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Alaska News May 21, 2022

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Burn ban issued for Anchorage Red Flag warning issued from Homer to Salcha; Saturday 5-21-22 Fire Danger: “Extreme”; Palmer businesses raising money for water tower lights; 20 years of Friday Flings in Palmer and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Broadband bill passes the Alaska state legislature and more ->
Alaska Native News: Alaska Legislature Passes Bill Overhauling Public Safety Statutes; This Day In Alaska History May 21st, 1915 and more ->
Fairbans News Webcenter 11: 19-year-old Jamison Gallion pleads guilty to 2 counts of arson in Two Rivers fires; Blood Bank of Alaska purchases Fairbanks location and more ->
Ketchikan Daily News: Judith “Judi” Anne Slajer, longtime Ketchikan resident, fisherwoman, and first woman to manage an Alaska borough, passed away on April 21, 2022.
Craig Medred: The disinformation war

Alaska News May 20, 2022

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Anchorage women push for more mental health awareness post childbirth; Stolen gun from Alaska turns up at South Carolina middle school; ‘I could do a freeze frame and count his teeth’: A year after near-fatal bear mauling, Allen Minish revisits Glennallen attack site and more ->
KTOO Alaska’s Public Media: Soldotna Planned Parenthood to close at the end of May; Firefighters contain wildfire in Bristol Bay walrus sanctuary and more ->
Alaska Native News: Coast Guard aircrew medevacs passenger from Alaska ferry Kennicott in Shelikof Strait; Wading into the icy Yukon River for science; This Day In Alaska History May 20th, 1909 and more ->
KINY: Report: City of Craig, IFA celebrate anniversaries and more ->
KUCB: St. Paul toddler laid to rest next to mother following months-long battle to bring him home and more ->
Our Third Thirds: “Home” vs. “Away”
By Carey Seward, Only In Your State Alaska: This Abandoned Ghost Town In Alaska Is Downright Bone Chilling


Alaska News May 19, 2022

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: California man who trafficked drugs through Alaska sentenced to 25 years; Dowling Road project to disrupt traffic all summer and more ->


KTOO Alaska’s Public Media: Eagle that died in Sitka park tests positive for bird flu and more ->


KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Dolena Fox could be the world’s first female Yup’ik commercial pilot and more ->

Alaska Native News: The Denali Highway is Open for Public Travel; This Day In Alaska History May 19th, 1932 and more ->


Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Sinkhole opens up near City Lights Boulevard in Fairbanks; Inside the Gates: Eielson Air Force Base wraps up their Red Flag training and more ->

KINY: Lawmakers approve PFD payments to residents of about $3,200 and more ->

KFSK: Petersburg hopes to convince cruise company to let passengers disembark and more ->

KUCB: Unalaska gathers to support the families of two teens killed in 2019 car crash and more ->

Craig Medred: Second climbing death

By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: For Some Of The Most Scenic Waterfront Dining In Alaska, Head To Ray’s Waterfront

Alaska News May 16, 17 & 18, 2022

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Anchorage woman recognized as CNN Hero, for work with Ukrainian refugee crisis
KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Telling Alaska’s Story: Alaska Picker Kelly Turney closes antique shop filled with history; Man arrested after ‘disrupting blasting activities’ at the landslide in Seward; Bird flu continues to spread across the state and more ->
KTOO Alaska’s Public Media: The Ironman race is coming to Juneau, and the city asked residents to house athletes and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: KYUK won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for journalism produced in 2021; Alaska Legislature OKs increase to rural power subsidy and more ->
Alaska Native News: Search for Sawyer Cippola Comes to Unfortunate End Sunday Afternoon on Pillar Mountain; Man Awaiting Murder Trial in Oregon Indicted for Another Murder in Alaska; Wasilla Man Sentenced for Killing Harbor Seal; Legislature enshrines Tribal Child Welfare Compact in Alaska Law; This Day In Alaska History May 16th, 1924, May 17th, 1906, May 18th, 1937 and more ->
KINY: US Coast Guard calls off search for a person overboard in Lynn Canal; State Troopers arrest Soldotna resident after multiple reports of aggressive behavior; Pair of Juneau volunteers honored by First Lady Rose Dunleavy and more ->
The Seward Journal May 18 to May 25, 2022
KFSK: Petersburg gears up for big Little Norway Festival and more ->

