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Alaska News May 05, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Kincaid black bear confrontation caught on camera: A case study in human-bear encounters; Momma O’s closes after being open for almost 40 years; Pandemic presents unique challenges and opportunities for homeless service providers; Eagle River mom recovers from COVID-19 and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Maui or the milk run? For a retiring Alaska Airlines pilot, the choice was always obvious.; Please don’t touch the Canadians: ‘Self-contained’ Alaska travelers can transit through Canada; Anchorage Daily News wins Pulitzer Prize for rural justice investigation and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: ‘We Dodged A Bullet,’ Says NWS Hydrologist As Ice Moves, Dropping Kuskokwim Flood Risk; Calista Annual Meeting Goes Virtual; Bethel City Council To Discuss Police Chief Salary And Homelessness During COVID-19 Pandemic and more ->
Alaska Native News: Coast Guard Medevacs Man 170 Miles off Cold Bay; False Distress Calls put Alaskan, Other Lives at Risk; Troopers Investigate Slaughter of Breeding Cow in Delta Junction; eo Hanna Arrested After Being Involved in a Hit and Run Collision and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Troopers enforce speed limits in construction zones, 31 traffic stops in two-hour window; Fairbanks non-profits receive financial help in fighting homelessness and more ->
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Alaska’s Most Refreshing Hike Will Lead You Straight To A Beautiful Swimming Hole
The Goshen News, MELODIE DAVIS: Go on an adventure with these books
By Rebecca Ponton, Forbes: How Women Pioneered Alaska’s Oil And Gas Industry
Craig Medred: We were warned

Alaska News May 04, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Runner circles Cheney Lake for 12 hours, raises money for Alaska foster youth; Hydrate Alaska gives first responders a boost in the battle against coronavirus and more ->
KTUU: ‘A challenge of a lifetime,’ ICU doctor shares his experience with COVID patients; A crash on the Seward Highway leaves a Nikiski resident dead; May the fourth be with you! and Disney is celebrating in a big way. and more ->

KTOO Publlic Media: While Alaska vacations are on hold, would-be tourists find ways to support local businesses from afar and more ->

Alaska Native News: Alaska Airmen Rescue two people stranded in the Kuskokwim River; K9 Stan caught Drew Mitchell JR; Mitchell now facing multiple charges and more ->

Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: ‘Win the Wilderness’ is latest Alaska-based reality show and more ->
The Hustle: The man feeding a remote Alaska town with a Costco card and a ship When Gustavus, Alaska, was cut off from its grocery supply chain, one resident decided to take matters into his own hands.
Craig Medred: Forgotten sex
49 Writer’s Blog: Walking the Distance: Dan L. Walker

Alaska News May 03, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Coast Guard gives boating safety tips after 2 kayakers rescued near Juneau; Troopers: 18-year-old arrested for sexual assault, abuse charges in Newtok; Alaska artists and makers create virtual activities for at-home fun and more ->
KTUU: UPDATE: Anchorage Airport reopens after report of bomb on cargo aircraft; Anchorage School District monitors student engagement during distance learning; What’s next for the Anchorage alcohol tax? More ->

KTOO Public Media: Southeast Alaska State Fair cancelled due to COVID-19 and more ->

KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Flood Waters Threaten Upper Kalskag Power Plant and more ->

Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Worlds largest aircraft lands in Fairbanks after being diverted from Anchorage; Fairbanks Restaurant broken into, 90% of liquor bottles stolen; Drive-through pinning ceremony celebrates Fairbanks graduate nurses; Prescribed fires start Saturday on Fort Wainwright and the Yukon Training Area and more ->

Craig Medred: Maybe in May

Alaska News May 02, 2020

KTOO Public Media: Haines filmmaker and former NBA star Mark Mcnamara dies at 60; Alaska dentists say mandating COVID-19 tests will be obstacle to appointments; Food Co-Op, Conservation Society team up to sail food into Pelican and more ->
KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Inside the Gates: Baby Bundles Project; Doyon Drilling to layoff more than 300 from North Slope; Fire near Taku Lake injures 4, displaces several families and more ->
KTUU: UPDATE: Trumpeter Fire now 75 percent contained; widespread burn ban begins; Health Anchorage residents urged to be cautious as warmer temps bring people outside and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: As Waters Rose, Elders Tied Boat To Cabin And Climbed Inside Until Helicopter Arrived; Coffee@KYUK April 30: Greg Morgan II Photographs Families During The Pandemic and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Alaska DOT opens McCarthy Road to public travel; Midnight Sun Run goes virtual on solstice weekend, rather than postponing or canceling; The Quarantine Kitchen Episode 5: Gingerbread cake with orange icing and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Alaska Air prepares to start service to Cold Bay and more ->
Juneau Empire: Beaver invasion on the Baldwin Peninsula Researchers counted an increase from two to 98 beaver dams near Kotzebue between 2002 and 2019.
Rasmuson Foundation: From the Desk of Diane: April 2020 report

