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Alaska News July 21, 2018

By Matt Tunseth: Woman and teen boy killed in apparently unrelated shootings blocks apart in Anchorage

Advisory: Update: Michael Marquez and juvenile male arrested in homicide investigation; 700 blk N. Bliss Str
An update to the preliminary investigation found that there was an altercation in the 500 block of North Bliss Street between a group consisting of juveniles and late-teens. During the altercation, the juvenile male suspect shoots the victim in the upper body, hands off the gun to an adult male and flees on foot towards the apartment building where officers conducted the high risk search. The adult male suspect was later located in the area, taken into custody, questioned by detectives and transported to jail. Officers returned to the apartment building, served a search warrant and collected evidence. After reviewing the evidence and multiple interviews, detectives requested officers with the Investigative Support Unit (ISU) to locate the juvenile male suspect. He was taken into custody around 4:30 a.m. in the 700 block of North Flower Street. He was questioned by detectives and transported to the McLaughlin Youth Center.

The adult male suspect has been identified as Michael Marquez (19-years-old). He faces a charge of Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Charges for the juvenile male suspect have been referred to the Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice.

The identity of the victim will be released once next of kin procedures are completed.

Officers with the K9 Unit, Cyber Crimes Unit and VICE also assisted with this investigation.

By Heather Hintze: Family says video shows wanted man casing house
By Jennifer Summers: Arson fire destroys home in Pilot Station ‘party’
By Kyle Hopkins: New questions as investigation continues into accident that killed 8-year-old boy on Sterling Highway
By Lauren Maxwell: Stronger state load law not signed before rock killed boy
By Chris Klint: APD officer cleared in stabbing suspect’s shooting
By Chri Klint: Southeast Alaska park sees second air accident in a week
By Rebecca Palsha: Cirrhosis deaths double in Alaska since 1999
By Marc Lester: People on the Peninsula: The student waiter Odane Robinson is back for a second summer on the Homer Spit, a long way from home.
By Tegan Hanlon: People on the Peninsula: The boat dwellers Living in an 86-foot beached WWII supply boat beached on the Homer Spit can sometimes feel like living in a fishbowl.
By Tegan Hanlon: People on the Peninsula: The single dad Michael Snow hasn’t had too many breaks in the past few years. He had three children to raise alone in a new country.
By Tegan Hanlon: Have a favorite camping recipe? Tell us about it.
By Rebecca Palsha: Alaska Bites
Rasmuson Foundation: A partnership for housing Alaskans
By Daybreak Staff: Mic Check in the Morning: Cage Free and the Overby Sisters

Alaska News July 20, 2018

By Laurel Andrews: 8-year-old dies when rock smashes into car on Kenai Peninsula
By Mary Simton: APD: Woman hurt in Koot’s parking lot shooting
By Leroy Polk: Anchorage man sentenced for ‘images showing the sadistic abuse of small children
By Laurel Andrews: Pilot survives plane crash in frigid Southeast Alaska lake, then swims to shore
The pilot was found onshore by a Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew. He had a survival bag with dry clothes, fire-starting materials and bear spray, the agency said.
By Tegan Hanlon: DNA tests show 3 brown bears killed in Eagle River were not responsible for fatal mauling
By Heather Hintze: Witnesses describe pilot’s takeoff struggle before fatal crash
By Associated Press: Federal Highway Administration kills Juneau road project
By Kyle Hopkins: As Anchorage crime soars, security cameras are catching more than just criminals
By Devin Kelly: Alaska’s largest health insurer is donating $1 million to housing and services for homeless youths
By Anchorage Daily News: Coming up: Downtown block party, singer Allan Rayman, Alaska Aviation Festival
By Charles Wohlforth: Are Alaskans lazy? Or is this what work-life balance looks like?
By Maria Severin: Best Anchorage burgers? Here are our picks
By Julia O’Malley: How Alaska Eats: How to find fresh salmon and rule the sourdough pancake universe

