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Alaska News March 01, 2018

By Zaz Hollander: Man charged with stabbing death of woman during fight, Anchorage police say
By Leroy Polk: Attempted murder, knife attack in Wasilla ends in arrest
By Chris Klint: Trooper K-9’s killer gets 10-year federal sentence
By Scott Gross: A new reality: Students train for active shooters in school
By Nathaniel Herz: A $5,000 PFD check? As boosters push for it, lawmakers dismiss it as ‘instant gratification’
By Marc Lester: Kamaka Hepa’s shot, from behind the Arctic Circle
By Devin Kelly: Anchorage’s first-ever tax on gas and diesel fuel takes effect Thursday
By Brad Keithley: GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. needs a plan to address the debt, now
By Associated Press: Popular Alaska peak weighs new rules for climbers’ poop
By Leroy Polk: Registration deadline almost here to vote in upcoming April election
By Nancy Clark: Libraries are synonymous with reading, but the flip-side of that is writing. Without writers, we wouldn’t have all of those books on the shelves, on audiobooks, and in eBook form.
By Mike Kilen: Iowa woman finds solace from pain in dogs who will lead her in Iditarod
Moms Everyday Alaska Kristi Larson: Making healthier choices at fast food restaurants

Alaska News February 28, 2018

By Daniella Rivera: Alleged leader of drug ring requesting reduced bail again
Because Knight’s case is a 2017 case, the State’s new pretrial risk assessment tool is not being used to determine her release.

If convicted, Knight faces up to 99 years in prison.
By Associated Press: High temperatures bring waves to Bering Strait village
By Laurel Andrews: Up to 3,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled in ‘critical habitat’ north of Kodiak
By Richard Mauer: Gun bill will get airing in Juneau
By Lauren Maxwell: Kuspuk Project marks toll of violence against Native women
By Samantha Angaiak: 2YH: How yoga therapy is easing healing process for cancer survivors
By Daybreak Staff: ‘Go Red for Women’: Cardiologist gives heart health tips
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Alaska is insurance company’s testing ground for health portal
By Bob Hallinen, Loren Holmes: Oddly soothing: Watch as a plow clears a snowy Anchorage street
Iditarod 46: Live race blog
By Annie Zak: Company that owns Humpy’s and other Anchorage bars files for bankruptcy

Alaska News February 27, 2018

By Tegan Hanlon: Anchorage man who attacked sex offenders sentenced to 23 years in prison
By Heather Hintze: Trial of 6 suspects in Gladney murder moved to Anchorage
By Alister Doyle, Reuters: North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists
By Devin Kelly: Berkowitz, Logan face off on crime, taxes in first major Anchorage mayoral forum
By Michelle Theriault Boots: Here are the 2018 award-winning Fur Rondy snow sculptures
By Kalinda Kindle: Ski the Beach celebrates the life of woman killed in bear attack
By Leroy Polk: WATCH: Sen. Dan Sullivan addresses Alaska Legislature

By Liz Thomas: Pets rescued from E. Anchorage house fire
By Megan Mazurek: Teacher of the Week: Eric Elliot
By Moms Everyday Alaska Family Features: Chocolate chip cookie cherry cheesecake pie
By Reilly Biel: Author Bringing Travel, Writing Experience To MMC

Alaska News February 25, 2018

By Sean Maguire: Teen student reports sexual assault at Galena Interior Learning Academy
By Mary Kauffman, SitNews: HB 392 Seeks Economic and Legal Justice for Women in Alaska
By Pam Taucher: New technology seeks to teach proper self-breast exam techniques
By Nathaniel Herz: Former state Rep. Zach Fansler resigned amid scandal. His aides are still quietly carrying on.
By Rhonda McBride: Talking to teens about dating violence
By Anchorage Daily News: Anchorage Daily News names new publisher
By Associated Press: Kenai officials plan upgrades for eagle nest livestream
By Victoria Taylor: ‘Meet the World’ event brings countries and culture together
Congratulations Shaynee Traska!
By Joseph Robertia: She was 9 when she started dreaming about the Iditarod. Nineteen years later, she’s a race rookie.
By Tegan Hanlon: ‘They’re the kids’: This top Iditarod contender wants a house big enough for 12 dog doors

