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Alaska News November 11, 2017

By Victoria Taylor: Anchorage police investigate downtown shooting
Anyone with information is asked to call APD at 786-8900.
By Caslon Hatch: Alaskan soldier killed in Afghanistan honored at Mat-Su Veterans Day Ceremony
By KTVA Web Staff: First lady Melania Trump greets soldiers, families at JBER
By Scott Gross: Bean’s Café honors Alaskan veterans
By Mike Ross: AK Cowboys: Junior rodeo riders head to national competition
Thank you Captain Jeff Bayless and Claire Sundgren
By Samantha Angaiak: Alaskans to be honored on Donate Life float at 2018 Rose Parade
By Austin Baird: Alaska Senate adjourns session after passing crime bill
By KTVA Web Staff: Bank releasing tires held at Johnson Tire Service

Alaska News November 10, 2017

By KTUU Staff: First Lady Melania Trump schedules stop to visit JBER
By Michelle Theriault Boots: This Filipino-American WWII veteran lived to 104 in Anchorage. He’s finally been recognized for his service.
By Liz Raines: House calls for action on alleged harassment by Sen. David Wilson

By Scott Gross: Empowering woman veterans, celebrating the ‘sheroes’
By Heather Hintze: More crimes involving weapons, drugs, stolen cars going to federal court
By Dave Goldman: The Dome’s reopening delayed
Many frustrated members also had trouble getting information about their memberships. Then on September 1, the Dome’s fortunes rose again when John Rubini, chair of JL Properties, stepped forward to ensure its rebuild.

The overall project was to cost between $6 million and $6.5 million and would be paid for through investments and donations. Rubini pledged between $1 million and $1.5 million to help see it through.

By Patrick Moussignac: Non-opioid alternatives for pain relief

By Beth Verge: Community gathers for vigil honoring Keith Aumavae, who remains missing
By Leroy Polk: Alaska fisherman medevaced after being hit in the head by a 37 lb block of frozen fish
By Mike Ross: Drugs in prison: former inmates give their perspective on the problem
By Sidney Sullivan: Eskimo Ninja Warrior teaches Sen. Murkowski the ‘seal hop’

By Patrick Enslow: Homer hockey players help injured homeless man
By John Tracy: Reality Check: When the math doesn’t add up for Alaska
By Samantha Angaiak: University of Alaska Board of Regents approves operating budget
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – The University of Alaska Board of Regents met Thursday and approved an operating budget proposal of $341 million for the coming year.

UA president Jim Johnsen said the plan is down from $378 million four years ago and up from $317 million in the current fiscal year.

The plan will go to Gov. Bill Walker and the Legislature for consideration.

The board also approved a tuition increase of 5 percent.
By Emily Fehrenbacher: On ‘Edge of Alaska,’ a bunch of everyday Alaskans making questionable decisions

Alaska News November 09, 2017

WATCH: Airman laid to rest 65 years after Globemaster crash
RENTON, Wash. (KARE) – WWII veteran John Ponikvar was buried on his 95th birthday. A military bugler played Taps. An Air Force honor guard fired a 21-gun salute.
Forgotten Battlefield, Part 2: Explore the hidden caves, sunken ships of World War II
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Firefighting chemicals found in well water near FAI airport
By Associated Press: Alaska company introduces Yupik translation app at stores
By Samantha Angaiak: Anchorage police and city officials investigate possible illegal marijuana sales
By Victoria Taylor: Higher costs considered for some rural residents for fire services
Residents living within fire service areas pay for fire services through property taxes. “It’s about $2.8 million so, it’s roughly $850 on about a $350,000 home,” LeBlanc said. Those living outside the boundaries do not pay.

Municipal code requires property owners outside the service areas to pay a $500 fee for the first hour of response for fire services. An additional $100 is then added per hour for each piece of equipment being used.
By Leroy Polk: Anchorage authorities recover 16 lbs of meth from stuffed animals
Victor Somsy was contacted by police, as the packages were addressed to his home on Wildrose Court in Anchorage. Police say he admitted involvement during initial questioning, but said that he was working for another man, Cheng Saechao, who had previously been arrested for a similar crime in town.

