Alaska News May 09, 2019

By Leroy Polk & Taylar Perez: Mat-Su schools threatened with gun violence early Thursday, officials investigating
By Chris Klint: 62-inmate Spring Creek prison riot causes $100K in damage
By Heather Hintze: Murder suspect has history of violent crimes, court records show
KTOO Public Media: Why is the US so far behind in the Arctic? Clues emerge at congressional hearing; Alaska House passes sweeping crime bill; Women in Alaska’s fishing industry hope to curb sexual harassment and more ->
KYUK KYUK logo Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Alcohol And Cabs Don’t Mix; Bethel Police Investigate River Death and more ->
Alaska Native News: A Powdery Idea to Reduce Sea-Ice Loss; House of Representatives Votes to Repeal and Replace Senate Bill 91 and more->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: MILITARY REPORT: Soldiers to be honored at Military Appreciation Banquet; Sullivan, Durbin introduce due process protection act; Communication is key; a look into speech therapy; THE DAILY DISPATCH 5-8-19 and more ->
The Homer Tribune: Local artists to open studios to visitors during pottery tour; Shorebird Festival underway in Homer and more ->
Alaska Journal of Commerce: Movers and Shakers for May 12
By Kristen Durand: State seeks feedback on how to guide Career and Technical Education policy
By Scott Gross: Bowman Elementary wins free coffee for above-and-beyond staff
By Liz Raines: Workforce Wednesday: Alaska celebrates nurses week
By Eric Sowl: Growing a blue ribbon cabbage
By Jeremy LaGoo: Allergy season: How weather impacts your symptoms
By Rebecca Palsha: Paving the Paradise Inn to put up a parking lot in Spenard

Alaska News May 08, 2019

By Elizabeth Roman: APD investigating Midtown fatal hit-and-run
By Associated Press: Coast Guard rescue five commercial fishermen from a life raft in southeast Alaska
By Laura Holman: Juneau Airport issues warning for ‘wiley’ coyotes on popular hiking trail
You can contact Juneau Airport Wildlife Services at 957-2543 or the Airfield Maintenance office at 789-4001.
By Cassie Schirm: Anchorage Assembly passes amended trapping ordinance
“I would not advise sending the ordinance as written, just from my experience with the Board of Game, it definitely is a sleeves rolled up, kind of show us the data, examine all sides, into the weeds kind of process,” said Sarah Taylor. “And it truly values stakeholder engagement. I think if anyone is concerned about the ordinance being submitted to that level of review, I’d say that’s reason enough to reject it and get to work.”

Some of them disagreed with the 50-yard rule, saying they will lose a lot of land on which to trap.

Trapper Tom Lessard said it’s not about the distance. He’s upset about the process and thinks things can be done better — in collaboration with the Board of Game and trapping groups.

For Keri Gardner, who spoke in support of the ordinance, she’s worried about the safety of her search dogs while on rescue missions in the Municipality of Anchorage.

“At least two members of Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs have had dogs caught in traps or snares,” said Gardner. “I have also had a dog caught in a trap and being a woman with relatively weak hands, I am unable to open a trap by myself.”
KTOO Public Media: Pompeo to Arctic Council: Easy days are over; Conservation groups sue over Prince of Wales Island project and more ->
By KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Funeral Services To Be Held For Two Napakiak Residents Who Died In Jail Fire; Bethel Freestyle Wrestling Club Racks Up Awards At State Wrestling Tournament and more ->
Alaska Native News: Governor Dunleavy Proclaims May as Aviation Appreciation Month; Anchorage Man Indicted in 2018 Death of Six-Year-Old Boy; Big Lake Man Indicted on Murder/Kidnapping Charges in Death of Dolly Hampton and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks Memorial Hospital organizes campaign as part of Stroke Awareness Month; NPHS music program receives $5,500 award and more ->
Interesting comments.
By Suzanne Downing: Should public broadcasting be spared?
New scholarships for ROTC students Jada Glaves says she is excited to jump into an opportunity offered by the Alaska Army National Guard.
By Joe Vigil: Rare duck seen for first time on mainland Alaska, ADF&G says
By Shannon Ballard: Anchorage Assembly to hear new rules for cannabis cafes
By Derek Minemyer: Anchorage Assembly handles a bit of everything at Tuesday’s regular meeting

