Alaska News February 19, 2019

By Daniella Rivera: Senate Judiciary Committee hears public testimony on sexual assault bills
By Heather Hintze: Butte playground to honor sisters killed in house fire
By Hank Davis: Revisiting the first outside glimpse at Alaska, 151 years later
KTOO Public Media: Watch live: U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski addresses the Alaska Legislature and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Napakiak In ‘Dire Need’ Of Postmaster As Post Office Closed For Past Two Weeks and more ->
Alaska Native News: U.S. Settles with Trident Seafoods Corporation to Reduce Ozone-Depleting Emissions; Wasilla Man Reported as Possible Burglary Suspect Found with Drugs and Counterfeit Currency and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: CBD Ad Removed from Borough Buses; Officials Warn of Thinning Ice and more ->
Bloomberg Opinion: Editorial: What can be done to help native women?
Alaska Journal of Commerce: Movers and Shakers for Feb. 17
By KTVA Daybreak Staff: Head of the Class: Marco Christian
KTUU: Searching Eklutna Lake for earthquake evidence Scientists from USGS and Ghent University are trying to capture a natural record of geological events through sediment analysis.
KTUU: Master Plan released for former ANMC site The municipality has released a master plan of proposals for the 15-acre site where the Alaska Native Medical Center was once located.
By Beth Verge: Anchorage soccer standout goes pro, signs with Swedish soccer team

Alaska News February 18, 2019

By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Magnitude 4.4 aftershock hits southcentral Monday morning
By Austin Sjong: Roads reopen after early morning fire causes Arctic and Fireweed to shut down
By Patrick Enslow: Crash on Iron Dog trail leaves rider hospitalized, sleds totaled
By Dave Leval: Neighbors say Mat-Su man’s Black History Month display is offensive, racist
African-American leaders including Chuck Bremer, who has worked with the A. Philip Randolph Institute to advance civil rights, have advice for Platt and others.

“I wouldn’t waste my time with anybody like that, it wouldn’t bother me. It’s a fool,” said Bremer, who is in Anchorage this weekend for the inaugural Bettye Davis African-American Summit, in memory of the first black woman elected to the Alaska Senate. “I don’t have time for foolish things at my age.”

Wade Henderson, the former director of the Washington, D.C. branch of the NAACP, agreed with Bremer.

“As long as it stops with an expression of political opinion, I’m OK with that,” Henderson said. “When it crosses over into action, harmful actions against individuals, obviously I would oppose it. In this instance, I think it’s just best to ignore him.”
By Associated Press: State signs $2M timber sale contract for southeast Alaska
By Derek Minemyer: Alaska volunteer fire departments suffering staff shortages

Alaska News February 17, 2019

By Chris Klint: Sailboat fire in Seward Harbor leaves 1 dead
By Chris Klint: Murder arrest made in Barratt Inn shooting
By Chris Klint: Man fatally shot in Turnagain ‘isolated incident’
By Derek Minemyer: ‘We want justice’: Family remembers shooting death of Brandy Sullivan
KTOO Public Media: Storms erode Bering Sea ice pack; caution is urged; Young sponsors bill to bring back deported vets and more ->
Alaska Native News: USCG Assists Kona Kai in Recovering Five from Sunken Pacific 1 and more->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: UAF Chancellor Releases Statement on Sergie Cold Case Arrest; Borough buses could be running on compressed natural gas in a few years and more->
By Patrick Enslow: Off to the races for Iron Dog 36
By Hank Davis: 2019 Bettye Davis summit honors former senator’s legacy
By Laura Ojeda Melchor: Literary Tourism: Alaska’s Mat-Su Valley

Alaska News February 16, 2019

KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Two Kids Fall Through Ice Behind AC Quickstop, But A Young Man Saves Them and more ->
By Chris Klint: Troopers make Maine arrest in 25-year-old Fairbanks murder
By Sandra Medearis for the Nome Nugget: Bering Straits School District to pay $12.6M in student sex abuse case
Alaska State Troopers took Oxereok, then 43, into custody in September 2016 after a parent filed a complaint on child sex abuse at the Wales school. More victims came forward. Oxereok pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree Sex Abuse of a Minor Under Age 13 in Aug. 2017. He went to prison in February 2018 to begin serving a sentence of 20 years.
By KTVA: Man sentenced for theft, damage at marijuana business
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A 40-year-old man who stole or damaged $144,000 in marijuana at an Anchorage cultivation facility has been sentenced to two years in prison.
By Chris Klint: Anchorage substance abuse rises after PFD payments, ISER finds
By KTUU Digital Staff: Smoked Alaska Seafoods issues recall of Smoked Silver Salmon cans
Containers with the production code AL81111133 on the bottom of the jar may be contaminated or may become contaminated with clostridium botulinum, which can lead to botulism — a rare but potentially deadly bacterial infection.
KTOO Public Media: Multi-partisan House majority takes shape; Dunleavy offers Alaska National Guard support to Trump’s emergency declaration; Legislative Finance gets ready to release its version of Dunleavy’s new budget; Fashion faux pas? MLM company LuLaRoe sued in Alaska over sales taxes. More ->
By Kristen Durand: Chugiak High band director hopes to bring new life to the program

