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Alaska News September 12, 2020

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Big Lake students honored for life-saving actions Third graders Bella Hunt and Lily Caven ran to tell adults when a man was having a medical emergency; APD investigating assault in Muldoon; Jesse Lee Home still standing after scheduled demolition and more->

KTOO Public Media: Kodiak rocket launch ends in fiery explosion; Juneau suspends drinking in bars again as COVID-19 cases spike; Online film festival features Alaska Native and First Nations documentaries and more ->

KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Kasigluk’s Only Store Burns Down; Kuskokwim 300 Race Is On; Will Newtok’s Frequent Power Outages Go Away? More ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: AFD looks to recruit more female firefighters before application period closes and more ->

Construction of the Alaska Highway, Tanana River: The Last Obstacle–The Tanana River

Alaksa News September 11, 2020

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Juneau approves first cannabis store for onsite consumption; ‘They fell through the cracks’: Parents worry kids with learning disabilities are regressing during online school; More movie theaters in Anchorage open Friday and more ->


KTOO Public Media: City of Unalaska inks purchase agreement for geothermal power; Governor won’t mandate coronavirus vaccine, health commissioner says; Alaska parks system stressed by new pandemic crowds and old funding shortages; Gardentalk – Planning ahead for a springtime splash of color and more ->

The Arctic Sounder: New tool can help Alaska with COVID-19 contact tracing; Red Dog Mine starts water purification project and more ->

By Kyle Hopkins, Michelle Theriault Boots, ADN: The woman propositioned by Alaska’s former lieutenant governor tells her story for the first time In 2018, Jody Potts was the target of misconduct from then-Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. He resigned two days later, but the details of what happened have never been publicly told until now.

Craig Medred: Protect yourself


Alaska News September 10, 2020

KTUU: Woman fights to visit husband in ICU despite COVID-19 restrictions; Vandalism discovered at the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Anchorage; Abbott-O-Rabbit Little League field vandalized and more ->


KTOO: 23 years ago, Alaska tried the wrong man for the murder of a Sitka teenager. Now police say they’ve found the real killer. Why wasn’t he a suspect all along? More ->
Alaka Native News: Anchorage Man Charged with Attempted Murder, Arson following Serious Lake Otis Incident Wednesday; Alaska Air National Guard Airmen Rescue Hunter near Eagle River and more ->
Rasmuson Foundation: Her favorite place on Earth
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: The Tastiest Tacos In Alaska Are Hiding In The Tiny Town Of Seward

Alaska News September 09, 2020

KTUU: No set date for in-person learning at ASD yet Levels of community spread are still too high; Authorities continue search for 2 McLaughlin Youth Center juveniles after escape; New Eagle River southbound bridge opens to traffic; Fishermen impacted by retaliatory tariffs can apply for help from the USDA and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Who should get a say in where Juneau’s new emergency shelter is located?; Juneau emergency officials link 19-person cluster of COVID-19 cases to one event and more ->
Alaska Native News: U.S. Army Alaska Soldier Dies in Vehicle Accident; Two Arrested following Soldotna Traffic stop Wednesday Morning; Bering Strait Villages Identify Quarantine Facilities through Collaboration with Alaska DMVA and more ->
By Alaska Watchman, LifeSite: Alaska’s Catholic hospital offers transgender hormones, refers to radical LGBT groups Providence Alaska Medical Center has deviated from its Christian roots over the past few decades.
Craig Medred: Off the cliff

Alaska News September 08, 2020

KTUU: UPDATE: APD identify a suspect they are looking for near Bootleggers Cove; Police identify the victim in a July death investigation in Spenard; A new “Light-Changing” feature to Google maps and more ->
Alaska Native News: Three youth escape from McLaughlin Youth Center and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Warrant needed for aerial camera use in police investigations, rules Alaska Court of Appeals and more ->
By Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM – Nome: Alaska Native women rally to search for missing Nome woman
By Tyler Thompson & Isabelle Ross, KDLG: For years, Bristol Bay has raised awareness of MMIW. Alaska’s new cold case office aims to help
By Leslie Kelly, Forbes: Here’s How To Score Some Of Alaska’s Tastiest Seafood
By Katie Lawrence, Only In Your State Alaska: Slaughter Gulch Via Juneau Trail Is A Challenging Hike In Alaska That Will Make Your Stomach Drop

