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Alaska News January 29, 2018

By Sean Maguire: 18-year-old from Metlakatla arrested on child pornography charges
METLAKATLA, Alaska (KTUU) – An 18-year-old from Metlakatla has been arrested on 10 separate counts of possession of child pornography. Alaska State Troopers say the images in question “are of children between the estimated ages of 18 months – 10 years of age being sexually abused.”
By Liz Sly, The Washington Post: US soldiers are revealing sensitive and dangerous information by jogging
By KTUU News Team: Operation Afghanistan: Alaska’s Spartan Brigade
By Devin Kelly: A fight between Anchorage neighbors over chicken noise leads city officials to re-examine laws
By Sean Maguire: California woman released after shots fired incident outside Northway Mall
It was determined after a pretrial assessment that Malcolm was “a low-risk” and she was released before a pre-indictment hearing scheduled for Tuesday. The judge asked that she not possess firearms or leave the state of Alaska.
By Victoria Taylor: ASD: Break-in reported at Ptarmigan Elementary School
By Anchorage Daily News: Alaska-rooted band Portugal. The Man wins a Grammy for ‘Feel It Still’
By Kalinda Kindle: UAA celebrates the life of professor through musical ensembles
Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews: On the 9th Anniversary of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Alaska Women Push for Pay Equity and Economic Justice
By Suzanne Downing: Fansler: Marching for women by day, smacking them around by night
By Patrica Turner Custard: Stewardship and advocacy, celebrated in winter
By John Schandelmeier: Take the kids outside (and leave the phones inside)
By Charles Wohlforth: President Harding’s disputed Alaska dinner bill paid for her birth

Alaska News January 28, 2018

By Tegan Hanlon: Alaska House leadership calls on lawmaker accused of hitting woman to resign
The leader of the Alaska House of Representatives is calling for Bethel Democratic Rep. Zach Fansler to resign after a newspaper reported he assaulted a woman.

House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, asked for the resignation in a statement Saturday, minutes after the Juneau Empire published an article online that said local police and the Alaska Department of Law were investigating Fansler for allegedly hitting a woman and rupturing her eardrum.

By Victoria Taylor: UPDATE: 3 arrested after gunfire exchange in Northway Mall parking lot
According to MJ Thim, a public information officer for APD, said the preliminary investigation indicates a group of at least five men met in the parking lot in front of Shockwave Trampoline Parks. “They pulled out their weapons and started shooting at each other in a public parking lot to resolve their issue,” Thim said in a phone call with Channel 2.
By Victoria Taylor: Sting operation at Wasilla Fred Meyer store leads to 9 arrests
By Cameron Mackintosh: Need help filing taxes? Free tax preparation services available in Anchorage
Like last year, Americans will have two extra days to file their taxes in 2018 because the usual April 15 deadline happens to fall on a Sunday, and April 16 is Emancipation Day, which is a federal holiday. So the tax deadline this year falls on April 17.
Moms Everyday Alaska: Practical ways to save money

By Josephine Sedgwick: Snapshots From a Land of Endless Night

By Nancy Lord: 47 years apart, a mother and daughter’s Arctic memoirs complete each other
If Helmericks was the reckless mother committed to wild nature for building character and finding spiritual fulfillment, her daughter tempers that same love of nature with pragmatism. Aspen writes about her mother, “Wilderness remained her true love. The rest of us … were all secondary. This passion for the untamed natural world was her biggest gift she left me, though it took me years to forgive her.”

Trust the river, Aspen advises, although she didn’t always find it easy to do that. There will be surprises around every bend.

Alaska News January 27, 2018

By Leroy Polk: Driver plows car into midtown Anchorage coffee stand, takes off on foot
By Leroy Polk: Five arrested in two different early morning robberies, police say
By Shannon Ballard: Southwest Anchorage mail theft caught on camera
By Heather Hintze: Three separate trials for four Grunwald murder suspects
By Mike Ross: APD patrol car involved in wreck
By Lauren Maxwell: Legislature passes bill to cut down on food waste
By Jacob Mann: The City of Wasilla turns 101
By Sean Maguire: Wasilla Blockbuster video store set to close Sunday
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Another Alaska Blockbuster Video store is set to close as the Wasilla store announced it would be ending its retail business Jan. 28. A sale is planned of all the remaining inventory starting Wednesday, Jan 31.
By Sean Maguire: Fishing vessel scuttled after sitting abandoned in Dutch Harbor since August
By Chris Klint: Former employee admits hacking attacks against PenAir
Neither side discussed Kugler’s motive for the attacks at Friday’s hearing. Alexander later said that he wasn’t able to discuss the case beyond the documents filed in it to date.

