Alaska News December 28, 2017

By Cameron Mackintosh: Fairbanks Four file lawsuits against city
By Beth Verge: Federal charges filed in string of Alaska prison overdoses
By KTVA Web Staff: Suspected heroin trafficker wanted by APD
By Emily Carlson: State says this year’s flu shot is 35% effective
By Daybreak Staff: Workforce Wednesday: Construction apprenticeships
By Sidney Sullivan: What to do with your tree now that Christmas is over
By Photojournalist Joshua Maxwell: What does this tree removal company do different for the holidays
By Sidney Sullivan: UPDATE: No unexploded mortar round located along Richardson Highway
By Associated Press: Fish and Game closes east side beaches to clamming in 2018
The closure begins Jan. 1 at 12:01 a.m. and will continue through the end of the year. It marks the fourth year in a row there will be no clamming in the area.
Moms Everyday Alaska: Ham and gouda quesadilla

Alaska News December 27, 2017

By Beth Verge: DOC making improvements to stop smuggling of drugs into facilities
By Sidney Sullivan: Richardson Highway shut down for suspected unexploded mortar round
By Emily Carlson: AK is 47/50 in pension funding obligation

By KTVA Web Staff: Shot fired to break up dogfight in Juneau
Unique Nativities
The 2018 AMATS Committee Meeting Calendar is available online ( Happy holidays and best wishes in the new year!

Sitka Nature: Sitka Nature Show #145 – Zach LaPerriere
The November 26th show featured a conversation with Sitka-based woodworker Zach LaPerriere. We talked about spalted wood and an upcoming talk by Dr. Sara Robinson, as well as his process for creating bowls, and what he learns about the wood he uses and the history of the trees that provided the wood. Zach has a website where you can see many of the bowls he has created.
Sitka Nature: Dusky Thrush
Sitka Nature: Sitka Nature Show #146 – Seri Robinson
The December 10th show featured a conversation with Dr. Seri Robinson, expert on spalted wood. She was in town to give a talk as part of the natural history seminar series. You can learn more about spalted wood at her Northern Spalting website.
Sitka Nature: Sitka Nature Show #147 – Jen Cedarleaf and Victoria Vosburg
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Alaska News December 26, 2017

By Laura Holman: Kennyhill Drive SWAT standoff leaves one man dead
By Beth Verge: Palmer man admits to stealing gas from Butte Airstrip airplanes
Scott’s truck was impounded and he was remanded into Mat Su Pre-trial on $10,000 bail for Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree and five counts of Attempted Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree.
By Scott Gross: What dispatchers want you to know when calling for help
When 911 is dialed in the Anchorage area, the call is answered at the Anchorage Police Department. When a call comes in, it is determined by the police department whether it is a police call for help or medical. If the call is medical or fire in nature with no police needed assistance, the call is immediately sent to secondary dispatch centers.

“We try not to waste any time getting units going,” lead dispatcher at Fire Station 12, Stephanie Wolf said. “When we get a phone call, the way it rings lets us know if it’s a 911 call. It will also say something specific in the corner of our computer screen.”
By Associated Press: High winds damage coastal villages on Kuskokwim Bay
By Beth Verge: Salvation Army Brass Band wraps up season as part of century-long tradition
By Meal under $10: Oven baked spicy chicken tacos

Alaska News December 24, 2017

Official NORAD Santa Tracker

By Victoria Taylor: Lights with a twist, Anchorage couple creates Chicken Coop Christmas Village
By Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK: Alcohol is fueling a spike in search-and-rescue operations in Bethel
“Our current membership is getting long in the tooth, so to speak. They’re getting older,” Barr said. “And we need some of the younger people in this community to step up and volunteer so we can train them, spend time with them; they can respond with us.”
By David A. James, Nancy Lord: The books our reviewers couldn’t put down in 2017
Addley Fannin, For the News-Miner: The best Alaska books of 2017

Alaska News December 23, 2017

By Mike Ross: Father Moore passes away
His sister, Linda Moore, in a written statement said “Grateful for his life, there will be a wake Thursday December 28, at 6:00 PM at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 2901 Huffman Rd, Anchorage. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30AM Friday December 29 at the Co-Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3900 Wisconsin Street, also in Anchorage.”
By Victoria Taylor: First responders partner with children for holiday shopping spree
By KTVA Web Staff: Kodiak embraces Maddy Sickafoose, young cancer survivor, her family
The program also features an interview with two Alaska Airlines employees — Jodi Harskamp, a pilot who donated a kidney to Jenny Stansel, a flight attendant. For Stansel, the gift of a kidney immediately turned her health around. Before the transplant, Stansel was on dialysis and steadily declining.

This episode of Frontiers, The Alaska Spirit of Giving, will air on two separate Sundays – Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve – Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m. Frontiers will also run in place of KTVA’s 5:00 p.m. news on Christmas Day.
By Jacob Mann Santa flies in from chopper to chopper
The 2017 Miss Harley, Quin Burton, lives in Anchorage but she came to the Santa Fly in to spread some holiday cheer. Somewhat similar to other “Miss” titles, Miss Harley attends various events and functions throughout the year with the mission to empower women and promote women riders. As a rider, she loves the wind in her face, the freedom, and the sense of comradery- a sentiment shared with countless others at the event, including Santa.