In a report filed by Joe Miner, a task force officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Anchorage, Miner states that law enforcement intercepted two parcels, one on Aug. 24, and one on Oct. 19, both of which tested positive for meth.
By Mike Ross: Musher Paul Gebhardt talks about cancer diagnosis
By Beth Verge: Tips from police: missing persons reports do’s and don’ts
For example, your loved one doesn’t have to have been missing for 24 hours in order for you to report the case. In fact, sooner is usually better than later.

If someone has seemingly gone missing, you should take the time to call jails, hospitals, friends, and family, and check their residence and workplace, too. However, Oistad said, if there could be foul play – for example, if the person is in an abusive relationship or has special medical needs – you should call APD immediately.

Current photos and details about the person can help authorities as well. And no matter the situation, you can take some comfort in the fact that missing people across Alaska are listed in a statewide database, which means anyone in law enforcement is alerted to the missing, no matter the location.
By Emily Carlson: Alaska, China sign development agreement to advance AKLNG
By Emily Carlson: New Pebble advisory board member joins to ‘protect the nest’
By Daniella Rivera: Northrim Bank works on plan to return tires to Johnson’s Tire Service customers
The sign posted on the front door of the closed shop Sunday that read, “Closed for business permanently”, was replaced with a more promising note from Northrim Bank on Wednesday.

The bank took possession of the property Tuesday, and now a spokesperson says they’re working on a plan to return tires to customers at no cost as soon as possible.

By Daybreak Staff: Workforce Wednesday: The Ahtna Corporation

Alaska News November 08, 2017

How does Alaska or your state deal with this problem?
By CBS News: Taxpayers subsidize ‘hush money’ for sexual harassment and assault
By Austin Baird: The criminal justice reform bill is advancing. But what would it actually change?
Do you participate in Citizen Scientist programs?
By associated Press: Walking beaches, volunteers amass data on dead seabirds
Hundreds of volunteers comb stretches of beach from Mendocino, California, to Kotzebue, Alaska, each month looking for carcasses that have washed ashore. The citizen scientists are often the first to see when unusual numbers of birds have died.
By Rebecca Palsha: 10-cent gasoline tax passes Anchorage Assembly
“Motor fuel taxes should be imposed at the statewide level so that all users of the highway and road facilities pay the same rate as a user fee,” Aves Thompson with the Alaska Trucking Association said. “Our fear is that if the Anchorage assembly adopts this ordinance additional communities will impose similar local taxes creating a stove pipe taxation system throughout the state increasing the motor fuel tax at different rates for different areas making statewide operations more difficult.”
By Scott Gross: UAA piloting program awarded new call sign
By Patrick Moussignac: Meth makes a comeback, killing some Alaskans
By Lauren Maxwell: Biologists plan to put down 4 brown bears in Eagle River
Tweto Stars in New Reality Show
Watch: early morning aurora
Forgotten battlefield: The invasion of Alaska
By KTVA Web Staff: Aftermath of Dalton Highway avalanche caught on cam
By Carlos Faura: Aurora ‘high’ next few nights

Alaska News November 07, 2017

By Leroy Polk: Senate Bill 54, amending controversial SB91, passes House after midnight
By Leroy Polk: Palmer man killed in early morning vehicle accident
By Associated Press: Alaska village’s advanced microgrid drastically cuts cost
By Kalinda Kindle: ASD introduces new high paying position
Anderson says the job pays $160,000 but is worth more than $200,000 with benefits.
By Caslon Hatch: Loussac Library sees uptick in patrons, more residents seeking social services
“We have these social work interns and it’s really great because librarians can’t always determine what the best first step is for some of these complex needs,” said Preskitt.