Alaska News July 19, 2018

By Michelle Therriault Boots: Accused of trying to kidnap a boy in Chugiak, suspect says it was a ‘prank’
By Tegan Hanlon: Fish and Game kills 4 black bears at Anchorage campground
By Mary Simton: 2 hurt in East Anchorage RV crash
By Tegan Hanlon: 24-year-old Anchorage pilot killed in Mat-Su plane crash
By Chris Klint: 5 arrested, charged in theft investigation
By Michelle Therriault Boots: Family of Anchorage bicyclist Jeff Dusenbury wants park where he was killed named for him
By Richard Mauer: Bill to cut lawmakers’ perks set for signing today
By Jack Carney: Foundation urges passengers to raise concerns when flying in small planes
By Beth Bragg: Alaska trapshooter Cogdell-Unrein wins World Cup gold
By Mary Kate Burgess: WEIO begins in Fairbanks
By Gabe Colombo, KNOM: Alaska National Guard turns over rural armories for public use
By Jackie Purcell: A swarm of mosquitos mobs truck on North Slope– See the video here
By Mary Simton: Don’t get scammed: Here’s how to ‘Donate with Honor’
By Annie Zak: Open & Shut: Another brewery in Anchorage, plus new restaurants
By Megan Mazurek: Motorcyclists to ride from Prudhoe Bay to Argentina
This Fascinating Tunnel In Alaska Has Literally Frozen Time
Viewer submitted video shows two moose calves taking a swim in Girdwood (Courtesy: Brigitte von Imhof).

Alaska News July 18, 2018

Anchorage Police Department: The July 4th Seward Highway Traffic Detail results are in!
By Associated Press: 5 Fairbanks inmates convicted in 2017 prison riot
By Liz Raines: Mat-Su crime prompts call for borough-funded policing
“My sense is that people want something done — and like, you know, most taxpayers, they want it done for free,” Sykes said. “And that’s not going to happen. I’ve assured people that it’s going to cost something.”
By Tegan Hanlon: Alaska officials want medical providers to pay back millions in Medicaid payments
By Kalinda Kindle: Rising student loan interest rates, what will it mean for students
Going into effect this month, undergraduates who take out a loan with the federal government will see a 13 percent increase in interest rate compared to last year.

By Derek Minemyer: KRSA fails to halt pink salmon hatchery production in Prince William Sound
By Michelle Therriault Boots: This 17-year-old may be the youngest person ever to open a store in Alaska’s biggest mall
By Scott Gross: Walker signs Alaska workplace smoking ban
By Steve Edwards: It’s midsummer, and the local farmers markets are hopping
By Heather Hintze: Price, space push new homes to Mat-Su
By Jack Carney: Anchorage Assembly sends potential pot shop back to community council
By Becky Bohrer, Associated Press: Democratic candidate for U.S. House seat doesn’t live in Alaska
By Dave Leval: ABL fan’s favorite seat is left-field choice
By Christine Cunningham: Somewhere on Johnson Pass, a free lunch awaits
RRANN Nursing Camp Nursing Camp program at University of Alaska Anchorage focusing on educating Alaska Native and American Indian youth of Alaska interested in a nursing career.
Dr. Hardesty on Second-Line Maintenance Therapy for Ovarian Cancer
By Kalinda Kindle: Seniors from fifty to ninety are getting up and getting fit at Anchorage Senior Activity Center.
By Julia O’Malley: Tell us what you remember about Alaska’s Blockbuster days
Edible Alaska: Making use of your fresh-grown root veggies
Moms Everyday Alaska Family Features: Memphis style ribs

Alaska News July 17, 2018

Something fun!

By Kortnie Horazdovsky: POLICE: Victim of drive-by shooting was not a target, but make, model of her car may have been
By Leroy Polk: Man wanted by police for Anchorage shooting taken down by K9
By Jack Carney: DOT worker charged with indecent exposure while on the job
By Associated Press: ‘Deadliest Catch’ co-star pleads guilty to sexual assault
By Daniella Rivera: Toddler shot: How a ‘dirt bag’ helped Anchorage police crack the case
By Lauren Maxwell: Mom says son threatened with gun on the playground
By Derek Minemyer: STAR Alaska reports record crisis line calls thanks to #MeToo movement
That’s why they will hold a volunteer crisis line responder training in September. To sign up, fill out their volunteer form.
By Beth Verge: Former Rumrunners bouncer sentenced to 20 years for involvement in drug ring, money laundering crimes
By CBS News: Giant hogweed sends VA teen to hospital burn unit
Dan Coleman, the invasive plant and agricultural pest coordinator for Alaska’s Dept. of Natural Resources, says giant hogweed has only been documented at one site in Kake in Southeast. It was eradicated from that site.

