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|Photos: In Kincaid Park, Solstice Tree Tour brightens dark time of yearAlaskaDispatch / 47 min. ago more|
People walked the Mize Loop at Kincaid Park to view 30 trees that were decorated for Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage's second annual Solstice Tree Tour on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. Local businesses sponsored trees to celebrate Winter Solstice and the return of longer days.
|Alaska Marijuana Board Shuts Down Embattled Edibles Company - U.S. News & World ReportGoogle News / 1 h. 11 min. ago more|
News & ObserverAlaska Marijuana Board Shuts Down Embattled Edibles CompanyU.S. News & World ReportAlaska's marijuana control agency has voted to revoke the license of a marijuana edibles manufacturer that's accused of selling moldy products. Dec. 18, 2017, at 2:33 a.m.. Alaska Marijuana Board Shuts Down Embattled Edibles Company. Share. ×. Share on ...Wholesale marijuana taxes frustrate Alaska growersNews & Observerall 3 news articles »
|Readers write: Letters to the editor, December 18, 2017AlaskaDispatch / 1 h. 16 min. ago more|
Trump draining his own swampWith the continuing departure of White House staff this week and the expectation of more losses with the new year, Mr. Trump is keeping his word to "drain the D.C. swamp."— Robert Hammaker, PalmerCowards kneel, heroes standSigh.Still it continues.Grown men put on costumes whilst denigrating the flag and those that put on uniforms so as to give those that put on said costumes to play a game and supposedly 'earn' millions of dollars all the while those that don a uniform, while risking, and many times losing their lives, to uphold and defend the freedoms that those that wear said costumes exhibit.Those that don said costumes and denigrate those that don actual uniforms deserve no respect, nor allegiance, as those costume wearers that denigrate the uniform wearers, and the banner, standard, and flag for which they stand, not kneel within capitulation.The act of kneeling confirms that you are but a coward, and nothing more than that.Cowards kneel. Heroes stand.And cowards?You are losing, because you are not honored, as those that don uniforms are.You are a laughingstock, because you hold no true worth, inclusive of the millions you make to play a game, dressed in a costume.You are your own downfall, and I, for one, wish you Godspeed within that endeavor, because you deserve nothing less.— Randy Lee Harkins, AnchorageGee, thanks for the 4-cent raiseThe title pretty much says it all, don't ya think? A whopping 4 cent minimum wage increase per hour? That will surely entice the college-educated to apply for a job! That would push me over the fence to get my masters. I would ask for 8 cents! Who says education doesn't pay?!— Rolf L Bilet, Anchorage'Trickle down' doesn't workI am very disappointed in our U.S. senators during the recent tax cut debate. I expected Danny Boy to toe the party line but with Lisa I had a glimmer of hope that she would keep showing the spine she had recently developed. Alas the carrot of ANWR bought her off.With the U.S. economy doing quite well how can cutting taxes for corporations and the rich actually help the middle and lower class. I for one, a small-business owner, will probably end up losing my health care because of the repeal of the individual mandate.When will the notion that "trickle down economics" works be put to rest. The corporations and the rich are greedy, they keep the money. That's the way capitalism works.I want to end on a high note and wish everyone a wonderful holiday season. Pray for snow.— Michael Henrich, AnchorageDitch admin and keep teachersThe Anchorage School District has been crying poverty for years. How come they don't get rid of some of those assistant principals of this or the other thing? We need the poor teachers a lot more.— Jim Bell, AnchorageThe right has sunk to a new lowWhen Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to examine the Trump campaign's Russian links, he was praised by all sides as a balanced, honest person who would examine the issues fairly. Newt Gingrich called him a "superb choice." Now that Mueller has turned up shocking evidence of widespread conniving with the Russians throughout the Trump camp, the right-wind noise machine has gone ballistic trying to discredit him and manufacture a smoke screen to shield traitorous activities. How they can do this with a straight face is beyond me — if Democrats had consorted with a hostile foreign power to subvert our elections, they'd be frothy beet red with screaming rage.This is a dangerous new low. Thomas Jefferson stressed that a functioning democracy is founded upon an informed electorate. It is heart-wrenching to watch these malignant operatives tear at the fabric of our country by turning reality upside down. Political conservatives of integrity need to unite against these crazed ideologues and the Republicans that consort with them.— Larry Landry, GustavusTime to embrace our similaritiesAbortion and guns: the two most divisive topics in politics. Our current political climate is, to say the least, divided. But I'd like to propose a reconciling: instead of vilifying the "other" and embracing our politicians voting solely on party lines, what if we shift our focus to cooperation, compromise, and respectful conversation?Our officials in Washington spend a disturbing amount of time meeting with lobbyists. The time not spent with lobbyists, they're campaigning to get re-elected. This leaves little time to actually represent us. Which, as we're electing them, should be the priority!Despite political affiliations, the majority of Americans likely fall in the 95th percentile on a bell curve. This means that our similarities far outweigh our differences (minus extremist outliers). Yet we're so busy pitting Blue against Red that we've become unconcerned that politicians receive big money from lobbyists, and cooperation across the aisle isn't encouraged, much less the norm.We, as a nation, would benefit far more from embracing difference of opinion, and having respectful conversation to reach a happy medium. These problems in Washington will not be solved overnight, but change starts with us realizing that we have more to lose divided than united, and big money has no place in our republic.— Lauren Jerew, HomerTax bill is a con jobThe current tax bill obviously favors corporations and the wealthy over the majority of Americans. They are throwing us a bone as they dine in inceasing luxury knowing the bones will go away in a few years.In these times of increasing corporate profits and low unemployment, is it even worth gambling on increasing the deficit with our mutual credit card? It would make more sense to create better jobs by spending on our crumbling infrastructure — increasing personal incomes and tax revenue.They are counting on selling their con and retaining their control by pleasing their donors. Like the 45committee (Trump superpac) praising Murkowski and Americans for Prosperity (Koch brothers) attacking public education. They aren't working for us.— Tim Pritchett, AnchorageBig brother is taking overOur current Administration now sends censors to tell government scientists what words they can use in reporting on national medical research, trends, issues, and guidance.Sounds like "1984" to me.— Martin Becker, FairbanksTime to take a look at taxing meatWith Congressional Republicans rushing to place a new tax bill on President's Trump's desk before Christmas, here comes the respected British publication The Guardian suggesting a new source of tax revenue — meat. Yes, a tax on meat, to beat the health and climate crises.The concept is hardly radical. We already pay taxes on tobacco, alcohol, sugary sodas, plastic bags, and other consumables that afflict the public health and other social costs.The revenue would reimburse Medicare, Medicaid and other government health care programs for treating victims of chronic diseases that have been linked conclusively with consumption of animal products. It would contribute to the costs of restoring air and water quality and wildlife habitats that have been devastated by production of these items.Benjamin Franklin noted that nothing is certain except death and taxes. However, death can be deferred substantially by taxing the very products that make us sick.— Art Doddermyer, AnchorageDon't need to take another hitRarely does Congress move with such decisiveness and cooperation on hot button political issues, like taxation. Yet despite this fact, 400 members of Congress voted to delay implementation of the so-called HIT tax, (the Health Insurance Tax) for 2017. We are hoping that Sen. Murkowski joins in supporting delay of the implementation of the HIT Tax in 2018 as well.Alaska premiums are the highest in the nation due to factors unrelated to the quality of the coverage. The HIT levies an additional penalty on employers and employees that have "Cadillac" plans. This assessment assumes that a plan that costs more than the national average is a special perk. Of course, in Alaska virtually ALL plans cost more than the average elsewhere!Alaska small-business plans went from premiums of roughly $500 per month when the ACA passed, to $1,800 per month today!Imposing a tax that would raise Alaskans' healthcare premiums an additional 3 percent in 2018 alone, suppresses the ability of the economy to grow, add jobs, raise wages and improve our quality of life! It is for this reason that delaying implementation of the HIT tax is the number one priority of small businesses. Indeed, any action by our delegates that does not result in real health care relief for Alaskan small businesses and families ignores the desperate needs of Alaska constituents.— Linda Peters, Anchorage
|Alaska Woman Accused of Driving Car Into Boyfriend in Hawaii - U.S. News & World ReportGoogle News / 1 h. 29 min. ago more|
Alaska Woman Accused of Driving Car Into Boyfriend in HawaiiU.S. News & World ReportAn Alaska woman accused of driving a car into her boyfriend on the Big Island has been charged with attempted murder. Dec. 18, 2017, at 2:15 a.m.. Alaska Woman Accused of Driving Car Into Boyfriend in Hawaii. Share. ×. Share on Facebook · Post on ...and more »
|Judge gives OK for counsel to probe Rogoff financesAlaskaDispatch / 1 h. 43 min. ago more|
A federal judge ruled Friday that the public trustee in Alice Rogoff's Alaska Dispatch News bankruptcy case may hire a Seattle legal firm with expertise in recovering assets.U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court Alaska Division Judge Gary Spraker didn't buy into an argument by Rogoff's attorney that such a move would be a wasted expense. Public trustee Nacole Jipping is obligated to examine the affairs and records of Alaska Dispatch News LLC and requires special legal expertise to do so, her attorney, William Artus, had argued in asking Spraker's permission to hire extra counsel."To suggest the distribution would be smaller if (another attorney is hired) is not sufficient basis, or any basis for that matter, to not employ special counsel," Spraker said in response to Rogoff's bankruptcy attorney, Cabot Christianson, who argued extensively in written and oral arguments against hiring Bush Kornfeld of Seattle.Christianson claimed Rogoff would be the recipient of 88 percent of any money recovered during the Chapter 7 process because she is owed $16.6 million in "loans" she claims to have made to the Alaska Dispatch News. Therefore, she would see the biggest losses in a lower monetary recovery after contingency fees are paid out."To Ms. Rogoff, it's just crazy. It's just crazy if you look at it from the other creditors' small benefit, after an increase in attorney fees," Christianson argued. The other unsecured creditors are those dozens of individuals and businesses owed a collective $2.3 million by the former Alaska Dispatch News.Rogoff owned the Alaska Dispatch News for three years from 2014-17 before filing bankruptcy on Aug. 12. The newspaper was sold to the Binkley Co. a month later for $1 million and the company has returned the paper to its original name, the Anchorage Daily News.Spraker further warned Christianson he hadn't yet ruled on Rogoff's claim that she will be owed $16.6 million."You're jumping to the end," he told Christianson.After the what's known as a "2004 examination" takes place in court, Spraker will decide whether to allow Rogoff's claim as the largest creditor of her former company.That step comes perhaps several months away, after the examination into many financial documents by Jipping, the public trustee, is complete.Christianson also accused Jipping's attorney of jumping the gun in allowing Bush Kornfeld to help author legal responses, saying the firm had already started "ghostwriting" for Artus before the judge gave them approval to hire the firm."It's a stealth thing by a front man while we get these documents solely designed for litigation," Christianson complained.If the judge didn't allow the hire of Bush Kornfeld, "I want it to cease," he said of the so-called ghostwriting.In granting approval to hire the firm, Spraker said he was permitting them to continue to consult. Christine Tobin-Presser, an attorney with Bush Kornfeld, joined the hearing via video to speak about documents they will need in order to make a thorough examination of finances leading up to bankruptcy.Tobin-Presser has worked for the firm since 1998 in a practice that "emphasizes commercial creditor-debtor issues" as well as Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations, according to a biography on the Bush Kornfeld website.Artus had asked to hire special counsel from Bush Kornfeld LLP to represent the trustee "in analyzing and potentially pursuing avoidance actions." This is a legal phrasing that boils down to whether there are assets out there that can be claimed from third parties that formerly belonged to Rogoff.The prevailing legal concept is that if it has monetary value, that value should go to the people owed money, Presser-Tobin later explained.Presser-Tobin will help Jipping analyze what apparently are "voluminous" documents pertaining to finances leading up to Rogoff's Aug. 12 bankruptcy.After the Sept. 11 sale of the Dispatch to the Binkley Co., much of the financial bank statements and earnings/losses reports were transferred to the new owners as well. Christianson complained about the "burdensomeness" of the requested documents and some of the problems client Rogoff is having fulfilling the court order to produce them since the documents aren't in her possession.The GCI purchase of the Anchorage Daily News headquarters, and rental agreements, for example, are on a CD that encompasses 560 pages, Christianson said.Other documents, such as the Northrim Bank transactions, and emails produced by Rogoff while she was publisher of Alaska Dispatch may have proprietary information that isn't pertinent to the bankruptcy, Christianson said.Rogoff's personal attorney, James Lister of the Washington D.C. firm of Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot, also wants to keep separate any documents requested that may be personal to Rogoff, and documents related to the business.Bankruptcy laws address the limited liability corporate holdings, in this case, the Alaska Dispatch News. They cannot, in most instances, address Rogoff's personal wealth.In fact, Lister argued in a motion asking the judge to deny a 2004 rule exam that "it would be unfair to Rogoff for the Trustee to … (require) the Debtor to produce documents regarding Rogoff's business affairs that the Debtor does not have."But Spraker showed little patience about complaints on difficulties retrieving documents. He proposed that since the trustee, Jipping, now has access to Alaska Dispatch bank records and even email, it is up to all the attorneys to agree on how they will access the financial information.After the 2004 examination documents have been thoroughly combed through, then a public 2004 exam will be scheduled at a later date to be determined by Jipping and her attorneys, Spraker said. At that time, Rogoff will be asked questions in court based on what is found in the financials.In overruling Rogoff's objections to having her finances examined in the 2004 proceeding, the judge is allowing a new phase into Rogoff's finances as it relates to decisions that may have caused the companies' debts.Artus had written that he read Rogoff's objection to having her finances examined as a look into details "that may uncover fact that would lead to liability on the part of Ms. Rogoff, individually."Artus also clarified that Jipping isn't asking to examine Rogoff's personal finances.But this is proving a sensitive point since Rogoff's divorce from billionaire David Rubenstein was finalized on Dec. 8. Rubenstein's established wealth is $3 billion.The divorce settlement amount was not made public.
