concert: Burnt Down House, ‘Weary Bones’; Dunleavy taps former aide for vacant Board of Fisheries seat; This ice cream stand was constructed out of local wood. Here’s why that’s unique. More ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Bethel City Council Member Fritz Charles Arrested For DUI; U.S. Attorney General Barr Says ‘Everything Is On The Table’ To Solve Public Safety Crisis and more ->
Alaska Native News: Alaska Congressional Delegation Applauds Justice Department Announcement on Initiative to Combat Violent Crime; Governor Dunleavy Responds to Senate Bill to Cut PFD and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: THE DAILY DISPATCH 6-3-19; Alaska joins 23 states in upholding the Second Amendment; Jury selection started for man accused of incest, sexual abuse of minors; Senate proposes $1,600 PFD and more ->
Alaska Highway News The Canadian Press: Study shows sediment from fishing choking out British Columbia’s sea sponges

Alaska News June 03, 2019

KTUU News: Longtime community activist Mother Lawrence dies at 83; Juneau outdoor program seeks to officially name challenging peak ‘Gorgon Spire’; Fairbanks utility company suspends compost sales due to contaminants; Unangan culture impacted by mass die-off of seabirds in the Bering Sea and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Sitka women discuss leading without losing themselves; Gardentalk – Preparing for early vegetable and garlic scape harvest and more->
Alaska Native News: Alaska Army National Guard Aviation Prepares for Future Operations and more ->
Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: Alaska life hack: Bringing home firewood — and spruce beetles and more ->
By Megan McDonald: The Best Bread In Alaska Is Served Out Of An Unassuming Airstream

Alaska News June 01, 2019

KTUU: Sen. Murkowski recaps U.S. Attorney General Barr visit to Bethel to discuss public safety crisis; Preliminary report reveal details about pilot’s experience, landing conditions in two deadly crashes and more ->
KTVA News: Tlingit & Haida president impressed with Attorney General and public safety tour; Gov. Dunleavy forgives victim’s debt that caused garnishing of PFDs; Suspected car thief: ‘I didn’t do it’; Mic Check in the Morning: DJ Spencer Lee and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Juneau climber dies in Mount Rainier rock fall; Juneau scores $1.8 million grant for Brotherhood Bridge Trail; NTSB releases preliminary report for Metlakatla floatplane crash; Remove your rings and get out your card blanket: A table-side view of one of Utqiaġvik’s most animated card games and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: U.S. Attorney General Barr Says ‘Very Basics Of Public Safety Are Lacking In The Villages’; Police Release Identity Of Body Pulled From Kuskokwim River and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: UAF Hosts Arctic Research Open House; Fort Wainwright soldiers train for upcoming deployment to Iraq and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Institute honors NWAB clerk with international award; Kotzebue poet wins statewide writing contest and more ->

Alaska News May 31, 2019

KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Stakes High In U.S. Attorney General’s Visit To Bethel, Napaskiak and more ->
By Ellie Baty: ‘I’m going to do my best to actually improve the situation’ U.S. Attorney General visits Galena
“All I can say is that I’m not a politician. I’m not here scurrying from flower to flower making promises. If I take on a problem I’m going to do my best to actually improve the situation,” Barr said, ” I’m here trying to learn more about it because I think back in Washington people are talking and they really can’t visualize the situation. You have to be able to hear it and see from the people.”

On Friday, the Attorney General will visit Bethel for the third day of his journey.
KTOO Public Media: BP and ExxonMobil commit up to $20 million to Alaska LNG; First phase of downtown Egan Drive construction begins Monday; Kids in space: Dillingham fourth-graders challenge the stars; Anchorage ‘re-entry walk’ offers glimpse of path out of prison; City struggles to keep up as junk cars continue piling up in Juneau and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: THE DAILY DISPATCH 5-30-19; Koyukuk man charged with murdering his mother’s boyfriend out of ‘anger and vengeance’; Not guilty plea entered for man accused of pulling gun in road rage incident; Alaska Native News: JROTC Cadets Visit Alaska Air National Guard Wing and more -> Space Adventures offers aerial learning and more ->
The Homer Tribune: Students give school a facelift; Bunnell Street Arts Center unveils 2019 CSAs and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: FISH FACTOR: Study tracking North Pacific fish sees rise in variability; Lady M’s collect three golds at state track meet and more ->
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: Excessive call ordinance trapped; ‘Power of prayer’: local minister meets rescue crew that rescued him two years after his close encounter with fire and death; A love letter to Palmer and more ->
By Shane Lasley Mining News: Revealing Alaska’s critical minerals
Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: Tlingit history, culture thrive as Hoonah expands as destination and more ->
By Jill Burke: Use this online tool to research campus safety
By Scott Gross: Inside the Gates: Alaska soldiers deploy to Kosovo
By Cassie Schirm: May 31 is officially Katie John Day in Alaska
A senate bill establishing a day for Katie John is now law.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed Katie John Day into law Thursday, marking May 31 as the official day to celebrate John’s legacy.
By Hank Davis: Guardian Flight to hold memorial service for those lost in January accident.
The event is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 7th at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

