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Alaska News November 22, 2017

By Emily Carlson: Kenai men claim oil company poisoned them and knew about it
By Kalinda Kindle: Anchorage Assembly approves a $521 million budget
By Leroy Polk: Alaska’s newest US attorney takes the oath of office
Bryan Schroder, who was nominated by President Donald Trump in July 2017, was confirmed by the Senate on Nov. 9. On Tuesday, he took the oath of office with Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess.
By Barbara Hunt: PALMER BUZZ: Palmer book at top of the charts
By Cameron Mackintosh: Anchorage airport announces new security screening procedures
By Daniella Rivera: Marijuana testing lab flags ‘concerning’ discrepancy in potency results
Moms Everyday Alaska: Peanut butter cookie dough chocolate cheesecake

Alaska News November 21, 2017

Congratulations Samantha Mack!
By KTVA Web Staff: Alaska Native becomes UAA’s first Rhodes Scholar
By Rebecca Palsha: A death, a condolence card and a friend at the Anchorage Police department
By Cameron Mackintosh: Wife of man killed by police speaks out about shooting
By Joe Vigil: Anchorage Police unveil new OUI vehicles
By Caslon Hatch: More details on Alaska-China gas deal released
By Daybreak Staff: Teacher of the Week: Siray Abbey
By Caslon Hatch: City wants to waive re-zoning fees for senior center
The ordinance will be introduced at Tuesday’s assembly meeting with action expected December 5. If passed, Chugiak Senior Citizens, Inc., the management corporation for the senior center, will be responsible for bringing forth the rezone application.
By Laurel Andrews: How an Anchorage entrepreneur went from ‘just say no’ to a national cannabis startup
By Leroy Polk: Alaska Native corporation sells four Anchorage-area hotels
By Associated Press: Alaska VA to hire more workers, continue cutting wait times
By Daniella Rivera: Amber Batts: The State ‘created an advocate’ by charging me with sex trafficking
She says she likely wouldn’t have become an advocate for sex workers, had she not been caught.

Alaska News November 20, 2017

By Daniella Rivera: Troopers talk use of Silver Alerts following Aumavae case
There is a clear indication that the individual has a deterioration of intellectual faculties, a physical impairment or medical condition that makes them unable to meet their own needs or to seek help without assistance.

Barlow says because Keith lived alone, had a driver’s license and control of his own finances, the department doesn’t categorize him as an individual who meets Silver Alert criteria.

The Aumavae family says they disagree and believes his diagnosis of multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia should count.
By Sean Maguire: Local lynx family filmed returning to Anchorage photographer’s house
By Victoria Taylor / Samantha Angaiak: National Apprenticeship Week showcases ironworkers and industry
By Cameron Mackintosh: Excited for ski season? Here’s how close Anchorage’s ski resorts are to opening
By Sean Maguire: Using ice axes and blow torches to ignite Alaskan lakes
By Sean Maguire: 340 barrels of jet fuel spills into secondary containment area at the Port of Anchorage

Juneau, AK
By Associated Press: Alaska ski area expects to serve alcohol next winter
By Victoria Taylor / Patrick Enslow / Sean Maguire: Special Olympians gather from across the state for bowling tournament
Special Olympics Alaska President and CEO, Jim Balamaci said one of the next big events for the organization is December 16.

The annual Polar Plunge encourages Alaskans to raise money to jump into the ice cold waters of Goose Lake.

Alaska News November 19, 2017

By Victoria Taylor: Series of workshops look to change routes for Anchorage’s pedestrians and cyclists`
By Sean Maguire: World Ice Art Championships cancelled for 2018

By Sean Maguire: Dexter the stolen puppy is finally back home
By Kalinda Kindle: Service organization dishes out a Thanksgiving feast for military members
Congratulations Caroline Kurgat and Allie Ostrander!
By Patrick Enslow: UAA’s Kurgat wins Div. II title, Ostrander takes 4th in Div. I

Congratulations Charity Folcik!
By Scott Gross: Alaska’s trendiest holiday show continues to grow

Brain Injury Sufferers Find Benefits in Music Therapy Program

Brain Injury Sufferers Find Benefits in Music Therapy Program

By Air Force Airman 1st Class Cailtin Russell Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska, Nov. 16, 2017 — Past and present service members and family members suffering from traumatic brain injury can now take part in a Creative Forces music therapy program here, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Defense Department that’s designed to help them recover and rehabilitate. By Air Force Airman 1st Class Cailtin Russell: Brain Injury Sufferers Find Benefits in Music Therapy Program

Alaska News November 18, 2017

By Associated Press: Prosecutor sees workaround for crime bill concerns
By Sidney Sullivan: DATA VIZ: DoD Sexual Assault Report (Fiscal Year 2013 – 2016)
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Gas line could employ 12,000 at peak, 1,000 long-term
By Ned Rozell: Beavers slapping tails on far-north waters
By Caslon Hatch: Aviation industry sees higher demand for pilots amidst shortage

By Beth Verge: Missed the last day of ‘Tire Hotel’ tire pickup? It’s not too late
Friday was the last day of pickup after a week of open hours at the property, located at 3330 Denali St. in Anchorage, though Bender said her team would still be trying to reach out to those whose tires are identified at the shop.