KRBD: Ketchikan borough mayor vetoes funding for LGBTQ group as assembly passes budgets and more ->

By Evan Hill, Only In Your State Alaska: The Easy 5.2-Mile Russian River Falls Trail Will Lead You Through The Alaska Forest
Loussac Library Hours Update

Starting on May 22, the Loussac Library will be closed on Sundays. The decision to close was made in order to improve patron services for more frequently used days. The Municipality of Anchorage remains committed to utilizing its resources in the most efficient and effective way possible to maintain services citywide.

Branch libraries will remain open Tuesday through Saturday during regularly scheduled hours. See full location and hours information at

Hoopla Borrowing Limit Update

As part of Anchorage Public Library’s pandemic response, borrowing limits for Hoopla Digital were temporarily increased to ten borrows, per library card, per month. While we were thrilled to offer this increased service connecting patrons to digital materials, current APL collection budgets can no longer support the additional borrows.

Effective June 1- borrows will return to eight per library card, per month.

We encourage patrons to watch for quarterly “Bonus Borrow” promotions from Hoopla, which allow for unlimited borrows from their featured titles, as well as using the Alaska Digital Library through the free Libby App or online portal.

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Alaska News May 14, 2022

KTOO Alaska’s News Source: 2 dead in 4-vehicle crash on Glenn Highway, police say and more ->
Alaska Native News: Alaska State Troopers Announce Change in Sawyer Cipolla Search Strategy; Arctic Guardians Ready to Deploy Agile Combat Employment Rescue Force; This Day In Alaska History May 14th, 1898 and more ->
KUCB: New Aleutian program distributes $24K in grants for small businesses and more ->
Craig Medred: A sad end
Upcoming Activities
The “Thursdays: Our History” program for May will get underway at 7 pm Thursday, May 19 in the community room. Colleen Kelly will read from travel journal entries and share photos taken by school teacher L.I. Perkins who traveled by steamship to Seward in 1911 and spent six weeks exploring the area. Her traveling companion Alma Wagen was the first female ranger at Mt. Rainier. The event is free and open to the public.
The next Resurrection Bay Historical Society membership meeting will start at 7 pm Thursday, May 26 in the Community Room of the Seward Community Library & Museum.

Alaska News May 13, 2022

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Anchorage photographer survives stroke, highlighting importance of preventative measures; Food Bank of Alaska triples space at new location; Service and working animals receive free eye exams in May and more ->
KTOO Alaska’s Public Media: Reality TV star accused of illegally hunting bears in Alaska; Alaska has the fastest rising rate of overdose deaths in the country, CDC says and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: The Lily is a ghost barge, and she is floating down the Kuskokwim and more ->
Alaska Native News: Weeklong Search for Kodiak’s Seven-Year-Old Sawyer Cipolla Turns Up No New Leads; This Day In Alaska History May 13th, 1866 and more ->
KINY: Juneau man arrested after indictment for sexual abuse of a minor; Alaska Police Memorial Week events to be held in 3 cities and more ->
KSTK: Wrangell students’ shoe designs win their high school $15,000, with a chance to triple the prize and more ->
The Seward Journal May 11 to May 17, 2022
KFSK: Homer artist brings outdoor focus to classes in Petersburg; Petersburg School District faces higher utilities and less per- student funding; Petersburg’s teacher aides and other support personnel get $2 raise next year and more ->


KRBD: Ketchikan school board rejects changes to policy barring supervisor-subordinate relationships and more ->
What Do I Know?

A Quick Bit Of Feedback On The Court’s New Online Viewing System

I’ll get to the Redistricting Board court hearing later today or tomorrow, but first I want to give Judge Matthews and the court administrators some feedback on their new online viewing option.

However, I will say right now, the Judge said he would rule on both the original remand AND the Girdwood appeal of the April Board Proclamation Plan on Monday, May 16, 2022.