|With shelters maxed out, nonprofit uses SB 91 money to house homeless people with criminal recordsAlaskaDispatch / 2 h. 19 min. ago more|
Every day, dozens of people with criminal records descend on a small office on Barrow Street in downtown Anchorage.Some need a bus pass. Others want to hop on a computer to look for jobs.Since the passage of Senate Bill 91 in 2016, the number of people crowding each day into the nonprofit-run Partners Reentry Center, which helps former prisoners integrate back into society, has skyrocketed. It's one of the more visible signs of the effects of Alaska's ambitious push toward criminal justice reform. The effort has touched all aspects of criminal justice in the state, including the reduced use of prison as punishment for the most common crimes.The reentry center has so far received close to $400,000 in "reinvestment" money that would otherwise be directed to prisons, according to state health department officials.With a boosted budget, the center recently intervened in Anchorage's overflowing emergency shelters. Staff members conducted a weeklong mass intake in November at Brother Francis Shelter and Bean's Cafe. Outside, temperatures were dropping. In the end, more than two dozen homeless people with criminal records were placed in short-term housing through the agency.[How SB 91 has changed Alaska's criminal justice system]The center's director, Cathleen McLaughlin, says she's taken seriously the state's goal of reducing the state's high rate of people returning repeatedly to jail. She can find a place for every former prisoner who wants stability and jobs, she says, if they have the right attitude."There are a lot of empty beds in this town," McLaughlin said.McLaughlin has also been working with the Anchorage Police Department to develop a program that could allow, for example, a person who is caught stealing to avoid criminal charges in exchange for working with the reentry program to find a job and housing. The program is in its very early stages, police officials said. Partners Reentry Center has set aside 30 beds, McLaughlin said.The reentry center is overseen by Partners for Progress, a nonprofit founded in 1998. The organization helped Alaska District Court Judge Jim Wanamaker set up the state's first court aimed at helping people with addiction.In 2013, the nonprofit used money from a state contract to open the reentry center. The center costs $800,000 a year to run, including the additional money from the criminal justice reform legislation, SB 91.About 40 percent of its budget covers salaries and benefits for a staff of eight, according to McLaughlin.Inside the front door, there's a small front seating area, several staff offices and a reception desk. To the left, there's a computer lab, which can be packed at certain parts of the day. Posters with messages about focus and drive plaster the walls.Heather Willems made her way to the Barrow Street office from the Anchorage jail last month, after she was released from Hiland Mountain Correctional Center. She had served a month for felony assault. She got a place to stay that night.The re-entry center has an inventory of more than 300 beds, scattered across Anchorage.Willems, 32, was placed in a downtown inn with a roommate. Her first month was free, because she proved she was looking for jobs. She was checking in at the office two to three times a week.By Christmas, Willems will be paying $200, or half her rent, while the agency covers the other half. That's part of the deal. Rent rises over time.Willems already had two jobs lined up. One started the following week: a temporary position making calls warning people about toxins.Walking out of the office, Willems proudly brandished a 30-day bus pass, a reward for sticking with the program.She has had a positive start. But other stories end more quickly. McLaughlin and other staff members are clear: This is not an entitlement agency. No free rides.One man last week said he couldn't abide by the rules of checking in and job-hunting. He would rather be on the street, drinking, McLaughlin said."And it was like, OK."Even so, the center has seen a dramatic rise in foot traffic. More than 86 people now come to the office each day on average, up from 57 a day before the legislative overhaul, according to McLaughlin.Part of the surge has to do with the center extending its reach to Anchorage's emergency homeless shelter on East Third Avenue, when the number of people seeking shelter outpaced the available space in November. McLaughlin and her staff heard about the problem and headed down."If you have a criminal record, come see me," McLaughlin recalled telling people.Of about 40 people who were initially housed, 32 were still stably housed and looking for work, McLaughlin said.A few people spent a single night in an inn. Then they never came back. Some couldn't stay sober, though the center offers to pay for a taxi to a health clinic or Alaska Native Medical Center for a shot of a medication called Vivitrol, which curbs cravings for alcohol or drugs.Frederick Peters, 51, said he was homeless for about a month before he made his way to Partners. Court documents show he's been convicted of theft and assault. His most recent conviction was for using a credit card that wasn't his.He said he'd been sleeping outside in his wheelchair wrapped in a blanket. Then he got tired of being cold, he said. He made his way up to the Barrow Street office. He was checking in every few days.McLaughlin said Peters' case is a difficult one. He has been drinking, despite sobriety policies, she said. He recently made it clear he hoped to live permanently at his temporary hotel room and have the agency pay his rent, she said. McLaughlin doesn't think that will work.Unless he goes on Vivitrol or finds some way to treat his addiction, McLaughlin said, the agency may not be able to keep housing him.Barbara Dunham, staff attorney at the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission, said McLaughlin's agency is part of a growing web of agencies working on criminal justice reform, and early results have been encouraging.Dunham also said no one expects a 100 percent success rate."Even one person who, through Partners for Progress, has been turned off the criminality, then that's one person who is not creating a victim in the future," Dunham said.
|Kodiak officials prepare for ‘disaster’: An 80 percent decline in Gulf cod catches in 2018AlaskaDispatch / 2 h. 31 min. ago more|
Kodiak officials already are drafting a disaster declaration due to the crash of cod stocks throughout the Gulf of Alaska. The shortage will hurt many other coastal communities as well.Gulf cod catches for 2018 will drop by 80 percent to just under 29 million pounds in federally managed waters, compared to a harvest this year of nearly 142 million pounds. The crash is expected to continue into 2020 or 2021.Cod catches in the Bering Sea also will decline by 15 percent to 414 million pounds. In all, Alaska produces 12 percent of global cod fish.The bad news was announced by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which sets the catches for more than 25 species in waters from 3 miles to 200 miles from shore in the Gulf and the Bering Sea."It's almost like a double, triple, quadruple disaster because it's not just one year," said Julie Bonney, director of the Alaska Groundfish Data Bank. She added that the cod decline will decrease revenues for fishermen who use longline, pots, jig and trawl gear and will make it more difficult for processors to fill their market demands. It also will be a huge hit to the coffers of local communities, which get a 3 percent tax on all fish landings.Kodiak fisheries analyst Heather McCarty called the cod crash "devastating" for the short- and long-term.The cod decline is blamed on younger fish not surviving warm ocean temperatures that began in 2014.[Alaska's fishing fleet is graying, and that's not a good thing. A new report suggests answers.]"It was different than other years in that it went really deep, and it also lasted throughout the winter. What can happen is the food source can deplete rapidly when the entire ecosystem is ramped up in those warm temperatures," said Steve Barbeaux, a scientist with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.The warm water also hurt cod egg survival and wiped out several year classes of juvenile fish.The harvest numbers for state waters (inside 3 miles) also will plummet as they are based on the federal catches. That will really hurt small-boat fishermen. A breakdown by the Aleutians East Borough shows state water cod catches next year in the Gulf will total less than 10 million pounds compared to more than 48 million pounds in 2017.As further examples of badly it will play out in some Gulf communities – at Cook Inlet the cod take next year will drop to under 700,000 pounds compared to more than 6.2 million pounds in 2017. At Prince William Sound, the cod catch will be less than 1 million pounds, down from 4.3 million pounds. At Kodiak, the state waters cod catch in 2018 will be 2.2 million pounds, down from more than 12 million pounds in 2017.Kodiak City Council member John Whiddon said there are criteria for declaring a fisheries disaster prior to an event occurring, which include certain thresholds."An 80 percent reduction in quota over the five year average, which in this case is where we are, gets us to the level where we can actually get this letter out prior to the prosecution of the fisheries, so we meet that threshold," he said at a recent Council meeting.The City of Kodiak plans to get a disaster declaration request into Gov. Walker's hands by the end of this year.Bristol Bay Fish Expo number 2It's more than six months away, but participants are already signing up for the second annual Bristol Bay Fish Expo set for early June at Naknek.The expo was launched last year as a way to open the doors of the Little Angels Child Care Academy."It was pretty phenomenal. We raised $17,000 and our goal was $13,000. It was awesome," said Katie Copps-Wilson, an Expo co-organizer.The theme of last summer's expo was "Bridging the Bay," with an intent of better connecting the surrounding communities with the fishing and processing sectors."It really gave the people, the businesses, the fishermen – people who come into our community year after year – a venue to get to know each other better and help celebrate the community."The first expo attracted 44 exhibitors plus sponsors of various events that will be repeated this go around."We had a 'speed dating' job fair for captains and crew. It went really well and a lot of matches were made," Copps-Wilson said with a laugh.Another popular event was a fashion show that showcased fishing regalia and vintage items. That event, sponsored this year by Nomar Fisheries Gear of Homer, will expand to include wearable arts on the fashion runway.The 2018 theme is "Celebrating the Past; Sustaining the Future" and will showcase Bristol Bay's processing history. Copps-Wilson said local processors are some of the expo's biggest supporters."They had so much fun having booths and are already planning for next year," she said. "It's their opportunity to get out into the community and see people and visit. A lot of these people have been coming here their whole lifetimes and they've never been able to be in a such an interactive setting."Fish Expo dollars will go toward sustaining the child care center, she said, and next year will also benefit the local Boys and Girls Club."People really appreciate that it's not just a trade show and who knows where the money goes. The money is going back into the community to help out kids' services," Copps-Wilson said, adding that the Fish Expo has surpassed all expectations."I don't think we realized what we created," she said. "We were interested in finding a way to raise some money so we could open the doors for Little Angels, but it grew into this other thing and we had no idea how big it would be."Bristol Bay Fish Expo is set for June 8-9 at Naknek High School. Registration is open now at a reduced rate through the end of January. Learn more at bristolbayfishexpo.com.Fishing almanac debutsThe first Alaska Young Fishermen's Almanac has debuted in time for holiday giving and it is selling fast. The 140-page book, published by the Alaska Young Fishermen's Network, includes stories, advice, recipes, photos and illustrations from across Alaska.The effort is touted as "a first-of-its-kind cultural touchstone that communicates and celebrates our unique, shared and cherished fishing ways of life." Further, "it captures the ingenuity, persistence, humor and passion of the next generation of community and fishing leaders in Alaska and conveys the importance of community-based fishing livelihoods.""It turned out so beautifully. I am so excited to see it finished and in people's hands," said Hannah Heimbuch, who participated in the project."The vibrancy and beauty of fishing comes through from all of the contributions," echoed Rachel Donkersloot, Working Waterfronts Director for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, which helped fund the almanac along with the Alaska Humanities Forum. "From the poems and short stories and the colorful photos that bounce off the pages. These are our young Alaska fishermen and they are so creative and courageous and funny and hard-working. We also collected great advice from some of our veteran fishermen. I'm just thrilled with the way it came out."All proceeds from sales of the $25 almanac will go toward volume two. Find the Alaska Young Fishermen's Almanac at the Salmon Sisters website at aksalmonsisters.com.
