Alaska News February 23, 2018

By Zaz Hollander: 3 dead in Anchorage townhouse fire
By Laurel Andrews: 10 men face federal gun charges related to Anchorage car thefts
By Nathaniel Herz: Young wants guns for teachers; Murkowski says “no easy answers” on school shootings

JUNEAU — U.S. Rep. Don Young said Thursday that he supports arming teachers, while Sen. Lisa Murkowski urged patience and cooperation in response to the nation’s latest school shooting.

Young, R-Alaska, in a sharp exchange with one of his Democratic challengers at a Juneau conference of municipal officials, said guns aren’t the problem. Instead, he pointed to mental illness and people’s exposure to “violence beyond anyone’s imagination” in video games.

“Up until 40 years ago, kids brought to school every day: guns. They didn’t shoot anybody. Something’s happened,” he said. “It is easy to blame an object — why don’t we look at the mental concept and the family structure?

By Chris Klint: Teen detained in alleged threat against Ninilchik School
By Jeff Lowenfels: How to de-ice your walkways without killing your yard
By Michelle Theriault Boots: Professionals wage war on head lice – and stigma – in Anchorage
By Lauren Maxwell: Friends of Pets offers free spay, neuter coupons at AACC
Moms Everyday Alaska Family Features: Blueberry key lime cheesecake bars

Alaska News February 22, 2018

By Leroy Polk: Man found guilty of hijacking truck from Costco parking lot, crashing it into a tree
By Laurel Andrews: Anchorage man charged with manslaughter, marijuana-related DUI for August crash
After the crash, Turkette stayed on the scene and provided blood samples, Oistad said Wednesday. Charges were filed against Turkette on Tuesday, online records show. He was arrested on Wednesday.
By Liz Thomas: Craigslist ad leads to online predator’s capture
A Wasilla man was sentenced to 10 years in prison with five years suspended after being convicted of a single count of online enticement of a minor.

Dennis Armstrong, 38, was also ordered to serve five years of supervised felony probation, as well as register as a sex offender for 15 years.
By Daniella Rivera: APD notes repeat offenders as car thefts rise
By Nathaniel Herz: Can long-acting contraceptives fix some of Alaska’s most vexing social problems? A state lawmaker wants to find out.

Kelly, who’s up for re-election this year, is a small-government social conservative who in the past has resisted the idea of expanding access to birth control.

But he’s also long recognized the scope and cost of Alaska’s problems with alcohol abuse, particularly among pregnant women. He described his legislation, Senate Bill 198, as a narrow effort focused on an “extreme population” that can’t control drug or alcohol addiction.

“It’s not just handing it out,” Kelly said in an interview. “If it was broad-based I wouldn’t support it. This is targeted, trying to fix a very specific thing.”

He added: “This can act as part of a treatment program. It can actually prevent fetal alcohol syndrome babies. And it will provide you some data, as well.”
By Laurel Andrews: Alaska updates vaccine guidelines as mumps outbreak swells with over 200 cases
Congratulations Tiffany Zulkosky!
By Steve Quinn: Walker selects former Bethel mayor for Fansler seat

Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday has appointed former Bethel Mayor Tiffany Zulkosky to replace House Rep. Zach Fansler, who stepped down earlier this month amid allegations of sexual assault.
By Richard Mauer & Leroy Polk: UPDATE: Senate republicans confirm Shower for District E
By Liz Raines: Berkowitz defends ML&P bid process
4th Annual Last Frontier Pond Hockey Classic set for March 9-11

Alaska News February 21, 2018

By Annie Zak: Ahtna elder Roy Ewan, involved in passage of ANCSA, dies at 82
By Maria Downey: Hula Hands is latest target of ATM theft
By KTVA Web Staff: Leads wanted in beloved Talkeetna store vandalism
By Liz Thomas: Docs: Woman suffers multiple facial fractures in domestic assault
By Daybreak Staff: Curated Conversations: Indigenous Women in Activism
Curated Conversation: Indigenous Women in Activism will take place on Friday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. inside the Anchorage Museum. Directly following that at 7 p.m. will be the screening of “Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock”.
By Liz Raines: Docs show mayoral candidate’s arrest, wage garnishments, lawsuits
By Nathaniel Herz: Alaska’s newest state Senate nominee is a former F-22 fighter pilot
By Kalinda Kindle: ASD superintendent addresses Proposition One
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – Responding to question from parents and students, Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop addressed Proposition One during the Anchorage school board meeting Tuesday night.