Alaska News September 07, 2020

KTUU: UPDATE: Less than 1,000 Chugach Electric customers without power; ‘We’re just trying to finish out our season’; Anchorage Racing Lions riding safety mandates to the finish line; AWCC takes huge financial hit from pandemic; Scores of online music teachers emerge from the pandemic; Video: Alaska Potbelly Pig Rescue threw their piggies a birthday party and more ->
KTOO Public Media: A pair of stranded killer whales and a sick sea lion near Sitka have biologists looking for answers; High winds beached a 150-foot seafood processing barge in Bristol Bay and more ->

Craig Medred: Future COVID


By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: End This Summer Paddle Boarding The Bluest Glacier Lake In Alaska

Alaska News September 06, 2020

KTOO Public Media: 3 Yellowstone bison arrive at their new home near Old Harbor, Alaska; Do you ski, sled or ride Montana Creek? The city wants to hear from you.; How the ‘infodemic’ is playing out in Juneau and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: ‘Strong Likelihood’ Of COVID-19 Community Spread In Bethel, Says YKHC and more ->

Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Stone Soup Garden: harvesting vegetables… and compassion and more ->

Alaska News September 05, 2020

KTUU: Anchorage’s Jean Jilwan ‘The Flower Man’ passed away; Dine outside in a personal igloo Inlet PubHouse is offering a unique outdoor dinning Dining in your own personal Igloo and more ->

KTOO Public Media: Police looking for answers after man washes up near Douglas Bridge; On refurbished ambulance, Tlingit formline design represents community and healing and more ->

Alaska Native News: Sterling Man Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries in ATV Collision Late Friday Night; One Dead and One Injured in Early Morning Chena Pump Road Crash; Orange Trees in the Alaska Range and more ->

Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Garden Tips: From grain to glass, one Interior farm does it all and more ->

Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: Fake news bit down hard on the fairytale of the Igiugig airport runway lights
The Igiugig lights had been damaged earlier this summer by a contractor. They were repaired, and then the kids bludgeoned them last week. The village residents knew the lights were out. It’s kind of a regular occurrence in village Alaska.

But the New York Times went with the fairytale headline: “The Runway Lights Failed, So Villagers Used Their Headlights To Aid An Airlift.”

In another telling it would be, “Igiugig teen hooligans could have cost a young girl her life.”

With a backlog of maintenance at airports around the state, the Department of Transportation is likely to have to send in the battery powered lights, which can be brought out as needed. They can be locked in a storage locker when not needed, and maybe they’ll be safe from the light-whacking teenagers.

It’s not the romantic ending to the tale, but it’s a patch until the repair order for vandalized runway lights at Igiugig can get in the queue.
Craig Medred: Old media twilight?
By Dick Mandsager, Rasmuson Foundation: Can we get our city “to be more like Sully?”

Fall in 907LibraryLove with new programs and services
Fall Programs and Community Conversations

It may be a while until we can meet in person, but we still have great programs to help you connect with us, the community and each other.

Job Lab Online!

One of our most popular employment programs is back! Job Lab will now take place via Facebook Live and 1-on-1 appointments on Zoom thanks to our community partner YWCA Alaska. Join us this month on September 4th and September 18th and check out our calendar for future dates and how to join.

Poetry Social

Our bimonthly online gathering hosted by our Mountain View Library is a space for poets, poetry fans, and the poetry curious. During each hour, participants will have opportunities to share their writings, listen to other poets, and engage in guided writing activities. Poetry Social is a casual, recurring social gathering for the poetry inclined, to provide a social network during times of social distancing. Learn about our next event.

Book Clubs

Our classic book clubs have gone virtual and we’re adding more! Join us to chat about mysteries, romances, rotating titles, what you’re reading now and the brand new Noname and SciFri book club picks. See our full list and learn how to join the conversation.


Facebook Live storytimes will restart on September 9th. We will be live with a new storytime every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:30am. Storytimes will be available for about 2 days after they are live. Watch them on our Facebook page!

See our full calendar of events on our website and be sure to follow us on social media.
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New VolunTeen Opportunity

Is your teen looking for volunteer opportunities? Do they have opinions on a book? Teens 13-18 can email a brief (at least 100 words) summary and review of a book they’ve read this year, with their name and grade to: TeenUnderground@anchorageak.gov. They’ll earn 1 volunteer hour with every review submitted. Reviews will be featured on the Teen Underground Instagram and Teen Services page of the Anchorage Public Library website.
School Supplies

Back to Learning with APL

APL is here for students at every stage of their education, whether in-school, at home or virtual. Students from Kindergarten to College can use these resources to do assignments, research, write reports, and study for tests. Find it all in our new Student Resource Center.