Alaska News May 01, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Nearly 2 dozen wildfires already recorded in Alaska this year; Berkowitz: Too soon to tell if easing restrictions is working; Food trucks return to Spenard with new rules for popular Thursday lunch spot and more ->
KTUU: UPDATE: Trumpeter Fire, near Point Mac, has grown to 120 acres; Doctors in private practices report difficulty finding PPE; Siblings start nonprofit to aid Alaska’s healthcare workers during pandemic and more ->


KTOO Public Media: On Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, businesses hit hard during last summer’s wildfires are facing another season of uncertainty; Juneau opens safer, more accessible campground for people without homes; Gardentalk – Weed seed eradication and greenhouse materials and more ->

KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Villages Brace For Flooding As Ice Moves Down Kuskokwim River and more ->

Alaska Native News: Charges Forwarded to DA after Disturbance Call Investigation and more ->

Fairbnaks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks COVID-19 drive-thru testing center to relocate; Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks produce hand sanitizer for Fairbanks hospital and more ->
The Arctic Sounder:’You are not alone’ and more ->
If you or someone you know needs help, there are people you can reach out to by phone and online during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you need immediate help, call 911.

For the North Slope Borough, you can contact Arctic Women in Crisis 24 hours a day at 1-800-478-0267 or 907-852-0267.

For the Northwest Arctic Borough, you can reach the Maniilaq Family Crisis Center at 907-442-3969.

You can reach Alaska’s CARELINE at 877-266-4357.

The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). More information is available online at rainn.org.

To reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline, you can call 1-800-799-7233, text LOVEIS to 22522 or chat online at www.thehotline.org.

More information on resources and contacts in Alaska can be found at www.andvsa.org (the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault).

To report child abuse, call 800-478-4444 or email ReportChildAbuse@alaska.gov.

For a listing of local victim services 24/7 hotlines, go to: https://dps.alaska.gov/CDVSA/Services/VictimServices.

49 Writer’s Blog: Writing the Distance: Summer Koester

Craig Medred: Penning COVID-19

Suzanne Downing, Must Read Alaska: Ban Camp: Mayor shows up with cops, masks, signage and more ->

By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State: The Wood Frog’s Quack Signals The Start Of Spring In Alaska

Alaska News April 30, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Feel the burn: How Anchorage’s fitness industry is instructing during the pandemic; ConocoPhillips slashes Alaska production amid glut, pandemic; Portugal. The Man offers to buy any student, parent a copy of banned books and more ->
KTUU: APD arrests man who fired weapon whlie intoxicated, thanks public for assistance; UPDATE: Trumpeter Fire, near Point Mac, has grown to 120 acres; Families displaced after Thursday morning fire and more ->
KTOO Public Media: As Alaska starts to reopen, it’s already too little, too late for some small businesses; With social distancing in mind, a Juneau food cart rigs up a drive-thru and more ->
kYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: National Weather Service Issues Flood Watch For Middle Kuskokwim Communities and more -> Coffee@KYUK April 29: UAF Kuskokwim University Campus Part-Time Student Of The Year
Alaska Native News: Online Tool allows Fast, Free Natural-Hazard Visualization; Young Fishermen Learn the Business and Management Side of Commercial Fishing Operations and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: North Pole man charged with sexual abuse of minor after victim gave note to Sunday school teacher; Fairbanks man charged with assault after strangling girlfriend, telling troopers she was trying to stab herself; Alaska State Troopers tap Fairbanks engineers to help disinfect equipment; University of Alaska announces furloughs for top leaders; Fresh Eyes on Ice encourages community to share ice observations and more ->
By Amy Carney, Alaska State Museum: The Alaska State Museum participates in Virtual First Friday: Alaska Positive now available online
49 Writer’s Blog: Writing the Distance: Lesley Hammer
Page Publishing: Author Karen Struck’s new book “Three Paws’s New Family” is a charming story introducing a group of unlikely friends who help each other when they need it most