Proposition One would change city code to require facilities like locker rooms, showers, changing rooms and bathrooms within municipal buildings to be designated for people of the same sex, which in this instance would be the persons gender at birth. Backers of the proposal say it would also give private businesses and faith based groups, such as churches and ministries, the freedom to operate according to their convictions and segregate intimate spaces based on biological sex as determined at birth.
By Associated Press: Bills would impose work requirements for Medicaid in Alaska
There are exemptions for children, the elderly or those who can’t work because of medical reasons.

Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson questioned how much would it cost to implement such a program and whether it would save any money.
By Beth Bragg: Anchorage skier Kikkan Randall wins Olympic gold
Moms Everyday Alaska – Tara at YummySprout: Chocolate chip protein cookies

Alaska News February 20, 2018

By Cassie Schirm: Baristas say they are prepped with defenses after robbery
By Daniella Rivera: Man on Pre-Trial Supervision after January arrest wanted again
As of last Friday, a DOC spokesperson said there were more than 300 individuals on pretrial supervision throughout the state and 24 outstanding warrants for defendants who violated conditions of pre-trial release.

The names of those defendants with active warrants were: Justin Ching, Phillip Hayman, Maria Garcia, Jyrmayne Canty, Patrick Mora, Matthew Irwin, Asia Blagmon, Jarvis Prince, Robert McGowan, Kelly Peters, Cherise Mullins, Micah Jacoby, Sherry Sampson-Crooms, Justin Harris, Monica Abarca, John Vang, Jason Tungul, Douglas Felix, Simeon Simmonds, Brandon Wallace, Levi Jacobs, Robert Malone, Walter Queenie and Willie Mute.
By Jack Carney: Former Chair of ML&P Commission steps down over transparency concerns
By Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO: Gap of $6.6 billion in state pension funding draws lawmakers’ concern
It would take an amendment to the state constitution to reduce benefits. The Alaska Supreme Court has interpreted the constitution to protect both pensions and retiree health benefits from cuts.
By KTVA Web Staff: Protesters crash ANWR dinner in Midtown
Lisa Murkowski is booked to join KTVA LIVE at 5 o’clock Tuesday. Tune in to watch!
By Annie Zak: Carrs Safeway set to occupy Sears space in Midtown Anchorage mall
By nchorage Daily News: Publishers of Anchorage Daily News will buy 3 Morris publications in Alaska
By Kalinda Kindle: Legalization of Industrial Hemp Passes House
By Leroy Polk: Unreported fire at Trident Seafoods could have endangered Alaska village, officials say
According to Chitty, this isn’t the first time that Trident has failed to report a fire. Chitty said this one was caused by the burning of a trash pile, a common practice for the company, against the side of the cliff behind the plant.

As of this filing, Trident’s corporate headquarters has not responded for comment.
By KTVA Web Staff: Democrats offer 3 names to fill vacant Bethel House seat

Yvonne L. Jackson was born in Bethel, Alaska and raised in Kasigluk. She has lived in the YK Delta for a total of 23 years serving the people of District 38 in Workforce Development. Yvonne currently works for AVCP as a Tribal Workforce Development Director
Raymond “Thor” Williams has been a resident of Bethel for over 20 years. He currently serves on the Bethel City Council and was Mayor of Bethel from 2005-2006. He also serves on the Lower Kuskokwin School District Board.
Tiffany Zulkosky was born and raised in Bethel and is of Yup’ik and Polish decent. She is currently the Vice President of Communications for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Tiffany holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Northwest University and Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast.
By Tegan Hanlon: Former Iditarod champion John Baker has pulled out of this year’s race
By Emily Russell, Alaska Public Media: Cheering from Alaska: Women’s relay 5th at the Olympics

By James Gaddis: Teacher of the Week: Kris Hinrichsen
By Rhonda McBride: A musical adventure in Mekoryuk

By Rhonda McBride: Frontiers 135: Zuill Bailey: A messenger of music
By Leroy Polk: Nursing programs open enrollment, aimed at shoring Alaska health workforce