The memorial will be held in remembrance of Pilot Patrick Coyle, Flight Paramedic Margaret Langston, Flight Nurse Stacie Morse and unborn daughter Delta Rae.
By Grant Robinson: MatSu study finds sportfishing economic impact falls $150 million since 2007
By Associated Press: Fifth gray whale found dead in Alaska near Chignik Bay
More than 60 dead gray whales have been found from Mexico to Alaska. NOAA Fisheries has declared the elevated rate an “unusual mortality event,” triggering a scientific investigation.

Alaska News May 30, 2019

By KTVA Web Staff: 1 arrested, 1 charged after stealing truck, ramming police vehicles
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Man shot in car on E. 12th Ave.
By Beth Verge: Nearly two decades after near-fatal elementary school stabbing, victim still has PFD garnished for legal fees related to incident
To add to the dismay, Hansell said his Permanent Fund Dividend check has been garnished every year following a lawsuit after the incident – filed in his name, by adults – when he was a boy. He said he wants change for future generations so that they don’t have to relive their trauma the way he does.

“I’d hate to have this happen to them,” he said. “They have to pay for it, and it brings back those memories that you – growing up – put to the wayside a little bit.”

Channel 2 reached out to the PFD Office Wednesday, but received no response.
By Hank Davis: Anchorage man to serve 46 years for abusing 13 year old victim
Abrahamson must serve a total of 46 years in prison, with an additional 25 years of suspended time. Afterwards, he will be on probation for 15 years and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
By Dave Leval: NTSB finds wreckage of deadly float plane crash near Valdez
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Gray whale found dead on the Kenai Peninsula, bringing total to 4 for Alaska
KTOO Public Media: Can ‘Indian Country’ powers combat violence in rural Alaska? Sullivan says he’ll discuss it with AG Barr; ‘Enough is enough’: AG Barr hears from Alaska Native leaders about rural justice problems; Is there gold in them thar beaches? More ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: How Searchers Are Working To Recover Napaskiak Man Who Drowned In Kuskokwim; Lower Kuskokwim 12-Hour Set Gillnet Opening Saturday, June 1 and more ->
Alaska Native News: How Many Alaska Glaciers? There’s No Easy Answer; Study of Northern Alaska Could Rewrite Arctic history; Two Arrested in Wednesday Tudor Vehicle Incident following Call-In; Three Arrested at 10th Avenue Address Following Anonymous Tip and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: THE DAILY DISPATCH 5-29-19; Military Report: Military families say this is their top concern; How bad hearing alters your world; UAF Aviation Program receives aircraft donation and more ->
By Craig Medred: Comment now
The time has come to talk about online comments, or maybe the time is well past.

What seems a long time ago in a world now all different, Debbie McKinney, a reporter at the Anchorage Daily News in its McClatchy Company iteration, lamented the birth of these uncensored, real-time, internet versions of letters to the editor.

A feature writer at the newspaper, McKinney had a yen for stories about quirky Alaska characters, and it troubled her how some of the people she wrote about became targets of derision for no other reason than their appearance in a newspaper story.