Alaska News April 29, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: ‘Crime didn’t stop’: Career prosecutor Brittany Dunlop takes over as Anchorage DA amid pandemic; Community speaks out on Mat-Su book ban; Costco to require customers wear face coverings; Video unites Indigenous women across North America during pandemic; DHSS asks families to fill out survey on COVID-19 impact, offers resources and more ->
KTUU: In It Together: A KTUU Special Program; PBA Bowler Sean Rash and daughter spread unifying message; Anchorage officials to begin abating homeless encampments; BP donates 3 million gallons of jet fuel to Alaska Airlines, FedEx Express charter flights; Six new cases of COVID-19 reported by DHSS Tuesday; Students create ‘thank you’ video for essential workers, first responders and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Vigilance needed to stop community spread of coronavirus, Alaska chief medical officer says; Geoduck clam fishery to reopen as Chinese demand rebounds; Listen: This Alaskan spent 3 weeks in the Grand Canyon — unaware that a pandemic had overtaken the world and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: National Poetry Month From BRHS; April 27 Coronavirus Update: Upper Kalskag; State Plans For Possible Flood Evacuations In Villages and more ->
Alaska Native News: One Arrested for Arson for Vehicle Fire at Anchorage’s Auto Mart; U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder Warns Against Predatory Practices Related to COVID-19 and Housing; Northern Areas of Denali National Park and Preserve Closed to Snowmobile Use Due to Inadequate Snow Cover and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Translating COVID-19 advice into indigenous languages, sharing culture and safety; BP says terms for sale of its Alaska assets renegotiated; University of Alaska Fairbanks summer camps go virtual this year; The Quarantine Kitchen Episode 3: Cod Chowder and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Live virtual town hall meeting planned for Bristol Bay to discuss upcoming fishing season and more ->
Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: The love they share in Southeast Alaska for a tug boat crew bringing the freight in an era of COVID-19 and more ->
Craig Medred: NOVID-6/2020?
49 Writer’s Blog: Writing the Distance: Frank Soos
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Level Up Your Mornings With Freshly Baked Goodies From Sophia’s Cafe In Alaska
By Courtney, Only In Your State Alaska: 20 Reasons Why My Heart Will Always Be In Alaska

Alaska News April 28, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: ‘It was so dynamic’: Tripod falls Monday in Nenana Ice Classic; Alaska’s US lawmakers discuss benefits for seasonal workers impacted by COVID-19; 25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Carlyn Nichols and more ->
KTUU: Land may change hands, but city says Tour of Anchorage trail will remain; Storybooks, radio connect kids isolated in far-flung Alaska and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Federal judge temporarily blocks aid to Alaska Native corporations; Scientists are struggling to understand COVID-19. As Alaska ramps up testing, what will they find out?; Ketchikan’s distance learning program was ready to scale up. So why did the state go with Florida’s?; Fred Meyer is now accepting SNAP benefits for curbside pickup and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Potential Changes To Emergency Cab Rules; Ice Begins Moving At Crooked Creek, Sleetmute and more ->
Alaska Native News: Online application for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) now available; Community of Shaktoolik awarded Iditarod 2020 Golden Clipboard Award; AMHS Summer Schedule Updated and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Interior Alaska firefighters hold a special parade for a special person; Tanana Valley Famers Market to open this summer as an essential business; Fort Wainwright soldiers adapt during pandemic, changes to training and physical exercise and more ->
Craig Medred: Banning books
By Lisa Demer, Rasmuson Foundation: Tlingit master carver Price is 2020 Distinguished Artist
If you would like to join our virtual celebration of Price, it is scheduled for 11 a.m. this Wednesday, April 29. Just click this link a few minutes early and the virtual door will open at 11: https://zoom.us/j/99033046161

Or telephone: 669.900.6833 (West Coast); 646.558.8656 (East Coast); 877.853.5257 (Toll Free)

If prompted, here is the webinar ID: 990 3304 6161

International phone numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/ad0WhwPH6D


By Casea Peterson, Only In Your State: The Ultimate Alaska Waterfalls Road Trip Is Here – And You’ll Want To Do It