|My boss gave me a big raise; things at work went downhill from thereAlaskaDispatch / 2 h. 45 min. ago more|
Q: Two months ago I pushed hard for a raise. I let my boss know that while I loved working for him, I wasn't making enough and would have to look elsewhere if I didn't get a substantial pay increase. Three days after that, my boss said he didn't want to lose me, and offered me almost as much as I'd asked for. The raise he granted me was more than I thought I'd get, and I thanked him profusely.Things went downhill after that. Before granting me the raise, he praised me whenever I brought him a finished task. He never used to worry about how long it took me to complete a task. Now, he critiques small errors and frequently asks, "How long did it take you to complete this?"Other things have happened that make me worry my days here are numbered. While he formerly used me as a sounding board, he doesn't now. He's also left me out of three meetings this month. Formerly he'd have invited me to all of them. When I asked him about this, he said, "Your time is valuable, and I need to think before I take up your time with meetings." Am I imagining things, or am I in trouble?A: While you may be imagining problems, I doubt it. Given that you admit you pushed hard, got more of a raise than you anticipated and felt a sea change soon thereafter, your boss may feel "pay raise remorse." Workplace consultant Scott Stender notes, "Asking for a raise is never simple. Not only is it difficult for the employee asking, it's hard for the employer facing the 'ask,' particularly if he earlier considered you fairly paid. Your manager may have felt caught between his desire to retain you and the need to hold the line on costs." Further, your raise may have taken money he planned to use elsewhere, and each payday reminds him of this.Next, your raise apparently made your boss re-evaluate how he leverages your work hours, and he's decided he won't pay what he may consider premium wages for meeting attendance. On the surface, this presents no problem, and you won't find him wasting your time. More worrisome is that you've lost access to your boss. Workplace consultant Jennifer Yuhas suggests you "allow things to settle but ask for an explanation if you don't regain this access."[How to avoid getting blindsided by a layoff]Your boss's explanation may surprise you. You may learn that while you thought you served as your boss's sounding board, he felt he was mentoring you. If so, and if he's discontinued these discussions, it means one of two things. He may now be focused on you fully "earning your keep" and consider the time he formerly gave you as overly generous if added to your higher salary.Alternatively, you pushing hard for a raise may have made your boss feel backed into a corner – and one he now regrets. If so, you won't be the first employee who shot herself in the foot even as she secured a short-term benefit.The most important question — what do you do now? Your answer: earn that raise. Make him glad he didn't lose you, and you glad you stayed.
|Track Palin arrested on burglary, assault chargesAlaskaDispatch / 3 h. 55 min. ago more|
Track Palin, the eldest son of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, was in jail on Sunday facing assault and burglary charges.Track Palin, 28, appeared in state court in Palmer earlier in the day on a felony burglary charge and misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief charges, court records showed. The records indicated all the charges involved domestic violence.It is not clear whether he entered a plea to the charges.His legal troubles have prompted his mother in the past to question the support available for military veterans like him who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress."Given the nature of actions addressed last night by law enforcement and the charges involved, the Palins are unable to comment further," the family's attorney, John Tiemessen, said in a statement on Sunday."They ask that the family's privacy is respected during this challenging situation just as others dealing with a struggling family member would also request."Court records did not indicate whether an attorney had been appointed for Track Palin, and Reuters was unable to reach an attorney who has represented him in the past.A representative for Sarah Palin could not immediately be reached. Court records did not indicate whether an attorney had been appointed for Track Palin, and Reuters was unable to reach an attorney who has represented him in the past.After his arrest on Saturday, he remained in custody at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer on Sunday afternoon, Megan Edge, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Corrections, said by phone.In 2016, he faced several charges related to domestic violence, including using a weapon while intoxicated, court records show. The case was resolved in a special veterans' court, with a conviction on a misconduct charge.His involvement in a fight at a family gathering in 2014 also drew wide attention. Authorities did not file criminal charges in the incident.Sarah Palin, a former Alaska governor, rose to national prominence after being selected as U.S. Sen. John McCain's running mate in his failed 2008 presidential bid against Democrat Barack Obama.
|Photos: Best of December 2017AlaskaDispatch / 4 h. 9 min. ago more|
Anchorage Daily News photographers and contributors capture slices of life from the Anchorage area and across Alaska in December 2017.
|Power outage paralyzes world’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-JacksonAlaskaDispatch / 4 h. 16 min. ago more|
A power outage crippled air traffic at the world's busiest airport Sunday, stranding thousands of travelers and disrupting flights nationwide, just a people begin the busy Christmas travel week.Officials said Sunday night that the power outage at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport started with a fire in a Georgia Power underground electrical facility. The utility said the fire caused extensive damage, but that it hoped to have power restored by midnight. The cause of the fire had not been determined.Meanwhile, Delta Airlines has canceled 300 flights Monday and was offering its customers traveling Sunday and Monday the opportunity to make a one-time change to their travel plans without penalty.There were reports that some planes sat on the tarmac for more than six hours waiting to move. And, after more than six hours, power was restored to one of the airport's seven concourses."First and most importantly, I want to express my sincere apologies to the thousands of passengers whose day has been disrupted in this manner," Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said during a Sunday night news conference. "We certainly understand that the outage has caused frustration and anger, and we're doing everything that we can to get folks back home right away."Nearly 1,000 flights in and out of Atlanta, a major hub in the U.S. system, were canceled Sunday, according to a flight-tracking website.Southwest, American and United airlines canceled operations in and out of Atlanta for the rest of Sunday. Travelers are encouraged to check with their airlines before heading to the airport MondayReed said the outage started shortly after 1 p.m., at one of the three Georgia Power substations at the airport and was caused by an electrical fire.At about 1:30 p.m., the airport tweeted that there was a power outage affecting "several areas" of the airport. Officials later elaborated to say a ground stop was in place, preventing Atlanta-bound flights from departing from other airports. Meanwhile, flights out of Atlanta were experiencing delays of more than 90 minutes, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the power outage impacted the airport's terminals, but the control tower did not lose power. "However, departures are delayed because airport equipment in the terminals is not working."In one video, passengers at an airport terminal were seen sitting in the dark as they awaited instructions over the public address system.The passenger who shot the footage, Natalie Seitz, 23, of Queens, New York, said her Delta flight to Cleveland was canceled Sunday afternoon. After initial anxiety inside Terminal B, she said, things had calmed down by about 4:30 p.m. – even as there was little indication of when power would be restored. She said employees where wheeling around a cart of bottled water.In the terminal, "you walk around and hear people talking to each other and jokingly yelling at the PSA system when it repeats the same thing," she said. "Most people are, at this point, taking this lightly, but some are aggravated."Like many travelers this weekend, Seitz is headed home for Christmas – to Cleveland, where her parents live. She said she was rebooked on a flight for later tonight."We'll see if the power comes on before then or not," she said.
|With two key players injured, UAA men fall to 16th-ranked Western OregonAlaskaDispatch / 4 h. 16 min. ago more|
With its best player sitting on the bench with his foot in a walking boot and another starter limited by a head injury, the UAA men's basketball team couldn't generate the offense needed Sunday to keep pace with 16th-ranked Western Oregon.The Wolves hammered UAA 82-50 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game in Monmouth, Oregon.The Seawolves (6-5 overall, 2-1 GNAC) played without 6-foot-9 senior center Jacob Lampkin, the team's leading scorer and rebounder who is out indefinitely with an apparent foot injury.They played the first half and much of the second half without 6-4 senior guard D.J. Ursery, their second-leading scorer and rebounder. Ursery, who was injured in a Dec. 5 exhibition game against Cal Miramar, played 10 minutes in the second half and provided seven points on 3-of-5 shooting.With Lampkin out and Ursery limited, UAA's offense suffered. The Seawolves scored 14 field goals – eight in the first half, six in the second half — and shot 27.5 percent.Western Oregon (10-1, 2-1) shot a sizzling 66 percent, including 69.2 percent in the first half when it grabbed a 43-26 lead.Brian Pearson, one of two UAA players who made their first starts in the absence of Lampkin and Ursery, provided a bright spot for the Seawolves.The 6-9 junior center played 32 minutes and came through with a career-high 16 points and eight rebounds, improving on his previous bests of six points and five rebounds.Also earning his first start was freshman forward Eric Jenkins of Anchorage, who managed four rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes."This was a great learning experience for our young guys against a senior-laden team," UAA coach Rusty Osborne said in a press release. "Without Jacob and D.J. we were missing a lot of firepower and guys were stepping into new roles. We will look at the film and get better.Pearson was the only UAA player in double figures. The next-highest point totals came from Ursery and Malik Clements, who came off the bench to supply seven points and four rebounds in 15 minutes.Ursery missed one game with a concussion but looked good during his brief return, Osborne said."We were able to get D.J. a few minutes late and he showed no symptoms from his concussion, which is a positive sign," he said.Coming into the game, Ursery was averaging 11 points and 4.8 rebounds a game.Lampkin is averaging 15.1 points and 9.7 rebounds and had delivered double-doubles in seven of UAA's first 10 games – the third-most in NCAA Division II this season.Vince Boumann dropped in 15 points to lead Western Oregon, which also got double figures from Ali Faruq-Bey (12 points) and Tanner Omlid (10), whose contributions included three blocked shots, five rebounds and three assists.The Wolves outrebounded UAA 33-28 and had 10 steals.UAA was at its best at the foul line, where it sank 18 of 22 free throws. Three players were perfect from the line – Pearson (6 of 6), Drew Peterson (5 of 5) and Brennan Rymer (2 of 2). Rymer, a freshman guard, played twice as much as usual – 18 minutes – and had four of UAA's five steals plus a team-high three assists.The Seawolves play their final game before the holiday break on Tuesday, when they meet conference opponent Concordia-Portland in a 2 p.m. AST game.
|Bethel wrestler caps brilliant career by winning 4th state titleAlaskaDispatch / 5 h. 18 min. ago more|