McKinney, about as kind-hearted a person as you could ever meet, was upset not only that some came under attack because she wrote a story about them, but that the newspaper – by allowing unfettered public comment – provided the forum for such attacks from unidentified critics.
By Amy Carney: Fishy First Friday coming in June at the APK
By Megan McDonald: 6 Amazing Campgrounds In Alaska Where You Can Spend The Night For 25 Bucks And Under

Alaska News May 29, 2019

KTVA/ADN: 2 Alaskans killed in airplane crash outside Whitehorse
By Heather Hintze: Vandalism closes Big Lake fish viewing platform
By Hank Davis: In Wasilla, Troopers make arrest for unlawful exploitation of minor
He’s currently being held at Mat-Su Pre-Trial facility without bail, pending arraignment.
By KTVA Web Staff: US attorney general in Anchorage for roundtable on Alaska Native justice
KTOO Pubic Media: Photos: Juneau residents honor fallen service members in Memorial Day ceremony; Red Carpet Concert: QUEENS, ‘Know-So’; Wrangell’s king salmon derby is canceled again, leaving locals longing; Spruce pollen blooms look ominous, but they’re nothing to sneeze at and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Restrictions To Conserve King Salmon Take Effect On Kuskokwim and more ->
Alaska Native News: Seaweed Farmers in Alaska Gear Up for Large Haul Seaweed Farmers in Alaska Gear Up for Large Haul; Red Cross Volunteers, Partners Install 959 Free Smoke Alarms in Alaska’s Homes; Anchor Point Strangling Assault Suspect Apprehended in Anchorage and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: West Valley graduate thriving after heart transplant; Man accused of sexual abuse of a minor pleads guilty to harassment; Fairbanks Child Support Services office closing permanently and more ->
By Derek Minemyer: UPDATE: Office of the Governor responds to concerns over Pioneer Homes rate increases
By Beth Verge & Kim Daehnke: Kotzebue kids travel to Anchorage for vital water safety skills session
By Hank Davis: FAA: Taquan Air could resume passenger flights this week
When Taquan Air’s passenger flights do resume, the Juneau FSDO will be tasked with incorporating multiple risk-mitigating strategies.
Gregory says the FAA also brought in two additional safety inspectors with Alaska floatplane experience to help conduct the surveillance and inspections.
The Alaksa Landmine by Jeff Landfield: The Sunday Minefield – May 26, 2019

Alaska News May 28, 2019

By Angela Krenzien: APD: Man attacked mother, then blamed a bear
By Dave Leval: Vandalism discovered at Cartee softball field over the weekend
By Bryan Dunagan: Anchorage woman launches ‘The 49th Degree,’ an urban Alaska publication
The idea for an all-urban Alaska publication has been on Sophia Metters’ mind for more than 30 years. On May 25, it became a reality.

The 49th Degree magazine was unveiled at a launch party at the Wilda Marston Theatre. There was music, demonstrations, food and awards.
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Bethel City Council To Vote On Next Fiscal Year Budget, Legal Issues; Waterfowl Hunting Closing In Y-K Delta For One Month During Nesting Season and more ->
Alaska Native News: North Pole Man Caught with Three Pounds of Meth, .5 Pounds of Heroin; Soldotna Woman with Several Warrants Caught Under Camper Bed and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Sights and sounds of today’s Memorial Day; Construction Report: keeping up with construction and more ->
By Cassie Schirm: Anchorage veteran surprised with hot tub over Memorial Day weekend

Alaska News May 26 & 27, 2019

By Lauren Maxwell: Video of teen beating prompts principal to report
By Derek Minemyer: New cruise ship in Whittier assisted in 9/11 evacuation
“It was actually one of the boats that responded after 9/11, to do the evacuation, which was one of the largest maritime evacuations in history,” Kyle Enright, the ship’s captain, said Wednesday.

It was also on standby when U.S. Airways Flight 1549 lost engine power and made an emergency landing on the Hudson River — you may know this as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”
KTOO Public Media: Dunleavy spokesperson: Next special session could be outside Juneau, with Mat-Su as an option; Under a new pilot program, several Anchorage elementary schools will have longer lunch and recess next fall; Gardentalk – How do you get rid of cow parsnip? More ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Fourteen-Year-Old Girl Missing In Bethel For Two Days and more ->
Alaska Native News: Quake Wakes up South Peninsula/Kodiak Island Residents Early Monday Morning and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Local research divers survey Harding Lake, no sign of Elodea yet; Annual month long food drive benefiting Fairbanks children raises over $30,000; Fire crews fighting the Oregon Lake fire work to protect structures and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Congressman works to rid Alaska’s waters of fish farms; Runway protection materials vandalized in Noatak; GCI renews grant program for suicide prevention and more ->
By Hank Davis: Watch: Flying piece of history delivers fuel to the roughest Alaskan terrain
Hot Stuff has two R2800 engines. Galyean says he burns more fuel getting from one end of the airstrip to the other than most planes will burn in an hour, but according the Osborne, the plane’s size and power make it more than efficient as for cargo operations in an Arctic environment.