“Giant hogweed is easily confused with cow parsnip, which is a native plant in Alaska and occurs throughout the state,” Coleman says. “The two plants have similar leaves and flowers, although, giant hogweed is going to much larger (10 to 15′ tall) with leaf and flower shape/structure differences.”
By Tegan Hanlon: After series of controversies, Iditarod adds four new board members
By Michelle Therriault Boots: Spenard boosters buy iconic, fought-over neon palm tree at auction
By Laurel Andrews: Photos: A black bear visits Valdez Senior Center
By John Thain: Public piano appears in downtown Anchorage
By Lynne Curry: An employee’s shoddy work came to light while she was on maternity leave. How should we proceed?
By Megan Mazurek: ‘Edible Alaska’ summer edition features wild rose recipes
By Laurel Downing Bill: Story Time with Aunt Phil: The Chilkoot Trail

Alaska News July 16, 2018

By Michelle Therriault Boots: Soldotna man arrested on 41 charges stemming from vacation home burglaries
By Liz Thomas: APD seeks vehicle in Dimond-Minnesota shooting
By Devin Kelly: After about $137,000 in fines, Anchorage considers new software to track employee safety training
By Sean Maguire: Hundreds of fish left to rot near Wasilla
By Kari Bustamante: Conflicts no more, Iditarod Trail Committee names new board members
By Victoria Taylor: Portion of Steep Creek Trail to close starting Monday
By Chris Klint: Register by Sunday to vote in Alaska’s 2018 elections
By Scott Gross: Homer police officer overwhelmed by community support
By Jack Carney: Mountain View community holds ‘Justice for Junior’ march against violence
While acknowledging the violence won’t end overnight both Perez and Lolesio said if nothing else they hope that people at least become more aware to help build a better community for the future.
Office of Governor Bill Walker: One Alaska Update July 16, 2018

Alaska News July 15, 2018

By Devin Kelly: Longer 911 hold times, backlogs, officer delays: When Anchorage hires more cops, but not more support staff
By Charles Wohlforth: Amid a devastating crime wave, frontline drug workers see hope
By John Thompson: Sand Lake man says men cased his home on video
By Sean Maguire: U.S. Congress passes firefighter cancer registry
By Chris Klint: Eagle River hosts annual Bear Paw Festival parade
By Beth Verge: ASD moves sports, activities registration online
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – Students and parents who want to register for Anchorage School District sports and activities will now have to do so online. The option opens up on July 19.
The Associated Press: Land-in-trust applications by Alaska tribes under review
By Dave Leval: Alabama man makes lawn journey to Alaska
By Marc Lester: Floating Campbell Creek: An Anchorage waterway draws drifters to a unique urban adventure Tubers, kayakers and rafters enjoy a different view of the city on warm summer days.

Alaska News July 14, 2018

By Alex DeMarban: Shooting that injured an Anchorage toddler in her home was a case of road rage, according to charges
By Alex DeMarban: 18-year-old charged with involvement in Anchorage killing
By Zaz Hollander: Anchorage man convicted of attempted murder in shooting of woman, friend
Beier’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 26. He is being held without bail. The sentencing range is five to 99 years.
By Tegan Hanlon: Fish and Game kills 3 brown bears in area of fatal Eagle River mauling
By Liz Thomas: Fire tears through home in Hillside
By KTUU Staff: Man saved in Gastineau Channel water rescue
By Richard Mauer: Could a new study on suicide prediction lower Alaska’s suicide rate?
By Jack Carney: DOT cites budget cuts as main challenge in maintaining state roadway vegetation
By Beth Verge: Ever seen a young sockeye leaping through the water? There’s a study for that!
By Jennifer Summers: Group creates free reusable shopping bags
Calling All Artists!

The Alaska Run for Women is accepting artist submissions for the 2019 event. The selected artwork will appear on a variety of Alaska Run for Women promotional materials including posters, website, social media, and official AKRFW merchandise.

