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Alaska News December 10, 2017

By Sean Maguire: The Mendeltna Creek Lodge near Glennallen is on fire
The lodge’s owners, Mabel and Russ Wimmer, are both fine but their pets, a cat and two mastiffs, both perished in the fire.
By AP: Weather Service cuts balloon launches amid staffing issue
The loss of any input data affects weather models, but the degree it hurts the accuracy of forecasts isn’t easy to quantify.

Weather Service Alaska Region Director Carven Scott says the Weather Service supplements data from weather balloons with data from satellites.
By Cameron Mackintosh: Snowmachiners practice for the worst with simulated crash course

On Saturday, a group of 25 snowmachiners put their search and rescue skills to the test, in a hands-on crash simulation organized by Learn to Return, a business that provides survival and first aid training.

Learn to Return director Brian Horner says he usually offers the course to employees in the construction industry or other similar fields. But Saturday’s class was comprised of people who work for events like the Iditarod, Iditasport and Iron Dog, as well as members of search and rescue groups and the Anchorage snowmachine club.
Another view: Wilderness Medical Training
By Scott Gross: New Anchorage course offers wilderness medical training

Alaskanomics: The Mat-Su Economy

Alaskanomics: The Mat-Su Economy

The Mat-Su Economy

In a recent issue of Trends, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development highlighted the growth in the Mat-Su economy. The borough has seen a large increase in population, while the state saw a modest growth. Since 2010, population in the Mat-Su has grown by 15 percent, which is much higher than the 4 percent that was seen throughout the state in the same time frame. New home construction is also strong and even during the state’s recession, the Mat-Su saw job growth.

Natalie Beach is collecting women’s stories for a #MeToo piece for O, The Oprah Magazine

Alaska is now represented.
Thank you.
Deborah Collins

I was hoping to reach out to the women in the Alaska Women’s Network to see if any wanted to share a story. It would be completely confidential. They could message me, email me at or submit by following this link

Alaska News December 09, 2017

By Sean Maguire: AST: Suspect tried to run over State Trooper during high speed chase on Glenn Hwy
By Kyle Hopkins: ‘He should resign. It’s that simple.’ Woman who says she was groped by Alaska lawmaker says apology is not enough
By Leroy Polk: With theft on the rise, Fred Meyer’s grocery store looks to police for help
By Sean Maguire: Red Cross Alaska deploys 7 volunteers to assist with the California wildfires
By Heather Hintze: DOT buys properties, boards up buildings for Glenn Hwy expansion
By KTVA: Appeal denied for mom convicted in son’s death
By Scott Gross: Struggling Veterans gain some ‘peace of mind’ during holidays
By Sean Maguire: VIDEO: Alaska SeaLife Center seal released into the wild

Alaska News December 08, 2017

By Leroy Polk: Anchorage woman shot inside home by someone outside her window
By Leroy Polk: Alaska man chases 4-wheeler thieves on his snowmachine, kicks one off
By Associated Press: Alaska suffers resurgence of beetle that causes tree deaths
By Sean Maguire: Western Alaskan village placed on lockdown for 5 hours
Johnson is set to be remanded at the Yukon Kuskowkim Correctional Center. “Bail is set at $5,000 cash plus a court approved third party custodian,” say Troopers.
By Beth Verge: DOC, Salvation Army unveil new $2.2M plan to help end substance abuse
By Laurel Downing Bill: Story Time with Aunt Phil: Eskimo Scouts emerge after Pearl Harbor
By Beth Verge: Salute to Gold Star families: Alaska mountain peak naming proposal heads to D.C.

Alaska News December 07, 2017

By Leroy Polk & Cameron Mackintosh: UPDATE: Father allowed to plan son’s funeral outside of jail while facing charges
A U.S. magistrate judge has agreed to release Anthony Johnson from jail for a few days while his family plans the funeral of Johnson’s 5-year-old son.

Johnson is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, after his son found and fatally shot himself with a gun in the family’s master bedroom.
By Caslon Hatch: ‘Bathroom Bill’ enforcement, vehicle thefts discussed at Assembly public safety meeting
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – At an Anchorage Assembly public safety committee meeting Wednesday, Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll said it would be extremely difficult to enforce Proposition 1 if passed during the April Municipal election.
APD investigating armed robbery on Debarr Rd.
By Kalinda Kindle: Opponents of Pebble Mine plan speak out at town hall meeting
By Jack Carney: Age of Alaska’s fishermen on the rise
According to a study by the University of Fairbanks, the average age of an Alaska commercial fisherman is now 50 years old.

Paula Cullenburg, Director of Alaska’s Sea Grant Program at UAF, says that’s bad news for sustaining the state’s economy, especially for those in coastal communities.

By Lauren Maxwell: Property owners near Brother Francis Shelter say they’re staying put in the neighborhood
Moms Everyday Alaska: Chocolate popcorn reindeer

Alaska News December 06, 2017

By Leroy Polk: Richardson Highway closed following avalanche and extreme snow
By KTUU Staff: UPDATE: Man identified in Tuesday night shooting incident According to police, the suspect is Jeffery Cosgrove, 35.