Since the need has proven to be there, Preskitt says they are expanding the program. The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority just awarded funding for a full-time social worker to be on hand year-round.
a href=”http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Suspect-robs-Bikini-Babes-at-gunpoint-455683653.html”>By Sidney Sullivan: Suspect robs ‘Bikini Babes’ at gunpoint
By Leroy Polk: 2 men arrested in Palmer burglary, 1 was found hiding in a swamp
By Leroy Polk: Alaska man arrested while trying to break into a moving truck, officials say
By Samantha Angaiak: State considers a sponsor for Birchwood Airport
By Heather Hintze: Anchorage Downtown Partnership works to change perception of downtown
By CBS News: Target’s Thanksgiving hours offer a Black Friday breather

Alaska News November 06, 2017

By Cameron Mackintosh: Avalanche season underway, a warning for those headed into the backcountry
Even though snow totals are mostly low even in the backcountry, avalanches are still possible. In fact, several minor avalanches have been reported in Hatcher Pass and the Chugach Mountains in recent weeks. Currently, avalanche danger for the Hatcher Pass area is considered “considerable” at elevations above 2,500 feet.
By Sean Maguire: State lawmakers threatened with physical harm on social media
JUNEAU (KTUU) – The Speaker of the House, Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D – Dillingham) announced that lawmakers were threatened with physical harm by a person on social media. The threat was based on the position taken by a majority of legislators to a proposed amendment to SB-54.
By Victoria Taylor: Slick road conditions plague Anchorage drivers Sunday
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) Anchorage Police said as of midnight Sunday morning, 68 crashes had been reported, 11 of those resulted in injuries and 30 vehicles were reported in distress.
By Victoria Taylor: Bake sale raises $1,800 for victims of Polaris Bar and Hotel fire
By Patrick Moussignac: Inside the gates: Honoring our veterans
By Liz Raines: Ballot initiative aims to relocate Alaska Legislature

Alaska News November 04, 2017

By Jackie Purcell: Snow by Saturday night or Sunday for Anchorage area

By KTVA Web Staff: AFD releases final report on Ben Schultz accident
By Heather Hintze: Driver sentenced in Atka van crash that killed 3
Superior Court Judge Steve Cole handed down a term of 11 years and 30 days in prison for 30-year-old Sonny Iloilo, following his guilty plea in the deaths of Anchorage residents Ray McCullough Jr., 43; Mike Tunohun Jr., 51; and Paul Nicholas Nesbit, 57. He will also spend five years on probation following his release.

By Patrick Moussignac: UAA’s School of Nursing hopes to help reverse nursing shortage in AK
By Lauren Maxwell: Fall Book Sale this weekend at Loussac Library

By Dan Carpenter: Pastor Alonzo Patterson retiring after 65 years in ministry
This Sunday, November 5, will be Pastor Patterson’s final sermon at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. The day is also his 80th birthday.
By Austin Baird: Anchorage hospitals see significant increase in newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal
By Samantha Angaiak: 5th annual fundraiser kicks off for MYHouse
By Kortnie Horazdovsky and Sean Maguire: Crews search Matanuska River for missing woman
Rachel Lynn Mallard, 40, was last seen on Wednesday afternoon walking on South Alaska Street in Palmer.
By Rebecca Palsha: Prosecutors say staff shortage hurting cases
By Victoria Taylor: Seeking perspective, survey asks for input on homelessness

📚 This November, cuddle up with good eats & good reads 📚

DISH with Kim Sunée: Fusion food, guilty pleasures, and what’s in her fridge

If you picked up a copy of our fall issue, you’ve maybe already tried Kim Sunée’s recipe for Spicy Kale and Bacon Gochujang Pancakes Jangddeok. We were delighted to share this excerpt from her new cookbook, Everyday Korean: Fresh, Modern Recipes for the Home Cook, and are following it with a web-only exclusive Q & A.

We’ll be at the Bear Tooth Grill in Anchorage on Monday for the ‘Everyday Korean’ Book Launch and Signing. Can’t wait to get our hands on a signed copy!

📚 This November, cuddle up with good eats & good reads 📚

Alaska News November 03, 2017

By Associated Press: Walker: Trump plans meeting with Pacific governors
By Sean Maguire: Senate Bill 54 passes the House Finance Committee and heads to the House
By Daniella Rivera: ‘No justice’ even as adoptive mother receives max sentence in abuse case
After researching the effect of SB91, Alaska’s controversial crime reform law, on the case Thursday, an attorney with the Alaska Office of Victim Rights told KTVA in an email:

“The effect in Anya James case is that she will receive more jail credit for time spent on an electronic monitor after SB91 took effect than for time she spent on an electronic monitor pre-SB91.”
By Laurel Downing Bill: Story Time with Aunt Phil: Valdez