Alaska News April 27, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Frontiers: Anchorage’s ‘hunker down’ history and more ->
KTUU: New mom shares story after daughter is born premature during COVID-19 pandemic; Some Anchorage restaurants will see limited customers starting Monday; Why some stores are waiting to reopen their doors and more ->
49 Writers Blog: Writing the Distance: Warren Libby
Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: State lifts restaurant entryway hand sanitizer health mandate and more ->
New Book: Button Up! Fall in Alaska by Angela Gonzalez
April 25, 2020 Angela Gonzalez

I wrote a book! Earlier this year, Best Beginnings, Alaska’s Early Childhood Investment, released Seasons of Alaska, four board books highlighting Alaska Native talent. Best Beginnings and editor Tricia Brown collaborated with Alaska Native writers and photographers contributed to four books focused on the seasons for ages 0-3 years old.

Authors include Joni Spiess of Nome/Anchorage, Yaari Toolie-Walker of Savoonga/Anchorage, Angela Y. Gonzalez of Huslia/Anchorage, and Carla Snow of Bethel. Featured photographers include Esther Pederson of Nome, Ian Merculieff of St. Paul Island/Anchorage, Carol Maillelle of Togiak/Anchorage, Taylor Booth of Nome, Greg Lincoln of Bethel, Jacqueline Cleveland of Quinhagak, and Cheryl Kriska of Fairbanks. Congratulations to the photographers and fellow authors!

More ->


Recreational Fires are the only outdoor fires allowed within the Municipality – Corrected link

We hope you are all enjoying this wonderful weather!

Burn permits are no longer issued in the Municipality of Anchorage.

Burning trash, yard debris, leaves, construction material, woody debris including Spruce Bark Beetle wood, is prohibited in the Municipality of Anchorage.

The only outdoor burning allowed is for a recreational burn. Not sure what is considered a recreational fire? See the attached Fire Matrix or view it on the web at https://www.muni.org/departments/fire/wildfire/siteassets/pages/burnpermits/2019recreationalburningguidelines.pdf

Just a quick reminder that the Alaska Division of Forestry is suspending all burn permit (both small and large scale) outside of the Municipality of Anchorage effective midnight on April 30th, 2020.

If you plan to have a recreational burn please make sure to check the website http://www.muni.org/Departments/Fire/Wildfire/Pages/IsTodayaBurnDay.aspx before lighting the fire.
Thank you for keeping your neighbors safe!

Anchorage Fire Department
100 E 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-227-9473

Alaska News April 26, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Opinion: Combating veteran suicide takes kindness, connection, intervention and more ->

KTUU: APD says changes are coming to community notification system; Aviation companies training pilots through COVID-19 pandemic; Dimond Center prepares to reopen after month-long closure and more ->

KTOO Public Media: City considers options as businesses decide whether to reopen; Alaska ferries to receive $5m in federal stimulus cash and more ->

Alaska Native News: Suspect in North Pole Heating Oil Theft Case found Hiding in Porta-John; Property in Wasilla Theft Recovered, Suspects Escape; Mask Makers on JBER are on a Mission and more ->


Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Community members staying positive while staying safe and more ->

The Arctic Sounder: Online challenge highlights the importance of names and more ->

Craig Medred: That time

Nixle is making changes – make sure you don’t miss out!!

The Anchorage Police Department does not own Nixle. Let’s be honest, if we were going to branch out, we’d buy something fun. Like an ice cream store, or a mountain-biking shop, or (let’s just say it) a doughnut factory.

Nixle is a separate company we do business with in order to communicate with all of you. Nixle has recently announced some changes to the way they push out data. To ensure you don’t miss any of our important information, please make sure you have your email address attached to your Nixle account. To either add your email, or verify you’ve already done so, log on to www.Nixle.com and click “Resident Login” at the top of their page.

Nixle will still send some alerts via text on your cell phone. However this will only be done in situations wherein the public needs to immediately be notified of an ongoing situation such as road closures, public safety issues, or endangered missing people.

While you’re in your Nixle account you may also sign up for notices from other local departments who utilize Nixle for communication purposes:

Alaska State Troopers HQ
Anchorage Fire Department
Anchorage Health Department
Anchorage Office of Emergency Management
Anchorage Street Maintenance
Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility
Alaska Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing
Anchorage Community Development
Anchorage Public Library
Anchorage Public Transportation Department
Port of Alaska

Knowledge is power. Stay informed by those who serve you and your neighbors. Happy spring!!

Anchorage Police Department
716 W 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-786-8900