Alaska News April 10, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Anchorage Assembly meets again to discuss how to spend first half of $100 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds; Seward swimmer Lydia Jacoby takes second at Pro Swim Series in California; Former Alaska resident turned his love of baseball into a business and more ->
Alaska Native News: Congressman Don Young Welcomes Administration Decision to Halt Sale of National Archives in Seattle; This Day In Alaska History April 10th, 1885 and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Sci-Friday: UAF hosts 2021 One Health, One Life Conference and more ->

Alaska News April 09, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Live updates: Three-stage winter storm moves through southern Alaska; NTSB has spoken to lone helicopter crash survivor; preliminary report to be released next week; Anchorage Festival of Music revives first classical concert in city exactly 100 years later and more ->

KTOO Public Media: House to vote on bill to protect Unangax̂ cemetery at Funter Bay; Bill would rename, add voices to state Alaska Native language council and more ->

KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Alaska Air National Guard Rescues Crashed Pilot Near Lime Village and more ->

Alaska Native News: On This Day In Alaska History, April 9th, 1915 and more ->

Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Cleared for landing: Airport crew plows Creamers Field for migratory birds and more ->
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Yesterday we told you about Alaska Industrial Hardware’s decision to mandate vaccination to its employees. While both sides of the issue have been vocal with their opinion, a new survey shows that supporters of the company mandate may be in the majority. 80% of the 3,000 Alaskans surveyed said they’re on board with vaccine passports. That’s over twenty percent higher than the national average.

Then, November will bring ranked-choice elections to the Alaska Senate race, nearly a year after Team Murkowski championed the alternative election process. Maxwell Stevens lays out the strategy behind that endorsement, and exactly how it might backfire.

Meanwhile, in Juneau, legislators are scrambling to bring state hemp pilot program into compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill, which could lead to hemp as a new cash crop for Alaska farmers.

Finally, Federal Express rides a surge of international cargo to announce the addition of hundreds of jobs!

FBI releases 2020 Internet Crime Report

From the FBI:
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released its annual report (see attached), which includes information from 791,790 complaints of suspected internet crime—an increase of more than 300,000 complaints from 2019—and reported losses exceeding $4.2 billion. Notably, 2020 saw the emergence of scams exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic. The IC3 received over 28,500 complaints related to COVID-19, with fraudsters targeting both businesses and individuals.

The accompanying state report for Alaska showed nearly 2,300 victims in Alaska filed complaints of suspected internet crime to IC3, and reported losses exceeding $6 million, which disproportionately affected Alaska’s senior population. In Alaska, the top three crimes reported by victims were IPR/copyright and counterfeit, extortion, and non-payment/non-delivery scams; however, victims lost the most money to business email compromise scams, romance scams, and tech support scams. These scams are described as:

IPR / Copyright and Counterfeit: Fraud involving the theft of trade secrets and counterfeit goods that threaten public health and safety.
Extortion: Unlawful extraction of money or property through intimidation or undue exercise of authority. It may include threats of physical harm, criminal prosecution, or public exposure.
Non-Payment / Non-Delivery: In non-payment situations, goods and services are shipped, but payment is never rendered. In non-delivery situations, payment is sent, but goods and services are never received.
Business Email Compromise / Email Account Compromise: BEC is a scam targeting businesses (not individuals) working with foreign suppliers and/or businesses regularly performing wire transfer payments. EAC is a similar scam that targets individuals. These sophisticated scams are carried out by fraudsters compromising email accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion techniques to conduct unauthorized transfer of funds.
Romance Scams: Most often through social media or dating sites, a victim believes they are in a relationship (family, friendly, or romantic) and are tricked into sending money, personal and financial information, or items of value to the perpetrator or to launder money or items to assist the perpetrator.
Tech Support Scams: Criminals pose as technology support representatives and offer to fix non-existent computer issues. The scammers gain remote access to victims’ devices and sensitive information.

To protect yourself from falling victim to common fraud schemes, be wary of answering phone calls from numbers you do not recognize. Do not send money or gift cards to anybody that you do not personally know and trust. Never give out your personally identifiable information over the phone or to individuals you do not know.

In some schemes, like government impersonation scams, criminals pose as government employees calling from a spoofed number and will threaten to arrest or prosecute victims unless they agree to provide funds, gift cards, or obtain personal identifiable information. These calls are fraudulent; no legitimate law enforcement officer will make unsolicited calls demanding payment, gift cards, or personally identifiable information from a member of the public.