By Julia O’Malley: In the aisles of Anchorage groceries, a food writer collects flavors of Korea
Moms Everyday Alaska: Liz Kepplinger Sweet potato whole grain bread

Alaska News February 19, 2018

By Victoria Taylor: Man wanted in connection to Anchorage homicide, robberies appears in court
By Kalinda Kindle: ‘I was afraid for my life,’ Barista recounts being robbed at gun point
Staff said the crime was all caught on camera from the coffee stand’s security footage. Swierk explains the video shows two suspects walking up towards the window. The owner of Bikini Babes says employees are free to arm themselves with firearms but it’s not a requirement.
By Daniella Rivera: Anchorage businesses report armed robberies Saturday
By Victoira Taylor: Police: burglary leads to $4,500 worth of damage to middle school
By Sean Maguire: District Attorney: pretrial assessment tool ‘not without its hiccups’
Allen however signals other growing pains with the PED including letting people charged with violent crimes back on the street. “We have had some recent incidents where folks have been arrested for very violent acts and over our objection have been released with little or no bond.”

The Anchorage DA points to the case of Evgueni Antisiferov who was charged with shooting a person who had stolen his marijuana. The charging documents describe that Antisiferov is alleged to have shot a person as they sat in the passenger seat of a car. Allen said the pretrial assessment tool was used in relation to that case and Antisiferov was released on an unsecured bond. “He didn’t put down any money, he signed something and promised to come back.”

Furthermore, the Anchorage DA describes that the Antisiferov case occurred Dec. 24, 2017 and Allen said it’s the state’s position that it is inappropriate under Alaska statute to use the new system for 2017 cases.
By Bill Roth: Iron Dog racers hit the trail during Big Lake start
By Kyle Clayton, Chilkat Valley News: Rare, ‘weird-looking’ 70-pound frozen fish washes ashore in Haines
By Beth Bragg: Olympic notebook: Soldotna grad makes golden moment possible; Patterson, Hanneman ski the relay
By AnnieZak: ‘Financial strain’ of Williwaw a factor in bankruptcy case involving company that owns Anchorage bars
James Mason:
“”Creditors do this for all sorts of reasons,” he said.” They do it because they want to get paid.

By Sean Maguire: UAA robotics competition inspires love of science among kids
By Sean Maguire: Security camera footage captures graphic Midtown moose attack
By Daniella Rivera: ‘Rogue Movers’: Following a Wasilla family’s shipment
(Rick) Childers’ tips for vetting a moving company can be seen in an interview here.

Alaska News February 18, 2018

By Liz Raines: House Judiciary chair defends new pretrial tool
It’s been nearly a month since Gov. Bill Walker introduced a measure to revamp the state’s new pretrial risk assessment tool, but the bill has yet to get a hearing.

Walker’s House Bill 295 aims to address some problematic aspects of the new system. One of the biggest ones is that it doesn’t take into account any prior criminal history a suspect has from out of state.
By Sean Maguire: Hook the moose killed in a car crash
Congratulations Ashley Perry!
By Victoria Taylor: New program encourages young readers to connect with shelter animals
Congratulations Ruthy Hebard!
By Beth Bragg: Alaska’s hot-shooting Ruthy Hebard makes mark on NCAA record book

Alaska News February 16, 2018

By Laurel Andrews: Woman who abandoned baby in Eagle River park sentenced to 9 years for manslaughter
By Mike Ross: Man wanted in connection to shooting
By Heather Hintze: $10,000 bail set for 4A’s embezzlement suspect
By Devin Kelly: Confidential report at the heart of Anchorage police chief’s secret suspension in 2015
Anchorage’s former police chief was secretly suspended for two weeks without pay in 2015, a fact hidden even from elected representatives until it emerged in the course of a civil trial last year.

A confidential city report at the time criticized the chief, Mark Mew, for the way he handled concerns about a police lieutenant who allegedly interfered with investigations into the Alaska National Guard sex and drug scandal, court records show.

By Nathaniel herz: Republican Senate appointee whose Facebook posts drew attention withdraws from consideration

One listed points supporting a theory of why some men have dogs instead of wives, among them that “a dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.”

