Category Archives: AK News

Alaska News March 04, 2018

By Devin Kelly: God, gender identity and public restrooms at play in Anchorage’s Proposition 1 debate
By Nathaniel Herz: Alaska House’s budget, without taxes, could drain state savings account in two years
By David A. James: Think you know Arctic expedition history? Try this book.
By Erica Martinson: Don Young isn’t bothered by hubbub over controversial gun control remarks
By Annie Zak: Open & Shut: A second Summit tea shop and a new marijuana retailer
By Victoria Taylor: A change in command for Anchorage’s Air Guard Wing

Alaska News March 03, 2018

By Chris Klint: APD names woman murdered in Turnagain stabbing
By Richard Mauer: Public can weigh in on budget, talk to lawmakers
By Daybreak Staff: ‘Icons of the Iditarod’ chronicles decades of The Last Great Race
By Sidney Sullivan: MAP: See how 2018 Anchorage homicides compare to past deadly years
By Alexis Fernandez: Eagle River High School students stage sit-in to protest budget cuts
“When you are cutting the programs that kids come to school for, you’re showing how highly you prioritize us,” said Kali Spencer, a junior at Eagle River High.
By Laurel Andrews: Alaska’s monthly cannabis tax revenue topped $1 million for first time in January
By Jack Carney: School District hopes voters will approve $50M bond for roof replacements
By Victoria Taylor: Mayor, Police Chief talk about Turnagain Arm, red light enforcement
By Travis Khachatoorian: Juneau’s 102-year-old Palace Theater revitalized by new brewery
By Daybreak Staff: Mic Check in the Morning: Jeffrey Steele
By Scott Gross: Anchorage airport prepares for $100M in runway repairs
By Daybreak Staff: National Consumer Protection Week’s Consumer Forum
Moms Everyday Alaska KTUU: Stay-at-home moms losing out on more than just current income

Alaska News March 02, 2018

By Jack Carney: Fred Meyer second large Alaska retailer to change gun-buying age to 21
“It’s not the classification of a weapon if it’s not guns or ammunition, it’s going to be a baseball bat, it’s going to be a knife,” Doughman said.
By KTVA Web Staff: Alleged Fred Meyer shooters fled the state: Docs
The sentence for first-degree attempted murder is between five and 99 years.
By Nathaniel Herz: Legal defenders for Alaska’s poor say they may have to start refusing cases
By Associated Press: Alaska lawmaker takes training after policy vetting pledge
By Associated Press: Homer officials consider opening Spit to marijuana sales
By Associated Press: New high tallied for Alaska marijuana tax collections
By Richard Mauer: New legislators planning to dig in as session reaches halfway mark
By Victoria Taylor: Girl Scouts sell cookies, learn life lessons
By Jeff Lowenfels: Here are the plants you need to start now for them to be ready for summer
By Heather Hintze: Massive Alaska Native ivory collection up for auction
By Nancy Clark: Alaskan Authors
There are a wide variety of authors, both local and not, coming to the Anchorage Public Library before summer arrives.

Animals are a frequent subject of children’s books, including those by Alaskan authors Tricia Brown (Groucho’s Eyebrows), Elizabeth O’Connell (Apun the Arctic Fox), and Barbara and Ethan Atwater (How Raven Got His Crooked Nose: An Alaskan Dena’ina Fable). Brown will be doing a presentation called “Sled Dogs and Other Amazing Animals” for those critter-lovers in the crowd.

For teens, we have Brendan Kiely, author of the best-selling novel All American Boys. This story about two young men, one black and one white, follows their journey as they navigate the fallout of extreme police brutality and the media storm that results from it.


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