The FBI wants to remind the public to immediately report suspected criminal internet activity to the IC3 at By reporting internet crime, victims are not only alerting law enforcement to the activity, but also aiding in the overall fight against cybercrime.

Additional Resources:

2020 Internet Crime Report (pdf)
2020 State Reports
FBI: Common Scams and Crimes
FBI: Scams and Safety, Common Elder Fraud Schemes

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Alaska News April 08, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: NTSB recovers emergency transmitter from helicopter wreckage Rescuers did not receive a signal from the transmitter. Investigators want to know why.; Anchorage Craigslist robber pleads guilty, sentenced to 9 years in prison; Make-A-Wish: Liam’s pathway to a smile; In-person browsing resumes at Anchorage Public Library locations and more ->
KTOO Public Media: UAF lands $3M grant to expand research at HAARP; NOAA awards contract for Ketchikan facility, paving way for research vessel to tie up at home port; Alaska sues PFAS makers as lawmakers seek broader action from regulators; Judge orders state to allow in-person visits for lawyers and jailed clients, whether vaccinated or not and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Domestic Violence Shelters To Lose Large Amount Of Federal Funding; Mertarvik Airport Receives Federal Funding, Scheduled To Open In 2022 and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Inside the Gates: Air Force turns to video games to find new recruits; University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers study new compound found in wintertime air; Unseasonable weather means thicker than average ice on many Fairbanks lakes and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Alaskan named to White House environmental justice council and more ->
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Anchorage Press: On the Spotlight: Side Street Espresso’s 29th Anniversary and more ->
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Alaska News April 07, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Anchorage grand jury indicts man accused of shooting at multiple officers in Dillingham; Fairbanks, Wasilla officials raise concerns with proposal to allow ATVs, snowmachines on state roads and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Rare avalanche cascade shuts down Hatcher Pass Road for days; Alaska Senate bill would give juveniles with long prison sentences a chance at parole and more ->
Alaska Native News: This Day In Alaska History April 7th, 1867 and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Defense attorney files for new trial after alleging ‘improper invasion of jury deliberations’ and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Ryan Redington wins Kobuk 440 as only musher to complete entire course and more ->
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Alaska News April 06, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Missing man found in snow cave atop Valdez Glacier; State provides some clarity on whether businesses can require their employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine; Governor nominates Col. James Cockrell as Public Safety Commissioner; The Alaska Zoo welcomes two wolverine cubs; A garden started in January gives a glimpse of what to look forward to come summer and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Bethel Saturday Market Postponed Until COVID-19 Cases Decline and more ->
Alaska Native News: Governor Dunleavy Recognizes National Public Health Week; Troopers Take Armed Kasilof Man Wearing Body Armor and High on Meth into Custody Monday Night; Report: Alaska Cannot Mine its Way out of Fiscal Crisis; This Day In Alaska History April 6th, 1933 and more ->
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Alaska News April 05, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: APD: Police investigate homicide near Campbell Park; Aleut Corporation discusses potential reopening of former base on Adak and more ->
KTOO Public Media: ‘Like they had a plan’: Anchorage Costco customers share tales of raven thievery; Wrangell tribe helps keep thousands of pounds of toxic e-waste out of landfills; OBI Seafoods won’t be processing salmon at Southeast Alaska cannery this summer and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Hooper Bay Girls Win State 2A Basketball Championship and more ->
Alaska Native News: This Day In Alaska History April 5th, 1824 and more ->
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Alaska News April 04, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Officials warn of human-triggered avalanches, advise caution and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Community land trust helps Sitka mom build a home of her own; A dozen mushers brave wind, snow and whiteout conditions as the Kobuk 440 kicks off and more ->
Alaska Native News: Alaska Upholds Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms; This Day In Alaska History April 4th, 1911 and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Spring melt means the risk of roof avalanches increases and more ->
By Michael S. Lockett, Juneau Empire: Local education advocate wins award for activism The award is the result of years of work on behalf of equity of education for Juneau’s children
Kathryn’s Report: de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, N4982U and Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N2587M: Fatal accident occurred July 31, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska
Kathryn’s Report: Landing Gear Not Configured: Grumman G-44 Widgeon, N91040; accident occurred April 30, 2020 at Anchorage-Merrill Field Airport (PAMR), Alaska