Alaska News February 24, 2018

By Zaz Hollander, Devin Kelly: Child among 3 dead in Anchorage townhouse fire
By Beth Verge: ‘He is a living miracle’: Anchorage firefighter recovering from horrific 2017 fall
By Scott Gross: Alaska National Guard responds to Valdez tanker crash
By Heather Hintze: Vukovich faces up to 25 years for attacking registered sex offenders
By Erica Martinson: Gov. Walker pushes for national health care changes on Washington trip
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Walker says building security his focus for school safety
By Leroy Polk: Due to deadlines, PFD applications won’t register voters in time for Muni election
Last year, Ballot Measure 1 passed by a large margin, making 2018 the first year all eligible Alaskans will be automatically registered to vote, or have their registration automatically updated, when they apply for their PFD.
Congratulations Jessie Diggins!
By E. Jay Zarett (NBC): Jessie Diggins selected as U.S. flag bearer for closing ceremony
By Dave Goldman: Iditarod officials try to explain redacted test results
By Scott Gross: Attorney for inmates fights to break ‘human chain’ in courtrooms
By Daybreak Staff: Mic Check in the Morning: A preview of ‘Symphony of Sounds’
By Daybreak Staff: Mic Check in the Morning: Taylor Gee

Alaska News February 23, 2018

By Zaz Hollander: 3 dead in Anchorage townhouse fire
By Laurel Andrews: 10 men face federal gun charges related to Anchorage car thefts
By Nathaniel Herz: Young wants guns for teachers; Murkowski says “no easy answers” on school shootings

JUNEAU — U.S. Rep. Don Young said Thursday that he supports arming teachers, while Sen. Lisa Murkowski urged patience and cooperation in response to the nation’s latest school shooting.

Young, R-Alaska, in a sharp exchange with one of his Democratic challengers at a Juneau conference of municipal officials, said guns aren’t the problem. Instead, he pointed to mental illness and people’s exposure to “violence beyond anyone’s imagination” in video games.

“Up until 40 years ago, kids brought to school every day: guns. They didn’t shoot anybody. Something’s happened,” he said. “It is easy to blame an object — why don’t we look at the mental concept and the family structure?

By Chris Klint: Teen detained in alleged threat against Ninilchik School
By Jeff Lowenfels: How to de-ice your walkways without killing your yard
By Michelle Theriault Boots: Professionals wage war on head lice – and stigma – in Anchorage
By Lauren Maxwell: Friends of Pets offers free spay, neuter coupons at AACC
Moms Everyday Alaska Family Features: Blueberry key lime cheesecake bars

Alaska News February 22, 2018

By Leroy Polk: Man found guilty of hijacking truck from Costco parking lot, crashing it into a tree
By Laurel Andrews: Anchorage man charged with manslaughter, marijuana-related DUI for August crash
After the crash, Turkette stayed on the scene and provided blood samples, Oistad said Wednesday. Charges were filed against Turkette on Tuesday, online records show. He was arrested on Wednesday.
By Liz Thomas: Craigslist ad leads to online predator’s capture
A Wasilla man was sentenced to 10 years in prison with five years suspended after being convicted of a single count of online enticement of a minor.

Dennis Armstrong, 38, was also ordered to serve five years of supervised felony probation, as well as register as a sex offender for 15 years.
By Daniella Rivera: APD notes repeat offenders as car thefts rise
By Nathaniel Herz: Can long-acting contraceptives fix some of Alaska’s most vexing social problems? A state lawmaker wants to find out.

Kelly, who’s up for re-election this year, is a small-government social conservative who in the past has resisted the idea of expanding access to birth control.

But he’s also long recognized the scope and cost of Alaska’s problems with alcohol abuse, particularly among pregnant women. He described his legislation, Senate Bill 198, as a narrow effort focused on an “extreme population” that can’t control drug or alcohol addiction.

“It’s not just handing it out,” Kelly said in an interview. “If it was broad-based I wouldn’t support it. This is targeted, trying to fix a very specific thing.”