Women In Safe Homes Receives $5,000 Basic Needs Grant
By Associated Press: Alaska edible pot maker suspended amid product testing probe
By Becky Bohrer: Alaska lawmaker takes fight over conflicts to the voters
Rep. Jason Grenn of Anchorage is helping lead a bipartisan effort to put a proposal on the 2018 ballot. It would provide greater scrutiny and limits on lawmakers’ conflicts of interest, travel and pay.
By KTVA Web Staff: Young named to key tax-bill role, takes prominent House title
By Kyle Hopkins: What this cash-filled fish box says about the Alaska drug trade
The shipper, who is not being named here because he has not been charged with a crime, can fight the complaint and argue that the money is not subject to forfeiture. If the U.S. Attorney’s office succeeds, the city of Kodiak would be eligible to apply for up to 80 percent of the seized money for local government use.
By Rebecca Palsha: Voters may decide if Whittier Police can write parking tickets in Girdwood
By Kyle Hopkins: In some stolen cars, Anchorage laboratory finds invisible meth residue

By Kalinda Kindle: Anchorage Assembly passes quicker clean-up time for homeless camps

Looking Back — Nov. 29, 2017
Moms Everyday Alaska: Holiday wreath popcorn treats

Alaska News December 05, 2017

On 12/05/17 12:24 a.m., Dispatch received a report of child death in the 5700 block of Rocky Mountain Court.

The preliminary investigation found the child died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The child found the gun inside the drawer of a bedroom nightstand.

The victim has been identified as Christian Johnnson (5-years-old).

This is a death investigation. The case will be referred to the Anchorage District Attorney’s office for possible charges.

This is a tragic reminder about gun safety and children. Don’t leave guns unattended and easily accessible, use a gun lock or secure guns in a safe.

APD Case: 17-49834
By Leroy Polk: Earthquake wakes Anchorage, Mat-Su residents early Tuesday
By Daniella Rivera: New details released in ‘chilling’ Mat-Su murder
Palmer Superior Court Judge Vanessa White referenced a case she presided over that recently gained media attention.

“It so happens, I just finished a trial for a young man who was charged with some assaults and slipped his very well-intentioned third parties in the middle of the night and went out and kidnapped and assaulted the same victim again, so, I’m sort of hyper-vigilant at this point, perhaps more hyper-vigilant than I’ve been in the past,” said White, while considering the arguments of both parties.

Jordan King awaits sentencing after re-victimizing the woman he originally assaulted after running away from his parents, who were serving as his third-party custodians.

By KTVA Web Staff: Stolen delivery truck crashes into Church of Love
By Chris Klint: Troopers investigating Anchorage man’s Jim Creek death
An online dispatch identified the man found Saturday as 36-year-old Weston Gladney
By Kalinda Kindle: A neighbor says she is worried about the crime in her community
By Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media: University of Alaska’s first Rhodes Scholar: A voracious reader with deep King Cove roots
By Beth Verge: Lawmakers, AGDC discuss latest in AKLNG developments
By Associated Press: Premera to reimburse Alaska state insurance program $25M
Nurse-Family partnership program
By Melissa Frey: Icy start for Anchorage as rain turns to evening snow
By Heather Hintze: ACS to lay off 30 people
Congratulations Natalia Sears!
By Megan Mazurek: Teacher of the Week: Natalia Sears
Natalia Sears sees math as a universal language that’s applicable in real-world situations.

“There’s no reason to be scared of math,” said Sears, a high school math teacher at Dimond. “I just want them to build the confidence in math, rather than just memorize formulas.”

Alaska News December 04, 2017

Christmas tree fundraiser brings awareness to human trafficking
By Blake Essig: UAF holds its first ever drone races
By Cameron Mackintosh: Iditarod developing new kennel management program
By Sean Maguire: Alaska Communications set to lay off 5 percent of its workforce
By Associated Press: Community meets to address broadband need in Fairbanks

In rare move, Alaska GOP jumps into Anchorage race for mayor
Moms Everyday Alaska: Festive popcorn trees

FYI: Pamela Anderson Says Weinstein’s Accusers Should Have Known Better [Update]

By Whitney Kimball: Pamela Anderson Says Weinstein’s Accusers Should Have Known Better [Update]

UPDATE: Anderson has published an explanation on her blog, which appears to be the full text version of what she’d written to TMZ. Here is the letter:

I think this narrative of “victim blaming” and “lack of solidarity” is trying to coerce me (and others) into consensus on something that should be debated and discussed broadly.

I can tell you that from my experience of working on protectin – be it a protection of journalists and human rights defenders and internet security – there is ALWAYS a call and recommendation to see the issues in their complexity. There is understanding of a need to address the issue on structural and legal level, to punish perpetrators but also to build resiliance and ability of “self-protection”. What techniques you should use online, what precautions you should take when covering certain issues as a journalists. There are also a lot of self-protection courses. There is even a well known story of suffragettes learning martial arts and protection when doing activism for right to vote.

I did not say that women deserved being abused or that the pigs like Weinstein were not to be punished. Quite an opposite, I said myself that Weinstein is a sexist pig and a bully.

So this is not victim blaming but looking at the issue from the angle of women being aware of certain problems and how to spot them and fight them. It is totally hypocritical to ignore this. And it is not helping anyone to ignore the realities in the society we live in. The causes of the problem and solutions are complex and women who do not live in the utopian bubble must be aware of what is going on. And that is what I have highlighted.

I do NOT wish apologise for what I said.

And will not get coerced into apology.

This exactly what I am saying is a problem with the contemporary “victimhoood feminism”! The people who subscribe to that notion tolerate and actually expect women to talk about the stories of abuse and experiences with creeps.

But they would NOT tolerate a woman with her own opinion. So pathetic.