Led by a senior who joined an elite group of four-time state wrestling champions, the Bethel Warriors overcame a 40-point deficit Saturday to capture their second straight Division II state wrestling title.Thomas Dyment completed an undefeated season by pinning Voznesenka's Maxim Kusnetsov 52 seconds into the 113-pound championship match at the Alaska Airlines Center.The victory made Dyment the 11th Alaska boy, and the first from Bethel, to win four individual wrestling crowns."It's a lot of hard work to get here," Dyment said. "Last summer I spent the entire summer wrestling."Dyment's achievement was the highlight of a two-day meet that featured four undefeated champions — two of them from Anchorage — and a big comeback by the Warriors, who rallied past 2015 champion Homer for their sixth state team championship in eight years ."Being down 40 points after the first day is tough for anybody to recover (from), but I knew mathematically it was doable," Bethel coach Darren Lieb said. "We had a nice meeting last night at the hotel, and the kids understood what needed to be done."Dyment did his job. He racked up his second straight undefeated season to finish his high school career with a 127-7 record.Dyment began his string of state titles with consecutive 98-pound titles as a freshman. He was 35-4 as a freshman and 29-3 as a sophomore. He was 35-0 this season and 28-0 last season, when he won the 106-pound state title."I can't say enough about that kid," Lieb said. "He's just a real strong, hard-working kid, and we're proud of him."Two wrestlers from Anchorage finished the season with undefeated records. Michael Lucas of Holy Rosary Academy capped a 38-0 season by winning the 160-pound title, and Evan Bockman wrapped up a 32-0 season by winning the 182-pound title.Also going undefeated was Homer's Luciano Fasulo. His victory in the 132-pound final gave him a 47-0 record and gave Homer four individual champions. Seth Inama (120 pounds), Mose Hayes (138) and Levi King (195) were the others.But the Mariners weren't able to protect their first-day lead over Bethel, which finished with 207 points to Homer's 196.Joining Dyment as individual champs for Bethel were Hayden Lieb at 145 pounds and Mian Alexie-Leonard at 152.ASAA/First National Bank Division II wrestling championshipsTeam scoresBethel 207, Homer 196, Barrow 101, Dillingham 98, Glennallen 94.5, Grace Christian 90, Kotzebue 81, Unalaska 71, Mt. Edgecumbe 67.5, Voznesenka 62.5, Wrangell 58.5, Sitka 58, Anchorage Christian 51.5, Monroe 51.5, Craig 50, Eielson 50, Houston 48, Klawock 47, Nome 46, Redington 43.5, Aniak 36, Hutchison 28, Holy Rosary Academy 26, New Stuyahok 26, Petersburg 26, Delta 23, Napaskiak 22, Seward 18, Su Valley 17, Nikiski 15, Noatak 6, Metlakatla 5, Glacier View 4, Haines 4, Quinhagak 4, Koyuk 3, Newhalen 3, Nunapitchuk 3, Sand Point 3, Shaktoolik 3, Shungnak 3, Galena 2, Gambell 2, Nenana 2, Bristol Bay 1, Unalakleet 1.First-place matches98 – Caleb O`Hara (Anchorage Christian) m.d. James Paris (Redington), 12-1.106 — Deven Perez (Eielson) d. Jarius Allain (Bethel), 6-4.113 — Thomas Dyment (Bethel) p. Maxim Kusnetsov (Voznesenka), :52.120 — Seth Inama (Homer) d. Blunka Blunka Jr. (New Stuyahok), 8-3.126 — Riley Rust (Monroe) d. Wayne Newman (Homer), 3-2.132 — Luciano Fasulo (Homer) 47-0 m.d. Jesse Noden (Dillingham), 19-9.138 — Mose Hayes (Homer) d. Kye Pearce (Hutchison), 4-2.145 — Hayden Lieb (Bethel) p. Jonas Heppe (Klawock), 5:19.152 — Mian Alexie-Leonard (Bethel) d. James Heppe (Klawock), 5-3.160 — Michael Lucas (Holy Rosary) d. Kyler Sumauang (Sitka), 7-1.170 — Caden Gerlach (Glennallen) p. Justin Ward (Aniak), 2:52.182 — Evan Bockman (Grace Christian) d. Tristen Cook (Homer), 9-2.195 — Levi King (Homer) m.d. Sione Tuifua (Barrow), 13-3.220 — Tanner Clark (Monroe) d. Kyle Wells (Homer), 1-0.285 – Haley Osborne (Mt. Edgecumbe) d. Dylan Jackson (Houston), 2-0.Third-place matches98 — Clay Petersen (Seward) d. Stephen Maxie (Napaskiak), 9-5.106 — Jonathan Barratt (Wrangell) d. Jude Merriner (Grace Christian), 12-5.113 — Michael Hatch (Kotzebue) m.d. Matthew Bohlman (ACS), 11-2.120 — Seth Smith (Bethel) d. Justin Dye (Dillingham), 2-1.126 — Jason Montes (Delta) p. Mathew Hunter (Bethel), 1:56.132 — Dustin Ruckman (Unalaska) d. Elden Cross (Nome), 7-1.138 — Leon Evon (Mt. Edgecumbe) p. Dillon Chaney (Dillingham), 2:38.145 — Ben Cross (Nome) p. Aengus Bancroft (Glennallen), 2:46.152 — Sid Fleming (Sitka) m.d. Hunter Wiederspohn (Wrangell), 13-4.160 — Gabe Martin (Grace Christian) m.d. Bryan Castle (Craig), 12-3.170 — Ethan Roetman (Kotzebue) p. Chris Cudaback (Homer), 4:43.182 — Aiden Jolley (Susitna Valley) p. Sven Williams (Bethel), 1:43.195 — Kayden Bird (Craig) p. Seth Henning (Unalaska), 4:20.220 — Arthur Freitas (Mt. Edgecumbe) d. Benjamin Joe Heather (Barrow), 7-4.285 — Oneahi Talaiasi (Barrow) p. Vakameilalo Tuifua (Barrow), 3:56.Four-time state champsThomas Dyment, Bethel, 2014-17 Seth Hutchison, Skyview/Soldotna 2012-15 Jared Miller, Dillingham, 2008-11 Matthew Malnoske, East 2007-10 Nathan Hoffer, East 2006-09 Hollan Gravely, Colony 2003-07 David Wiese, West Valley 2002-06 Eli Hutchison, Skyview 2002-06 Jed Wade, Wasilla 2000-04 Matt Mattson, West Valley 1989-94 Gary Steeby, Chugiak 1970-74
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|After 17 years, Malemute wrestlers are back as champsAlaskaDispatch / 5 h. 23 min. ago more|
After winning the 145-pound state wrestling title with a series of clutch reversals Saturday, Lathrop's Westley Bockert said that if the Malemutes could win the team title, the victory would be for his dad and coach, also named Westley Bockert, who took over the program in 2005.Like Bockert's narrow 11-10 win over South's Spencer Martin, the Malemutes held on for a two-point team victory over defending champion Colony, 320-318. South placed third with 264 points.It was Lathrop's first state title since the 2000-01 school year and the first for a Fairbanks team since a Bockert-coached West Valley team won in 2002-03."We just did this for my dad," the younger Bockert said. "He never won a state championship at Lathrop, but he won one at West Valley. I'm just very grateful … to give it to my dad."Lathrop put seven wrestlers in the championship finals at the Alaska Airlines Center and came away with two winners. One was Bockert, who repeated as the 145-pound champ. The other was a freshman who wasn't even expected to be on the team when the season started.Kobe Ames won the 132-pound title just four months after moving to Fairbanks from Elko, Nevada. What was supposed to be a quick summer trip to visit his sister turned into his new home when his dad told Ames he could stay the day before he was due to leave."I'm just so thankful that I moved up here and thankful for my coaches and my wrestling partners," Ames said. "I liked how everyone was very welcoming to me."Saturday started out rough for Ames when he showed up for weigh-ins without his singlet and had to borrow one from a teammate.But by the time his championship match rolled around, he was ready to go, thanks to a solid warm-up with practice partner Riley Rust of Monroe Catholic — who also won a state title – and some music by Michael Jackson."One more shoutout goes to Michael Jackson," Ames said with a laugh. "I listen to his music before every match."Ames used a quick start and three near falls to dispatch Ketchikan's Brayden Linne 14-3 in the 132-pound championship.Colony earned four individual titles. Marcus Riedlinger won at 113 pounds with a last-second takedown, Rush Fannon won his second straight state title and his first at 126 pounds, Eric Christy triumphed at 170 pounds and Caleb Hopkins took the 182-pound title after finishing second at state each of the last two seasons.The championship finals were bookmarked by victories by the Concepcion brothers of South High. Sophomore Aedyn won the 106-pound title to start the finals and freshman Adam won the 98-pound title to end the meet.Here's how Saturday's championship matches went:98 – Originally called a pin, South's Adam Concepcion had already taken his headgear off and shaken hands with Lathrop's Jeremy Bockert at the end of the first period when the referee changed the call to a near-fall. The wrestlers went back to the mat with Concepcion leading 5-0, and the freshman held on for a 10-4 victory.106 – South's Adam Concepcion showed the composure of an undefeated champ in his 9-0 win over Colony's Jared Hopkins. Concepcion earned an early takedown in the first period and steadily racked up points from there.113 – In a rollercoaster match, Colony's Marcus Riedlinger nabbed the championship with a takedown of Lathrop's Jacop Spencer in the closing seconds. Riedlinger led 2-0 early, trailed 4-2 after two periods and roared back in the third with an escape and penalty against Spencer to tie it 4-4. The last-second takedown made him a 6-4 winner.120 – Soldotna's Gideon Hutchison slapped his coach's hand and jumped up in down in anticipation of his championship match. When it started, he was ready to go. Hutchison earned two takedowns, an escape and a penalty point in his 6-0 win over Wasilla's Alexander Logsdon.126 – Boos rained down from the stands when Colony's Rush Fannon defeated South's Jacob Shack by injury default in the first period. Fannon, who was leading 4-2 before Shack's injury, wasn't fazed by the boos and lifted his arms in pump-up-the-crowd fashion for several seconds before walking off the mat.132 – Lathrop's Kobe Ames garnered three near-falls in his 14-3 defeat of Ketchikan's Brayden Linne. He flew out to an 8-1 lead in the first period and hung on from there.145 – Lathrop's Westley Bockert was king of the reversals in his 11-10 defeat of South's Spencer Martin. Bockert used reversals to tie the match at 7-7 and 9-9 and took the lead for good with another reversal that sealed his second straight state title.152 – Every point was essential for Wasilla's Andrue Shepersky in a 4-3 win over Soldotna's Bechler Metcalf. The wrestlers battled through a scoreless first period before Shepersky used two escapes and a takedown for the win. He rode Metcalf's back in the waning moments and didn't allow an escape, which would have tied the score.160 – Joshua Nummer of Kodiak jumped on his coach in excitement and then collapsed on the ground in exhaustion after coming from behind to defeat Lathrop's Zachary Tolver 7-6 with a takedown in the final 30 seconds. Nummer trailed 4-0 early.170 – A dominant second period took Colony's Eric Christy from a one-point deficit to a four-point lead in his match against Palmer's Levi Farris. Christy held on in the third period for the 6-5 decision, scoring his most pivotal points on a three-point near-fall that put him up 6-2 in the second period.182 – Dimond's Austin Vreeland won the crowd when he wore a luchador mask for the introductions, but Colony's Caleb Hopkins won the crown with a dominant performance on the mat. Hopkins tallied two three-point near-falls in his 9-0 victory, including one in the closing seconds.195 – North Pole's Bradley Antesberger defended his title with ease, piling up 10 takedowns to defeat Colony's Simon Ganchenko by technical fall, 23-8.220 – Every time Lathrop's Jason Edwards got close, Thunder Mountain's Carl Tupou responded with points in a 10-6 victory. Tupou enjoyed leads of 2-1, 5-4 and 7-6 before a late escape and takedown sealed the win.285 – Neither wrestler wanted to go down in the first two periods, but West's Poe Vaafuti broke through and pinned Dimond's John Faletagoai at 4:24. The only West wrestler in the finals, Vaafuti was mobbed by classmates when he walked off the mat.ASAA/First National Bank Division I wrestlingTeam scores1) Lathrop 320, 2) Colony 318, 3) South 264, 4) Wasilla 160.5, 5) Palmer 159, 6) Soldotna 82.5, 7) Ketchikan 80, 8) North Pole 79, 9) Dimond 55, 10) Eagle River 53, 11) Kodiak 50, 12) Thunder Mountain 44, 13) West 42.5, 14) Service 35, 15) Kenai Central 28, 16) East 24, 17) Chugiak 20, 18) Bartlett 16, 19) West Valley 14.5.First-place matches98 — Adam Concepcion (South) d. Jeremy Bockert (Lathrop), 10-4.106 — Aedyn Concepcion (South) m.d. Jared Hopkins (Colony), 9-0.113 — Marcus Riedlinger (Colony) d. Jacob Spencer (Lathrop), 6-4.120 — Gideon Hutchison (Soldotna) d. Alexander Logsdon (Wasilla), 6-0.126 — Rush Fannon (Colony) won by injury default over Jacob Shack (South), 2:26.132 — Kobe Ames (Lathrop) m.d. Brayden Linne (Ketchikan), 14-3.138 – Isaiah Elvsaas (Wasilla) won by injury default over Micah Ee (South).145 — Westley Bockert (Lathrop) d. Spencer Martin (South), 11-10.152 – Andrue Shepersky (Wasilla) d. Bechler Metcalf (Soldotna), 4-3.160 — Joshua Nummer (Kodiak) d. Zachary Tolver (Lathrop), 7-6.170 — Eric Christy (Colony) d. Levi Farris (Palmer), 6-5.182 — Caleb Hopkins (Colony) m.d. Auston Vreeland (Dimond), 9-0.195 — Bradley Antesberger (North Pole) t.f. Simon Ganchenko (Colony), 23-8.220 — Carl Tupou (Thunder Mountain) d. Jason Edwards (Lathrop), 10-6.285 — Poe Vaafuti (West) p. John Faletagoai (Dimond), 4:24.Third-place matches98 — T.J. Clapp (Colony) d. Garrett Blydenburgh (Palmer), 8-4.106 — Rett Gallagher (Colony) d. Logan Craig (Soldotna), 12-9.113 — Aidan Ehmann (Colony) p. Patrick Rauwolf (Ketchikan), 3:42.120 — Vincent Cramer (Colony) d. Niko Mayo (South), 10-8.126 — Micah Mathis (Wasilla) d. Theo Cha (South), 11-5.132 — Sam Sisco (Colony) d. Riley Harris (South), 9-5.138 — Jordan Opp (Lathrop) d. Caedon Ott (Lathrop), tiebreaker 6-5.145 — Trace Severson (Colony) d. Grant Burningham (Eagle River), 6-0.152 — Hunter Bleakney (Palmer) d. Wyatt Story (Lathrop), 5-2.160 — Jason Watkins (Palmer) d. Jacob Anderson (South), 8-3.170 — Tyler Farless (Service) p. Daniel Niebles (Chugiak), 3:34.182 — Jeffrey Glynn (Palmer) d. Chad Edwards (Lathrop), 7-3.195 — Byron Dunham (Kenai Central) d. Riley Sweet (South), 8-7.220 — Christian Kurka (Palmer) d. Maximus Stokes (Wasilla), 5-3.285 — Lucas Santana (Palmer) p. Henry Saafi (South), 0:59.
