Alaska News February 20, 2024

KTUU: State decides not to prosecute former APD officer charged with driving impaired off-duty and more ->

KTOO: Closing Juneau schools’ budget gap likely will mean eliminating dozens of jobs; Tongass Voices: Miko Montoya and Grayson Rebustes on building Juneau’s rap scene and more ->


Alaska Native News: Anchorage woman sentenced to prison for Social Security fraud; The defendant used the money to facilitate purchasing a new home and pay employees of a marijuana dispensary.; This Day in Alaska History-February 20th, 1916 and more ->


Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: North Pole structure fire results in death investigation and more ->

KINY: U.S. Attorney’s Office announces priority to prosecute white-collar, financial crimes in Alaska and more ->

KFSK: Teacher contract negotiations are complicated by tight budgets, limited education funding and more ->

KUCB: Unalaska Library launches Filipino Story Time and more ->
KMXT: U.S. Fish & Wildlife considering Trident’s request to replace bunkhouse dock, possibly disturb hundreds of sea otters in Kodiak and more ->

By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: I Live In Alaska Year-Round And This Is What It’s Really Like

Michael R Dougherty, Anchorage Memories: Anchorage Pioneer Jane Mears Did you know that when Anchorage began in 1915, our featured pioneer pushed to create the first children’s school? Meet Jane Mears in this edition.
Michael R Dougherty: Anchorage Firsts Do you know which newspaper was the first in Anchorage? Who hosted the first women’s TV show on channel 2? All of this and more in this edition.

Simple Living Alaska: 50 Below, We Still Go! | Felling Frozen Trees + Snowshoe Hare Pot Pie
Simple Living Alaska: Mouth-Watering Moose Recipes | Cooking at the Cabin

Alaska News February 18-19, 2024

KTUU: Thousands of dollars raised to help pay utility bills during Walk for Warmth; History made: Alaska’s Gus Schumacher claims World Cup title for rare U.S. men’s victory; Teams 19 and 40 scratch in McGrath as the 2024 Iron Dog wraps up second day and more ->

KTOO: Dr. Anne Zink to leave position as Alaska chief medical officer and more ->


Alaska Native News: This Day in Alaska History-February 18th, 1907; This Day in Alaska History-February 19th, 1902 and more ->

Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Nuisance properties in the Golden Heart City: What qualifies, what can be done? Missing in the North: Marion Gonangnan and more ->


KINY: State Troopers responded to three incidents in Ketchikan and more ->

By Katie Lawrence, Only In Your State: The Blueberry Loop Trail Might Be One Of The Most Beautiful Short-And-Sweet Hikes To Take In Alaska

Alaska News February 11-17, 2024

KYUK/KNBA: Nellie Moore leaves behind a huge footprint in Native Journalism
KINY: Governor Dunleavy and First Lady mourn the passing of Former Alaska Representative Tom Anderson
KTUU: Brehmer sentenced to 99 years for 2019 murder near Thunderbird Falls

KTUU: Contract worker killed on the job of Twentymile River Bridge project; Avalanche officials issue report on deadly slide, saying high winds are creating elevated risks; Video shows Anchorage woman shooing moose from grocery cart and more ->


KTOO: A Juneau advocate now holds a seat on the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and more ->

Alaska Native News: Scientists, others to discuss impact of beaver movement into Arctic; Ice fog not often a part of northern life; This Day in Alaska History-February 12th, 1908; This Day in Alaska History-February 13th, 1947; This Day in Alaska History-February 14th, 1909; This Day in Alaska History-February 15th, 1919; This Day in Alaska History-February 16th, 1851; This Day in Alaska History-February 17th, 1914 and more ->

Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: KTVF celebrates 69th anniversary and more ->
KSTK: Forest Service makes way for new Tongass cabins planned for 2025 and more ->

KFSK: Electronic monitoring bill unpopular with fishermen at first hearing and more ->

KRBD: Ketchikan high school students recognized for kindness; Red Lantern adult boutique opens in Ketchikan with a unique twist and more ->

KUCB: M/V Genius Star XI departs Unalaska after month-and-a-half stay and more ->

Delta Wind: Donations sought to fund End of Alaska Highway sign

KMXT: Kodiak High School students resume regular schedule after Kodiak Police respond to threat and more ->

Allgood News 2-16-24 Title Wave Books. Angela Libal loved her job so much, she bought the business!

