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Alaska News November 09, 2017

WATCH: Airman laid to rest 65 years after Globemaster crash
RENTON, Wash. (KARE) – WWII veteran John Ponikvar was buried on his 95th birthday. A military bugler played Taps. An Air Force honor guard fired a 21-gun salute.
Forgotten Battlefield, Part 2: Explore the hidden caves, sunken ships of World War II
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Firefighting chemicals found in well water near FAI airport
By Associated Press: Alaska company introduces Yupik translation app at stores
By Samantha Angaiak: Anchorage police and city officials investigate possible illegal marijuana sales
By Victoria Taylor: Higher costs considered for some rural residents for fire services
Residents living within fire service areas pay for fire services through property taxes. “It’s about $2.8 million so, it’s roughly $850 on about a $350,000 home,” LeBlanc said. Those living outside the boundaries do not pay.

Municipal code requires property owners outside the service areas to pay a $500 fee for the first hour of response for fire services. An additional $100 is then added per hour for each piece of equipment being used.
By Leroy Polk: Anchorage authorities recover 16 lbs of meth from stuffed animals
Victor Somsy was contacted by police, as the packages were addressed to his home on Wildrose Court in Anchorage. Police say he admitted involvement during initial questioning, but said that he was working for another man, Cheng Saechao, who had previously been arrested for a similar crime in town.

In a report filed by Joe Miner, a task force officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Anchorage, Miner states that law enforcement intercepted two parcels, one on Aug. 24, and one on Oct. 19, both of which tested positive for meth.
By Mike Ross: Musher Paul Gebhardt talks about cancer diagnosis
By Beth Verge: Tips from police: missing persons reports do’s and don’ts
For example, your loved one doesn’t have to have been missing for 24 hours in order for you to report the case. In fact, sooner is usually better than later.

If someone has seemingly gone missing, you should take the time to call jails, hospitals, friends, and family, and check their residence and workplace, too. However, Oistad said, if there could be foul play – for example, if the person is in an abusive relationship or has special medical needs – you should call APD immediately.

Current photos and details about the person can help authorities as well. And no matter the situation, you can take some comfort in the fact that missing people across Alaska are listed in a statewide database, which means anyone in law enforcement is alerted to the missing, no matter the location.
By Emily Carlson: Alaska, China sign development agreement to advance AKLNG
By Emily Carlson: New Pebble advisory board member joins to ‘protect the nest’
By Daniella Rivera: Northrim Bank works on plan to return tires to Johnson’s Tire Service customers
The sign posted on the front door of the closed shop Sunday that read, “Closed for business permanently”, was replaced with a more promising note from Northrim Bank on Wednesday.

The bank took possession of the property Tuesday, and now a spokesperson says they’re working on a plan to return tires to customers at no cost as soon as possible.

By Daybreak Staff: Workforce Wednesday: The Ahtna Corporation

Statewide Alaska Reads Program 2017-18

Fairbanks Arts Association (Fairbanks, AK), in partnership with Alaska Center for the Book (Anchorage, AK), have announced that the featured selection for the 2017-2018 statewide Alaska Reads program is Steam Laundry, by Fairbanks poet Nicole Stellon O’Donnell. Alaska Reads is a biennial statewide reading program that features a selected publication by a living Alaskan author. The initiative began in 2015 … Read More

Statewide Alaska Reads Program 2017-18

Deb Vanasse | Hazards in the High Beams – 49 Writers, Inc.

Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.  E. L. Doctorow I hate driving at night. Give me daylight, sunshine. Let me see where I’m headed. But that’s not the province of a writer. Whenever I’m in the final throes of … Read More

Deb Vanasse | Hazards in the High Beams – 49 Writers, Inc.

Alaska News November 08, 2017

How does Alaska or your state deal with this problem?
By CBS News: Taxpayers subsidize ‘hush money’ for sexual harassment and assault
By Austin Baird: The criminal justice reform bill is advancing. But what would it actually change?
Do you participate in Citizen Scientist programs?
By associated Press: Walking beaches, volunteers amass data on dead seabirds
Hundreds of volunteers comb stretches of beach from Mendocino, California, to Kotzebue, Alaska, each month looking for carcasses that have washed ashore. The citizen scientists are often the first to see when unusual numbers of birds have died.
By Rebecca Palsha: 10-cent gasoline tax passes Anchorage Assembly
“Motor fuel taxes should be imposed at the statewide level so that all users of the highway and road facilities pay the same rate as a user fee,” Aves Thompson with the Alaska Trucking Association said. “Our fear is that if the Anchorage assembly adopts this ordinance additional communities will impose similar local taxes creating a stove pipe taxation system throughout the state increasing the motor fuel tax at different rates for different areas making statewide operations more difficult.”
By Scott Gross: UAA piloting program awarded new call sign
By Patrick Moussignac: Meth makes a comeback, killing some Alaskans
By Lauren Maxwell: Biologists plan to put down 4 brown bears in Eagle River
Tweto Stars in New Reality Show
Watch: early morning aurora
Forgotten battlefield: The invasion of Alaska
By KTVA Web Staff: Aftermath of Dalton Highway avalanche caught on cam
By Carlos Faura: Aurora ‘high’ next few nights

Alaska News November 07, 2017

By Leroy Polk: Senate Bill 54, amending controversial SB91, passes House after midnight
By Leroy Polk: Palmer man killed in early morning vehicle accident
By Associated Press: Alaska village’s advanced microgrid drastically cuts cost
By Kalinda Kindle: ASD introduces new high paying position
Anderson says the job pays $160,000 but is worth more than $200,000 with benefits.
By Caslon Hatch: Loussac Library sees uptick in patrons, more residents seeking social services
“We have these social work interns and it’s really great because librarians can’t always determine what the best first step is for some of these complex needs,” said Preskitt.

Since the need has proven to be there, Preskitt says they are expanding the program. The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority just awarded funding for a full-time social worker to be on hand year-round.
a href=””>By Sidney Sullivan: Suspect robs ‘Bikini Babes’ at gunpoint
By Leroy Polk: 2 men arrested in Palmer burglary, 1 was found hiding in a swamp
By Leroy Polk: Alaska man arrested while trying to break into a moving truck, officials say
By Samantha Angaiak: State considers a sponsor for Birchwood Airport
By Heather Hintze: Anchorage Downtown Partnership works to change perception of downtown
By CBS News: Target’s Thanksgiving hours offer a Black Friday breather