Category Archives: AK News

Alaska News June 29, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Fairbanks man dies in reported drowning near Big Lake area; Troopers: Talkeetna man reported missing; Dozens join in the ‘Run with DeWayne,’ supporting Anchorage runner; IRS sending stimulus as prepaid debit card and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTUU: Eagle River man arrested after stealing a fire truck from the King Salmon Fire Station; RavnAir Group approved for July bankruptcy sale; How Bean’s Cafe was transformed by the pandemic and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: A new rule makes seasonal fishermen and crew members eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program and more ->
 
 
 
 
49 Writers Blog: Plumbers Should Plumb: A Guest Post by Tricia Brown
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: Fairbanks Man Steals Heavy Equipment, Posts Crime to Facebook; Rain falls, as it always has and more ->
 
 
 
 
By Casea Peterson, Only In Your State Alaska: 10 Perfect Places To Go In Alaska If You’re Feeling Adventurous
 
 
By Courtney, Only In Your State Alaska: This Rare WII Footage From 1942 Shows Alaska Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
 
 
 
 
Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: Descent into depravity, as summer of love, lawlessness comes to Anchorage
This is the story that sort of broke the website on Sunday, even though the MRAK web version has a “modesty bar” across the buttocks of the two lovers to reduce the shock.

The photo above well-illustrates what people feel Anchorage has become under the current mayor. Some say the photo has been floating around Facebook since Memorial Day. Our source says it was taken Saturday. Either way, if you have an Anchorage photo that illustrates the Berkowitz’s Gotham City, send it to suzanne@mustreadalaska.com.
 
 
 
 
Craig Medred: Dropping out

Alaska News June 28, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Super Sawyer: Anchorage family fundraises for seizure dog and more ->
 
 
 
 

KTUU: Back the Blue rally shows support for local law enforcement; Get a taste of the state fair at the ‘Food Truck Fare’; Local businesses react to new mask requirements and more ->
 
 
 
 

KTOO Public Media: Scientists still aren’t sure what’s killing hundreds of gray whales along the West Coast; Open government expert says Wrangell is flouting Alaska law by holding a secret vote in plain sight and more ->
 
 
 
 

KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Lower Kuskokwim River Closed To Gillnets Until More Reds And Chum Arrive; New Co-Op Allows Fishermen From Four Villages To Participate In Kuskokwim Bay Commercial Fishery and more ->
 
 
 
 

The Arctic Sounder: OPINION: My office investigates allegations of trooper misconduct. We want accountability.; World-traveling birds return to South Fairbanks; Opinion: Developing sanitation in rural Alaska during a pandemic and more ->
 
 
 
 

Craig Medred: Pay to play

Alaska News June 27, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Search teams recover more remains, debris from 1952 crash at Mount Gannett; Alaska SeaLife Center takes on 6 rescued harbor seal pups; ‘Downtown Open Streets’ initiative aims to stimulate local economy, social distancing-style; Grow North Farm in Mountain View opens for business and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTUU: More feedback needed on Anchorage police relations task force; ‘Testing recommended’: for patrons of Yukon Bar and Seward Alehouse, DHSS said; Alaskans can now apply for absentee ballots online and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: Weaver Lily Hope donates Chilkat Protector mask to Juneau’s Sealaska Heritage Institute; There hasn’t been a jury trial in Alaska in 3 months. How has COVID-19 changed the state’s justice system?; Rainforest Recover Center aims to reopen by the end of July and more ->
 
 
 
 
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: CVRF Executive Director Retires
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: Petersburg Man Sentenced for Burglarizing Post Office and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: ‘Legacy of Our Elders’ provides platform for Alaskan Natives to share experiences and advice; Fairbanks Garden Club revives historical Anna Creamer garden and more ->

 
 
 
 
49 Writers Blog: Writing the Distance: Laura Ojeda Melchor
 
 
49 Writers Blog: Writing the Distance: Kate Boesser
 
 
 
 
CutterLight: Big Boys of the Bear World: Here Come the Brownies of Chignik Lake
 
 
 
 
Alaska Children’s Trust: What is the Alaska Children’s Budget?
 
 
 
 
Craig Medred: Saving lives
 
 
 
 
Mighty proud of this home. Notice the MOA Tax assessment is a bit lower?
6721 Teshlar Dr, Anchorage, AK 99507
 
 
 
 

Alaska News June 26, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Anchorage motivational speaker facing federal pornography charges; New bench near Cheney Lake built to gather others together; Dogs could be ‘paw-fect’ coworkers, potentially improving their owner’s health and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTUU: Anchorage woman charged with embezzling funds from tribal organization; Bigfoot Art Gallery opens in Palmer; Growing AK: Food security and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: ‘Take them all down’: Statues spark discussion about colonialism in Alaska; Anchorage mayor to require masks in public spaces starting Monday and more ->
 
 
 