“So, yes, it burns a lot of gas,” he said, “But when you get to the grand scheme of things — the fuel burn versus what you can haul, there’s nothing else out there that can touch it.”
By Hank Davis: Mat-Su landfill accepting spruce beetle killed trees, free of charge
There’s currently no deadline in place for dropping off spruce beetle kills; however, any logs measuring at greater than four inches in diameter must be cut to under eight feet in length. Logs greater than twelve inches in diameter must be shorter than four feet in length.

Hours for drop sites are listed below. All sites will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Central Landfill: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Big Lake Transfer Station: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Limited to 5 cubic yards per trip)
The Sunshine Transfer Station in Talkeetna: Sundays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Commercial haulers are not eligible to dump spruce beetle killed trees at these locations for free, based on the terms set by the borough.
Residents may also pick up logs from any of these sites, as the wood remains suitable for use as lumber or firewood.
By Joe Vigil: Homeless campers forced to move offer solutions to relocation issues
By KTVA: Inside the Gates: Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt

Alaska News May 24, 2019

By Daniella Rivera: Echo Terry sentenced in child starvation, abuse case
Thursday’s hearing was the third in a series of sentencing hearings in which Wolverton heard arguments from the state and the defense, a statement in support of Terry and victim impact statements from the new parents of the girls she abused.

The judge said the state should not have allowed Terry, a single person with no parenting experience, to take on the responsibility of four adopted daughters with little supervision, but he was still “taken aback” by its sentencing recommendation.

“Echo Terry is not a monster,” Wolverton said. “She’s committed serious crimes. She’s convicted of serious crimes. But the job of a sentencing judge would be much easier if we were only called upon to sentence monsters.”

Terry was also sentenced to serve five years probation.
By Heather Hintze: With mass spruce beetle kill, Mat-Su Borough urges caution over holiday weekend
By Sean Maguire: Dozens call opposing House PFD plan that would change the dividend formula
By Rebecca Palsha: Less concrete, lower hills, no more stairs and wooden benches–Town Square Park gets a new design
Parks and Rec is still asking for input about the plan and what people want from the park. There’s a public hearing on June 13.
By Laura Holman: National defense spending bill includes Arctic military operations
KTOO Public Media: Climate change looks different in Southeast Alaska. Here’s how tribes are planning for that. More ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Suspect In Long House Hotel Attack Arrested and more ->
Alaska Native News: Fairbanks Driver Arrested after Driving to Bar Drunk then Assaulting Victim; ‘Alaskan Girl’ Skipper Sentenced for Clean Water Act Violation ‘Alaskan Girl’ Skipper Sentenced for Clean Water Act Violation; House Passes Resolution in Support of Renaming Saginaw Bay as Skanáx̱ Bay and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Listen Connect Help: ARCSP, a resource for those who have lost a loved one to suicide; THE DAILY DISPATCH 5-23-19; What’s happening this weekend at Pioneer Park! More ->
The Homer Tribune: Antique Auto Mushers make annual pit stop in Homer; Mark Kirko hired as new HVFD chief; Work will begin on new police station and more ->
How Alaska Eats Julia O’Malley: Newsletter #49: Dip wins
Science Daily University of Alaska Fairbanks: Melting small glaciers could add 10 inches to sea levels
For example, Alaska’s 25,000 glaciers will lose between 30% and 50% of their mass by the end of this century. Once they do, Alaska will be the largest global regional sea level contributor in Northern Hemisphere, apart from Greenland.

“Globally, there’s almost 10 inches of sea level rise by 2100 only from the smaller glaciers, whereas everybody thinks it’s only Antarctica and Greenland,” Hock said. “But these relatively small glaciers in the world have an enormous impact.”

The paper was published in the Journal of Glaciology.
KFSK Angela Denning: Petersburg Community Foundation grants $30,000 to local nonprofits
UW News Michelle Ma: Hot spots in rivers that nurture young salmon ‘flicker on and off’ in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region
By Patrick Enslow: KTUU Sports Podcast: Alissa Pili & Kathleen Navarre
By Jackie Purcell: Beaver-photo-bombs-traffic-stop!
By Megan McDonald: Alaska’s Annual Strawberry Festival Belongs On Your Summertime Bucket List