Also, to help you get going and use the library resources that are right for your student, we’re hosting a series of virtual chats. We will introduce you to some new services and resources, give you the best tips and tricks, and help you make the most of your library.

Be sure to watch our online calendar for the full schedule.

Missed a chat? Recordings are available after each one, see the list here.
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Civic Engagement Impacts Your Community

APL is committed to connecting our patrons to education and information. To help our community prepare for the November General Election we’re hosting a Civic Engagement Challenge. We’ll be walking you through everything you need to know so you can be ready to vote this year.

How do you join? Head over to our Subscription Center and tag yourself under “Civics Challenge 2020”. We’ll send you a welcome message later this month and then a series of 5 simple weekly challenges after that. We hope you’ll join us. Voting matters. Your voice matters.

Looking for another way to impact your community? Be sure to complete the 2020 Census!

Alaska News September 04, 2020

KTUU: New law immediately loops law enforcement into child sexual assault cases; Owner of historic boat shop in dispute with Forest Service; Positively Alaskan: Community surrounds Anchorage elders and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Woman claims Homeland Security officer sexually assaulted her at the Anchorage Museum in 2017; With ‘cheerful honking’ Juneau celebrates Pride with outdoor drive-in drag show; Rural census workers rush to meet shortened deadline and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Deadline Speeds Plans For Winter House To Open Year-Round; City Of Bethel Has $700,000 Deficit From Unpaid Water Bills and more -> Watch: Aniak Honors 5 Teenagers Who Rescued Survivors From Plane Crash
Alaska Native News: Pink Salmon May Benefit as Pacific Arctic Warms and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Teenager helps land Utqiagvik’s first whale of fall season; Utqiagvik Tongan YouTuber talks mental health, LGBTQ; Coast Guard calls off Arctic operations after icebreaker Healy damaged by fire near Seward and more ->
Fireside Books presents Shelf Awareness for Readers for Friday, September 4, 2020

49 Writers Blog: First Friday Reposting: Eva Saulitis: The Goshawk Within
By Diane Kaplan, Rasmuson Foundation: From the Desk of Diane: August happenings
Craig Medred: Killing season
This day in the Way Back Machine: Flight 1866 crashes, 11 souls lost

This day in 1971, an Alaska Airlines jet crashed near Juneau, headfirst into a mountain, killing all 111 people on board.

Memoir material: I was coming home from being an exchange student in India, and was scheduled on the same flight, the very next day. It had been a very long flight from Bombay. I was heading back to Juneau-Douglas High School for my senior year.

We overheaded to Anchorage because no pilot wanted to take any more chances after what was, at the time, the worst crash in US history, and it took a couple of more days to get into Juneau, where everyone was still shellshocked.

The following summer, I worked at the law firm of Robertson, Eastaugh, Monagle, and Bradley on behalf of some of the family claimants on that flight, compiling their stories for the lawsuits underway.

Many Alaskans remember that day. Many lost loved ones. Maybe you have memories. Send me what you remember of Flight 1866: suzanne@mustreadalaska.com (and this means you, too, Bob C.)

Today, I will fly in to Juneau under much safer conditions, thankful for the GPS coordinates on mountaintops all around, pioneered by Alaska Airlines. Juneau, here I come, so please move the clouds aside, just in case.
By Courtney, Only In Your State Alaska: Here Are 16 Islands In Alaska That Are Sure To Provide A Memorable Experience

Alaska News September 03, 2020

KTUU: UPDATE: Crash on the Glenn Highway turns deadly, APD says outbound lanes will remain closed; APD: Crime in Anchorage is trending down in almost every category; Group seeks to halt razing site where 1st Alaska flag flew; Growing AK: Garlic harvest and preparing to plant ahd more ->
KTOO Public Media: On campuses closed by COVID-19, seafood workers trade freedom for paychecks; As COVID-19 spikes on North Slope, mayor orders Utqiagvik to hunker down and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: CARES Act Assistance Now Ready For ONC Members and more ->


Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks School Board votes to approve first phase of opening schools and more ->

By KNOM Radio, The Nome Static, September 2020: Running to Prevent Suicide and more ->

Alaska Highway News: Exhibit celebrates life of late Fort St. John artist and more ->
By Craig Medred: Warming winner
By Erin Henkel Star Courier intern: Galva author’s book draws from Alaska travels

By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Nestle In To This Tiny Alaskan Cabin In The Woods, Your Basecamp For Adventure In Talkeetna
By Casea Peterson, Only In Your State Alaska: These 10 Bugs Found In Alaska Will Send Shivers Down Your Spine