Alaska News May 07, 2019

By Jennifer Summers: Police identify man found dead in East Anchorage
By Megan Mazurek: Ex-ASD human resources chief charged with harassment
By John Dougherty: North Pole man sentenced to 90 years in prison for death of 4 year old son
Alaska Native News: Point Mackenzie Escapee Captured after Three Weeks on the Run; National Arson Awareness Week 2019 and more ->
By Daniella Rivera: DOC instructed probation, parole officers to ignore new crimes
By Derek Minemyer: Assaults and drugs are ongoing issues at Anchorage bus stops, the city wants to put a stop to it
KTOO Public Media: Court system inches forward with years-long upgrade to digital filing system; Donlin Gold looks to schools, workforce development for future employees and more->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11 Press Release: Legislature approves renewal of Alaska Vaccine Assessment Program
By John Dougherty: Fairbanks welcome a WW2 hero home
Rasmuson Foundation: Meet Foundation’s new program officers: a social worker, a lawyer and an artist
Cinithia Ritchie: My book finally found a publisher (!!)
By John Thompson: Head of the Class: Valley Pathways’ Amber Hays makes kids feel at home
By Jillian Angeline: Anchorage printing business team honored in D.C.
By Tracy Sinclare: New monitoring allows for recording of smaller earthquakes in northern Alaska

Alaska News May 06, 2019

By Tracy Sinclare: SB 91…is it working? Or does it need to be repealed?
KTOO Public Media: Search dogs harness their super-powered noses and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: 191 And Growing
Alaska Native News: Trooper Seek Fairbanks Man after “Open Line” 911 Call; Overdue Emmonak Hunters Located Safe and more ->
Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: NO-ROLLBACK OF SB 91; So you want to live off the grid. How about Mount Rich? More ->
By Derek Minemyer: Here’s why Merrill Field users could see their first fee increase since 2012
By Tracy Sinclare: Aftershocks likely for another two years
By Jeremy LaGoo: Fire season: The dangers of spring wildfires
To help you understand how to avoid starting a wildfire, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources put together a page to help understand guidelines for each type of fire.
By Kristen Durand: Wasilla High School band could win $100,000 for new equipment
Vote for Wasilla High School on the Manilow Music Project contest website. Voting closes on May 17, 2019.

Alaska News May 05, 2019

Family, friends and teammates remember Sladen Mohl Mohl was recently killed in an accident involving a suspected drunk driver in California, where he played baseball at El Camino College.
By Shayne Nuesca: Sitka jury finds man guilty of murdering girlfriend
Macasaet will be sentenced on September 9 and faces between 20 to 99 years in prison, and a $500,000 fine.
By Steve Quinn: Portraits preserve memories of missing, murdered indigenous women
By Derek Minemyer: ‘The Hmong’s story in Anchorage is part of the whole city’s story’
Hmong-Americans honored in Anchorage A Hmong-American husband and wife recall their traumatic experiences during the Vietnam War.
By Dave Leval: Dunleavy pitches his budget plan to Anchorage seniors
Museum visitors experience Arctic in new exhibit The Arctic Portals exhibit helps Anchorage Museum visitors experience the sensations of the North.
KTOO Public Media: Emmonak votes to keep alcohol and remain ‘damp’; Navy plans to be more active in the Arctic; Dunleavy administration dismisses Alaska ferries chief and more ->
By Heather Hintze: Valley Pathways leadership class helps community, peers with service projects
May 15, 2019 -> Coffee with a Cop
Stop by the Kaladi Brothers Cafe on on Tudor Rd. on Wednesday 5/15 to join your Anchorage Police officers for some free coffee, treats, and conversation. Hope to see you there!

We are happy to welcome the Deaf Community to another Coffee with a Cop event and invite others to join! Interpreters will be provided.