 
Napaskiak And YKHC React To ‘StronKYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Likelihood Of Community Spread’ In The Village and more ->
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: Savoonga Woman Jailed on Animal Cruelty Charges; Judge’s ruling on EPA chemical dispersants lawsuit impacts Alaska; AMHS Announces New Protocols to Minimize Transmission of COVID-19 and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Neighborhood submerged: A look at the Tanana River flooding; Reindeer Yoga: Inspired by reindeer’s itchy antler ‘yoga’ and more ->
 
 
 
 
By Courtney, Only In Your State Alaska: 15 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Alaska Should Take
 
 
 
 
Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: Full force of government: Anchorage ordinance would prohibit ‘conversion’ therapy
 
 
 
 
Craig Medred: Fishlandia
 
 
 
 

AK News June 25, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Inside the Gates: Guardsmen return from extended Afghanistan deployment; Reconsidering confidentiality: Lawmakers to weigh making police disciplinary records public; Free divers clean up Sand Lake and more->
 
 
 
 
KTUU: One dead in apartment fire that closed West 26th Wednesday; Meet The Creator: @Cabinlife_alaska from Instagram; Alaska Sports Hall of Fame announces Director’s Awards winners; Growing AK: Finding security in your back garden; Take the Coastline Challenge and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: Three Alaska Native women join Anchorage Public Safety Advisory Commission; Alaska Native vets from the Vietnam era may lay claim to Alaska land; Nearly 30 bidders want to buy at least a piece of Ravn Air, but next steps are murky and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Alaska Behavioral Health will host July peer support workshop in Fairbanks and more ->
 
 
 
 
By Alistair Gardiner For the Mirror: Bear attacks happen in Alaska, but how often?
 
 
 
 
49 Writers Blog: Writing the Distance: Svaya Worthington
 
 
49 Writers Blog: Writing the Distance: Liz O’Connell
 
 
 
 
Craig Medred: Empty State
 
 
 
 
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Sink Your Teeth Into The Juiciest Cheeseburgers In The Alaska Panhandle At J&W’s Fast Food

Alaska News June 24, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend, charged with murder; Amid protest, Anchorage mayor announces mask emergency order may be issued in next few days; Spenard bakery creating marijuana edibles sees big jump in business; Alaska athletes give social media challenge an Indigenous twist and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTUU: Former firefighter, 6-year-old daughter named as Seward Highway crash victims; One dead after officer-involved shooting in Wasilla; Whale found dead is likely the Twentymile River whale; Associate’s degree in welding being cut at UAA; Alaska contest to name new fire-prevention moose mascot; A fast food chain opens a completely contactless store and more ->
 
 
 
 

KTOO Public Media: Workers on Kotzebue’s solar project just hauled the last of 1,440 panels across the tundra; Face coverings now required to enter federal courthouses in Alaska and more ->
 
 
 
 
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Alaska State Trooper From Napaskiak Died From Apparent Self-Inflicted Injuries and more ->
 
 
 
 

Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Golden Heart History: Margaret Vale and the 19th Amendment; Blood Bank of Alaska in critical need of O +/- donors; Fairbanks to get first wood kiln for producing dry firewood and more ->
 
 
 
 

Suzanne Downing, Must Read Alaska: Assembly meeting turns into farce as transgender stages street-theater protest
 
 
 
 
By Courtney, Only In Your State Alaska: Alaska Has A Grand Canyon And It’s Too Beautiful For Words
 
 
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Take In The Jaw Dropping Alaskan Views From This Cabin In The Largest National Park In America
 
 
 
 
Craig Medred: Dangerous bear?
 
 
 
 
The AFD CORE Team’s Mission to Improve Community Health and Wellness

In the spring of 2018, the AFD undertook an analysis of its EMS responses and hospital transports to identify and evaluate methods to improve system efficiencies. The results provided evidence that the Department’s EMS deployment model was strained as it’s designed for time-sensitive, life threatening emergencies, and not built for significant numbers of low acuity and non-emergent medical responses.

In response, a community needs assessment was completed and the AFD established the Community Outreach Referral and Education (CORE) Team. As part of the Department’s community outreach efforts and under the direction of Assistant Chief Erich Scheunemann, one of the primary objectives of the AFD CORE Team is to improve the health and wellness of high utilizers of 911 by integrating EMS with partners in community healthcare and social services.

By providing patient-centered services in the out-of-hospital environment, the mobile healthcare component of the AFD CORE Team is currently staffed by a single Firefighter/Paramedic, who directly responds to clients and provides alternate solutions for their healthcare needs and navigates them to other more appropriate resources than a hospital’s Emergency Department.

With the mission to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right setting, with the right resources, and at the right cost the AFD CORE Team is currently seeking means by which to expand its services to the community. This will include an increase in capacity and overall efficacy of services provided by moving to 24 hour/7 days-a-week availability and will include additional Firefighter/Paramedics as well as behavioral health specialists and social workers.