Craig Medred: The vulnerable (II)
Craig Medred: Reckless deaths

By Mark Thiessen, The Associated Press: Minnesota company and employee cited for reckless driving in Alaska crash that killed 3 sled dogs ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Both a Minnesota man testing a snowmobile for his employer in the Alaska backcountry and the company have been cited for reckless driving after the machine slammed into a sled dog team on a training run in December, killing three dogs. Wahkiakum County Eagle: Writer’s Guild hosts three regional authors at upcoming reading

Must Read Alaska: World’s toughest snowmobile race: Iron Dog set for 40th year of squeezing the throttle to Nome


Jim Elliott, Yukon News: Yukon author’s novel offers gritty take on future climate fights

Alaska Native News: Arizona man sentenced for role in international drug trafficking ring; This Day in Alaska History-February 12th, 1908; This Day in Alaska History-February 13th, 1947 and more ->


Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Wainwright soldier indicted on kidnapping charge decides to self-represent and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Iñupiaq author wins national honors for her debut novel celebrating unity and beauty in Indigenous cultures and more ->


KINY: Former Kodiak High School Football Player Convicted of Sexual Assault in the First Degree, Coercion, and Furnishing Alcohol; laska DOT&PF and Alaska Railroad announce pioneer avalanche mitigation efforts and more ->


KUCB: St. Paul mother hopes sentencing her daughter’s attacker will bring her family peace; Unalaska woman ‘breaks the internet’ with eagles TikTok video; Alaska tribes, green group take aim at planned bottom-trawling study in northern Bering Sea and more ->

Delta Wind: Motor vehicle collision results in local man’s death and more ->

KMXT: Kodiak History Museum publishes database showcasing its entire object archive and more ->

Wendy Battino

The Howling.
I’ve been so busy between getting home and staying warm and skijoring and doctor’s appointments…I forgot to tell you the story of our journey home.
Well, our original flight was to be early February but the Alaska Airlines flight with the blown door changed everything. Flights were canceled and then the weather came in and more flights were canceled and then there was so much backup that Alaska Air would not fly the dogs for fear of delayed flights and the dogs getting stuck somewhere. I do appreciate that Alaska Air keeps a good eye out for the animals on their flights.
So, I had three canceled flights and was getting to have more adventures in California, however, I was anxious to get home.
Finally, we were cleared to fly. I did all the things, vet checks, and a long hike the day before to balance the stress for Artie & Moon. All seemed well as I checked in and made my way to my gate. I watched the dog kennels loaded onto the plane through the tall plate glass windows as I waited to board. My habit is to board the plane last because I want to be cramped on a plane as little as possible. Finally it was time to take my seat, everyone had boarded. I walked through First class and I heard, unmistakably, Moon, howling her Siberian head off in the hold right beneath me. A few moments later Artie joined her chorus, “AWWWWOOOOOOOO, AWWWWWOOOOOOO!!” Passengers in first class could clearly hear them too. I stopped. I believed they were shouting their connection howl, sounding out to find out where I was. I really had no choice, so I got down on my knees and prepared to answer their call, I knew they would hear me. Just then a flight attendant came up behind me and asked if I had dropped something. I turned and told her what was happening, and I asked her if it would be ok for me to howl down to my family in the hold. She did not bat an eye, so quick was she to measure the situation. She said, “Wait one moment, people are really on edge and I do not want them to get disturbed, I will make an announcement and then you can howl. I was very impressed. She got on the microphone and told the plane that they might hear 2 dogs howling in the hold and that in a moment, their owner was going to howl to them so could we all be quiet one moment so that these dogs could get their message?”. Wow, now I had to perform and everyone was straining to watch. Moon let out another pitiful and long howl and then I turned toward her and Artie down below, and ignored where I was, imagining I was calling to them from the boreal forest back home. I knelt down, cupped my mouth, and let out my best and loudest howl….And, Moon and Artie went silent, and the plane laughed. Then, the flight attendant got back on the microphone and said, “Would anyone else like to join in one more howl to let these dogs in the hold know that we care?”. And I swear, most of that plane load of fabulous people, HOWLED.
After that, it was a pretty upbeat flight with lots of chatter and visiting and we all made it back to Alaska to pick up our lives and reunite with loved ones, and remember to communicate our love.