“The Alaska Run for Women Board of Directors receives many beautiful design submissions each year, and is always grateful for the generosity of our local artists,” says board member Kathy Wisthoff.

Volunteer artists interested in submitting a design will find entry details here. Submission deadline is August 15.
By Daybreak Staff: Mic Check in the Morning: John Cook
Moms Everyday Alaska: Modern day “Brady Bunch”
Blogger Stacey Daprile of PositivelyStacey.com sat down with MomsEveryday to talk about creating a blended family. Here’s her perspective and advice based on her own experiences.
South Anchorage Farmer’s Market: Summer on a Roll
By Julia O’Malley: Alaskana recipe: Halibut Olympia a little better than you remember

Alaska News July 13, 2018

By Associated Press: Man suffers fatal cardiac arrest on national park hike
By Liz Thomas: APD’s ‘Midnight Sun’ op nets stolen guns, drugs, arrests
By Joe Vigil: Suspect wanted in alleged bus stop beating
By Associated Press: Feds: Ice accumulation likely in F/V Destination sinking
By Makayla Clark: Federal bill being introduced to improve sexual assault healthcare
By Erica Martinson: Don Young’s bill to revise Magnuson-Stevens fishing law passes U.S. House
By Scott Gross: ‘My dogs were the true heroes.’ Janssen honored for Iditarod selflessness
By Associated Press: Judge allows Alaska opioid lawsuit to proceed
By Richard Mauer: Will the U.S. Supreme Court cut Obamacare?
By Annie Zak: Alaska’s last 2 Blockbuster stores are closing, leaving just one in the U.S.
By Tracy Sinclaire: It starts with a story — Alaska author starts women’s writing retreat near Homer
By Courtney: The Mobile Restaurant In Alaska That Serves Grilled Cheese To Die For
By Maya Wilson: If you have eggs and tortillas, you’ve got the start of a supremely satisfying meal
Victoria Taylor’s epic ride on the MegaDrop Channel 2’s Victoria Taylor gives an interactive preview of just a few of the attractions at the 2018 Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River
By Cassie Schirm: National French fry day in Alaska
Thanks to viewers suggestions we have a roundup of some of the restaurants with the best and most unique French fries in the Anchorage:

49th State Brewery
Tommy’s Place
Burger Fi
International House of Hotdogs
That Wing Place
Bears Tooth
Arctic Roadrunner
Lucky Wishbone
Wee Bee’s
Long Branch Saloon
Anchorage Alehouse
Kriner’s Burger and Pies
Kriner’s Diner
Table 6
Glacier Brewhouse

Restaurants across Alaska:

Noisy Goose in Palmer
Burger Bus in Kenai
Buckets in Soldotna
Last Frontier Brewing Company in Wasilla
Seaview Cafe in Hope Alaska
Burger Queen in Ketchikan
Moms Everyday Alaska Family Features: Cheesy flatbread pizza

Alaska News July12, 2018

By Michelle Theriault Boots: An Anchorage newborn was found abandoned in a cardboard box 32 years ago. Against the odds, he found his biological father. The ABC News program “20/20” will broadcast Tveidt’s story Friday. The show airs at 10 p.m. in Alaska.
By KTVA: JBER to receive first female commander Friday
By Derek Minemyer: Friends of Michael Soltis hold fundraiser to benefit his unborn daughter
By KTVA: Troopers name 2 dead in Cantwell Parks Highway crash
By Alex DeMarban: As troopers investigate, new details emerge in Seward Highway crash that killed motorcyclist
By Matt Tunseth Alaska Star: ‘Life is completely not normal’: Chugiak family’s life turned upside down by burglary
By Victoria Taylor: Mom of murder victim leads march ahead of scheduled hearing for accused killer
By KTVA: Teen violence education bears Bree Moore’s name
By Leroy Polk: Man in remote Alaska village arrested for attempted murder after shooting another man with a rifle
By Associated Press: Shop opens after closure of Bethel’s only liquor store
By Alex DeMarban: Coast Guard investigating after 2nd accident for new spill-response operator in Prince William Sound
By Daniel Kirby: Juneau pet cremator cited after remains of dead dogs eaten by bear