|At Goose Lake, more than 1,000 take a dive for a good causeAlaskaDispatch / 6 h. 7 min. ago more|
Justine Soller shivered as she stood on frozen Goose Lake, her palm pressed against her cheek in a pose suggesting fear and consternation. In front of her was a 16-foot-by-16-foot pool of icy water created a day earlier by firefighters who used chain saws to slice through the lake's thick ice.She frowned. She shook her head no. She cried a little.Then she took the plunge.Soller, 23, was one of more than 1,000 people who jumped into ice-cold water for Saturday's ninth annual Polar Plunge, a fundraiser that brought in about $300,000 for Special Olympics Alaska.Soller was a repeat customer, a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority at UAA who made the leap for the first time last year.It doesn't get easier with repetition, she said."It was harder this time because I was expecting it," Soller said. "You know the pain, (so) why are you doing this?"… I was literally praying before I jumped in. I was crying."Plungers caught a break from Mother Nature, who delivered a pleasant day by mid-December standards: no wind and temperatures in the high 20s.Or as Angie Roland might say, bikini weather.Roland, 55, flashed a lot of flesh for her Polar Plunge debut. She wore a skimpy two-piece swimsuit and water shoes with toes."My husband convinced me to do this naked," she said. He figured it would be easier to shed a wet swimsuit than an entire ensemble soaked in ice-cold water, she said.[Troopers take a dip in icy Goose Lake prior to fundraiser]Few went the swimsuit route, but many opted for costumes. Most people jumped in groups of three or four, including a trio consisting of a banana, a hot dog and Santa Claus, which begs to be the setup to a joke.Rick Germaine, 61, jumped with a dozen people representing the Knights of Columbus from St. Benedict's Catholic Church. The group, which included an 83-year-old jumper, raised about $5,200."It's easier to raise the money than it is to get jumpers," Germaine said.Tell that to the Service High Partners Club, which showed up with nearly 100 plungers dressed in green.The club, made up of regular-curriculum students and special-education students who get together for sports and social activities, raised more than $23,000, said Adam Ahonen, a life skills teacher at Service High. The only team that raised more money was the Frigidaires, a group of mostly oil-and-gas industry workers that raised about $27,000.As the huge group of Service kids moved closer to the hole, the ice around it began to sink. Water slopped out of the hole and spread across the surface."It's solid, but it's soft," Jay Bird of the Anchorage Fire Department said of the ice. He and several other firefighters spent the afternoon in and around the hole, poised to help as plungers splashed their way to ladders on the opposite side of the 6-foot-deep hole.They also fished out various items left in the water — hats, eyeglasses, tutus.Most plungers jumped feet-first, but Tara Acton, a member of the Playful Learning Pediatric Therapy team, did a front flip into the drink. "Gets it over with," she said.Among the jumpers was at least one who is no stranger to cold — Nina Kemppel, a four-time Olympic skier who spent more than a decade of her life traveling from one cold spot to another as a cross-country skier for the U.S. Ski Team. She's also climbed her share of mountains, including Denali in 1995.Kemppel, the CEO of the Alaska Community Foundation, jumped on behalf of Pick.Click.Give, which she said has raised about $180,000 for Special Olympics since 2009."I was expecting it to be cold, but not this cold," Kemppel said. "Right now is about the coldest I've been."With that, Kemppel headed to a big tent where three hot tubs awaited frozen plungers. A little while later, Soller made her way to a hot tub, where she made plans for next year as she defrosted."I will raise money," she said, "but I won't jump again."An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the amount of money raised for Special Olympics by Pick.Click.Give.
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Alaska Dispatch NewsSalvation Army receives contract to escalate addiction fight in Alaska prisonsAlaska Dispatch NewsThe Salvation Army's red kettles collect quarters and dollars that may not look like they'd add up to much. But in the face of Alaska's drug epidemic, those for whom the bells toll include people in treatment. The Salvation Army has a track record for ...and more »
|Salvation Army receives contract to escalate addiction fight in Alaska prisonsAlaskaDispatch / 6 h. 44 min. ago more|
The Salvation Army's red kettles collect quarters and dollars that may not look like they'd add up to much.But in the face of Alaska's drug epidemic, those for whom the bells toll include people in treatment.The Salvation Army has a track record for casting a wide social safety net and delivering addiction treatment programs. So, it was a logical step for the Alaska Department of Corrections to award a $10 million, four-year contract for treatment programs at two of the state's largest prisons to the Salvation Army.The prisons are the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River, a women's prison, and the Goose Creek Correctional Center in Point MacKenzie.Treatment will be aimed at a total prison population of 2,000 people in its first year, said Autumn Vea, the DOC's criminal justice planner for substance abuse treatment.[5 women overdose in 24 hours at Eagle River prison]The contract's announcement Dec. 7 involves a partnership between DOC and the Salvation Army to provide evidence-based substance abuse treatment services. Another 14 substance abuse counselors and two dual diagnosis behavioral counselors will be added to the Salvation Army's staff to fulfill the contract."The contract is very specific," said Pat Ventgen, the Salvation Army's program administrator. "It specifies a pre-selected curriculum for use. All are evidence-based, which means they have research behind them that they are effective."Commissioner Dean Williams talked about the epidemic proportions of Alaska's current plight while making the announcement."As a state, we continue to fight high rates of alcoholism and drug abuse — issues that have plagued our communities. Drug and alcohol addiction drives the crime rate, and devastates families. Our inmate population reflects these tragic facts," he said.Alaska's dismal record of prisoner deaths — 25 inmates died in an 18-month period in 2014-15 — has caused the DOC to re-examine the way it handles inmates suffering drug withdrawals and other health conditions related to their addictions.Williams was the author of the report that analyzed the 25 deaths for the DOC and concluded there were errors on the part of prison officials in several of the deaths. Gov. Bill Walker called the report's findings "disturbing" in his announcement Jan. 28, 2016, after he had fired former DOC Commissioner Ron Taylor. Williams was named to replace him.In addition to other named problems, state prisons and jails lost their primary provider for treatment programs in early 2015. Akeela Inc. bowed out of its contract, leaving DOC scrambling.At the tail end of 2017, they are just now launching a nationally tested treatment program.[Can a 'miracle shot' called Vivitrol break the prison-heroin cycle in Alaska?]Lost contractorPrior to issuing a new request for proposal, or RFP, to gain a new treatment contractor, DOC filled in using professional staff to help offenders complete treatment before being discharged. DOC also split up the RFP by regions so the "whole prison system for treatment doesn't crash if you lose a contractor," Vea said.For the Anvil Jail in Nome, the Norton Sound Health Corp. gained a $300,000 contract to provide treatment. In Kenai, the Cook Inlet Tribal Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse was awarded a $600,000 contract for Wildwood Correctional Center.Elsewhere in the state, DOC pays fees for services but does not contract out treatment, Vea said.After granting the contracts to the Salvation Army for the two largest prisons, the DOC is starting over, implementing a new program for all 12 prisons.DOC also is training guards and other staff in the new treatment programs, Vea said. Therapeutic communities will be segregated from the general prison population at Hiland and Goose Creek, which will require staff training about what this kind of therapy "communities" entails."We're retraining everyone," Vea said. "Especially those that work in the segregated housing unit where inmates get the support of other offenders in that same level of care."The DOC was granted $1 million as part of the 2016 criminal justice reform under Senate Bill 91. Vea said the $1 million went toward the state contract with the Salvation Army to help fund the $2.5 million allotted for this year. The total budget for substance abuse is $5.572.9 million.So far, no money was appropriated after the opioid epidemic was declared by Walker or President Donald Trump, Vea said. But new procedures aimed at those who suffered opioid addictions started immediately in the prisons in March after the governor's declaration, she said.The Salvation Army contract calls for starting with about 600 women inmates at Hiland Mountain and 1,400 male inmates at Goose Creek. The number of inmates targeted in this first round of treatment ranges from an intensive curriculum aimed at about 364 inmates per year at Goose Creek to another 27 people who are under dual diagnosis in what's called the Charlie Pod.About 200 to 400 can be accommodated in a program aimed at opioid addictions, Vea said.At Hiland, the Salvation Army will be treating women segregated into a therapeutic community."Prison is a good place to receive treatment. They aren't as distracted, though there are times when they will need to mingle with the general prison population," she said.[Can Alaska learn from Norway's 'radically humane' prisons?]Track recordThe Salvation Army's Clitheroe Center in Anchorage opened in 1976. Today the facility has 42 beds in a residential program that provided treatment to 221 clients in 2016 and 294 in 2017. The outpatient program treats another 30 to 40 people per year.Clitheroe operates on a $3 million annual grant from the Department of Health and Social Services, $300,000 from insurance and Medicaid, $150,000 from miscellaneous grants, and $225,000 in cash fundraising. Another $425,000 comes from in-kind donations.Of the 294 clients receiving help in 2016, 17 percent had opioid dependence as the primary diagnosis, Salvation Army Communication Director Robert DeBerry said. Another 30 percent had opioid dependence as a secondary diagnosis.The Clitheroe Center has long experience in treatment methods, but in administering this new prison program, it will use the pre-selected DOC curriculum.Called "A New Direction," it was developed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. The individual programs are gender specific.They all fit in the category "cognitive behavioral therapy," Ventgen said, which stresses the use of interventions and techniques focused on thinking patterns. As thinking patterns change, so does behavior."We bring to the table our emphasis that we reach out to each individual as an individual and integrate them into our network of support," Ventgen said. "Clitheroe is based in Anchorage but we have offices throughout the state. We can be there to help them in their recovery and other difficult issues as they reenter society, with housing, food, family support."The Salvation Army oversees emergency housing for families as one of its most expensive programs. It transitioned 109 families to permanent housing in 2016 after a limited 90-day stay. The cost for that program is $3,700 per individual to stay at McKinnell House, which has 16 units and a capacity of 75 beds.The ability to continue on helping represents a "warm handoff" from prison to a stable life, he said. "People in recovery need a great deal of support."Christmas programsBack to the role the Red Kettles serve in the Salvation Army's safety net: this year's goal is $700,000, which would put it slightly better than the collection from 2016, DeBerry said.At the annual Season of Giving Luncheon, which is the Red Kettle kickoff, they raised $164,000."That was a fantastic start to the season," DeBerry said.Along with quarters and dollar bills, mystery gifts are slipped into Red Kettles ranging from "gold coins and diamonds to large cash donations and even wedding rings," DeBerry said.The money goes to operational funds for all of the Salvation Army's programs, including Clitheroe Center."That way no one is turned away because they can't pay," DeBerry said.Donations go a long way because 82 cents on the dollar is put into programs, not administration, he added.
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Get up, get up. Stand up and give Congressman Don Young a warm round of applause - even if you are a Democrat who would rather sleep in an abandoned building at 30 below than recognize the Gentleman From Fort Yukon.
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An Alaska lawmaker who has been accused by several women of inappropriate behavior refused to resign on Tuesday amid calls for him to leave his post from leaders of the House majority and the head of the state Democratic Party. State Rep. Dean Westlake, who is recovering from heart surgery, said he sought the counsel of friends, family, native leaders, elders, and God when making his decision to remain in office.
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|ACLU sounds alarm on non-criminal immigrant detentions in AnchorageAlaska Public Media / 2 d. 5 h. 31 min. ago more|
The Alaska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is raising the alarm about what it characterizes as a raid by federal immigration authorities in Anchorage this week. Listen now According to the ACLU, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested at least five people in Anchorage on Tuesday, none of whom appear to have participated in any criminal activity. That would be a departure from Obama administration policies that only targeted those facing criminal charges. It also seems to represent a new development in ICE’s policies in Alaska under the Trump Administration. Earlier this year, ICE arrested four people living in Anchorage with prior criminal convictions, but the ACLU says Tuesday’s was the first raid to detain immigrants who were apparently not involved in criminal activity. ACLU Legal and Policy Director Tara Rich refused to talk about specifics in the more recent detentions. But Rich said such raids in Alaska are unusual and they often occur at the person’s home or workplace. “These are often fraught with violations of Fourth Amendment and privacy rights, as well as the rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures,” Rich said. Rich said regardless of a person’s immigration or citizenship status, they still have civil rights, including the right to an attorney. ICE public affairs officials did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
|Alaska marijuana regulators issue first-ever license revocation after slew of violationsAlaska Public Media / 2 d. 5 h. 35 min. ago more|
One of Alaska’s biggest makers of edible cannabis products has been stripped of its license in an unprecedented move by state regulators. Listen now Fairbanks’ Frozen Budz was one of the first legal cannabis businesses to open in the state. After having its manufacturer’s license revoked Friday, Frozen Budz now holds another important distinction. “The marijuana board, they’ve had some disciplinary actions for various types of violations, but they’ve never considered a license revocation before and they have never revoked a license,” Erika McConnell, director of the state Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, said. Along with a $500,000 fine, the Marijuana Control Board ordered the seizure of all of Frozen Budz products around the state. Frozen Budz is known for supplying popular edible products to retail shops, items with names like Cannabanana Bread, Toker Chai Tea and Dankchip Cookies. The company has a separate retail license for a shop in Fairbanks, which is not affected by the board’s revocation decision. State officials had issued a suspension earlier this month at Frozen Budz manufacturing facility for a range of alleged violations. Those included selling thousands of untested edibles, some of which contained mold and others that state investigators found to contain two or three times the legal limit of THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis. McConnell said Frozen Budz is also alleged to have allowed on-site consumption at its premises and delivered products directly to consumers, both of which are illegal. And McConnell said there was another problem: Frozen Budz failed to keep track of the origin of marijuana used in making thousands of edibles. In an effort to prevent Black Market pot from making it into the legal market, regulations require precise tracking of marijuana products from seed to sale. That’s not what was happening for thousands of edibles at Frozen Budz, McConnell said. “It was like those edibles appeared out of thin air,” McConnell said. “Now it’s possible that that’s just a mistake in the tracking system, but if you were doing a good job with your inventory management, you would’ve found this mistake and then you would’ve been able to go back and correct it.” In an interview this week with the Associated Press about the initial license suspension, a Frozen Budz owner blamed the discrepancies on computer software problems. Frozen Budz did not respond to a request after the license revocation Friday for further comment.