Alaska News April 03, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Alaska ferry breakdown leaves mother stranded after giving birth, teacher hitching a helicopter ride home after spring break; NTSB says wreckage in deadly Knik Glacier helicopter crash recovered, investigative teams en route to Alaska; Alaska attorney general sues various opioid manufacturers for alleged deceptive marketing practices; Anchorage School District rolls out massive summer school program and more ->
KTOO Public Media: ‘We’re all in this together’: Tanana Chiefs donates vaccine doses to Eielson Air Force Base; ome Juneau elementary school students are going back to school 4 days a week; More than a year into the pandemic, St. Paul Island has its first case of COVID-19 and more ->
KUYK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: 3 Moose Bag Limit In Unit 18 Remainder; YKHC Asking Parents, Guardians To Preemptively Register 12-15-Year-Olds For COVID-19 Vaccine and more ->
Alaska Native News: White-Winged Crossbills and Yellow Snow; On This Day In Alaska History April 3rd, 1898 and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Sole survivor of deadly helicopter crash now in ‘good’ condition, hospital says; Sole survivor of deadly helicopter crash now in ‘good’ condition, hospital says; $25k reward, massive citywide search planned for Fairbanks’ missing persons; Fairbanks Police inviting local artists to design new look for patrol vehicles; White House sends Easter surprise to remote Aleutian Islands community and more ->



Alaska News April 02, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Anchorage man fears for his young daughter’s safety after lynx gets too close; ANTHC at-home HIV testing program aims to improve awareness, education in the state; Family of Anchorage man killed by police sues city and officers for wrongful death and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Skier survives avalanche in the crater of Mt. Edgecumbe near Sitka; New construction at Gustavus airport digs up old concerns about toxic chemicals; On one Anchorage city block, businesses that survived the winter look ahead and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Bethel City Council Votes To Hire Investigator To Review City’s Handling Of Sexual Assault Cases; Akiak Remains Dry Following Special Election To Change Alcohol Law and more ->
Alaska Native News: This Day In Alaska History April 2nd, 1967 and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks community input needed, district shares highlights from superintendent candidate forum and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Pandemic brought record sales for canned salmon; The secrets of Alaska sled dogs’ amazing endurance; Federal order targets polar bear guides; OPINION: Tribal health organizations are the unsung heroes of Alaska’s COVID-19 response and vaccination and more ->
Suzanne Downing, Editor, Must Read Alaska: Friday Newsletter – Masks, mandates, and herd immunity in Alaska; Apr 2, 1942 — The aircraft carrier USS Hornet quietly motored out of San Francisco with Lt. Col. James Doolittle and his 16 Army B-25 Mitchell bombers on a bombing mission in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier. The Tokyo Raid took place on April 18, 1942. Doolittle, the famed aviator, was raised in Nome. Catch up on your WWII history at this link. And more ->
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Alaska News March 31 & April 01, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Inside the Gates: Soldier becomes first woman to serve in Alaska Army National Guard Infantry; Not one, but two roof avalanches caught on home security camera in Willow; Northern Edge military exercise returns to Alaska in May; US Department of Transportation offers about $47.5 million for a new Newtok airport and two other Alaskan airport projects; ‘Alaskan Nets’: A basketball documentary highlighting basketball culture and life in Metlakatla and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Alaska-based artist launches magazine exploring relationships in the first year of COVID-19; Alaskans will soon need to dial 10 digits to make in-state calls; Ketchikan school board declines to release evaluation of superintendent accused of racism and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Over $1 Billion For Alaska Tribes In Federal Rescue Plan; Bethel Cultural Center Opens For First Fridays, Saturday Markets; Chevak Comets Will Play AK State Tournament This Weekend. Their Team Has Been Years In The Making. And more->
Alaska Native News: CORRECTION: Victim Succumbs to Injuries Following Metlakatla Trailer Fire Tuesday; On This Day In Alaska History, March 31st, 1915 & April 1st, 1869 and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Women’s History Month: ‘Mardy’ Murie, grandmother of conservation and first female UAF graduate; Skip to content 4° Fairbanks, AK News Weather Sports Livestream Contests Interior Wedding Showcase College Hoops Challenge Advertisement Alaska teen wins $180,000 college scholarship from Marines; Division of Forestry: Melting snow brings fire risk, burn permits required starting Thursday and more ->
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