He added: “This can act as part of a treatment program. It can actually prevent fetal alcohol syndrome babies. And it will provide you some data, as well.”
By Laurel Andrews: Alaska updates vaccine guidelines as mumps outbreak swells with over 200 cases
Congratulations Tiffany Zulkosky!
By Steve Quinn: Walker selects former Bethel mayor for Fansler seat

Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday has appointed former Bethel Mayor Tiffany Zulkosky to replace House Rep. Zach Fansler, who stepped down earlier this month amid allegations of sexual assault.
By Richard Mauer & Leroy Polk: UPDATE: Senate republicans confirm Shower for District E
By Liz Raines: Berkowitz defends ML&P bid process
4th Annual Last Frontier Pond Hockey Classic set for March 9-11

Alaska News February 21, 2018

By Annie Zak: Ahtna elder Roy Ewan, involved in passage of ANCSA, dies at 82
By Maria Downey: Hula Hands is latest target of ATM theft
By KTVA Web Staff: Leads wanted in beloved Talkeetna store vandalism
By Liz Thomas: Docs: Woman suffers multiple facial fractures in domestic assault
By Daybreak Staff: Curated Conversations: Indigenous Women in Activism
Curated Conversation: Indigenous Women in Activism will take place on Friday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. inside the Anchorage Museum. Directly following that at 7 p.m. will be the screening of “Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock”.
By Liz Raines: Docs show mayoral candidate’s arrest, wage garnishments, lawsuits
By Nathaniel Herz: Alaska’s newest state Senate nominee is a former F-22 fighter pilot
By Kalinda Kindle: ASD superintendent addresses Proposition One
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – Responding to question from parents and students, Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop addressed Proposition One during the Anchorage school board meeting Tuesday night.

Proposition One would change city code to require facilities like locker rooms, showers, changing rooms and bathrooms within municipal buildings to be designated for people of the same sex, which in this instance would be the persons gender at birth. Backers of the proposal say it would also give private businesses and faith based groups, such as churches and ministries, the freedom to operate according to their convictions and segregate intimate spaces based on biological sex as determined at birth.
By Associated Press: Bills would impose work requirements for Medicaid in Alaska
There are exemptions for children, the elderly or those who can’t work because of medical reasons.

Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson questioned how much would it cost to implement such a program and whether it would save any money.
By Beth Bragg: Anchorage skier Kikkan Randall wins Olympic gold
Moms Everyday Alaska – Tara at YummySprout: Chocolate chip protein cookies

Alaska News February 20, 2018

By Cassie Schirm: Baristas say they are prepped with defenses after robbery
By Daniella Rivera: Man on Pre-Trial Supervision after January arrest wanted again
As of last Friday, a DOC spokesperson said there were more than 300 individuals on pretrial supervision throughout the state and 24 outstanding warrants for defendants who violated conditions of pre-trial release.

The names of those defendants with active warrants were: Justin Ching, Phillip Hayman, Maria Garcia, Jyrmayne Canty, Patrick Mora, Matthew Irwin, Asia Blagmon, Jarvis Prince, Robert McGowan, Kelly Peters, Cherise Mullins, Micah Jacoby, Sherry Sampson-Crooms, Justin Harris, Monica Abarca, John Vang, Jason Tungul, Douglas Felix, Simeon Simmonds, Brandon Wallace, Levi Jacobs, Robert Malone, Walter Queenie and Willie Mute.
By Jack Carney: Former Chair of ML&P Commission steps down over transparency concerns
By Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO: Gap of $6.6 billion in state pension funding draws lawmakers’ concern
It would take an amendment to the state constitution to reduce benefits. The Alaska Supreme Court has interpreted the constitution to protect both pensions and retiree health benefits from cuts.
By KTVA Web Staff: Protesters crash ANWR dinner in Midtown
Lisa Murkowski is booked to join KTVA LIVE at 5 o’clock Tuesday. Tune in to watch!
By Annie Zak: Carrs Safeway set to occupy Sears space in Midtown Anchorage mall
By nchorage Daily News: Publishers of Anchorage Daily News will buy 3 Morris publications in Alaska
By Kalinda Kindle: Legalization of Industrial Hemp Passes House
By Leroy Polk: Unreported fire at Trident Seafoods could have endangered Alaska village, officials say
According to Chitty, this isn’t the first time that Trident has failed to report a fire. Chitty said this one was caused by the burning of a trash pile, a common practice for the company, against the side of the cliff behind the plant.