Athletes from Special Olympics Alaska will also be joining us to talk about the upcoming Law Enforcement Torch Run on May 18th!

Event runs from 10:30am to 12:00pm. This free community event occurs at a different location every month courtesy of Anchorage Cops for Community (AC4C), the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association (APDEA), and our community partners.
Located in: Chugach Square
Address: 6901 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK 99504
Phone: (907) 644-7444

2019 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle, raising $50 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world in 2018. More than 85,000 law enforcement officers carried the Flame of Hope across 35 nations, raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics. Special Olympics Alaska is an accredited program of Special Olympics Inc., a global non-profit organization that provides sports training and competition to people with intellectual disabilities.

On May 18 more than 1000 participants, including hundred’s of Alaska Law Enforcement personnel, will run simultaneously 5k in 16 Alaskan Communities. The purpose of the event is for Alaska Law Enforcement to raise both awareness and funds for our Special Olympics Alaska athletes. It is expected to be the largest simultaneous multi-community running event held in Alaska this year.

Click here for start locations in your community!

Alaska News May 04, 2019

By Joe Vigil: Cold case murder suspect posts $20K, bonds out of jail
Willard’s bail initially was set at $500,000. It was lowered to $150,000 earlier this year; $20,000 was paid for his release, according to online court records.
By Leroy Polk: Documents: Alleged victim of Mat-Su man charged with sex abuse was not foster child placement
At a court hearing Thursday, Felch’s bail was set at $75,000 cash performance.
By Kristen Durand: Bartlett’s Medical Academy gives students the needed tools to succeed in the medical field
It’s part of Yvette Stone and Juli Campbell’s Medical Academy, giving their students hands on experience, while getting them excited about their futures.
By Laura Holman: WATCH: NBC’s Lester Holt talks about his childhood growing up in Alaska
By Shannon Ballard: ‘Signing day’ honors King Tech students starting careers
By John Thompson: UAA commencement speaker is world-class
By Jill Burke: Healing the Helpers: Why Workplace Wellness for Child Protection Workers Matters
KTOO Public Media: Listen: Hoonah’s Heritage Celebration Ḵu.éex’ highlights the importance of traditional knowledge in education; Icy Strait Point to add megaship dock as Hoonah readies for hundreds of thousands of cruise visitors; In death, beached Turnagain Arm humpback offers research samples, clues and food; There’s an open house Sunday for the new ferry Tazlina and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Donlin Gold Looks To Schools, Workforce Development For Future Employees; Kuskokwim Campus Honors Mary Ciniuq Pete During 45th Commencement; No Flooding So Far As Break Up On The Kuskokwim River Continues and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Local students have lunch with native elders; FWW holds inaugural military working dog competition; THE DAILY DISPATCH 5-3-19 and more ->
The Homer Tribune: Kachemak Crane Watch welcomes Elenor, the sandhill crane puppet; Through work and play, cultivating a sense of place and more ->
By Joe Vigil: Husband and wife veterans take Last Frontier Honor Flight trip

