907 Updates September 16, 2017

By Kortnie Horazdovsky: FIRE SAFETY: Tips to teach kids how to respond in a fire
By Sean Maguire: 2017 PFD announced on state’s website
By Sean Maguire: Former Alaska First Lady Ermalee Hickel dies at age 92

Rescind SB91,tougher penalties.
By Blake Essig: Lawmakers to discuss public safety during October special session
“This administration advocates for revisions to the law that would give courts the discretion to impose some jail time to those that commit class C felonies or repeat theft offenses,” said Jahna Lindemuth, Alaska Attorney General. “I believe the threat of jail time will provide a better deterrent and incentivize offenders suffering from drug addiction to actually get treatment.”

Many lawmakers have sounded off regarding the governor’s announcement Friday. Although all say they’re committed to making Alaska safer and are pleased Gov. Walker added SB 54 to the upcoming special session, some lawmakers, like Rep. Lance Pruitt of Anchorage, say SB 54 doesn’t go far enough.

The next special session is scheduled for October 23.

By Sean Maguire: A member of the U.S. Army could face 20 years in prison for airman assault
By Associated Press: Sisters sentenced for embezzling funds intended to repair Savoonga homes and buildings
Federal prosecutor Bryan Schroder says 60-year-old Sylvia Toolie was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in federal prison and ordered to repay $69,563 to the tribe.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess sentenced 57-year-old Peggy Akeya to five years’ probation, three months home confinement and 120 hours of community service. She was ordered to repay $14,855.

By AP: Crew abandons ship off Alaska coast
Great idea! I encourage Chris & Mark to create and fund their Facebook Utopia. This model will show how well it works. What could possibly go wrong?
By Leroy Polk: Facebook co-founder tours Anchorage, eyes PFD for national implementation
By Michelle Ma: Old Fish Few and Far Between under Fishing Pressure
By Sharon Parmet: Poor Sleep Hastens Progression of Kidney Disease

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