|Conoco hopes to crack open off-limits North Slope landAlaska Public Media / 2 d. 5 h. 36 min. ago more|
ConocoPhillips’ CD5 drill site is producing far more oil than initially estimated. The company thinks there’s more oil potential west of its current developments. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk) Oil development in the federally-managed National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska is now dominated by one company: ConocoPhillips. Conoco now controls over 1,000 square miles of the Reserve. Beyond its current developments, the company sees even more opportunity further west. Listen now But in that direction lies the off-limits Teshekpuk Lake Special Area. Some groups think the whole area should stay protected. But Conoco is asking the federal government to re-draw the map. Conoco is currently having a lot of success in the Reserve. For example, when the drill site CD5 came online two years ago, the company expected it to produce about 16,000 barrels of oil per day. Now, it’s putting out about 28,000 barrels per day. CD5, on Alaska Native lands, was the first oil production inside the NPR-A boundary. Conoco is spending billions on two more projects west of CD5, called Greater Mooses Tooth 1 and Greater Mooses Tooth 2. Deeper into the reserve, Conoco sees even more potential. The company announced a massive oil discovery there in January, called the Willow discovery. Conoco thinks Willow could produce more than three times more oil per day than CD5. This winter, Conoco aims to drill four exploration wells in the Reserve and one just outside it. That, by the way, is a lot. “That’s big compared to any year — it’s a pretty substantial program we have going on this coming year,” Scott Jepsen, ConocoPhillips’ vice president of external affairs, said. Jepsen said between all the oil exploration and construction happening in the Reserve this winter, Conoco is employing about 1,100 workers. The Trump administration wants to continue this momentum. This year it offered 900 tracts of NPR-A at its oil and gas lease sale — the most ever. But out of those 900 tracts, Conoco only bid on seven. That’s because the land that was available wasn’t where Conoco sees the most potential. “In NPR-A, really, probably the most prospective acreage is due west of where we currently are,” Jepsen said. And that land is off-limits to drilling, even though geologists see a lot of oil potential there. Conoco’s leases are now pushing up against a boundary set by the Obama administration back in 2013. That line is about 20 miles from Teshekpuk Lake, a huge Arctic lake surrounded by habitat for migratory birds and caribou. Jepsen says Conoco wants the boundary line to shift. “We’ve been having conversations with the BLM about taking another look at that and seeing if some of that acreage can’t be made available for leasing,” Jepsen said. Jepsen argued Conoco can pursue oil development near Teshekpuk Lake without putting caribou, bird species and subsistence for nearby communities at risk. He said some parts of the area are critical habitat and probably should stay off limits. “But,” Jepsen said, “I think there are other areas that don’t fall into that category. And that we could demonstrate that we can safely develop those and develop them in an environmentally sound and sensitive manner.” The Trump administration seems ready to listen. The Interior Department is re-evaluating the Obama-era decision that more than doubled the size of the protected area around Teshekpuk Lake. But several environmental groups don’t think that land should be back on the table again. Nicole Whittington-Evans with the Wilderness Society in Anchorage said the boundaries in place now set a good balance between oil development and habitat protection. “And if you start tinkering with it and shifting it, then you lose that balance,” Whittington-Evans said. Unlike the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the east, the NPR-A is a place where environmental groups have been willing to compromise. Whittington-Evans said her group doesn’t oppose oil drilling in a lot of the Reserve. “But in places where the ecology is so important and where species really depend on an area, we just don’t think these are appropriate places for the oil industry to be able to develop,” Whittington-Evans said. “And the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area is one of those places.” Conoco’s ask to open up more of the Reserve to oil development — and environmental groups opposition to it — is being weighed in Washington, D.C. The Department of Interior will make the final decision but hasn’t said yet when that decision will be made.
|Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Dec. 15, 2017Alaska Public Media / 2 d. 5 h. 38 min. ago more|
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn Listen now Amid sexual harassment claims, Rep. Westlake says he’ll resign Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau “It shows that more and more so, people who do these kinds of things are going to be held accountable for their actions,” said Olivia Garrett, a former legislative aide and the first person to come forward publicly with allegations. Murkowski unsure Congress can investigate Trump on groping charges Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. Lisa Murkowski was one of the voices calling for Democratic Sen. Al Franken to resign, but she doesn’t know what Congress can do about the allegations against the president. Walker proposes smaller budget, plans to fill gap with savings Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau For the third straight year, Alaska Governor Bill Walker has proposed a budget that would draw money from Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government and reduce the Permanent Fund dividend. But this time, Walker left a nearly half-billion dollar gap to be filled with other savings. Conoco hopes to crack open off-limits North Slope land Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage Beyond its current developments, the ConocoPhillips sees even more opportunity further west. But in that direction lies the off-limits Teshekpuk Lake Special Area. Alaska marijuana regulators issue first-ever license revocation after slew of violations Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage One of Alaska’s biggest makers of edible cannabis products has been stripped of its license in an unprecedented move by state regulators. ACLU sounds alarm on non-criminal immigrant detentions in Anchorage Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage The Alaska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is raising the alarm about what it characterizes as a raid by federal immigration authorities in Anchorage this week. Marine biologists seek answers in a warmer Bering Sea Gabe Colombo, KNOM – Nome A group of marine scientists visited Western Alaska recently to discuss the results of a second bottom-trawl survey of the northern Bering Sea. AK: How do you recruit more young Alaska Native nurses? Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel More and more programs have sprung up locally to familiarize students with trades and professions in the hopes of getting more Alaska Natives employed. That’s what the University of Alaska Anchorage did 20 years ago for Alaska Native nurses. The program is called RRANN: Recruiting and Retaining Alaska Natives into Nursing. 49 Voices: Alexandria McLearen of Anchorage Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage This week we’re hearing from Alexandria McLearen in Anchorage. On Sunday, McLearen will give the UAA commencement speech for the Fall 2017 ceremony, and hopes to someday become a doctor.
|History: Alaskaa s rough and tumble territorial lawyers and judgesAlaska News / 2 d. 5 h. 39 min. ago more|
Alaska writer and lawyer Pamela Cravez this year published "The Biggest Damned Hat," a colorful judicial history of the Last Frontier. She interviewed more than 50 lawyers who arrived in the state and practiced law before statehood in 1959.
|Alaska governor puts budget focus on economy, public safetyAlaska News / 2 d. 5 h. 39 min. ago more|
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is proposing a budget plan aimed at reinvigorating the state's economy that he hopes will win over legislators following drawn-out sessions marred by political gridlock. Central to that plan is a payroll tax that would help pay for deferred maintenance and community infrastructure projects.
|Traveling Music 12-24-17Alaska Public Media / 2 d. 6 h. ago more|
Traveling Music Shonti Elder 12-24-17 Format: Song Title Artist / Composer CD Title Label Duration The Messenger Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum / Mark Simos Winter’s Grace Signature Sounds 5:11 Where Are You Christmas? Mary McCarty / Mariah Carey, James Horner, Will Jennings My Baby Boy (Mary’s Lullaby) www.alysongmccartymusic.com 4:07 For Unto Us A Child Is Born John McCutcheon (with Washington Bach Consort) / George Frederick Handel Winter Solstice Rounder Records 3:51 Balulalow Karine Polwart / Traditional Cold Blow These Winter Winds Green Linnet 3:02 Darkest Days, Brightest Nights Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band / Ruth Ungar A Winter Snowscape Rounder 3:07 A Winter Snowscape (instrumental) Jethro Tull / Martin Barre Christmas Album Fuel 4:57 The Gift Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum / Stephanie Davis Winter’s Grace Signature Sounds 4:01 Past Three O’Clock The Chieftains with the Renaissance Singers / Traditional The Bells of Dublin RCA Victor 2:08 In the Bleak Midwinter Misty River / lyrics C. Rosetti, music Gustav Holst Midwinter – Songs of Christmas mistyriverband.com 3:27 Christmas in Prison Rory McLeod/ John Prine Cold Blow These Winter Winds Green Linnet 2:33 On a Winter’s Day Karan Casey / Karan Casey Celtic Christmas – Silver Anniversary Edition Windham Hill 3:44 The Pirate’s Christmas Chanty The Irish Minstrels Christmas demo.chapmanit.com/irishminstrels/ 2:54 Audrey’s Gift (instrumental) Michael W. Smith / Michael W. Smith It’s A Wonderful Christmas Reunion 1:49 Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow Jethro Tull / Ian Anderson Christmas Album Fuel 3:35 Love Has Brought Him Here Nitty Gritty Dirt Band / Bob Carpenter, Tom Kell The Christmas Album Rising Tide 3:03 Quyaci Tamarpeci Ukveqestaini (Come Hither, Ye Faithful) Mary McCarty / Traditional (translation by Alaska Moravian Church) My Baby Boy (Mary’s Lullaby) www.alysongmccartymusic.com 2:51
|Holiday greetingsAlaska Public Media / 2 d. 6 h. 44 min. ago more|
Vintage holiday decor. (Photo courtesy of The Light Brigade) Alaskans are connected in so many different ways, and nothing shows that better than the special two-hour Holiday Greetings Edition of “Talk of Alaska,” from the member stations of APRN. Good wishes, greetings and holiday cheer fly back and forth from one end of the state to the other as people call in. You won’t want to miss it. HOST: Steve Heimel GUESTS: Statewide callers Participate: Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air). Send email to email@example.com (comments may be read on air) LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide. SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.
|Amid sexual harassment claims, Rep. Westlake says he’ll resignAlaska Public Media / 2 d. 7 h. 19 min. ago more|
Rep. Dean Westlake, D-Kotzebue, speaks during a House Floor Session on Feb 3, 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North) Dean Westlake of Kiana announced today he will resign after several women accused him of sexual harassment. Listen now The first-term lawmaker said in his resignation letter, “The conversation about my behavior has been elevated above the needs of my district, and that is not why I ran for office.” He thanked the women for telling their stories and apologized for the pain he caused. Olivia Garrett is a former legislative aide and was the first person to come forward publicly with allegations that Westlake harassed her. “It shows that more and more so, people who do these kinds of things are going to be held accountable for their actions,” Garrett said. “And it definitely shows that we’re making progress and I am thrilled to see that.” The Anchorage Daily News reported six other women alleged Westlake made unwanted advances and comments to them. KTUU-TV reported that more women alleged he harassed them before he joined the Legislature. Garrett said it took courage for the others to come forward. “People who do these sorts of things, like Rep. Westlake, they don’t just do them once or twice and never make inappropriate comments or grope people ever again. It’s a pattern of behavior and when it goes unchecked, it escalates and can really end up hurting a lot of people.” Westlake’s district covers the North Slope and Northwest Arctic boroughs. District Democrats will nominate three people to fill the position. Garrett said the Democrats should live up to their professed values in who they nominate. “It’s a party that supports women and they should definitely look for candidates who will follow through and actually live those values,” Garrett said. Westlake’s resignation takes effect on Dec. 25. Then, Governor Bill Walker will have 30 days to pick one of the nominees as a replacement.
|Murkowski unsure Congress can investigate Trump on groping chargesAlaska Public Media / 2 d. 7 h. 23 min. ago more|
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media) Sen. Lisa Murkowski was one of the voices calling for Democratic Sen. Al Franken to resign last week, after several women claimed he groped and kissed them without consent. Murkowski said Friday she’s not sure Congress can examine similar allegations against President Trump. Listen now Speaking to reporters in Anchorage, the senator said the president’s accusers are now coming forward in a more “directed” way. “My sense is that that is going to continue to build,” Murkowski said. “The role that we play in Congress for an investigation – that’s one of the things that I’ve been trying to figure out: Is there a congressional role?” Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan had called for candidate Trump to quit the ticket last fall, after the “Access Hollywood” tape emerged in which he bragged about grabbing women with impunity.
|49 Voices: Alexandria McLearen of AnchorageAlaska Public Media / 2 d. 7 h. 27 min. ago more|
Alexandria McLearen of Anchorage (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) This week we’re hearing from Alexandria McLearen in Anchorage. On Sunday, McLearen will give the UAA commencement speech for the Fall 2017 ceremony, and hopes to someday become a doctor. Listen now MCLEAREN: I studied science. I was a natural sciences major, I guess I still am. In my second year, I picked up minors in Alaska Native studies and psychology, because… you know, I want to be a doctor, and I want to be a doctor in Alaska. So to me, that made a lot of sense. My grandma was from Chevak, so that makes me a quarter Cupik. And I grew up with her, and grew up in this context of taking care of your own, taking care of your family. I was six years old when my grandma told me that I was gonna be a doctor and I was like, “Yeah. You’re probably right.” Being a doctor in Alaska, for me, means taking care of the people that raised me. And taking care of the people that provided a life for me that was full of opportunities. And so, to me it makes sense to be there for them, as well. So my speech, I hope my classmates like it, but it’s not really for them. I talk about failure. I make mistakes, but I keep going. Even when I’m not sure that this is something that I can do, I pursue it. And I either flop or I thrive, and most of the time I thrive. I want to be a travelling doctor. I want to help the villages. I want to go there and learn their strengths, learn their weaknesses and help provide a better health care system. So that’s like this big overarching goal of becoming a doctor for me.