Gleason set an April 11 sentencing date for Kugler, who faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, three years on supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
By Leroy Polk & Samantha Angaiak: Three sets of Alaska siblings to ski for U.S. in Pyeongchang, three more Alaskans on team
Alaska mounts new effort to restore roadless rule exemption
By Daybreak Staff: Southcentral Foundation’s Community Wellness Fair
By Daybreak Staff: Mic Check in the Morning: Jonathan Bower

Alaska News January 26, 2018

By Sean Maguire: U.S. Army Alaska conducting major deployment readiness exercise
By John Thain: 2018 off to a busy start for Bethel Search and Rescue
By Laurel Andrews: Anchorage man arrested in Nebraska with 227 pounds of marijuana
By Shady Grove Oliver: Native languages in danger of extinction by 2100
By Charles Wohlforth: An addict’s life on Anchorage’s streets – and a mother’s unwavering love
By Lauren Maxwell: Alaskans remember extreme ski filmmaker Warren Miller
By Sean Maguire: Anchorage women gather to learn about cannabis
By Dr. John Regan: It’s Happening — D.A.R.E. Ends Anti-Weed Campaign, Quietly Removes Pot from Gateway Drug List
Photojournalist Joshua Maxwell: The Ghost Trees of Portage, Alaska
By Marc Lester: Photos: 10 windy and wonderful winter views of Seward, Alaska
Alaska in the 1940s, Appalachia in the 1970s, at Malaprop’s
Throughout the book, the McClures weave in love letters written by Lt. Tim Timberlake (a white officer in the all-black 93rd Regiment) to his sweetheart and eventual wife Helen Bryan, Christine McClure’s parents. The letters tell of a young man struggling to make sense of the budding relationship between him and Helen and the world around them as war ravaged Europe and the Asian Pacific.

Alaska News January 25, 2018

A World War II veteran, ski racer, surfer and sailor, Miller produced more than 500 films on a variety of outdoor activities. However it was his ski films for which he was most known. His annual movies served as informal kickoffs for the ski season for more than 60 years.
By National Press: Beloved outdoor filmmaker Warren Miller dies at age 93
By Joe Vigil: Man wanted for violating DV restraining order
By Laurel Andrews: How a computer virus led to the discovery of $750K in forged checks at an Anchorage business
By Scott Gross: Anchorage searching for solutions to fight alcohol epidemic
By Nathaniel Hertz: Gov. Walker picks Kotzebue man to represent northern Alaska in state House
JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has selected John Lincoln, an executive at the Kotzebue-based NANA Regional Corp., to replace Dean Westlake, the former state House member who resigned last month amid allegations of unwanted sexual advances.
By Mike Ross: Mat-Su homeless get a helping hand
By Mike Ross: Mat-Su homeless get a helping hand
The Mat-Su Coalition on Housing and Homelessness provided assistance to 2,387 people in 2017. The largest age group for assistance included children, ages 17 and younger. 38-percent, or approximately 800 children, received aid.
By Liz Thomas: Colony HS Band receives another prestigious invite
By Jack Carney: Book business fluctuating, but not flunking
But you don’t need to have cash currency to pick up a book. In fact you can use sites like Little Free Library, which allows you to go in, enter your zip code, and shows you a map of multiple free library book exchanges near your area. So even though we live in a digital age, if you’re stuck without cash, a smartphone, tablet, or just want to unplug and feel paper pages in your fingers, there’s still the demand and access to books if you feel the need to read.
By Sidney Sullivan: New tools for tracking natural wonders in Fairbanks

To access the free Aurora and Midnight Sun Tracker, follow this LINK.
Workforce Wednesday: The best jobs in America
KTVA: Wood Turning Symposium
By Family Features: Barbecue chicken nachos

Alaska News January 24, 2018

By KTVA Web Staff: Rural AK man sentenced in online child sex case
Barr was sentenced to serve 10 years in federal prison, followed by a 20-year term of supervised release.
By KTVA Web Staff: 20+ cars involved in Fairbanks pileup
By Tegan Hanlon: How waiting for a tsunami that didn’t come turned a small-town Alaska man into an internet hero
By Marc Lester: Video: Seward residents describe early morning tsunami threat
By Samantha Angaiak: Alaska sees highest number of gonorrhea cases since 1980s, state says
By Kalinda Kindle: Anchorage Assembly approves billion dollar deal to be on the ballot to sell ML&P

By Richard Mauer: Will lawmakers end their session on time?
By Richard Mauer: Salmon bill could replace initiative before November
By Lauren Maxwell: Anchorage students take on the Great Kindness Challenge

The Great Kindess Challenge
By Beth Bragg: Alaska snowboarders Stassel, Mancari make Olympic team
by Laurel Andrews: No mixed drinks allowed at Alaska distilleries, state alcohol board rules