Alaska News February 10, 2024

KTUU: Mat-Su students learn about side of healthcare often overlooked, especially here in Alaska; Winter Bike Fest: How Anchorage celebrates cycling in the snow and more ->
KYUK: 6,000 gallons of diesel spill in Kwigillingok after storage tank overflows and more ->

Alaska Native News: Indigenous Entrepreneurs Win $75,000 to Grow Their Small Businesses; District awards contract for Kenai coastal erosion project; This Day in Alaska History-February 10th, 1905 and more ->

Fairbanks News Webcenter 13: Missing for nearly 50 years: Digging up cold cases in Interior Alaska; Two Fairbanks schools faced threats of a shooting; Filming fights in Iraq and more ->

KINY: First fatal case of Alaskapox, a newly identified viral disease, claims Kenai Peninsula man; Murkowski, Cantwell introduce legislation to reauthorize the National Landslide Preparedness Act and more ->


KMXT: City plans to allocate more of sales tax revenue to ports, harbors and road improvements and more ->

Juneau Empire: Neighbors: SHI publishes book on slavery in Alaska that endured after federal abolishment Book explores Haida man’s quest for freedom that ended slavery in Alaska

Fairbanks Author Taffy Arlen: ‘Bleacher Blues’


Alaska News February 08-09, 2024

KTUU: 1 critically injured in Midtown Anchorage park as police look for suspect; New map allows trail users to track trapping locations and more ->


KTOO: An Anchorage woman is working to offer water cremation and other natural death care options in Alaska; Juneau’s new police chief talks accountability, hiring woes and more ->

Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Homicide at Russian Mission; New bike path named for deceased cyclist; Nenana Ice Classic ticket sales begin and more ->

KINY: Public safety commissioner seeks change in Alaska’s missing and murdered Indigenous people response; Rep. Peltola announces her 2024 Military Service Academy Nominations and more ->


Alaska Native News: Bison Company’s cold weather training triumphs in Bethel; The rusting of northern Alaska streams; 2024 First Lady Volunteer Awards Nomination Period Now Open; This Day in Alaska History-February 8th, 1939; This Day in Alaska History-February 9th, 1907 and more ->

KFSK: Pianist and teacher Tony Lu visits Petersburg and more ->

KRBD: $1.7 million of meth and fentanyl seized in Ketchikan, Alaska National Guard briefs community and more ->

KUCB: Unalaska Head Start expands, offers relief for parents and more ->
Delta Wind: Castner Glacier plan aims to crack down on unpermitted users and more ->

KMXT: Alaska Fisheries Report 08 February 2024 and more ->
JD Supra: Alaska Is First State to Adopt the NAIC ‎AI Model Bulletin by Issuing Bulletin B 24-01 ‎Governing ‎Licensed Insurers’ Use of AI

Book Trib: Teaching in the Dark by Genét Simone
In a remote Alaskan village, a young teacher relies on her courage, resilience and wit while enduring freezing temperatures, power outages, loneliness, and first-year teacher anxieties and missteps, but eventually realizes that those challenges pale in comparison to the life lessons she learns about the heart of teaching.

Craig Medred: The vulnerable
As a result, people like Carlton Higgins, an elderly Anchorage dentist die, are rundown and die because there is no reason for motorists to be concerned about running over them. Higgins was in a crosswalk theoretically intended to protect pedestrians when he was killed.