“You get to have an alter ego: PTA Mom by day and Biker Chick by night,” Burton said.
By Lauren Maxwell: Mumps cases over 100 and growing
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: More public lands opening to snowmachines

Alaska News December 22, 2017

By Mike Ross: Teen from Africa finds new home in Alaska
By Victoria Taylor: Reporter’s Notebook: A Christmas Keepsake
By Associated Press: Tribal college to offer free tuition to Alaska Native students
By Sean Maguire: Track Palin bailed out of Mat-Su Pretrial Facility
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: 2 arrested for 1995 cold case murder
By Laurel Downing Bill: Story Time with Aunt Phil: Howard Rock
By Daybreak Staff: Mic Check in the Morning: Elvis Monroe
Moms Everyday Alaska: Slow cooker peppermint hot chocolate

Alaska News December 21, 2017

By Laura Holman: Late night officer involved shooting
By Richard Mauer: Westlake won’t be charged for sexual relationship with teen
At the time, it would have been illegal for an adult to have sex with a person under 16.

Skidmore said that even though the statute of limitations has been lifted on some sex crimes, the change can’t be applied retroactively.
By Sidney Sullivan: Anchorage man arrested for child pornography, police suspect local victims
If anyone believes they are a victim of Cogley, or has any information about this case, Thim requests that you call APD dispatch at (907) 786-8900. Or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (907) 561-7867.
By Cameron Mackintosh: Track Palin approved for electronic monitoring
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Track Palin was approved for bail with electronic monitoring, rather than a third-party custodian, during a bail hearing in a Palmer courtroom Wednesday afternoon. His bail was not lowered, however, and he remained in custody.
By Tracy Sinclaire: Winter arrives, shortest “day” of the year, gaining daylight tomorrow
By Associated Press: Juneau police shortage “starting to get kind of scary”
The Juneau Empire reports that the Mayor’s Task Force on Public Safety met with police officials on Tuesday and learned that the department is 11 officers short of full capacity with two more set to retire in the spring.

Deputy Chief David Campbell says the shortage is “starting to get kind of scary.”
By Rebecca Palsha / KTUU: $150,000 worth of marijuana stolen from Anchorage cannabis cultivator
By Caslon Hatch: Santa visits his tiniest believers at Providence’s NICU
By Kalinda Kindle: Burglarized school gets help from community
By Associated Press: Lawsuit alleges negligence, trespassing against Kodiak Electric Association

Alaska News December 20, 2017

By Tracy Sinclare, Daniel Kirby: Conviction reversed for man accused of killing two at Kodiak Coast Guard station
By KTVA Web Staff: Docs: Woman knocked out, raped by 3 men in Kotzebue
By Daniella Rivera: APD looking for more victims in Anchorage Ballet sex assault investigation
In a Nixle alert Wednesday, APD wrote, “Anyone who believes they are either a victim or has knowledge of someone else who may be, is requested to call Police Dispatch and ask to speak with a Sexual Assault Detective (786-8900, press “0”).”
By Tracy Sinclaire: Governor Walker joins bi-partisan letter to urge a quick DACA resolution
Reindeer Farm Open this Holiday Weekend
By Kalinda Kindle: Property tax exemption moves to the April ballot
By Caslon Hatch: Mat-Su Borough considers police powers to address increased crime
By Heather Hintze: Meet the man behind the Glenn Highway Christmas tree
By Daniella Rivera: Kenai man tased, removed from Anchorage courtroom
By Daybreak Staff: UAA’s fall commencement speaker Alexandria McLearen

Moms Everyday Alaska: Tomato and red lentil soup

Alaska News December 19, 2017

By Kalinda Kindle: ‘It’s like the Grinch stole Christmas,’ gifts and electronics from Faith Lutheran Church were stolen
The church’s Pastor Christoper Ewings said this isn’t the first time a theft has happened.

“On four different occasions this summer we had people come into our church and steal gas from our van and from our personal vehicles,” Pastor Ewings.

Pastor Ewings said this just shows there is more work to be done.

“It gives us more motivation for us to get out there and share the good news of Jesus with our community,” Pastor Ewings said.
By Liz Raines: Westlake’s daughter seeks charges for sexual abuse of her mother
By Daniella Rivera: APD investigates Anchorage Ballet founder for accusation of sex assault
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Police seek halfway house escapee, convcited in brutal 2013 beating
By Associated Press: Alaska woman accused of driving car into boyfriend in Hawaii
By Leroy Polk and Cameron Mackintosh: Police say Track Palin attacked father Todd Palin, called officers ‘peasants’
By Leroy Polk: 3 suspects from out-of-state arrested for Anchorage fraud, APD says
By Victoria Taylor, Sean Maguire: Candlelight vigil brings awareness to violence of sex trade
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By Amy Armstrong An Example of Hope Valley woman’s remarkable recovery from 1989 accident inspires book, possibly a movie
The accident occurred Thanksgiving weekend 1989 and the Wasilla High graduates Chery Manning – then Chery Schultz

Author’s Note: Manning’s book, “God Has A Reason For Everything,” is available at Fireside Books in Palmer, at Barnes and Noble in Anchorage and online at Amazon.
Photos by Alejandro Peña: 3-509 Geronimos hit JBER’s Kraft Range
By Associated Press: German museum returning objects robbed from Alaskan graves
Congratulations Jenna Ellinwood!
By Scott Gross: Goldenview art teacher receives ASD’s highest honor

Congratulations Michelle Vaaia!

By Megan Mazurek: Teacher of the Week: Michelle Vaaia
Moms Everyday Alaska: Peppermint truffle cookies

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