Alaska News January 23, 2018

By Beth Verge & Leroy Polk: Locals across the state share experiences during Gulf of Alaska quake
By Liz Raines: Assembly considers APD drone use
By Cameron Mackintosh: New allegations surface in murder of David Grunwald
By KTVA Web Staff: APD: Escapee found, charged with new crime
By Egan Millard: Costco to open first Fairbanks store at former Sam’s Club location
By Julia O’Malley: Woman sentenced for embezzling $300,000 from Skagway tribe
Delia Commander, 64, who lives in Oregon, was ordered to serve 18 months in prison, along with three years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay $297,731 in restitution, the release said.
By Mike Ross: Musher Paul Gebhardt begins cancer treatment in Seattle
By Lauren Maxwell: PFD donations drop leaves nonprofits doing more with less
Presented by BP: For this Juneau math teacher, every day is homecoming

Alaska News January 22, 2018

By Associated Press: Public records show Alaska fails to publicly report wiretaps
By Daniella Rivera: Where do the guns go? Inside 2018’s first APD gun auction
By Liz Raines: Downtown assemblyman talks safety for Anchorage women
By Liz Raines: Sullivan says he’s donating salary during shutdown
By Jacob Mann: Project Homeless Connect returns to Menard Center this Wednesday
WASILLA — It’s that time of year again. Over 50 agencies and 150 volunteers are expected to come together for the eighth annual Mat-Su Valley Homeless Connect at the Menard Sports Center this Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will be a day with free, hot lunches, childcare, clothing, food items, “goodie bags” and access to vital resources in an effort to get the homeless homed and the less fortunate more fortune.
By Associated Press: Salmon fishermen barred from using aircraft in SE Alaska
By James Gaddis: Teacher of the Week: Alex Troll
Moms Everyday Alaska: How to help seniors embrace technology

Alaska News January 21, 2018

By Zaz Hollander: Only Grunwald defendant not charged with murder takes plea deal. His brother did the same in another killing.
PALMER – Devin Peterson bounced his knees as he sat in a Palmer courtroom Friday and agreed to prison time for his role in the death of David Grunwald.

Peterson, the only teen involved in the high-profile Valley murder not actually charged with killing Grunwald, made state and federal plea deals that promise six and three years in prison for a total of nine years flat time.
By Cameron Mackintosh: Federal employees furloughed as government shutdown continues
By Liz Raines: Alaska economist discusses government shutdown effects
By Kyle Hopkins: Ramp agents charged with massive theft of computers headed for Alaska schools
By Victoria Taylor: Akiak man faces charges for alleged death threats toward Troopers
By Sean Maguire: 12 sled dogs pack into a Prius for the start of a race
By Devin Kelly: Rebecca Logan files for Anchorage mayor, challenging Berkowitz
By Liz Raines: State sells ferry Taku for $171,000
By Victoria Taylor: A day of remembrance and celebration at the Alaska Zoo
By Daybreak Staff: Mic Check in the Morning: The Moxie Strings
By Daybreak Staff: Mic Check in the Morning: The Anchorage Folk Festival
By Kalinda Kindle: Mission Complete: young Alaskans test their inventions

Alaska News January 19, 2018

By Zaz Hollander: David Grunwald’s father is suing 2 teens he says swapped his son’s murder weapon for drugs. He’s suing their parents, too.
By Leroy Polk: UPDATE: 1 arrested, 1 still on the loose in Eagle River home invasion
By Daniella Rivera: APD arrested 10 people in 24 hours: Where are they now?
By KTVA Web Staff: Spring Creek prison in lockdown after 43-inmate riot
By Anchorage Daily News: Video and transcript: Alaska Gov. Bill Walker delivers 2018 State of the State address
By Victoria Taylor: New project aims to ease midtown congestion
An open house for the project is scheduled for January 30, from 3pm – 7pm at the Loussac Library.
By Samantha Angaiak: Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council passes resolution on tanker transit training
The resolution said, “Escort vessel crews deserve and must receive training and experience escorting tankers and practicing disabled
tanker towing saves throughout PWS over the full range of operating conditions in which they are expected to perform escort and disabled tanker towing services. Controlled training opportunities, including in adverse weather, can and should be stopped at any time that the risk to crews and/or vessels becomes unacceptably high.”
By Charles Wohlforth: How Saturday morning coffees in Anchorage translate into lives saved overseas
“You can use our democracy here in the United States to make use of the wealth and power we get by the luck of our birth,” Hudson said. “The table’s all set for us, all we have to do is work the levers of government and we can help our fellow humans all over the planet. It seems like a no-brainer.”
By John Tracy: The day an Alaskan held the White House accountable
Buzz Briefs: Bestselling authors visit Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

The book is the second in the popular “Heart of Alaska” series, which centers on the Curry Hotel located at the foot of Mt. Denali in 1920s Alaska.