Alaska News February 15, 2019

By Leroy Polk: Loaded gun found in Anchorage elementary student’s backpack, police say
APD spokesperson Kendra Doshier said Friday that the handgun was loaded with a full magazine, but no round was in the chamber. After it’s discovery, Doshier said the gun was turned over to APD and seized as evidence.

While Esary could not comment on what disciplinary action, if any, was taken on the student in this specific case, she said the section on Weapons and Firearms in the ASD student handbook outlines disciplinary practice.

“Students possessing weapons are subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion,” ASD states in the handbook. “Students possessing guns on school grounds will be recommended for expulsion.”
By Associated Press: Alaska Supreme Court finds state law defining medically necessary abortions unconstitutional
KTOO Public Media: Findings released regarding governor’s bid to fire head of state oil and gas watchdog agency; Why do Norah Jones tickets cost over $500? And more ->
Alaska Native News: Gov. Dunleavy Wants Money from Cities and Boroughs to Balance the Budget and more ->
Fairbnaks News Webcenter 11: Chiropractor Appointed to State Board Arrested in Kodiak; 2018 AF ‘Spouse of the Year’ Promotes Suicide Awareness and more ->
Father-daughter duo take on Iron Dog (just dont tell mom)
Larry and Danielle Levine look to become the first father-daughter duo to compete in the Iron Dog pro-class race.
By Chris Klint: ‘Byron was talking pretty clearly:’ Ice fall highlights glacier’s dangers
By Lauren Maxwell: City wants comments on draft plan for old Native hospital site

Alaska News February 14, 2019

Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: Breaking: Jack Coghill, ‘Mr. Republican,’ passes

John Bruce Coghill (September 24, 1925 – February 13, 2019) was a politician and businessman who was the lieutenant governor of Alaska from 1990 to 1994 under Governor Walter Hickel. Both were members of the Alaskan Independence Party.

Originally elected as the Republican Party’s lieutenant governor nominee in 1990, Coghill had faced serious compatibility issues with running mate Arliss Sturgulewski. AIP chair Joe Vogler vacated his party’s nominated slate of John Lindauer and Jerry Ward and replaced them with Wally Hickel and Coghill. While Hickel turned his back on the AIP and their platform almost immediately after taking office, Coghill remained loyal to the party, even becoming their gubernatorial nominee in 1994. Prior to these events, he was well known in Alaskan political circles as “Mr. Republican.”[1]


By Hillel Italie: Paperback pioneer Betty Ballantine dead at 99

Elizabeth Jones Ballantine
By Leroy Polk: Anchorage resident killed in early morning motorhome fire
By Leroy Polk: Bryce Edgmon confirmed as Alaska House speaker after 31 days in session
During the first 29 days of the session, most Alaska House members were eligible to collect more than $8,700 each via a daily $302 per diem since the legislative session started on Jan. 15.
KTOO Public Media: U.S. Air Force ‘barren lands’ survival course teaches how to stay alive in Arctic wilderness; How Alaska school districts planned to spend that $20 million and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Calista Shareholders Voice Dissent Over Donlin Mine In Letter To Board and more->
Alaska Native News: Governor and First Lady Mourn the Passing of Jack Coghill; Anchorage Detectives Seek Person of Interest in Steven John Homicide Investigation and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks Police Chief Speaks About Officer Shooting; MILITARY REPORT: Eielson holds first annual ‘Spouse Symposium’ and more->
Alaska Journal of Commerce – Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy GUEST COMMENTARY: An honest budget: sustainable, predictable, affordable
By Jeremy LaGoo: GOES-17 satellite means more accurate weather forecasts for Alaska
By Patrick Enslow: Coca-Cola backs out of sponsorship for 2019 Iditarod
Local students practice business skills during Valentine’s Day sale Starting a business can be difficult for an adult let alone a kid but these 5th and 6th graders from Bowman Elementary are running a successful business for the 2nd year learning what it means to be an entrepreneur.