It took about 15 minutes to actually get to listen to today’s Alaska Redistricting Board’s hearing in Judge Thomas Matthews virtual courtroom. The current system doesn’t let you see the the Judge’s name, apparently, until they are ready to go on the record. So you can sit there and just wait. But what if it’s not working? Or what if your internet isn’t working right with the Court’s new online system? At 10:03am I called the court to ask. I’ve had enough questions for the clerk prior to today that I had her number and called her to check what was happening.

Clerk: “I think it’s starting late. Oh, there it is.”

Steve: “I don’t see anything.”

Clerk: Try reloading the site

Steve: Nothing

Clerk: Let me email you a different url.



Alaska News May 11 & 12, 2022

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: 4 mile stretch of Glenn Highway receives median barriers The barrier type chosen for the project will have the least impact on wildlife in the area; Fairview elementary to be renamed after first black principal in Anchorage and more ->
KTOO Alaska’s Public Media: For Alaska wildland fire crews, cutting firebreaks serves as training while reducing hazardous fuels; Alaska needs to train more nurses, but it doesn’t have enough nursing faculty to meet demand and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Sleetmute and Red Devil have declared local disaster emergencies following flood damage and moe ->
Alaska Native News: Alaska’s Big River Breaks up at Eagle; Tis Day In Alaska History May 11th, 1852, May 12th, 1898 and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Nuiqsut residents ask borough for better safety precautions and more ->
KINY: Children’s book on Celebration released; Army poised to revamp Alaska forces to prep for Arctic fight; ConocoPhillips Alaska issues details on natural gas release and more ->
KFSK: Library talk features SE master gardening president and more ->
KRBD: Ketchikan school board to consider looser policy on superiors dating subordinates and more ->
KUCB: Drone surveys provide fresh data on Unalaska’s fluctuating salmon stocks and more ->
KDLG: Bristol Bay artist’s qaspeq continues to document the toll of MMIP by lifting up their stories
Craig Medred: First Fatal
Craig Medred: The Real Problem

Alaska News May 10, 2022

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: ‘I’ve been holding out hope’: Family, friends of Anesha ‘Duffy’ Murnane react to arrest in 2019 case; Telling Alaska’s Story: Cooking up vintage Anchorage recipes and more ->
KTOO Alaska’s Public Media: Former Homer resident kidnapped and murdered woman missing since 2019, police say and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Voter registration deadline for US House special primary election is May 12; Flooding in Interior Alaska could cause slower internet and data speeds in Y-K Delta and more ->
Alaska Native News: Project HOPE: AKNG’s Counterdrug unit, State of Alaska counter opioid overdose rise with naloxone rescue kits; AST Investigates Fatal Monday Parks Highway Head On Collision; This Day In Alaska History May 10th, 1957 and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Alaska Miners Association hosts 10th annual Alaska Mining Day and more ->
KINY: A Remembrance of my Mother and more ->
KRBD: Alaska Senate votes for $1,300 energy relief payments and more ->
By Gergana Krasteva, Metro: Alaska Woman with two vaginas defies the odds to give birth to baby girl

By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Walk Or Ride Alongside The Ocean On The 20-Mile Tony Knowles Coastal Trail In Alaska
Spenard Farmer’s Market
The Market happens every Saturday in the summer from 9 AM to 2PM in the windmill lot in beautiful, downtown Spenard, Alaska. The first market of the 2002 season is May 14th and continues to the end of September. It’s always sunny in Spenard!