Address/Location
Anchorage Fire Department
100 E 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-227-9473

Alaska News June 23, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Anchorage man says he was harassed while running because he is Black; Powerful earthquake shakes southern Mexico, at least 2 dead; Palmer police chief returns to duty following community outcry over ‘inappropriate’ Facebook posts; Pilot program delivers summer meals to Alaska homes and more ->
 
 
 
 
KPTUU: UPDATE: Two fatalities, four injuries in Seward Highway crash; Woman shares story of hope to encourage mental health talks; University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen resigns from the university system; Peony farmers experiencing slowed business due to pandemic and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: The culture clash over requiring customers to wear masks; Gardentalk – Your best defense for currant worms and rhododendron root weevils and more ->
 
 
 
 
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Alaska State Trooper From Napaskiak Died In Bethel; A Poem For Juneteenth and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Shooting in South Fairbanks injures one, suspect in custody; Early morning fire on Fort Wainwright injures 3; Early morning crime spree targets Fairbanks neighborhood; Bear Dogs help keep wildland firefighters in Alaska safe and more ->
 
 
 
 
The Arctic Sounder: Thousands of gallons of heating oil spill in Shungnak
 
 
 
 
49 Writers Blog: Writing the Distance: Katherine Wood
 
 
 
 
Craig Medred: Against the tide
 
 
 
 
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Kayaking This Glacial Lake In Alaska Is What Dreams Are Made Of
 
 
By Casea Peterson, Only In Your State Alaska: The Death-Defying Story Of A Skier Surviving A 1000 Foot Fall In Alaska Is Amazing
 
 
 
 
By Desert Research Institute: Eruption of Alaska’s Okmok volcano linked to period of extreme cold in ancient Rome
 
 
 
 
Scuttlebutt Sailing News: R2AK Time Machine Day 6/25
 
 
 
 

Alaska News June 22, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Motley Moo Creamery offers sweet treat to beat the heat and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTUU: Apparel company out of Soldotna raising awareness for addiction recovery; Lawsuit says 150 cannery workers forced into hotel quarantine without pay and more ->
 
 
 
 
Suzanne Downing, Must Read Alaska: Masks: Progressives pressing for mandates, and Berkowitz says he is considering it; Flag flap: Retired UA prof says the American flag on Flattop is abuse of power by Dunleavy Administration; No more Eskimo Pie and more ->
 
 
 
 
Craig Medred: Secret lives
 
 
 
 
By Courtney, Only in Your State Alaska: Gaze At A Pink And Violet Sky During The Alpenglow, A Stunning Natural Phenomenon In Alaska
 
 
 
 

Alaska News June 21, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Young fishers find success at 2020 Youth-Only Ship Creek Fishery; COVID-19 forces Alaska Run for Women to move from the street to the internet and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTUU: Municipality could soon seek the purchase of four properties to address homeless needs across Anchorage; Municipality could soon seek the purchase of four properties to address homeless needs across Anchorage and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: State plans to mail absentee ballot applications to seniors, prompting calls to send them to all Alaska voters and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Carlson Center to remain as an alternative care site until September; Alaska’s long days make unique conditions for growing plants and more ->
 
 
 
 
Rasmuson Foundation: Foundation to match Muni arts and culture investments
 
 
 
 
Smithsonian Channel: Aerial America: Alaska’s Call of the Wild (Full Episode)

Alaska News June 20, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Dozens of Alaskans show support for APD during pro-police rally; Young anglers can fish for king salmon in Ship Creek this weekend; Mayor signs emergency order allowing for additional outside seating in bars, eateries and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTUU: Two Anchorage women charged after months-long crime spree; Headed South? Prepare for backups on the Seward Highway; Little Su message in a bottle mystery solved and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: Feds drop charges for released California inmate who allegedly violated coronavirus quarantine; Tribal governments have been waiting since April for permission to hunt during pandemic and more ->

 
 
 
 

Alaska Native News: Artificial intelligence could revolutionize sea ice warnings; World traveler visits South Fairbanks; Proposed seismic surveys in Arctic Refuge likely to cause lasting damage and more ->
 
 
 
 

Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Borough Assembly meetings now allow participation in person or telephonically; B-52 Bombers conduct operations out of Eielson Air Force Base; Gardening Tips: 7 steps for planting a successful tree and more ->
 
 
 
 

The Arctic Sounder: Student graduates high school with associate degree; Inupiat charter school opening this fall and more ->
 
 
 
 

Craig Medred: Pay up
 
 
 
 
49 Writers Blog: Writing to Distance: Rodger Carlyle
“Still, Dear, This quinine might help us get through this.”

“You’re just one of those MAGA men. Don’t expect me to buy into that nonsense.”

“Okay, Madge, I guess you don’t want this Gin and Tonic then.”

Rodger is a writer and businessman. He has been writing for fifteen years, mostly as a ghost writer for politicians and collaborating with other writers on adventure series and thrillers.
 
 
 
 
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Hike The Easy Red Shirt Lake Trail To Experience Breathtaking Alaskan Lakeside Views
 
 
By Courtney, Only In Your State Alaska: It’s Impossible Not To Love Alaska’s Most Romantic Restaurant