|AK: How do you recruit more young Alaska Native nurses?Alaska Public Media / 2 d. 7 h. 57 min. ago more|
From left to right: Kwigilingok junior Brea Paul, Bethel Regional High School senior Caitlyn Twito, and Tuntutuliak junior Katya John use their new stethoscopes to listen to the lungs of a health training mannequin. (Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK) More and more programs have sprung up locally to familiarize students with trades and professions in the hopes of getting more Alaska Natives employed. That’s what the University of Alaska Anchorage did 20 years ago for Alaska Native nurses. The program is called RRANN: Recruiting and Retaining Alaska Natives into Nursing. Over a recent weekend, RRANN held a camp in Bethel for high schoolers to show them how they, too, can enter the field. Listen now “Where are we giving this medication?” an instructor asked. “Intramuscular,” Hunter Dull answered. The place is Yuut Elitnaurviat, Bethel’s adult workforce training center. The needle is a 23 gauge; the dosage is 2.5 mililiters of morphine. And the target? “So imagine this is an entire butt cheek,” a second instructor said. Bethel Regional High School junior Hunter Dull raises his needle. The morphine is actually saline solution, and the butt cheek is a slab of rubber. “You’re going to feel a slight pinch,” Dull said to the slab. “One, two, three and then in at a 90 degree angle,” Dull’s instructors said. His instructors are University of Alaska Anchorage nursing students who are studying in Bethel. Hunter Dull hopes to one day do this work for real. “I never thought I would inject someone until now,” Dull said. “It just became reasonably more visible in my future.” Bethel Regional High School junior Hunter Dull (front) and senior Matthew Hunter (back) fill syringes with 2.5 mL of saline solution at the RRANN camp at Yuut Elitnaurviat on December 2, 2017. (Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK) And that’s the point of this RRANN camp: to give high schoolers the hands-on experience they need to see themselves as nurses, and to offer them the tools and guidance to get there. At another table, a group is learning how to check for a pulse. “Always best to listen for a whole minute,” Melody Hoffman said. Each student unwraps a stethoscope to keep. Brea Paul from Kwigilingok writes on hers, “Dr. Paul.” Then she adds in Yup’ik: “I’m going to be a doctor.” Paul is a high school junior. She wants to go into medicine to help people in villages like hers that are far from hospitals. She made the decision when she was 10 years old. “My grandpa was very, very sick, and he was stuck in the village,” Paul said. “And the weather was so bad, and the planes couldn’t go there.” For Tuntutuliak high school junior Katya John, helping her grandmother and her mother through their cancers drew her to nursing. “I liked taking care of her [my mom], because I had more time with her and it felt good helping someone else,” John said. Both John and Paul want to provide their nursing care in Yup’ik. “So one of the most beautiful things about teaching in Bethel is getting students who are fully Yup’ik speaking, or at least partially Yup’ik speaking,” Rachelle White said. White teaches nursing in Bethel through the University of Alaska Anchorage. She says that having a Yup’ik speaker giving care makes a big difference, especially with elders. “There’s just such a change in the demeanor of the patient,” White said. “The patient that seems a little scared and quiet all of a sudden lights up, and they begin to speak Yup’ik back and forth with each other.” UAA nursing students Melody Hoffman (left) and Zhi Hastie (right) teach Bethel Regional High School senior Caitlyn Twito (left) and Tuntutuliak high school junior Katya John (right) how to measure blood pressure. (Photo: Anna Rose MacArthur/KYUK) White’s eight nursing students stand out in their green scrubs as they instruct the high schoolers. Melody Hoffman is one of the nursing students. She grew up in Bethel and is in her second semester of the program. “When I graduated high school, I knew I wanted to be a nurse, but I was kind of lost,” Hoffman said. “I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what classes to take.” That was ten years ago. Hoffman says that if she had gone to a camp like this and gotten connected to RRANN earlier, things could have been easier. “Then I would have been a nurse years ago, probably,” Hoffman said. RRANN provides support, tutoring and scholarships. Three seniors who attended the camp are already heading to University of Alaska Anchorage in the fall as nursing pre-majors. Matthew Hunter from Bethel Regional High School is ready to go. “As I was younger, my mom was going to nursing school, and I wanted to follow in her footsteps,” Hunter said. “And when she told me she couldn’t finish, that’s going to motivate me through.” And RRANN will be there to help.
|Sometimes Santa needs a lift. This time, to remote AlaskaABCNews.com / 2 d. 8 h. 23 min. ago more|
Santa Claus got a lift to a far-flung community in Alaska to bring goodies that most Americans take for granted but come at a high cost in remote parts of the nation's largest state
|Learning about the solstice, Susitna River and gun safetyAlaska Public Media / 2 d. 8 h. 44 min. ago more|
“Planetarium” from Flickr user: Mélanie The next Outdoor Explorer is on the solstice, a truly outdoor event, as I try to really understand what happens in space to bring us the shortest day of the year. This will be your opportunity to hear me be confused as part of our celebration of the soon to be lengthening days. We’ll also be talking about protecting the Susitna River, winter diving, and safety with both guns and bear spray. HOST: Charles Wohlforth GUESTS: Omega Smith – director, UAA Planetarium Mike Woods – president, Susitna River Coalition Eric D. Boyer – Training Coordinator, The Alaska Training Cooperative/UAA’s Center for Human Development Jason Slemons – Alaska born & raised, telling a story at Alaska Trails’ Trail Tales Event LINKS: Alaska Trails on Facebook UAA Planetarium The Alaska Training Cooperative The Susitna River Coalition BROADCAST: Thursday, December 21, 2017. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT REPEAT BROADCAST: Thursday, January 4, 2018. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT SUBSCRIBE: Receive Outdoor Explorer automatically every week via: iTunes Email RSS Feed Podcast For more episodes go to OUTDOOREXPLORER.ORG
|Alaska lawmaker accused of inappropriate behavior resigningABCNews.com / 2 d. 8 h. 48 min. ago more|
An Alaska lawmaker who was accused by several women of inappropriate behavior is resigning
|History: Alaska’s rough and tumble territorial lawyers and judgesAlaska Public Media / 2 d. 10 h. 43 min. ago more|
Alaska writer and lawyer Pamela Cravez this year published “The Biggest Damned Hat,” a colorful judicial history of the Last Frontier. She interviewed more than 50 lawyers who arrived in the state and practiced law before statehood in 1959. From stealing mining claims in Nome to deciding the fate of the Alaska Bar Association, Cravez’s research and interviews paint a vivid picture of a time when the power of personality and persuasion far out-weighed the need to know and argue the law. Outsiders may think of the law as a staid profession, one in which the rules have been around for a long time and everyone dutifully followed them. If you enjoy the belief that Alaska is different than anyplace else in the Lower 48, tales in this book reinforce a sense of vigorous independence and considerable wile, and an abundance of talent among Alaska’s earliest lawyers and judges. Here’s what reviewers have said: Alaska Dispatch “[A] breezy, light-hearted and thoroughly entertaining account of how the legal profession evolved in Alaska during the territorial and early statehood periods, and of how Alaska evolved in part as a result of its lawyers.” Fairbanks News-Miner “Readers can expect to come for the characters but stay for this story, which is truly unique. If any Alaska history book before this has touched on the state’s legal culture, it was only in passing or mired in such deep jargon that the human interest got lost. This, again, is where the skill of the writer and the extent of her research, particularly in the pursuit of personal interviews, shines through.” Join us on Justice Alaska as author Pamela Cravez tells us how she assembled the history and documented it in her new book. Your questions are always welcome throughout the show, so if you have memories of some Alaska’s first legal officers and personalities, please dial in and share them. HOST: Senior Judge Elaine Andrews and Kathleen McCoy GUEST: Pamela Cravez, lawyer and author, “The Biggest Damned Hat” Listeners and callers LINKS: Alaska’s rough-hewn pioneer judges, lawyers, ADN, 4.30.17 Legal history of Alaska’s early trials makes a fascinating tale, Fairbanks Daily News Miner, 7.29.17 PARTICIPATE: Call 550-8433 (Anchorage) or 1-888-353-5752 (statewide) during the live broadcast (2:00 – 3:00pm) Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org before, during or after the live broadcast (e-mails may be read on air) email@example.com Post your comment or question below (comments may be read on air) REPEAT BROADCAST: Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Alaska time) SUBSCRIBE: Get Hometown, Alaska updates automatically — via email, RSS or podcasts. HOMETOWN ALASKA ARCHIVE
|A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airportABCNews.com / 2 d. 11 h. 11 min. ago more|
Many airports have problems dealing with bird strikes, but the one in America's farthest north community is having issues lately with marine mammals
|Credit rating agency sees a ‘clear path,’ as Alaska tries to balance its budgetAlaska Public Media / 2 d. 11 h. 44 min. ago more|
An Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. sign in the office in Juneau. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North) Up until 2016, Alaska had the highest credit rating Moody’s Investment Service had to offer. But, global oil prices crashed, and Alaska’s budget followed suit. In less than a year and a half, Alaska went from one of Moody’s highest rated states, to one of its lowest. Credit rating agencies, like Moodys, look at the $2.5 billion hole in the state’s budget, the energy-dependent economy, and how heavily the government leaned on savings to balance the budget — which all looks bad. But, recently, Moody’s changed their outlook. Listen now A few months ago, Alaska’s professional number-crunchers went out on a mission. “We met with all of the credit rating agencies and tried to help them kind of understand what’s happening in Alaska the assets that are available,” Department of Revenue Commissioner Sheldon Fisher said. A few weeks later, Moody’s updated Alaska’s credit rating. In late November, Moodys changed its outlook on Alaska from negative, to stable. For the state, and some cities in it — that’s good news. “It means that we actually spend less,” Fisher said. “If they were to have downgraded us it would have cost us more to have borrowed money in the future.” But, what happened? Why did Moody’s analysts change their opinions? Oil prices are still pretty low. The state is still spending more than it makes. And, it hasn’t gotten an income or sales tax or any other way to bring a bunch of new money in. Dan Seymour is a bond analyst for Moodys and he’s the lead analyst for Alaska. He said the state’s credit rating is still really good. “The AA3 rating is an extremely high rating,” Seymour said. It’s the fourth out of the 21 on the scale. “[That] indicates virtually zero risk of defaults on the bonds by the entity that has borrowed the money, which is to say that Alaska is rated higher than the vast majority of borrowers,” Seymour said. But, most states have great credit. And, when you compare Alaska to other states, it has one of the worst credit ratings. Seymour said when energy prices crashed, it hurt a lot of other states like West Virginia and Oklahoma and New Mexico. Each of these states relies pretty heavily on energy related fees or taxes to fund their budgets. “I don’t think any other state compares to Alaska in its lack of economic diversity or its budgetary reliance on revenue from a single industry,” Seymour said. But, it’s not all bad news. Seymour said Alaska been spending billions more than the state brings in. But, when the earnings from the Permanent Fund are factored in — that’s the money the fund makes from investments — the budget hole, the gap between what the state spends and what it makes, disappears. Because, while Alaska’s struggled to balance its budget, the Permanent Fund has been doing well. It’s up to more than $62 billion. “Five years ago or so it was more like $40 billion dollars,” Seymour said. “So because of the continued deposits into the fund and the strong performance of the fund it’s gotten big enough that there’s now a clear path to that fund generating enough income for the state to live on.” To be clear, Seymour said it isn’t that Moody’s just realized that Alaska has this earnings reserve account and that changed its outlook. There have been other signs of progress. In the last couple of years, the state has cut its budget and oil prices have gone up. But, spending money from the Permanent Fund Earnings Reserve isn’t exactly easy. The legislature has never used money from that account to cover government operations. But, there’s nothing in state law barring the legislature from using it, and the Governor has proposed to do just that. But, some people see that as endangering Alaskans dividends — the money comes from the same account. That’s a giant political hurdle to overcome. There’s some evidence that it could happen, though. Last year, both the House and Senatepassed bills that would have tapped into those reserves. And, the government has capped dividends for the last two years. That legislative history is one of the things, Fisher said, that helped build the state’s case to the credit rating agencies. Seymour said there’s another issue putting pressure on legislators to use the earnings reserve account. The state has been relying on savings for three years to balance its budget. And, it’s running out of other savings accounts to tap into. The $13.8 billion earnings reserve is the next logical place to go. “If the legislature wants to keep spending money it’s going to have to find it somewhere in the earnings account of the Permanent Fund is the most likely source for that,” Seymour said. Spending from that earnings reserve account is still tapping into savings to balance the budget. And, both Seymour and Fisher said there’s always the chance that something could go wrong. Like, the stock market could crash and the Permanent Fund accounts could lose a lot of money in a short period of time. But, Seymour says Moody’s doesn’t think the Permanent Funds investments are always going to make money. Rather, that some years it will make money and some years it will lose money and that it will average out and be able to plug the hole in the state’s budget.