Another accused Sen. Lisa Murkowski of treason. A third suggested that medical workers who perform abortions should be “executed with scissors cutting their hearts out.”
Congratulations Alliana Salanguit!
Presented by the University of Alaska: For university legislative interns, Juneau is a hands-on lesson in civic engagement
By anchorage Daily News: Coming up: Pulse Dance Company, Prohibition party and Blackwater Railroad
ACLU unveils Alaska Privacy Project to help Alaskans secure digital information

Alaska Privacy Project
By Beth Verge: FBI training teaches first responders how to deal with active shooters
By Kari Bustamante: Kari Tries Figure Skating

Alaska News February 14, 2018

By Daniella Rivera: California felon a no-show in court after mandatory release
By Daniella Rivera: APD among agencies opposing Facebook algorithm change
By Associated Press: Alaska troopers say fentanyl big concern for authorities
By Shannon Ballard: Royal Suites Lodge construction begins 1 year after deadly fire
By KTVA Web Staff: Mississippi woman accused of 3 years of PFD fraud
By Jack Carney: Anchorage assembly action: marijuana shop privacy and public office
By Nathaniel Herz: Walker and GOP state senators trade shots over replacement for Dunleavy
By Kyle Hopkins: (UPDATED) Creditors say they are owed millions by Humpy’s owners, seek bankruptcy hearings
By Annie Zak: Here’s what Anchorage millennials want from their jobs
By Zaz Hollander: Proposed Hatcher Pass downhill ski area has a name: Skeetawk
PALMER — A long-awaited alpine ski area in Hatcher Pass is a step closer to reality with a new name: Skeetawk.

The name, announced at an event Saturday, is a phonetic spelling of a Dena’ina word — Shk’ituk’t — that translates to “where we slide down,” according to Louisa Branchflower, board president for Hatcher Alpine Xperience.
By Devin Kelly: Loussac Library renovation contractor wants $1.6M in extra payment from Anchorage
By Michael J. Coren: When you give Alaskans a universal basic income, they still keep working
By Daybreak Staff: Homesteading 101: Whale harvest
Moms Everyday Alaska Family Features: Double-chocolate olive oil cake with salted chocolate caramel icing

Alaska News February 13, 2018

By Heather Hintze: Parents of suspect in Grunwald murder testify
By Nathaniel Herz: Can the Permanent Fund save Alaska’s budget, without taxes? The Senate says so – but it depends.
By Kalinda Kindle: Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Opposes Prop 1
Proposition one would require that a person only use a bathroom or locker room, “on the basis of sex at birth, rather than gender identity.”
By Liz Raines: As Anchorage gets older, survey aims to attract millennials
Anchorage is getting older. According to the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, the average age in the city jumped from 31 to 33 within the last decade.
By Juan Montes: Allen Moore 2018 Yukon Quest champion
Chickaloon hosts its first Native Youth Olympics Invitational
By Daybreak Staff: Tundra Vision lecture series celebrates Alaska’s youth
By Samantha Angaiak: Alaskans working to develop radon database
Jennifer Athey, a geologist for Alaska’s Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, said the goal is to better map out where higher and lower levels of radon exist in the state.

“Right now there is very little information about radon in Alaska, we have some projects that were done in the ’80s and then we’ve been collecting a little information here and there, but really we need much much more information,” Athey said. “One of the problems with Alaska is that people are so concentrated along the rail belts and scattered into remote villages so it’s hard to say especially in those outlying areas as more construction develops what the radon potential is going to be.”
By Megan Mazurek: Teacher of the Week: Brittany Nerland
Aside from the academics, Nerland wants her students to remember one thing.

“I want them to know or remember how I made them feel,” she said. “The lessons are going to come and go… But how I made them feel, that’s what they’re going to remember.”
By Mike Ross: A taste of Mardi Gras in AK : Valentine meal for two… for under $20

Alaska News February 12, 2018

By Julia O’Malley: DA: Teens shot into a home, then into a party bus. Now they’re facing charges in a woman’s death.
By Sean Maguire: Gold Star Peak honors families of the fallen in the Chugach Mountains
By Sean Maguire: Alaska’s 211 service celebrating its 10th anniversary
By Assoicated Press: Juneau considers new rules for anchoring in city waters
Moms Everyday Alaska Family Features: Dark chocolate souffle

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