The market will be held on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the windmill lot on Spenard Road (between W. 25th and W. 26th Avenues. Chilkoot Charlie’s parking lot) This year’s Market opens May 14th in celebration of Joe Spenard’s birthday, and continues every Saturday through the end of September..
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Alaska News May 08 & 09, 2022

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: ‘Monster’ landslide remains unstable, officials say and more ->
KTOO Alaska’s Public Media: Residents take stock of damage as floodwaters recede in Manley Hot Springs and more ->
Alaska Native News: Fairbanks Man Shoots Unarmed Man over Dumpster Fire Friday; Eagle River Teen Suffers Serious Neck and Head Injuries in Swan Lake ATV Accident; Awaiting river breakup on the Yukon; This Day In Alaska History May 8th, 1916, May 9th, 1907 and more ->
KINY: State: Avian flu confirmed in wild birds at multiple Alaska locations; Missing 7 Year Old Kodiak Boy; Death in Douglas: True Crime Walking Tours and more ->
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: This Food Truck Festival In Alaska Is About The Tastiest Event You Can Experience
Craig Medred: Killing science
Anchorage Senior Activity Center
Gayle Cederberg: My Country Club! The Anchorage Senior Activity Center (ASAC) and Rebecca Parker, Executive Director

As a member of the Anchorage Senior Activity Center (ASAC), I would like everyone to know what an important organization it is for both Anchorage and Seniors. I know our neighbors at Nextdoor will enjoy reading while I take this opportunity to give accolades to Rebecca Parker, Executive Director, of ASAC (1300 E. 19th Ave) her Board, Team and Volunteers.

ASAC is funded by the MOA, Mayor Dave Bronson and the Assembly with additional funding from Medicare (they have their own office on the premises). They provide equipment to loan), various grants and donations.

The Benefits and Enrollment Center (BEC) can assist with heating, Alaska Senior Benefit, Housing and Public Assistance, Medicaid, SSDI, disability services, Veterans’ Benefits. SNAP & Other food benefits. Medicare Savings Program & Part D Extra Help (LIS). Dental assistance programs for seniors and veterans. Internet access and phone assistance programs for seniors are more than 2,500 other benefits. (Medicaid, & LIHEAP). ASAC has been most concerned about our members and even those who aren’t members!

Two years ago at the start of the Pandemic, I received a call asking if I was OK?, Did I have food and was there anything else I needed? Becky, has been doing a balancing act, using this time to upgrade our facilities with new front entry, remodel of the Arctic Rose Restaurant, restrooms, gift shop and more… They have a free Technology and lending program – AARP offers “TAX-AIDE, Free Tablet lending program – AARP, The Alaska Community Foundation, The Rasmuson Foundation and Verizon. (Some tablets can only be used at the center). Age Smart–Let’s Talk We also assist with Travel Plans, give Pedicures, by appointment and more.

I will give you an Idea of the programs available, in person, some by Zoom, or both. Two or more kinds of Fitness classes. (Some seasonal changes), A room full of equipment with lessons, guidance, and another with pictures in our newsletter with explicit directions for at home exercise.

ASAC Art Groups – Accepting art supply donations. Ole art for current members, Watercolor group and ZenArt. Board and Games. Bridge, Canasta, Cribbage & Backgammon. Pinochle, Phase 10, Racko Rummikub, Dice Games (Yahtzee…). Dominoes (Mexican Train), Hand & Foot. Craft and Quilt Room, Library, Living History Writing Group. Memoir Writing. (My favorite). You don’t have to know anything about writing. No one will try to make you into a pro. We just have fun writing and enjoy friends stories that should be shared with family and friends.

Memory Cafe. Nutrition Education Sessions with Amy Urbanus (MS, RDN, LD, & CDE), a fine Nutrition Coach. We also have the Red Hat Society. Social Hours is 2 times a month. Food, games, announcements and more! We utilize our bus for trips to the Loussac and Muldoon Library’s. We’ve also enjoyed Events and Field Trips. We have Anchor -Rides Grocery Delivery Program. I believe we have Drivers Safety and the Safe Alaskans CarFit program.

Frankly speaking I can hardly wait for our next issue of the Senior Borealis Newsletter to come out. I look to seeing the list of new members who I can meet and enjoy visiting with, and others who have rejoined. Speaking of the “Borealis” there is lots of really good information. Departments that keep us going are Benefit Enrollment Center, Catering and Rentals, Communication and Development, Finance/Administration & Membership.

If Becky Parker wasn’t such a flexible person, we wouldn’t have all that we do. You see, to me, The Anchorage Senior Activity Center is my Country Club!
Gayle Cederberg, Anchorage, AK