Alaska News February 06-07, 2024

KTUU: House and Senate lawmakers talk natural gas crisis ahead of joint meeting; Fairbanks man killed in Elliott Highway crash; No one hurt after Government Hill building suffers latest roof collapse in Anchorage and more ->
KTOO: Tongass Voices — Marilyn Lumba and more ->

Alaska Native News: Kashatok, of Kipnuk, Convicted for Possession of Child Pornography; This Day in Alaska History-February 6th, 1919; This Day in Alaska History-February 7th, 1893 and more ->

KINY: Alaska State Troopers investigate homicide in Russian Mission; Microplastics found in body tissues of walruses harvested by Alaska hunters; SEARHC and KTBC Agree to a Process for Establishing an Outpatient Substance Use Disorders Clinic to Support the Ketchikan Community and more ->

KSTK: In hopes to relieve local housing pressure, Alder Top lots will be sold under two methods later this year and more ->
KFSK: Petersburg Borough Assembly to send letter of support for airport upgrades and more ->
KRBD: Ketchikan grocery store collaborates with artist and culture bearers to cut down on plastic and more ->

KUCB: Pair of bills makes electronic monitoring of state-regulated fisheries a possibility and more ->

Delta Wind: Walk of Lights – hottest evening of outdoor fun
KMXT: Talk of the Rock: Juvenile Justice in Kodiak and more ->

By Jody Kerzman, KFYR: North Dakotans living in Alaska say snow and cold remind them of home
Apologies for the ADN paywall.
By Chris Bieri, ADN: ‘This is a step’: Meet the Alaska Native creators who played big roles in ‘True Detective’ Although it was shot in Iceland, the production included more than a dozen Alaska creators who took on a wide variety of duties.


The Alaska Frontier: 7 Best Things About A Tour Of Matanuska Glacier In Winter
The Alaska Frontier: 11 Of The Best Places To See The Aurora In Anchorage

Alaska News February 04-05, 2024

KTUU: Mountain View shooting leaves woman hospitalized, suspect in police custody; Divers pull out hundreds of pounds of trash from Whittier Harbor and more ->

KTOO: In Bristol Bay, shock and concern follow move to nix management council for nation’s largest state park; An appraiser told Anchorage its property was worth $3M. The city sold it to the former mayor for $2M and more ->

KYUK: LKSD’s 2024 Spelling Queen Bee; Federal regulators approve long-term plan for cleaning site of Alaska mercury mine and more ->


Alaska Native News: This Day in Alaska History-February 4th, 1941; This Day in Alaska History-February 5th, 1910 and more ->

KINY: Stagnant funding results in Alaska pre-K school closure, instability for vulnerable children and more ->

KFSK: Petersburg Borough Assembly to look at changing rules to buy Borough property and more ->

Delta Wind: BLM seeks input for new Castner Glacier Recreation Area Management Plan

KMXT: Midday Report – February 05, 2024

By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State: There’s A Deadly Plant Growing In Alaska Yards That Looks Like A Harmless Weed


Craig Medred: No-farm farm

By Ammon Swenson, Alaska Public Media Alaska author’s newest novel examines wild spaces, unlikely alliances and the healing power of the state
Author Kim Heacox is a former ranger with the National Park Service who has written multiple award-winning books and contributes to The Guardian, writing opinion pieces about the environment and public lands. He lives in Gustavus and his most recent novel is called “On Heaven’s Hill.” It follows the rumblings in a coastal Alaska town where plans for a controversial bridge and road bring together some unlikely allies. The three primary characters are a former trapper trying to make the best for his family, a young girl newly arrived to Alaska coping with her father’s wartime injuries and young wolf who lives on the outside of town.

Learn more ->

Riley Woodford, Alaska Department of Fish & Game: Black Bears and What Wolves Eat
Wolves mostly eat deer on Prince of Wales Island, but researchers using a new method of determining a predator’s diet have learned there’s a surprising assortment of other prey on the menu as well.