Alaska News May 03, 2019

Great news!
By John Thompson: One year later, Alaska man continues recovering from Puerto Rico shooting
By Associated Press: Former police chief sentenced for $112,000 village corporation theft
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – A former Fort Yukon police chief convicted of stealing $112,000 from the village’s Native corporation a decade ago has been sentenced to a year in prison.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 66-year-old Zelma Fairchild also was ordered to pay restitution.
KTUU: 2 Investigates: Office of Children’s Services Understaffing, high caseloads and high turnover are straining Alaska’s Child Protection system. Here’s why it matters.
By Grant Robinson: Seward flood prevention project complete after seven years
By Chris Klint: Grubstake to close Ingra Street site after owner’s conviction
By Daniella Rivera: Death in Detox: How the system failed Kellsie Green
KTOO Public Media: New legislation introduced in Congress aims to strengthen Roadless Rule; Stabbing victim dies after late night fight breaks out in downtown Juneau; Dunleavy administration pick for $94,000-a-year labor relations manager comes without labor relations experience; Juneau Afternoon travels to Hoonah and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Bethel Fire Chief Bill Howell Slips Into Familiar Role and more ->
Alaska Native News: Katie John Day Passes House; Congressman Don Young Introduces Legislation to Protect Wild Fish Populations; Warm Spring may Result in Gentle Breakup and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Man convicted of sexual assault sentenced to 45 years in prison; NASA Astronaut visits Fairbanks; Wildfire burning outside Fort Greely and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Athletes shine at 2019 Native Youth Olympics; 2019 Native Youth Olympics Full Results; Iḷisaġvik celebrates 2019 graduates at commencement ceremony and more ->
Only In Your State Alaska: You Won’t Be Happy To Hear That Alaska Is Experiencing A Major Surge Of Ticks This Year; The World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Is Made Daily Inside This Humble Little Alaska Bakery and more ->
Klingel & Beardsley Marathon Moment recognized by hall of fame 1982 East High School graduates Larsen Klingel and Andy Beardsley will be given the Trajan Langdon award by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. The duo will be recognized for their finish of the 2018 Boston Marathon. The Trajan Langdon award is given to a person or group of people who have demonstrated leadership, integrity and sportsmanship during the past year.
By Dave Leval: Quake damage keeps Eagle River Campground road closed
By Scott Gross: Alaska group recognizes after-school superheroes

Alaska News May 02, 2019

By Leroy Polk: Mat-Su foster father charged for sexually abusing minor, second such case in two weeks
By Leroy Polk & Derek Minemyer: UPDATE: Missing hiker in Eagle River found dead, authorities report
By Laura Holman: Business owner found guilty of spreading hazardous chemicals near Anchorage homeless shelter, soup kitchen
KTOO Public Media: Marie Adams Carroll became a ‘folk hero’ fighting for Iñupiat whaling rights. Now she’s in the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame.; Public will have chance to weigh in on proposal to move Juneau City Hall; could crimp one of Alaska’s most lucrative fisheries; Senate passes budget that ignores most of Dunleavy’s cuts and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Lacking Quorum, State Board Postpones Review Of Bethel’s First Pot Shop License
Alaska Native News: Alaska Army Guardsmen Save Two Hunters after Falling through Yukon River Ice and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Military Report: FWW soldiers and spouses walk at joint college commencement; DOT&PF opens McCarthy Road to public travel; THE DAILY DISPATCH 5-1-19 and more ->
By Michalle Ma UW News: Chemical records in teeth confirm elusive Alaska lake seals are one of a kind
By Ed Rasmuson: What kind of Alaska do we want?
By Peter Zampa: Alaska World War II veterans lay wreath at memorial in Washington
By Joe Vigil: Vietnam veteran praises Honor Flight for making her feel appreciated
By Hank Davis: ‘King salmon swimming through Spenard’—Friends of Fish Creek push for revitalization of urban wildlife in Anchorage
By Associated Press: Nonprofit pursuing lease of Alaska’s oldest lighthouse
By KTVA Web Staff: Anchorage groups to host free summer meals for kids in need
By John Thompson: Anchorage-raised man meets ‘Avengers: Endgame’ stars
By Liz Raines: 100 Miles in May challenges Alaskans to be active
“Being active should bring you joy, and it should make you feel good,” said Robinson.

There’s still plenty of time to sign up for the challenge. To register, visit the 100 Miles in May website.

Alaska News May 01, 2019

By Juan Montes: Napakiak jail guard recounts moments after fatal fire broke out
By Shannon Ballard: Court docs: Man used scissors to stab former co-worker in the chest
Samel is charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and first-degree burglary.

The victim’s wife was in court for Samel’s arraignment Tuesday. Her husband remains hospitalized but is expected to recover, according to state prosecutors.

Samel’s bail was set at $100,000 cash performance.
By Chris Klint: Hiland correctional officer hospitalized after fentanyl exposure
By Heather Hintze: Highway Patrol troopers settle into new assignment in Mat-Su
By Beth Verge: MTA officials say new high-speed internet project will expand connectivity, increase internet speeds across Alaska
The new project is set to have “an extremely large impact on Alaska,” officials said. The plan is to have the it completed by mid-2020.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is expected to speak at a press conference late Wednesday morning.