As of this filing, Trident’s corporate headquarters has not responded for comment.
By KTVA Web Staff: Democrats offer 3 names to fill vacant Bethel House seat

Yvonne L. Jackson was born in Bethel, Alaska and raised in Kasigluk. She has lived in the YK Delta for a total of 23 years serving the people of District 38 in Workforce Development. Yvonne currently works for AVCP as a Tribal Workforce Development Director
Raymond “Thor” Williams has been a resident of Bethel for over 20 years. He currently serves on the Bethel City Council and was Mayor of Bethel from 2005-2006. He also serves on the Lower Kuskokwin School District Board.
Tiffany Zulkosky was born and raised in Bethel and is of Yup’ik and Polish decent. She is currently the Vice President of Communications for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Tiffany holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Northwest University and Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast.
By Tegan Hanlon: Former Iditarod champion John Baker has pulled out of this year’s race
By Emily Russell, Alaska Public Media: Cheering from Alaska: Women’s relay 5th at the Olympics

By James Gaddis: Teacher of the Week: Kris Hinrichsen
By Rhonda McBride: A musical adventure in Mekoryuk

By Rhonda McBride: Frontiers 135: Zuill Bailey: A messenger of music
By Leroy Polk: Nursing programs open enrollment, aimed at shoring Alaska health workforce

By Julia O’Malley: In the aisles of Anchorage groceries, a food writer collects flavors of Korea
Moms Everyday Alaska: Liz Kepplinger Sweet potato whole grain bread

Alaska News February 19, 2018

By Victoria Taylor: Man wanted in connection to Anchorage homicide, robberies appears in court
By Kalinda Kindle: ‘I was afraid for my life,’ Barista recounts being robbed at gun point
Staff said the crime was all caught on camera from the coffee stand’s security footage. Swierk explains the video shows two suspects walking up towards the window. The owner of Bikini Babes says employees are free to arm themselves with firearms but it’s not a requirement.
By Daniella Rivera: Anchorage businesses report armed robberies Saturday
By Victoira Taylor: Police: burglary leads to $4,500 worth of damage to middle school
By Sean Maguire: District Attorney: pretrial assessment tool ‘not without its hiccups’
Allen however signals other growing pains with the PED including letting people charged with violent crimes back on the street. “We have had some recent incidents where folks have been arrested for very violent acts and over our objection have been released with little or no bond.”

The Anchorage DA points to the case of Evgueni Antisiferov who was charged with shooting a person who had stolen his marijuana. The charging documents describe that Antisiferov is alleged to have shot a person as they sat in the passenger seat of a car. Allen said the pretrial assessment tool was used in relation to that case and Antisiferov was released on an unsecured bond. “He didn’t put down any money, he signed something and promised to come back.”

Furthermore, the Anchorage DA describes that the Antisiferov case occurred Dec. 24, 2017 and Allen said it’s the state’s position that it is inappropriate under Alaska statute to use the new system for 2017 cases.
By Bill Roth: Iron Dog racers hit the trail during Big Lake start
By Kyle Clayton, Chilkat Valley News: Rare, ‘weird-looking’ 70-pound frozen fish washes ashore in Haines
By Beth Bragg: Olympic notebook: Soldotna grad makes golden moment possible; Patterson, Hanneman ski the relay
By AnnieZak: ‘Financial strain’ of Williwaw a factor in bankruptcy case involving company that owns Anchorage bars
James Mason:
“”Creditors do this for all sorts of reasons,” he said.” They do it because they want to get paid.

By Sean Maguire: UAA robotics competition inspires love of science among kids
By Sean Maguire: Security camera footage captures graphic Midtown moose attack
By Daniella Rivera: ‘Rogue Movers’: Following a Wasilla family’s shipment
(Rick) Childers’ tips for vetting a moving company can be seen in an interview here.