Prince William Sound is prime black bear habitat, and the area is popular with hunters and wildlife enthusiasts. Changes may be in store for bear hunters this spring.

And speaking of bears, Alaska’s McNeil River Sanctuary provides outstanding bear viewing opportunities. Molly McCarthy-Cunfer shares her experience in Alaska Fish and Wildlife News.
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Alaska News February 02-03, 2024

KTUU: ‘Why can’t I be an astronaut?’: First Native American to go to space speaks to Alaska Native students; Maria Downey honored by Anchorage Assembly and more ->
Dave Allgood News: Picking and grinning at the Anchorage Folk Festival & the 13th Annual Banjo Contest
Dave Allgood News: Comedic American opera ‘Scalia/Ginsburg’ to play PAC
Dave Allgood News: Orchestrating to obsolescence. The Anchorage music teacher who demands excellence & gives kindness.
KTOO: New condos built with Juneau Affordable Housing Fund loan are being sold at market rate; Alaska Senate passes new pension program for state employees, but final approval is in question; Amalga Distillery named James Beard semifinalist and more ->
KYUK: Kuskokwim Ice Road open from tundra villages all the way to Aniak and more ->
Alaska Native News: Attorney General Taylor Announces Settlement with Multinational Marketing Firm Publicis for Role in Opioid Epidemic; Apply today for new oyster hatchery training; This Day in Alaska History-January 28th, 1908; This Day in Alaska History-January 29th, 1908; This Day in Alaska History-January 30th, 1901; This Day in Alaska History-January 31st, 1956; This Day in Alaska History-February 1st, 1918; This Day in Alaska History-February 2nd, 1931 and more ->
Faribanks News Webcenter 11: State publishes quarterly report on missing Indigenous persons; Filmmaker visits Fairbanks, presents documentary on soldiers; Braving the bitter cold in bikinis and more ->
KINY: Alaska & Hawaii Delegations Seek Medicare Reimbursement Flexibility for Rural Hospitals; Governor Dunleavy legislation aims to increase competition and reduce energy costs for ratepayers and more ->


KSTK: Dunleavy honored Wrangell’s Mayor Patty Gilbert at the State of the State and more ->

Resurrection Bay Historical Society
The next Thursdays: Our History program on Feb. 15 will feature Dorothy Gray, secretary-treasurer of the Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai, talking about The History of Russian Orthodoxy in Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula. Dorothy is also chair of Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska whose mission is to preserve and restore the state’s historic Russian Orthodox churches. The program will start at 7 pm at the Seward Community Library & Museum.

Learn more ->


KFSK: Petersburg Police Department annual report points to crime drop-off in 2023; Petersburg actor L’xeis Diane Benson is in HBO’s True Detective: Night Country and more ->


KRBD: Alaska National Guard headed to Ketchikan to talk fentanyl and more ->

KUCB: M/V Genius Star XI moors in Dutch Harbor and more ->
Delta Wind: Caring Hearts marks one year and more ->

IMXT: Kodiak bear cubs caught on video thousands of miles away from home after escaping from a Florida “bear trainer” and more ->

28th Anniversary Alaska Ski for Women Sunday, February 4, 2024
Craig Medred: Near death
Craig Medred: Backyard fish
Craig Medred: Fall of the kings

Craig Medred: Why, just why?
Craig Medred: Gone processing

Craig Medred: For sale
Craig Medred: Winning

Craig Medred: New Ice Age
Simple Living Alaska: Burbot or Bust | Set Lines on the Frozen River
Simple Living Alaska: Workin’ Hard & Eating Good | Cold Winter Days

Simple Living Alaska: Making + Drying Fresh Pasta | Tortellini and Lemon Magic Cake

Alaska News January 24-31, February 01, 2024

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) recognizes Maria Downey as “Alaskan of the Week” – January 25, 2024


By Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, Pro Publica: Police Say They Won’t Reopen Case of Alaska Woman Found Dead on Mayor’s Property