Alaska News February 13, 2019

By KTVA Web Staff: Sand Point man sentenced in series of crimes
A Sand Point man has received sentences totaling more than a year in prison, after he admitted that he tried to smuggle drugs into the Southwest Alaska community during a crime spree spanning much of 2018.
By Lauren Maxwell: Anchorage proposal could put brake on bike thefts
Constant plans to introduce an ordinance at Tuesday’s Assembly meeting that would make it a crime to possess a bike that has had its serial number removed. It would allow police to assume the bike is stolen, seize it and fine the person who had it. The ordinance would make possessing an item where the serial number has been removed a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine that could be as high as $10,000.
By Shannon Ballard: Pot industry questions Dunleavy crime bills’ impact on growers
By Derek Minemyer: Say goodbye to nuisance properties, the Anchorage Assembly says
KTOO Public Media: Southeast Alaska tribe takes initial steps to create their own tribal court; Juneau’s legislative delegation looks to get ahead of potential cuts to state jobs; Signal detected from missing Guardian Flight plane and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Brazil Dam Disaster Sparks Questions Over The Safety Of Donlin’s Tailings Dam; Kings Swim In A Dangerous Ocean and more->
Alaska Native News: Troopers, SERT, Helo-3 Carry out Willow High Risk Warrant Arrest; Governor Legally Obligated to Accept Federal Funds for Medicaid Expansion and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fort Wainwright Soldier Dies From Injuries; Officer Involved Shooting on the Elliot Highway; Residents voiced their thoughts on Ordinance 6093 at Fairbanks city council meeting; Fairbanks Memorial Hospital offering classes for Hip and Joint replacement patients and more ->
By John Thompson: Head of the Class: Larry Wilson
Alissa Pili broke the 4A Girls Basketball scoring record Tuesday night against West.
Program helps interns overcome obstacles Project Search is a program that helps people with disabilities gain work experience at Providence Hospital.
By Seth Kantner: Remembering Clarence Wood, a hunter in the truest sense of the word
By Mike Ross: Trail danger: Dog owner urges trap safety

Alaska News February 11 & 12, 2019

By Chris Klint: Former Quintillion CEO pleads guilty in Alaska fiber-optic fraud case
By Patrick Enslow: Sass wins 2019 Yukon Quest following breakaway run into Two Rivers
By Kristen Durand: Reflecting on Black History Month: Rev. Alonzo Patterson
“I refuse to sit down and just be retired, said Reverend Patterson. “I have too much of a desire to bring us to the next level, and to help this generation see what that generation was about. I’m a little slower now. 82 is different than 33, but I still have that desire to make a difference.”
By Tracy Sinclare: Will unseasonably thin ice mean an early tripod topple?
She also said the organization isn’t concerned and the thin ice doesn’t change their plans. The tripod will go up on March 3 and ticket sale will continue through April 5 as usual.
KTOO Public Media: Knopp ends holdout for bipartisan House coalition, paving way for Republican majority; Dunleavy outlines approach ahead of big budget rollout; Of 140,000 comments, most favor keeping the Tongass Forest Roadless Rule; Transforming perspectives on trauma through paintings of hope and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Learning And Teaching At Yup’ik Winter Cultural Camp and more ->
Alaska Native News: Three False Calls to Police Lands Anchorage Man in Jail and more->
KTUU: Alaska’s backlog of Medicaid applications numbers nearly 16K; State culinary competition serves as qualifier for national cook-off; Some Alaska lawmakers say new ethics rules are too limiting and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: High Speed Chase Through Lakeview Terrace Leads to Arrest; Car Theft Turns to Car Chase; Legislators voice concern over decisions made by AK Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner and more->
1 on 1: Gov. Dunleavy speaks with KTUU’s Sean Maguire
2 on 2: Dee Dee Jonrowe
By Leory Polk: Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay films unknown new TV show in Alaska
By Angela Krenzien: Ed and Cathy Rasmuson named honorary 2019 Iditarod mushers
By Dave Leval: Fat-tire bikers to get new Anchorage trail
“We need more people positively using this area,” Constant said. “I’ve heard neighbors say they no longer come here because they don’t feel safe.”

It’s something Schmidt understands well.

“To see four or five people at six o’clock on a Wednesday, hanging around with an open bottle of whiskey in the middle of them, is something you don’t want to see,” Schmidt said.

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