907 Updates February 09, 2019

By Associated Press: Man sentenced in Alaska mail theft case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a former supervisor with an Alaska commuter airline has been sentenced to six months in a halfway house for stealing mail, including computers that were destined for rural schools.

Breadoflife “Presley” Faiupu also was sentenced Friday to five years of probation in connection with thefts between March 2015 and April 2017.
By Daniella Rivera: Ex-Port of Alaska engineer to be on house arrest in attempted murder

After hearing from a state prosecutor who raised concerns about Todd’s parents serving as his third-party custodians while also posting the bail money, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Erin Marston agreed to the arrangement.

“The court doesn’t have a glass ball and can’t see what’s gonna happen in the future, but it does appear to me to — first of all I don’t think there’s a risk of flight here, that’s not a concern. The risk is whether the defendant may harm himself or others,” said Judge Marston. “This appears to be totally out of character and a result of mental illness at this point, but it sounds like he’s being treated for the mental illness and I do think that this bail proposal is sufficient to protect people.”

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES: If you are facing threatened or actual domestic violence, please discreetly call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis in Anchorage at 1-907-272-0100.

SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES: If you are considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or Stop Suicide Alaska at 1-877-266-HELP.
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By Jill Burke: Former Mat-Su elementary school teacher faces 14 new charges of sex abuse
By Sean Maguire: New Administration Commissioner plans more stringent vetting of hires, efficiencies in government

By Chris Klint: King Kong toy mailed to Anchorage yields kilo of heroin in bust

A separate state reckless-driving case involving Sanders became a flashpoint in Palmer court last year, after he didn’t pass an urine analysis test but didn’t suffer any immediate consequences from the state Pretrial Enforcement Division.

Anchorage-based FBI spokeswoman Staci Feger-Pellessier said the Anchorage street price of heroin is about $1,500 per ounce, which works out to nearly $53 per gram – or about $53,400 for the seized shipment.

State officials say heroin can command high prices in Alaska, especially when supplies are limited. Those figures can reach $500 to $600 per gram in Alaska prisons, or $800 to $1,000 per gram in remote areas of the state.

A statewide inmate database showed Sanders in custody Friday at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.
By Beth Verge: Community lifts up Valley shooting victim’s mother with surprise in Anchorage
We were able to get you a new SUV,” Ferguson exclaimed. Swan was very obviously grateful, relieved, and surprised.

“This is amazing,” she said, after checking out her new vehicle. “I was really stressed about the car. I felt like I could manage some of the smaller, other things I needed to manage right now. The car just felt looming…

“And now that I’m starting to process things, I’m trying to figure out, how do I make my life really matter from here on out, you know?” she said.

For now, there is a little bit of relief, and one big task off a daunting list.

“To have someone, a bunch of other people come along, and to say, ‘Hey, we did this for you,’ that’s incredible,” Swan said. “I’m beyond grateful.”
By Scott Gross: Inside the Gates: Sullivan, Trump tout Alaska military spending
By Shannon Ballard: Palmer company creates unprecedented cleaning machine for Navy
By Dave Leval: Redington High tournament remembers late ‘team mom’
KTOO Public Media: Facebook removes fur hat posts by Alaska Native artist; With spring whaling around the corner, sinew thread makers are hard at work; Don’t count on oil to bail out Alaska’s budget soon, says unpublished state tax memo and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Calista Squabble Patched Up; The Kuskokwim Corporation Names Sam Boyle As Interim CEO and more ->
Alaska Native News: Kuskokwim Tribes Fight Donlin Mine Permits; British Columbia Mega Mines in U.S.-Canada Transboundary Watersheds Are a Liability to West Coast Wild Salmon and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Celebrating Black History Month, FNSB School District and NAACP partner up; Fairbanks schools annual History Day competition comes to a close; Cushman Street was lined with community members, rallying for those with disabilities and more ->
Rasmuson Foundation: Help for Alaska artists seeking award