By Rachel Cassandra, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage: Alaska organization trains salon and beauty professionals to recognize domestic abuse signs


By Claire Stremple, Alaska Beacon: Advocates say human trafficking is a growing problem in Alaska, as lawmakers push for solutions Victim service providers say traffickers are targeting younger, more vulnerable populations

JD Supra: Alaska Adopts New Out-of-State Pharmacy Requirements

By Rod Boyce, UAF Geophysical Institute: Local items boost students’ connection to science


By Ned Rozell, UAF Geophysical Institute, Delta Wind: On the ancient trail of a woolly mammoth


Lat 65 Events: Fairbanks Writers: First Friday Pop-up Bookstore

By James Brooks, Alaska Beacon: Government & Politics Health Some skepticism as Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposes biggest use of executive power in decades As the legislative session began, the governor issued 12 executive orders affecting boards, commissions and agencies

KNOM Radio Transmission: The Nome Static, Transmission 720: February 2024


FCC Alert – People Mover Holiday Schedule & December PTAB Meeting

Alaska News January 16-23, 2024

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) at an Armed Services Committee hearing – January 23, 2024

KTUU Dave Allgood: Anchorage woman celebrates her 107th birthday! Meet Phoibe Nyirabashali! and more ->
KTOO: On Kake Day, Alaska Quakers to apologize for forced assimilation and donate funds for healing center and more ->

KYUK: Bethel mother pleads guilty to murdering her adopted daughter ; New YKHC customer lodge opens more than 100 rooms for medical travelers and more ->

Alaska Native News: Johnny Johnson Sentenced to 99 years for 2022 murder of Alan Wagers; One Fatality in Parks Highway Pickup/Semi Head-On Collision; Governor Dunleavy Introduces Legislation to Help Increase Land Available to Alaskans; On the ancient trail of a woolly mammoth; Russian war on Ukraine hampers Arctic change predictions; This Day in Alaska History-January 16th, 1920; This Day in Alaska History-January 17th, 1913; This Day in Alaska History-January 18th, 1909; This Day in Alaska History-January 19th, 1900; This Day in Alaska History-January 20th, 1913; This Day in Alaska History-January 21st, 1905; This Day in Alaska History-January 22nd, 1902; This Day in Alaska History-January 23rd, 1969 and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Man arrested after returning to rob witness of previous burglary; Fairbanks man tased, arrested while driving stolen vehicle and more ->

The Arctic Sounder: Longtime North Slope educator honored for putting Inupiaq at the center of learning; and more ->

KSTK: Remembering how several communities came together post Wrangell’s landslide; The Wrangell Sentinel’s reporter and photographer, Mark Robinson, opens up about his life before, and in, Southeast Alaska and more ->
KFSK: Petersburg Medical Center to review new details on hospital replacement project; Land swap means Petersburg pump station upgrade can move forward and more ->


KRBD: Ketchikan resident charged with arson in apartment fire; Saxman man remains missing and more ->
KUCB: Tustumena to make five Aleutian chain runs this summer; Almost five years after a fatal car crash in Unalaska, families still await a trial and more ->

KMXT: Midday Report – January 23, 2024 and more ->
By Jeff Lowenfels, Jonathan White: ‘Teaming With Microbes’ podcast: Is plastic pollution killing your soil?

Sciences Advances: A female woolly mammoth’s lifetime movements end in an ancient Alaskan hunter-gatherer camp
Sorry for the ADN paywall
The story Elsa tells represents much of the Alaska homesteading experience for women; it was a lonely time of being confined to the homestead and …


By Alice Gibb, Newsweek: Jaws Drop as Woman Greeted With Flock of Bald Eagles
By Ava White, KNOM: HBO’s ‘True Detective’ collaborates with Iñupiaq for Alaska accuracy
By Anne Easton, Forbes: ‘True Detective: Night Country’ Star Jodie Foster Says Alaskan Traditions Contribute To Eeriness Of The Series


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