|High temperatures in Utqiaġvik confuse NOAA algorithmAlaska Public Media / 2 d. 11 h. 58 min. ago more|
“North Slope climate change just outran one of our tools to measure it.” That was the message from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) earlier this month, when an algorithm they use for quality control balked at the data coming out of Utqiaġvik. NOAA manages thousands of weather stations across the United States that measure temperature and other variables. That data helps weather forecasters, but it’s also closely monitored by climate trackers. Listen now “What’s been happening in Utqiaġvik is that temperatures are warming so fast that quality control algorithms finally had enough and said ‘Oh, the station must have moved because temperatures can’t be warming this fast naturally!’ Rick Thoman, NOAA’s Weather Service climatologist for Alaska, said. The algorithm is designed to flag data that looks wrong. And when scientists see a flag like that, they investigate. Sometimes they find that the weather station has moved, say, closer to or further from the coast, which would explain why it’s recording such different temperatures. But that’s not what happened in Utqiaġvik. Temperatures there really are just that much warmer. This November was the hottest on record, averaging 17.2°F. Bryan Thomas works in the NOAA Observatory in Utqiaġvik, and said he can see obvious signs of warming. “When we look out on the ocean right now we see a few icebergs,” Thomas said. “Normally we would see white to the horizon in the past, and in this case we’re seeing dark water to the horizon.” NOAA is working to tweak the algorithm to make it more forgiving in the Arctic, a place where climate change is happening twice as fast as anywhere else on the globe. They hope to have the adjustments in place in a month or two.
|Trump Leaves Open Pardon Possibility for FlynnAlaska Native News / 2 d. 13 h. 15 min. ago more|
U.S. President Donald Trump Friday left open the possibility of a presidential pardon on behalf Michael Flynn, who Trump fired after serving just over three weeks as his national security adviser because Flynn lied about his interactions with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. “I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet,” Trump […]
|Fairbanks Pilot Indicted for Obstruction in 2014 Atigun Pass Crash InvestigationAlaska Native News / 2 d. 13 h. 34 min. ago more|
A Fairbanks Pilot was indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage on two charges of Obstruction before the National Transportation Board and piloting an aircraft without a valid airman’s certificate, the US Department of Justice announced on Thursday. According to the DoJ press release, 60-year-old Forest M. Kirst’s indictment stems from an incident that […]
|People Mover Launches Mobile Ticketing AppAlaska Native News / 2 d. 14 h. 13 min. ago more|
ANCHORAGE – Municipality of Anchorage’s Public Transportation Department, announces the launch of mobile ticketing for People Mover bus service, enabling riders to purchase and display tickets on their smartphones anytime, anywhere. Passengers can now download the free People Mover mTicket app for Android or Apple, and turn their smartphones into both ticket machine and ticket. […]
|This Dec. 5, 2017, photo shows Alaska Air National Guard Lt. Col. Eric Budd piloting a C-130 as it approaches Saint Michael Island just off Alaska's western coast. The airplane delivered presents and ...ABCNews.com / 2 d. 14 h. 32 min. ago more|
This Dec. 5, 2017, photo shows Alaska Air National Guard Lt. Col. Eric Budd piloting a C-130 as it approaches Saint Michael Island just off Alaska's western coast. The airplane delivered presents and visitors to the remote Bering Strait island commun
|This Dec. 5, 2017, photo shows Nate Pete sitting on Santa Claus' lap in Saint Michael, Alaska, a remote island community off the state's western coast in the Bering Strait. The Alaska National Guard ...ABCNews.com / 2 d. 14 h. 32 min. ago more|
This Dec. 5, 2017, photo shows Nate Pete sitting on Santa Claus' lap in Saint Michael, Alaska, a remote island community off the state's western coast in the Bering Strait. The Alaska National Guard visited the Bering Strait community as part of its
|This Dec. 5, 2017, photo shows Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus arriving at Saint Michael, Alaska, a remote island community off Alaska's western coast. The Alaska National Guard visited the Bering Strait ...ABCNews.com / 2 d. 14 h. 33 min. ago more|
This Dec. 5, 2017, photo shows Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus arriving at Saint Michael, Alaska, a remote island community off Alaska's western coast. The Alaska National Guard visited the Bering Strait community as part of its annual Operation Santa Cla
|Even Santa needs help getting to some places: remote AlaskaABCNews.com / 2 d. 14 h. 34 min. ago more|
It's not easy to get to remote Saint Michael, Alaska, but luckily Santa Claus could hitch a ride on a military transport plane
|Nunapitchuk Juvenile Hiker Turns up in Napakiak 24 Hours LaterAlaska Native News / 2 d. 14 h. 37 min. ago more|
On Wednesday night, Alaska State Troopers were notified that a juvenile in the village of Nunapichuk had left the community on foot at approximately noon that day. The report stated that his whereabouts or his destination was unknown. Search and rescue teams from that village, and the nearby villages of Kasigluk and Atmautluak began searching […]
|Kodiak Kidnapping Suspect Re-Arrested on Sterling HighwayAlaska Native News / 2 d. 15 h. 6 min. ago more|
A Kodiak man, with an outstanding felony warrant for kidnapping, assault and robbery was located and apprehended along the Sterling Highway at mile 104, after being alerted by the Anchorage police that the man, identified as Daniel Grosser, age 38, was hitchhiking from Anchorage to Kodiak. Grosser’s charges stem from an incident on November 27, […]
|Alaska jails want to cut restrictions on furloughsAlaska News / 2 d. 23 h. 9 min. ago more|
A regulation change up for public comment through Friday seeks to change a rule that forbids jails from furloughing inmates who are being investigated for disciplinary action or who have been found guilty of "major" or "high-moderate" jail infractions in the previous four months.
|U.S. Jets Intercept Russian Bombers, Fighters Near Alaskan CoastBig News Network.com / 3 d. 4 h. 56 min. ago more|
U.S. jets have intercepted two Russian Tu-95 bombers accompanied by two Su-35 fighters that flew near the Alaskan coast, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) says. This was the first
|Soldiers represent 10th Mountain Division on All-Army Ice Hockey TeamBig News Network.com / 3 d. 12 h. 9 min. ago more|
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (Dec. 14, 2017) -- Soldiers from around the world traveled to Fort Drum in late November to try out for the first All-Army Ice Hockey Team. For a few, it was practically walking dis
|One Arrested on Warrant after Old Seward Highway Prowler CallAlaska Native News / 3 d. 12 h. 36 min. ago more|
A call went in to APD at 2:18 AM on Thursday morning from an address on the 5700 block of the Old Seward Highway reporting a prowler attempting to break into vehicles in that area. Police responded to that location, and as they arrived, they observed an adult male fleeing on foot. The suspect then […]
|Focused Holiday Enforcement CommencesAlaska Native News / 3 d. 13 h. 23 min. ago more|
As the holiday parties get into full swing keep in mind a plan to get home safe and sound. To help remind you to not drive impaired, the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers will be conducting a high visibility enforcement effort, which starts Dec. 13 and lasts until the early morning hours of […]
|Wasilla DUI Driver Involved in Fatal Palmer-Wasilla Highway CollisionAlaska Native News / 3 d. 13 h. 31 min. ago more|
A Wasilla man was arrested on DUI charges after a fatal two-car collision near the intersection of the Palmer-Wasilla Highway and Skip Circle in Wasilla on Wednesday night, troopers reported. Troopers responded to the motor vehicle collision at that location at 7:23 PM on Wednesday. When they arrived and opened their investigation, they found that “William Brucher, […]
|Fairbanks Man Arrested for Attempted Murder after Firing at PedestrianAlaska Native News / 3 d. 13 h. 56 min. ago more|
Alaska State troopers say that they have made an arrest in an ongoing attempted murder investigation stemming from an incident on easy street on Wednesday afternoon. According to the trooper dispatch, a motorist reported a two vehicle collision and shooting at that location at 2:21 PM on Wednesday. He told AST that he had stopped […]
|Washington Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Defrauding Alaskans Out of Approximately $2.7 MillionAlaska Native News / 3 d. 14 h. 22 min. ago more|
Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that a Washington man was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for defrauding Alaskans with an advance fee scheme where he promised investors a significant return on an investment that did not actually exist. His wife was previously convicted on one count of social security […]
|Gold company expands Alaska operations north of FairbanksABCNews.com / 4 d. 12 h. 15 min. ago more|
A gold company has acquired mineral rights to land north of Fairbanks that is believed to contain millions of ounces of gold
|Mike O'Hare Appointed as FEMA Region 10 AdministratorAlaska News / 4 d. 16 h. 21 min. ago more|
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long swore in Mike O'Hare as the new Regional Administrator for FEMA Region 10 on Monday. "I am pleased to be joining FEMA as the administrator for Region 10," O'Hare said.
|Alaska lawmaker bucks party, refuses to quit amid claimsABCNews.com / 5 d. 0 h. 21 min. ago more|
An Alaska lawmaker accused by several women of inappropriate behavior has bucked his party's leadership and refused to quit. State Rep. Dean Westlake announced late Tuesday in a statement that he will not resign from office
|The Olympics are in sight for Casey WrightThe Northern Light / 5 d. 12 h. 40 min. ago more|
The Nordic skier, now in her third year of collegiate competition, has a chance to compete at the U.S. Nationals as a Seawolf, but her results at the event will help determine whether or not she will be heading to the Olympics as a part of the Australian ski team in February. The U.S. Cross-Country […]
|Fall 2017 UAA Athletics recapThe Northern Light / 5 d. 12 h. 53 min. ago more|
Karolin Anders is a former member of the UAA track and field team. The accomplishments of UAA’s athletic department have already added up to an impressive amount during the first half of the school year. Cross-country and volleyball are the only sports that have finished competing for the year, but volleyball will start its preparations […]
|UAA alumni give back to their high schools through coachingThe Northern Light / 5 d. 13 h. 10 min. ago more|
To coach at the middle and high school level in the Anchorage School District, coaches must be certified and pass the Alaska Coaches Education Program, which consists of four courses through the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Fundamentals of Coaching: first aid, health and safety for coaches, concussion in sports and sudden cardiac […]
|Do UAA alumni donate to the university?The Northern Light / 6 d. 8 h. 35 min. ago more|
Jim Johnsen, president of the University of Alaska, has spoken about increasing philanthropy to the university to offset declining contributions from the State of Alaska. In the fall of 2013, UA had a general fund allocation of over $376.7 million. This fall, the fund allocation was roughly $317 million.
|Alaska Water WarsThe Northern Light / 6 d. 8 h. 43 min. ago more|
A recent five-part radio series on Pebble Mine brings Alaska Native voices to the forefront.
|Finding her niche: Alexandria McLearen, UAA’s fall commencement speakerThe Northern Light / 6 d. 8 h. 44 min. ago more|
Throughout her time at UAA, McLearen said her most challenging moment was when she was chair of the Green Fee Board.
|Survey shows 9 in 10 UAA students enjoy living on campusThe Northern Light / 6 d. 8 h. 44 min. ago more|
The Quality of Life Survey of students living in the UAA residence halls and apartments for the fall semester was conducted and showed positive perceptions of most on-campus offerings. A total of 177 students living on campus participated in the survey. Overall, students seem to be satisfied with their residential community. More than half of […]
|Eccentric electivesThe Northern Light / 6 d. 8 h. 48 min. ago more|
UAA's 2018 spring semester will offer a wide arrange of select topic courses in all different subjects
|The Edge Update: Grunwald trial update, Franken resigns and same-sex marriage in AustraliaThe Northern Light / 6 d. 8 h. 52 min. ago more|
Re: Erick Almandinger and David Grunwald, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota and Dec. 7 legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia.
|Life after college sportsThe Northern Light / 6 d. 8 h. 56 min. ago more|
Featuring Jesse Miller, Curtis McKillop and Kiki Robertson
|Meet the artist behind Alaska’s newest license plateThe Northern Light / 6 d. 8 h. 57 min. ago more|
21-year-old UAA student and Palmer local used her graphic skills and love for Alaska to design the new state license plate.
|Radical Recreation: The ultimate sportThe Northern Light / 6 d. 9 h. 4 min. ago more|
Local ultimate Frisbee players take the sport to a new extreme during wintertime
|Incompetency reigns in the Spanish hodgepodge ‘The Invisible Guardian’The Northern Light / 6 d. 9 h. 7 min. ago more|
“The Invisible Guardian” is another banal crime thriller slapped together with all the good pieces of better crime thrillers.
|Floating on to stardomThe Northern Light / 6 d. 9 h. 9 min. ago more|
Anchorage band, Termination Dust, signed to Modest Mouse frontman's Glacial Pace Records.