This story is being updated. Please check back for details.
KTOO Public Media: Senate bill to change PFD formula advances; House committees take different approach on crime bills; Juneau city manager warns of property tax hikes if state ends school bond debt reimbursement and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: ‘Some People Have A Bigger Voice, Some People Have A Smaller Voice’; History Of Compensation For Bethel City Council Members and more ->
Alaska Native News: ANSEP’s Full-Time Acceleration Academy (Anchorage) Students Graduate High School with an Average of 40 College Credits; Congress Seizes New Opportunity to Restore Arctic Refuge Protections; Coast Guard, Contractors Respond to Pollution Threat from Derelict Barge on Kodiak Island and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: THE DAILY DISPATCH 4-30-19; Schatz, Murkowski introduce bipartisan bill to expand health care to veterans living in pacific region; Knowing the signs of teen depression; BLM Seeks Nominations to Resource Advisory Councils; Mayor Bryce Ward unveils ‘A Balancing Act’ and more ->
By Joe Vigil: Widow of WWII veteran salutes Honor Flight organizers
By Jill Burke: After 40 years on the job, Anchorage’s longest-serving cop bids farewell
By Laura Holman: Airline News: New direct flights from Anchorage to Las Vegas and Bellingham starting this month

Alaska News April 30, 2019

By Laura Holman & Hank Davis: UPDATE: First person to respond to Napakiak jail fire describes what happened
Two jail guards were transported out of Napakiak for treatment. One guard did not need further treatment, Troopers wrote. The other guard received significant injuries while attempting to free the prisoners. He was medevaced to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

According to hospital spokesperson Susan Gregg at Harborview, that guard is in serious condition in the ICU.
By Chris Klint: Ex-KeyBank employee gets 10 years for $4.3M Anchorage heist
By Lauren Maxwell: Copper thefts test the mettle of Anchorage businesses
By Joe Vigil: Veterans thank founders of Last Frontier Honor Flight
By Cassie Schirm: Rescuers freed a humpback whale stranded in Turnagain Arm. Then it got stuck again.
By Heather Hintze: Alaska couple plans ‘dome’ lodging near Talkeetna riverfront
KTOO Public Media: Keeping the Tlingit language alive with youth; Marijuana could leave black mark on immigration cases and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Suurvik Cinema At Kipusvik Likely To Close Due To Ayaprun Immersion School Delays; Fire Chief Bill Howell Serving As Bethel’s Acting City Manager; Search Resumes For Missing Kasigluk Man and more ->
Alaska Native News: Car Thief Damages Several Patrol Cars Attempting to Escape being Blocked in and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: A legacy founded in butterflies; Alaska’s attorney general recovering from heart attack; FPD warns of circulating email scam and more ->
By Lauren French: Alaska fishermen are becoming more specialized
By Beth Verge: For Floyd Hall, a plea deal seemed like the best option – until it didn’t
“I agreed to the wording that I would not chase stolen vehicles,” Hall said. “I don’t chase them. We follow. And then they threw in the term that I wouldn’t have ‘direct or indirect contact’ with the vehicle thieves.”

“You know, they’re dropping charges on criminals left and right. I see what they’re saying, but we’ve helped recover so many stolen vehicles,” Hall said of prosecutors. “Make a plea deal. Do what’s right. That’s it.”
By KTUU: 2YH: Testicular cancer survivor shares his story Duane Johnson was diagnosed with testicular cancer and hopes sharing his story will keep the conversation going with other men.
By AJ Lucero: Dozens of snakes, spiders, and lizards being rescued throughout Alaska
By Megan McDonald: Alaska Is Home To A Bottomless Lake And You’ll Want To See It For Yourself
By KTVA Web Staff: Former municipal official takes over Anchorage Downtown Partnership
By Rhonda McBride: Frontiers 172: Children of the Midnight Sun and Beyond
By KTVA: Head of the Class: Hilmes starts students on the right path
By Shawn Wilson: ASD program teaches young adults important life skills

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