“We’ll be reaching out to folks through the phone if we can locate a name,” she said.

People looking for their tires can also call (907) 269-5208 for more information.
By Victoria Taylor: APD looks at drones to add eyes to the sky in certain investigations
Ryan Marlow with Alaska Aerial Media says the state has a solid set of laws in place to honor privacy.

“Alaska has amazing privacy guidelines. So with that we have House Bill 255,which basically stops the use of systems unless it’s required by criminal activity or a warrant or any of the other items that fall under hot pursuit and that’s the state law,” he said.

The Anchorage Assembly is developing a subcommittee to focus on developing municipal ordinances to address drone use.
By Peggy McCormack: Dept. of Interior searching for whereabouts of 17,000 Native Americans
Alaska Natives who wonder if they might be on the list can visit this website.

Class Members or the heirs of Class Members should provide documentation immediately to the GCG by calling 1-800-961-6109, by emailing, or by U.S. mail to Indian Trust Settlement, P.O. Box 9577, Dublin, OH 43017-4877. Class members can also search OST’s Whereabouts Unknown database. If you have any questions about the OST Whereabouts Unknown Cobell list, call the Indian Trust Beneficiary Call Center at 1-888-678-6836.

Congratulations Natalie Hanson!
By Sean Maguire: Bethel woman breaks world powerlifting record
By Liz Raines: Mat-Su gets green light on first detox beds
By Lauren Maxwell: Subaru donates cars to Meals on Wheels on the Kenai
The cars were among 50 that were given away to organizations that deliver Meals on Wheels in a nationwide contest by Subaru of America. The company is celebrating its fiftieth year in business.

Alaska News November 17, 2017

By John Tracy: Reality Check: Are teens ready to learn at 7:30 a.m.?
By Mike Ross & Leroy Polk: UPDATE: Anchorage police resolve barricaded person situation in Spenard
By Leroy Polk: 3 Alaskans charged with smuggling heroin into correctional center
“The law provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million or both for the charges alleged in the indictment,” prosecutors wrote in the news release.
By Associated Press: Fairbanks man accused of shooting neighbor in back has charges dropped
Seward Hwy near vehicle collision with APD
By Caslon Hatch: Tax break for property owners proposed by Anchorage Mayor
The proposed ordinance will be introduced to the Anchorage Assembly at its November 21 meeting. They’re expected to vote on it at the December 5 meeting.
By Patrick Enslow: Anchorage MMA fighter uses cage to spread positive message
“One of the hardest decisions I ever had to make was to tell my mother, because my father wasn’t around that I didn’t want to go home,” said Meriweather.

At just 11 years old, Meriweather says he chose to join a new family through adoption, and that’s why now, the 26-year-old works with youth programs to spread his success story.

“There is nothing anybody in that cage can do to me that’s more painful than what I went through as a child,” said Meriweather.
By Victoria Taylor: New APD unit sought wanted felon for a week before deadly shooting

By Leroy Polk: Northrim Bank gives owners two more days to pick up their tires
To help, the organization is once again sending bank employees to Johnson’s Tires on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 from 12 – 2 p.m. and 4 – 6 p.m. There, employees will help to reunite owners with their wayward tires.
By Laurel Downing Bill: Story Time with Aunt Phil: Totem Poles
Colony High School Band to perform Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Day

Alaska News November 16, 2017

By Ariane Aramburo and Leroy Polk: APD shoots, kills man in exchange of parking lot gunfire
By Associated Press: Former state trooper dies in Alaska prison
Tanner pleaded guilty in 2015 to two counts of felony second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
By Kalinda Kindle: Proposed ordinance to fine nonprofits with excessive 911 calls
The ordinance will be introduced during the Anchorage Assembly meeting on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017.
By Beh Verge: Questions swirl after community meeting on illegal campsite abatement
By Associated Press: Alaska board reaffirms ban on using planes to hunt sheep
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Anchorage Daily News returns as Dispatch re-brands
By Chris Klint: State calls for mumps shots amid Anchorage outbreak

Alaska News November 15, 2017

By Cameron Mackintosh: Marijuana Control Board to discuss onsite consumption at Wednesday meeting
By Sidney Sullivan: VIDEO: Shismaref road erodes away in storm
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: GCI employees’ information compromised
GCI says it is working with The Siegfried Group, a forensic investigation firm and law enforcement to better understand what happened. The company is offering free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to its employees through March 31, 2020.

Employees can ask for additional support through the human resources department.
By Leroy Polk: WATCH: Sen. Lisa Murkowski faces opposition with new ANWR legislation
By Kyle Hopkins: Small hotels say their businesses are at stake as state reviews liquor licenses
By Rebecca Palsha: “I shouldn’t be here I should be dead”– meth addiction quadruples in Alaska
The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center program is only for men, but Swazer said there is bed space available. For more information he can be reached at
By Heather Hintze: Alaska National Guardsmen return from Puerto Rico
By Daybreak Staff: Examining healthcare costs with Alaska Common Ground
They will be hosting a series of discussions on the subject starting Wednesday, November 15 and going through January. It’s being held at 49th State Brewing Company at 7 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10.